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 …

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 …

five towns

‘My Brother, My Helper’ at Achiezer’s gala

About 1,800 people came to the Sands Atlantic Beach on Jan. 5 to salute Achiezer and those honored at its “My Brother, My Helper” gala. 


African-American teens learn about their Jewish neighbors

Though Naisha Couamin walks through a heavily Jewish neighborhood near her home in the East Flatbush most days, she had never actually talked to a Jewish person until recently. The 17-year-old had …

fighting anti-semitism

Long Islanders join 25,000 in No Hate No Fear march in NYC

An estimated 25,000 marchers — including many from Long Island — assembled in Manhattan’s Foley Square Sunday morning, flooding the Brooklyn Bridge for hours as they crossed into Brooklyn amid chants of “No Hate, No Fear.” …

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 …

peace plan

Greenblatt: Peace in Israel may come another day

Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, made his first public speech since leaving the White House on Sunday night. Greenblatt, 52, who worked as a lawyer …


Trump’s reality confronts the mythmakers

For the past 40-odd years, two narratives have guided American Middle East policy. Both were invented by the Carter administration. One relates to Iran. One relates to Israel. Both narratives …

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 …


Chickpeas! Superfood set for world domination

The 2010s saw chickpeas rise to fame. The king of chickpea dishes, hummus, turned from a hippy health food to a fridge staple. This was great in terms of accessibility, but not so great for …

fighting anti-semitism

5 LI members of Congress stand as 1 against hate

All five members of the Long Island congressional delegation — 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats — were joined on Friday by two state legislators, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Police …

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 …


Leaders air big policy changes at Kohelet confab

Top American and Israeli political figures announced major policy changes at last week’s Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened the conference by …


Keys to understanding and combatting anti-Semitism in America

The last two festivals to be added to the Jewish calendar prior to modern times — Purim and Chanukah — are both about anti-Semitism. There is one obvious difference between them: …

fighting hate

Riverdale prep school fires teacher over anti-Semitic tweets

A teacher at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale was fired last week after being accused of posting anti-Semitic comments on social media. J.B. Brager, a history teacher at the …


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 …

kosher kitchen

Muffins in winter: Recipes for seasonal warmth

It is definitely winter. I can tell. My hands are always cold and my lips are always chapped. Winter is the time for hunkering down and eating hearty foods, like wintery thick soups, stews …

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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 …