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Orthodox Jewish All Stars

January 15, 2015, by

Last month, Jew in the City selected their annual Orthodox Jewish All-Stars. From running a fashion company to being a Disney animator discover the surpriing indivudlas who, incredibly, are able to balance being an Orthodox Jew with a demanding, high-profile career. See more at Jew in the City.

When The Terror Hits Home

January 15, 2015, by

Last Saturday night, a day after the terror attacks in Paris, my father called to say that my uncle, Philippe Braham, was killed as he was checking out at the Hyper Cache kosher supermarket, just before Shabbos. He was murdered in a neighborhood I know well, Porte de Vincennes, a few minutes away from my

Ask Aviva: Dialectically Different

January 15, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’m a 40 year-old, Brooklyn-born convert and have since moved far from New York. B’H everything that has to do with Judaism has come naturally to me. But there is still one thing that keeps me from feeling like everyone else. My issue is that no matter how much I try when I speak I sound

Je Suis Aussi Juif

January 12, 2015, by

This post originally appeared at ouisrael.org. The massive demonstration in Paris on Sunday was an impressive day that will long be remembered. With an estimated 1.5 million people walking in central Paris to demonstrate against terrorism, this was the largest demonstration France has seen since the end of World War II. If you add the

Don’t Have Time for Your Nonsense

January 8, 2015, by

A certain individual recently posted a controversial article in which he argued against something that is essentially a universally-accepted principle of Judaism. A number of others responded, calling him out on it. Those readers who might have been misled by the original article were thereby informed as to that author’s misstatements. Those who were inclined to stand by

Glass Half Full Judaism

January 7, 2015, by

This post originally appeared in the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Some people see a split occurring within Modern Orthodox Judaism between those who adopt a more lenient religious interpretation and those who are stricter. I think they have it wrong. Yes, a split is happening, but it is not primarily about beliefs or stringency

The Question We Desperately Need an Answer To

January 6, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on rabbisblog.brsonline.org. “Intermarriage is a fact of life and we should be more welcoming when it happens.” That was part of the reaction of the chief executive officer of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to a recent controversial decision made by the leadership of the youth wing of the movement, United

The Great but Humble Emancipator

January 5, 2015, by

January 1, the day that President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, marks the anniversary of the greatest assertion of presidential power in U.S. history. Lincoln understood that the constitutional authority for his action was found in his war powers. Concerned that the effect of the proclamation wouldn’t outlive the war, Lincoln did