Steve Lipman

Steve Lipman is a staff writer for the Jewish Week in New York.

The Shofar Blower

by | in Rosh Hashanah

“Today is the Jewish New Year,” the Lutheran pastor would announce to the hospitalized patients at the edge of Brooklyn, as I stood silently at his—or sometimes her—side, white-knit kippah on my head… Read more

How Was Your Davening?

by | in Opinion

Every year, as certainly as Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first two days of Tishrei and Yom Kippur occurs on the tenth, my friends and co-workers ask, “How was your davening?” And every year, just as… Read more

The Storyteller

by | in Opinion

As a volunteer leader of Seders in small Jewish communities in a former Communist country, I usually devote my introductory remarks to quickly explain why we have come together. I don’t turn to a… Read more

Letter from South Africa

by | in Jewish World

JOHANNESBURG — Shortly before I began a visit to South Africa late last year, my first time in the once-reviled nation that had emerged from the darkness of apartheid sixteen years earlier, I noticed… Read more

Back to the Beit Midrash

by | in Inspiration

On the far left side of the beit midrash, three rows from the back of the room, one seat in at a narrow wooden table, is my makom kavua, my accustomed place to sit. Once a year. With few exceptions, I… Read more

Dr. Laz

by | in People

              Photos courtesy of David Lazerson It was David in the lion’s den. Fresh out of graduate school and a few years out of yeshivah, ba’al teshuvah David… Read more

Rick Hodes

by | in People

Dr. Rick Hodes, an Orthodox Jew who lives in Addis Abeba, examines a young Ethiopian boy. Courtesy of JDC From outside, the medical clinic of the Mother Teresa mission in Addis Abeba looks like a… Read more