Auschwitz liberation, 75 years ago, is noted

Seventy-five: It’s the average lifespan of an American male and, as of this week, also the number of years that have passed since soldiers from the 100th Infantry Division of the Russian army …

Pols act in no-bail fiasco

Slated to be the cornerstone of New York State’s social-justice reform in 2020, a new law that eliminates bail for misdemeanors and some felony crimes has come under increasing scrutiny, in …


Report eyes BDS: Past, present, future

A report on the history, current state and future prospects of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement was released on Monday by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The 44-page …

terror alert

Krav Maga, self-defense, new Jewish buzzwords

Just one month before the deadliest anti-Semitic mass shooting in U.S. history on Oct. 27, 2018, which took the lives of 11 Jewish worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, Eilon Even-Esh was at a …


Israel’s loss of diplomatic wisdom over Poland

This Thursday, the Fifth World Holocaust Forum will convene at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation …

World Zionist Congress

Americans’ Zionist vote stakes $1B

In a bid to secure $1 billion in potential funding for Jewish educational and communal causes in Israel and for fighting BDS and anti-Semitic activity around the world, nine modern Orthodox …

agunot awareness

12 top Jerusalem restaurants join ‘Taste of Freedom’ week

Chefs from 12 leading restaurants in Jerusalem have each created a special dish to express their personal concept of freedom, as part of an initiative by Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha …

politics to go

How anti-Semitism replaced historic black-Jewish alliance

African-Americans committed many of the recent anti-Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey. What makes that especially sad is that blacks and Jews were allies during the Civil Rights fight in …


Opening teenage eyes with one dose of Shas

I have never been to a football game. But last Wednesday, I entered MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants, with over 350 teenagers. My group was there as part …

kosher kitchen

Tasty, healthy dried fruits in winter (Who knew?)

It is winter and my doctor just told me to concentrate my fruit eating on blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries for the best nutritional value with the fewest calories …

five towns

3 stars headline Yachad concert at Shulmaith

Three stars of the Jewish music scene — Simcha Leiner, Duvie Shapiro and Aryreh Kunstler — delighted Chanukah celebrants who packed the auditorium of the Shulamith School …

Daf Yomi

At 17, I finished studying Talmud’s 2,711 pages

I didn’t start learning the Talmud to take a stand or voice an opinion. When I started learning a page of Talmud per day (Daf Yomi) at age 10, I didn’t realize that …


Jewish resistance act: Wearing natural curls

For centuries, anti-Semites have fetishized Jewish appearance. Using tedious racist tropes — be it smell, hooked noses, curly hair or traditional garb — anti-Semites labeled Jews as …


Cocktails are mixed with Torah at new Kosher Bar in Odessa

As an Orthodox Jew, Aryeh Rov had little interest in this port city’s rich and vibrant bar scene. For one thing, most drinks served in Odessa’s bars are not …

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Life and death are in the power of speech

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 …