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New Jersey Jewish Family’s Struggle For Mobility Goes Viral

May 12, 2015, by

The Herzfeld family hasn’t gone anywhere together for a year and a half. These days, it’s just too much of a challenge to get all of their children in and out of the car and around in public. Over the past 10 years, all four of Esther and Arthur Herzfeld’s children have been diagnosed with

In Detroit, Jewish Cemetery Survives Within GM Auto Plant

May 12, 2015, by

Beth Olem Cemetery is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes and styles, encircled by a brick wall and iron gate. Yet surrounding it on all sides is an unusual neighbor: a massive automotive plant. The serene, green oasis is enveloped by the steel and concrete structures and grounds

People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

May 11, 2015, by

Most people think a miscarriage is rare, and many believe that if a woman loses a pregnancy that she brought it upon herself. Neither of those things is true, but the enduring beliefs cause great pain to women and their partners. In fact, almost half of people who have experienced a miscarriage or whose partner

Five Facts about Lag Ba’Omer by the “Zoo Rabbi”

May 7, 2015, by

Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the Zoo Rabbi and blogger behind Rational Judaism, has a new book from OU Press available for pre-order, “The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom- Volume One: Chayot/Wild Animals.” It’s great. You should buy it and read it. For a taste of Rabbi Slifkin’s style, read his five-facts about Lag Ba’omer that he

An Anti-Semitic Politician in Hungary Discovers His Jewish Heritage

May 7, 2015, by

Far-right Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi was a rising star in the Jobbik party. As a senior member in a political party mainly known for its anti-Semitism and racism, Szegedi also had the dubious honor of launching a paramilitary organization called the Hungarian Guard. And then, quite suddenly, his career came a screeching halt. He found

When Compromise is Not a Virtue

May 7, 2015, by

I saw a question posed recently online. I didn’t answer it there, nor did I hang around long enough to read others’ responses, but I’d like to address it here. The writer was troubled by what he saw as a contradiction. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ztz”l passed away recently and the obituaries described him simultaneously as

After 20 Years in Israel, Ethiopian Jewish Community Still Struggles

May 6, 2015, by

When the Ethiopian Jewish community arrived in Israel in 1991, the New York Times reported it was  “it was difficult to tell who was more joyful.” “The barefoot Ethiopians who cheered, ululated and bent down to kiss the tarmac as they stepped off the planes, or the Israelis who watched them aglow, marveling at this

Between the Holy and the Unholy, Between Civil Disobedience and Criminal Activity

May 5, 2015, by

Rabbi Etan Mintz is the spiritual leader of B’nai Israel Congregation, Baltimore’s oldest continually active synagogue and one of the original founding synagogues of the Orthodox Union. B’nai Israel Congregation is also located only five blocks away from City Hall in downtown Baltimore. In the week following the riots that gripped Baltimore, Rabbi Mintz sent

‘Do You Want to Come for Shabbat?’

May 5, 2015, by

Rachel Nadel, motivated by the NCSY Shabbaton she experienced as a child, spent her post-high-school year in Israel studying. That year was critical in her spiritual development, but also critical in helping her future vision emerge: she spent most of her time in the dorms of her women’s yeshiva, and didn’t get to meet families living in Israel.

How Orthodox Money Is Reshaping Republican Politics

May 5, 2015, by

Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have long appreciated the importance of tapping into the pool of Jewish donors, who are among the most generous political contributors in the nation. But until recently, Orthodox Jews have been an elusive target. Like their Democratic counterparts, Republican candidates chose to go after more secular — albeit more conservative

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