Halachic Musings: Good and Bad of a Second Kashrus Organization

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Last week three area establishments announced they would give up their supervision by Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and join a new hashgacha, Mehadrin of...

Seidemann: Summer of Insanity

  The gavel came crashing down and with it the hopes and dreams of children who wanted to go upstate for summer camp. Kids who needed a break from their...

Seidemann: When Democracy Becomes Hypocrisy

I begin by wishing a happy birthday to my third daughter, who turned 20 this week. Who would have believed that when she turned 20 in the year 2020...

The Way It Is: Irony and Iron Will

  Determined as I am to stay off the topic of city-wide protests and riots, and unwilling to watch any television news, by necessity, my focus here must shift to...

News From the Hills: Black Community Needs New Leadership

  The black community needs new leadership. Many years ago, when Al Sharpton was rabble-rousing in Crown Heights, I read an article that said leadership in the black community perpetuates...

Yochanan Gordon: Learning Through Distancing

  The previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, was imprisoned and tortured, both physically and emotionally, in Russia before making the move to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn...

Real Estate with Anessa: What We See in 2020

December came in with a lot of bad news from a variety of places. The first and most disturbing were the terrible tragedies occurring throughout the tristate area, with...

Halachic Musings: Presidential Prayer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Every day the headlines are blaring the latest testimony in the House impeachment process. Jews who recognize and are appreciative of the president’s actions are certainly...

Frager: Ascending to the Rabbinate

  Becoming a rabbi was always a dream of mine. I had two older brothers, a brother-in-law, a mechutan, and a son — R’ Binyomin Yehudah — who were rabbis....

Hamas Must Return Bodies of 2 Israeli Soldiers

By ARSEN OSTROVSKY TEL AVIV (JTA) — Last week marked five years since Israeli soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed by Hamas in the midst of a humanitarian cease-fire during Operation Protective Edge. On...
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