‘Bloodlines’ at Ford: Ad-lib recalls racist line in US history

President Donald Trump’s recent remark about Henry Ford’s “good bloodlines” has aroused curiosity and controversy. Trump actually is not the first president to subscribe to …


Anti-Semitism a social virus in PBS documentary

Any person who follows the news knows that anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world. As it has spread, so has our insight that this is a hatred with many faces, a many-headed monster fed by …


In race for a vaccine, first doesn’t mean best

About 120 research groups from various countries are racing to develop vaccines for COVID-19. Several formulations have already advanced to human safety trials. Although the frontrunners in this race …

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As my hubby hits 65, he’s as ‘Jerry’ as ever

Although my column’s been on break lately, I jumped at the chance to write an article this week when my fave editor Ed Weintrob asked if I would for the Shavuot edition. Since I last wrote, my …


Rabbis reassure women: Your mikvahs are safe

Women’s mikvahs are safe — and fear of COVID-19 should not block their use. Five-hundred viewers heard this message during a webinar on Monday night hosted by Mikvah USA and My Gift of …


Israel’s friends welcome Erdan’s dual appointments

Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted positively to Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information Gilad Erdan’s appointment as the Jewish state’s next …


Tel Aviv creatives make art out of corona crisis

TEL AVIV — Designer Yoav Gati was walking around his south Tel Aviv block in March when he saw a discarded latex glove on the street. A few meters later he spotted another one, and then …


From a HS principal: Positivity, planning

There is a perception right now that everything has changed, but what is the reality? We still need to educate our children and to prepare them for a complex future. …


Cheers for Congress ‘Never Again’ ed act

Jewish and pro-Israel groups applauded Senate passage last Wednesday of the Never Again Education Act, which seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States. The legislation, which passed …


Agudath Israel of America issues ‘road map’ for the safe reopening of shuls

On Friday, Agudath Israel of America issued this statement: We are all encouraged to see several states ease, or begin talks of easing, the long and difficult quarantine which has successfully …


50 rabbis in Five Towns say the crisis may be over, OK outdoor minyanim 'under specific circumstances'

On Rosh Chodesh I'yar, we disseminated a letter addressing the numerous calls and requests that had been presented to all our community Rabbanim regarding the possibility of issuing clear guidelines, …


Silence of the Jews: No outrage, left or right, after murder

A young Israeli soldier, Amit Ben-Yigal, was stoned to death last week by Palestinian Arab terrorists. The response of the American Jewish left was appalling. And the response of the rest of …


Ancient complex found near Kotel puzzles experts

that dates back to the Second Temple era has recently been excavated at the foot of a 1,400-year-old building near the Western Wall. On Tuesday, the Israel Antiquities Authority …


Toronto Jews keep traditions going in pandemic

As the rate of new COVID-19 cases very gradually declines in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, this city’s  residents can see the light. Storefront retailers are preparing …


Transitions, destinations in COVID-19 desert

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about transitions and destinations. Perhaps it’s because in childhood, at precisely this time of year, my friends and I would relish the approach of …


Enjoying favorite Jewish foods — with a twist

“This is goyish,” said my friend during brunch one Sunday, as I was enjoying my lox and cream cheese bagel, overflowing with onions, cucumbers, and a host of other vegetables. I looked …


OU and RCA publish detailed guidance on the eventual reopening of shuls

With an eye on the eventual reopening of shuls, the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America issued a detailed statement on Friday afternoon listing 13 “principles that should …


YIW's Rabbi Billet: Minyanim happening in our community are a dangerous violation of Jewish law

The inability to pray with a minyan has been a painful consequence of this pandemic for many Orthodox Jews. And the desire to have a minyan three times daily, in any venue, is a genuine yearning of the soul for Orthodox Jews. …

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