Citi Field to greet 2,500 at 'Torah NY'

More than 2,500 people are expected at Citi Field on Sunday, Sept. 22, but not for a baseball game. Instead, the indoor space at the home of the Mets will be transformed into a hall of Torah …

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My shul burned. We lost more than a building

American Jews woke Monday morning to the ancestrally terrifying image of a synagogue on fire. It was my family’s shul: Adas Israel in Duluth, Minnesota. There is a dollhouse model of the …


Jews play outsize role in the Iowa caucuses

DES MOINES — As the Iowa Caucuses approach, the state’s Jewish community — numbering around 5,450, or less than 1 percent of the population — has been anything but missing …


‘The Spy,’ Sacha Baron Cohen’s Netflix series

For “Borat,” his 2006 film, Sacha Baron Cohen went undercover as a made-up Kazakh journalist who travels America and gets unwitting targets to share his boorish and sometimes bigoted …

team trump

Meet Avi Berkowitz, Kushner’s peace adviser

WASHINGTON — The sentence came at the end of a list of White House talking points regarding the surprising departure of Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s former top Middle East …


A happy new year at SKA

The first day of school is always an adventure — a joyous one, it would appear, for freshmen at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett Bay Park.The ninth graders, who met at two …


‘First Jewish’ president’s anti-Semitic surrogate

Will Bernie Sanders be America’s first Jewish president? That’s up to Democratic primary voters and then the rest of the electorate should he receive his party’s nomination. But …


Trump’s ‘traitor’ quip tips Zeldin

WASHINGTON — Of the many Jews unsettled by President Donald Trump’s claim that voting for Democrats would demonstrate “disloyalty” to Israel and to other Jews, Lee Zeldin …


With frum Brooklyn under siege, does anyone care?

How afraid should Jews be of being a victim of a violent anti-Semitic hate crime? In the wake of the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shootings, many American Jews remain afraid. The specter of …

bouncing back

Bipartisan Hadassah targets younger women

A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle — one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer’s name — the women’s Zionist organization is …


Here’s how Israeli elections work (if they work)

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Israelis will head to the polls for their second national election in just six months. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau’s inability to form a majority coalition following …

first person

‘Walking Dead’ zombies attack my synagogue

A lone rabbi lights a Havdalah candle in an empty synagogue. He says the blessing over the wine, the spices, and the braided candle. Then zombies begin banging on the door of the sanctuary. The …

health mind and body

Hope from Israel on myeloma

Shlomit Norman was only 42 when doctors diagnosed her with multiple myeloma — a bone marrow cancer with no known cure that rarely strikes people under the age of 65. At the …


Zionists must embrace Hebron’s Jewish history

On Sept. 4, Israel commemorated the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Hebron massacre, during which Arab residents slaughtered their Jewish neighbors, leading to a Jewish exodus for the next half …

agudath israel

Using truth to deflect NY’s anti-yeshiva push

Yeshivas unapologetically emphasize religious and ethical instruction. A small number of such schools have been accused …

boro park

In frum Brooklyn, assaults are all too familiar

As he talks about the recent string of attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, Yosef Rapaport points to a small scar above his right eye. It’s the remnant of an anti-Semitic attack he …

wine and dine

Wines send Israeli culture and identity abroad

As Israeli government ministries work to communicate the singularity and attractiveness of the country’s culture and industry to audiences abroad, they’ve put wine in the …


Upset over HBO series on slaying that followed killing of 3 Israeli boys

“I’ve been kidnapped,” a voice can be heard saying in Hebrew in the opening of a new HBO series about the lead-up to the 2014 Gaza War. It’s Gilad Shaer, a 16-year-old …

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What is the Jewish stance on cursing and curse words? Researchers have found that about 0.7 percent of a typical American’s speech is made up of swear words. …


Beyond final encore: What culture brings to Jerusalem

Established in 1961 as a classical music festival in Caesarea, the Israel Festival, now in its 58th year and which runs this year from May 30 to June 15, was “relocated” to Jerusalem in …