kosher kitchen

For the happiest of Pesachs, get an early start with your Big Cook (and a tasty new cookbook)

With Pesach just three weeks away, I’ve begun the annual clean out the freezer and use up the chametz routine. It is not that easy to use up half-used boxes of pasta or cereal or oatmeal in …


HAFTR and Shulamith participate at AIPAC

Students from the Shulamith School for Girls and the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway were among those from several Long Island schools who attended last week’s AIPAC Policy …


Potential olim crowd a Nefesh B'Nefesh event in NYC

Nearly 1,500 prospective immigrants to Israel attended a mega-event on Sunday to learn about what it takes to make aliyah. The Nefesh B’Nefesh Mega Aliyah Fair, at John Jay College in …

Itzhak film opens

Itzhak Perlman's magical musical life

Itzhak Perlman, arguably the most famous violinist in the world, has heard plenty of questions in his 50-year career. But when asked if his religious heritage has affected his playing, he sounds …


Gun talk freaked out Jews, heartened anti-Semites

I don’t know if Wayne LaPierre is anti-Semitic. In many ways, I don’t care if Wayne LaPierre is anti-Semitic. But the executive vice president of the NRA gave a speech a couple of weeks …


Russian Jews shrug at Putin’s ‘anti-Semitic’ words

When Boruch Gorin, a well-known rabbi in Moscow, traveled for the first time from Russia to the United States, a U.S. Customs officer asked him whether he was Russian. “I said, ‘No, …


No Palestinians at Gaza aid event in White House

Human suffering in the Gaza Strip has grown over the past year, top U.S. Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt told a conference on Tuesday at the White House called to mobilize aid for …

comic book hero

New writer to make Superman Jewish again

DC Comics’ newest writer says that the choices he has made for his new Superman series are “deeply connected to [the character’s] origins.” And those origins are very …

helping hand

Few disputes over government aid to houses of worship

WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush’s first act as president, on Jan. 29, 2001, was to open an office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Church-state separations …


Lipa, 8th Day, Davidi headline Cahal concert

CAHAL held its eighth annual fundraising concert last Sunday in the newly renovated Lawrence High School. The sold-out event featured outstanding Jewish performers — 8th Day, Lipa Schmeltzer, …

politics to go

Ellison, Farrakhan, Black Caucus: only part of it

According to the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Party, Rep. Keith Ellison, his colleagues don’t care about his ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. …


Stoudemire launches a line of kosher wines

Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher-for-Passover Israeli wines. The 6-foot-10 former player, who returned earlier this month from a trip to the Jewish …

fighting guns

‘Never Again,’ from Shoah slogan to universal call

After a gunman took the lives of 17 students and staff at their high school in Parkland, Florida, students there launched a national campaign to promote gun control. They called for a major protest …

education in Israel

Haredim drawn to tech jobs in startup nation

According to Stuart Hershkowitz, vice president of the Jerusalem College of Technology, haredim are the fastest-growing population sector in Israel, at 11 …

who's in the kitchen

Plight of a Dashing Judy and her misplaced fob

I just celebrated a birthday last week, and while it wasn’t a big one, it’s getting close.  More than ever now,  I find myself a bit forgetful.  Family members and friends …

history today

Far-right Austria hosts European anti-Semitism confab

VIENNA — Until December, Milli Segal’s main challenge as a producer of Jewish-themed events in Austria was balancing her duties at work with her hands-on approach to being a Jewish …

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Full text of new OU statement on halachically valid roles for women in synagogue leadership

NEWS: The Orthodox Union, after a year of discussions with various stakeholders and in the face of some opposition, has established parameters for a three-year period during which the umbrella body …

united and divided

What does it mean to be Modern Orthodox?

While the vast majority of Modern Orthodox Jews believe in G-d, send their kids to Jewish day schools, and make incomes well above the national average, they are less than unanimous in their views on whether women should be rabbis or synagogue presidents,