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A Purim to Remember for NYU Students

March 31, 2016, by

Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as role models and community organizers on campus in partnership with Hillel. In the weeks leading

Building Orthodox Judaism in America

March 29, 2016, by

The following is an except from Building Orthodox Judaism in America: The Life and Legacy of Harold M. Jacobs. To read a review of the book from Jewish Action magazine, click here. By the autumn of 1973, less than one year into his presidency, Jacobs could report to Modern Orthodoxy’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik,

Give Proportionally to What You Spend on Your Pesach

March 29, 2016, by

Since the very creation of the luxury Pesach program, rabbis have been railing against them for their excessiveness, extravagance, and the forfeiting of many of the traditions involved in preparing and experiencing Pesach. Ironically, many of those same rabbis have later “eaten their words” and accepted invitations to serve as scholars in residence, bringing their

World’s first ‘kosher tartan’ for Scottish Jews created after 300-year wait

March 29, 2016, by

From the IB Times: After a 300-year-wait, Scottish Jews have their own officially registered plaid in distinctive tones of navy and burgundy. The kosher non wool-linen abides by shatnez – the Jewish law prohibiting the mixture of wool and linen in clothing. Religious experts and tartan authorities came up with the design that included Jewish

After 5 Years of Civil War, Syrian Refugee Thanks Israelis and Jews For Being “True Friends”

March 17, 2016, by

From the Tower.org: Syrian refugee Aboud Dandachi wrote an essay Monday in Tablet in which he expressed gratitude to his “true friends,” including Jewish and Israeli people and organization who have assisted him and other refugees. Dandachi, a former high-tech worker who created a website called Thank You Am Israel, wrote appreciatively that it “is astonishing, absolutely astonishing,

America’s Proudest Shabbos Goys?

March 17, 2016, by

The JTA has this lovely story about several shop-owners in Kew Garden Hills, NY, who are known happily as Shabbos Goys. For Samir Patel, the term “goy” is no slur. It’s a point of pride. Patel is a manager of Suhag Wine & Liquors, a family-owned business in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, in

Jewish Student Unions Introduce Judaism in a Fun Way

March 9, 2016, by

This article appeared in the Florida Jewish Journal. Reprinted with permission. The goal of the NCSY of the Orthodox Union — the international youth program of the association of Orthodox synagogues — is to connect with Jewish teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to help them develop a positive Jewish identity. An important

The Rabbinic Achilles Heel

March 8, 2016, by

When Achilles, the Greek mythological figure, was a baby, it was foreseen that he would die young. In an effort to protect him, his mother Thetis took him to the River Styx, which supposedly contained powers of invincibility. She immersed him into the river, but held him by his heel; as a result, the area

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