Mayim Bialik reflects on her lost bonsai, Yom Kippur, davening, and Jonah

Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. After a year unlike any we could have anticipated, I have been waiting for this day, not for atonement so much as a reset. Jewish tradition teaches us that …


Tragedy, triumph of Mizrahi Jews holds real key to MidEast peace

Following the signing of the peace deals between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, American Jewish leaders came forward to discuss how they played a behind-the-scenes role over the …


Jews eulogize Ginsburg, who spoke often of her heritage

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, died on erev Rosh Hashana, Friday Sept. 18, at the age of 87. Ginsburg, a judicial, feminist and Jewish icon who was …


Aliyah is up despite COVID-19 pandemic and bureaucratic woes

 Israel is seeing a spike in aliyah, with more people interested in moving to the Jewish state compared to previous years. But with COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the world, it has become …


Meeks on Engel chair list

Rep. Eliot Engel, the Bronx Democrat who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lost his primary to progressive Jamaal Bowman, and the scramble to replace him on the committee in the next …


We welcome 5781, in all its muddled glory!

For 40 years, Rosh Hashana dinner at the Hofman house was the place to be. More than 30 or so family members and friends gathered at our long refectory table, with teens at a card table (the …


Tunisian pumpkin jam: Underrated holiday treat

For many Jews, predominantly Sephardim, Rosh Hashana foods extend way beyond apples and honey. Among the numerous simanim (foods that have symbolic …


Israel was there for us in 5780

The High Holidays is a time of deep spiritual reflection and introspection. This year, obviously, demands it even more. As I take stock of the year that was, several unusual occurrences stand out …


Many Orthodox support Trump. I’m one of them.

I am a registered Democrat who often votes Republican. I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in North Jersey. We cried when Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and exulted when …

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St. John’s more than doubles the size of its Emergency Department

It’s a bright new day in the Emergency Department at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. Relegated to history is a former cramped and overcrowded environment …


Fresh dates grown from 6th-century BCE seed

Mazal tov to Hannah and Methuselah on their 111 miracle babies! The proud parents are date palms grown from ancient seeds uncovered in archeological excavations in Israel. These dates, recently …


Will new 'mountain Jew' museum draw tourists to remote Azerbaijan?

A 19th-century silver Kiddush cup. Faded Soviet propaganda magazines from the 1920s. Clandestine letters mailed from the front by Jewish soldiers battling Nazis. …


10 ideas for the days leading up to Yom Kippur

As we approach Yom Kippur, here are ten short ideas which might help you focus your davening and ensure you have a meaningful and transformative experience. …


Orthodox rabbi says Trump is '‘neither good for the Jews, nor for Judaism’

Everywhere I turn, I see a country that has neither been made “great again” nor is respected as the protector of human rights and the ingatherer of the downtrodden …

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