It happened again. An Orthodox Jew – a teacher and a prominent member of his community – has been accused of a particularly heinous crime. I say “accused” not because he’s an Orthodox Jew but because this is America and a person has a presumption of innocence until he’s been proven guilty. I don’t believe
The Times of Israel blog has a heartwarming post about how Google helped a dedicated community bring Purim to an ill child. Alon Meltzer writes that his shul, The Hebrew Institute of White Plains, an OU shul in Westchester, had wanted to do something special for Amy, a child battling cancer. While Amy couldn’t attend
A joint Shabbaton between San Diego NCSY and Phoenix NCSY ended recently with a special Sunday afternoon activity: NCSYers packed more than 400 lunches for the homeless in conjunction with Project Rescue Party, an organization dedicated to aiding the indigent in San Diego. Adam Simon, San Diego NCSY director, said he chose to work with
This article was originally published on Seraphic Secret. My beloved father, Rabbi Avraham Avrech, passed away on Saturday, Shabbat. He was 94 years old. The funeral is tomorrow morning. I will be sitting shiva for seven days. Seraphic Secret will be on hiatus until my shiva ends. Born in the town of Yanuv, Poland, my father came
In some Orthodox Jewish communities, almost everyone relates to their Judaism in a very similar way. Insular Chasidic communities are often the sort of place where everyone lives a very similar style of Jewish life and practices a very homogenous version of Judaism. Similarly, some Israeli settlements have somewhat uniform Jewish experiences within their communities.