THINKING OF KISLEV

As I drive around some areas, I still see some sukkahs standing on porches and in front yards. I don’t know if the people in these homes just did...

Beyond The Headlines

By Sivan Rahav Meir Translated by Yehoshua Siskin This is the time of year in Israel when schools give students their mid-year report cards. But this year, many schools in the...

Other Side Of The Bench: Need For Pain Relief

  In my 20s, I had the tremendous pleasure to serve as the regional director of the Central East region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth. Looking back, it...

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...

AN INSPIRING BAGEL

Every now and then it pays to take stock and do an emotional inventory, so to speak. And one of those points of curiosity over the years has been...

Food For Thought

There’s nothing like a consecutive month’s worth of “Thursdays” (erev yontif/erev Shabbos) to make me realize that I’ve done a great disservice to my kids and their palates. It started...

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...

Mishloach Manot Mishap

By Hannah Berman Some people are just destined for trouble. I am a member of this group, which could aptly be called “Schlemazels of the World.” If it were an...

Ivanka Trump in the News and Halachah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Recently, some Jewish websites and print publications published a rewrite of a Vanity Fair piece on Ivanka Trump. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency's piece was penned by...

War Of Words In Israel: Are ‘Annex,’ ‘Occupier’ Right Terms?

By Scott Feltman Questions of “annexation” have taken center-stage lately. Since the revealing of President Donald Trump’s Peace Plan, pundits and politicians have been asking: Should Israel annex “Area C,”...
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Insights From A “Speaking Fast”

By Sivan Rahav Meir I’m not usually one for joining initiatives, but this past Thursday was an exception. I encountered an incredibly heartfelt call from...

Casualties And Karma

By Rabbi Leo Dee One of the many odd things that happen to you when you lose three members of your family in a terror...

Children On The Front Lines

By Yochanan Gordon From the mouths of infants and sucklings you have founded strength on account of Your foes to put an end to enemy...

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