The world must hold Hamas accountable

So, how was your day? In southern Israel early this week, thousands of families had to spend the night in bomb shelters, after Hamas terrorists in Gaza rained down more than 450 rockets in the space …


Hamas rockets and failed idea of two states

Does it really matter what started the shooting at the border between Israel and Hamas-run Gaza? To outward appearances, it looks like it was something of an accident when a routine security …


Kristallnacht 80 years on

The Five Towns commemorated the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, last Wednesday evening at Kehillas Bais Yehudah Tzvi in Cedarhurst. Rabbi Yaakov Feitman, the …


In Baldwin, survivor recalls past to face future

For Werner Reich, the tragedy began in 1933, five years before Kristallnacht, when his father was stripped of his job and he was banned from going to school. “When Jews were deprived of …


The cost of synagogue safety

After a mass shooting in a heavily Jewish area shocked the nation, Rabbi Yakov Saacks felt like his Dix Hills congregation was at risk. So the rabbi installed 17 cameras on the shul’s …


Devastated California communities fight fire with light

Rabbis across California made clear their determination to help people in need while dealing with the ongoing devastation that uncontrollable blazes have brought to their …

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Brafman teams with Dershowitz for JNF

Two Zionists from Brooklyn — one a prominent Lawrence-based criminal defense attorney, the other a renowned constitutional scholar — came to Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday to help …


Discovered treasure! Egyptian golden potato soup

Egyptian Jews comprise one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. There have been waves of Jewish immigration to Egypt over centuries: Sephardic Jews arrived during the Inquisition, Ashkenazi …


The ultimate stuffed cabbage hack

My mother’s stuffed cabbage is one of my favorite dishes. She makes it with ground beef and rice, and simmers the stuffed cabbage leaves in a rich, savory tomato sauce. I could eat trays of …


A war without a winner

It is nice to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron hugging one another 100 years after the Great War. But we must not forget that between the end of that war and …

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Do-ahead recipes for Thanksgiving

When I was very young, I always got excited when Thanksgiving came around. This was the most fun holiday. We got to eat turkey, all my cousins came over and my grandparents spent the whole day at our …


Torah scrolls are rescued

The spiritual leader of a Reform temple in Thousand Oaks, California, risked his life to save the Torah scrolls in his synagogue, snatching them before they were burned in one of two massive …

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5 things about Trump honoree Miriam Adelson

Miriam Adelson, best known for being married to one of the world’s richest men and leading benefactor of the Republican Party, Sheldon Adelson, was named as a Presidential …


Savor season with Libyan Jewish pumpkin spread

As much as Americans truly love pumpkin in autumn, we are sometimes guilty of typecasting this nutritious vegetable as sweet and forget that pumpkin has a savory side, too. Happily, Sephardic cuisine …


J Street’s fake numbers and impossible dream

More than three-fourths of American Jews want Israel to be reduced to just miles wide — narrower than Washington or the Bronx. How can that be? …


Confronting our enemies: Thoughts for Vayetzei

And Yaakov went on his way, and angels of G-d met him. And Yaakov said when he saw them: ‘This is G-d’s camp.’ And he called the name of that place Machanaim” (Bereishit …

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