Learning from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

A long-ago lecture by Rabbi Steinsaltz inspired me to tap into 4,000 years of Jewish wisdom.

Why Do Jews Wear a Kippah?

4 ways wearing a kippah is like a wedding ring.

Jews and Pickles: 7 Facts

Pickles have long been a Jewish food. Here are some fascinating facts and recipes.

The Top 10 Most Elite Units of the IDF

An inside look at Israel's extensive special forces keeping its citizens safe.

Jewish Rapper Responds to Wiley

Some British rapper full of hate tweeting dangerous views, makes me wonder if there’s any safe space for the Jews.

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

Seth, you spent an hour of prime time savaging your fellow Jews, misrepresenting Jewish history, defaming Israel and Israelis, and slandering Judaism. What gives?

9 Common Jewish Symbols

And the history behind these common Jewish emblems.

Under Siege: Past and Present

What the siege of Jerusalem teaches us about the Covid-19 siege.

My Father's Holocaust Secret

When Holocaust survivor Aryeh Goldberg passed away, he left his son, Tzachi, his gold watch. On opening the box, Tzachi found an old black and white photo of two women hidden behind the watch.

5 Reasons Why the Western Wall is Holy

The Western Wall is a surviving remnant of the Temple Mount where the Temple stood, bringing God's presence in the world.

The Burnt House in Jerusalem's Old City

The museum, near the Western Wall, shows a priestly house that was destroyed along with the Temple.

Connecting on Zoom: Life Without the Temple

Living without a Temple is like living your life on Zoom – you're always craving for real connection.

Israeli Start Up for Quarantine Kindness

A community service helps families in quarantine, including running errands, taking out garbage, doing shopping and delivering care packages to children.

Mourning the Old Normal

Take time to mourn the life we used to have.

Hiding from Nazis

For 200 days Tibor Spitz and his family hid in a hole during the freezing winter to evade the Nazis.

#JewishPrivilege

Being Jewish shouldn't be defined through suffering and negativity. Let's flip #JewishPrivilege to a positive.

Taking Out My Box of Grief

Why I'm looking forward to Tisha B'Av this year.

Thank You Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

An open letter to the NBA star who called on African Americans to condemn anti-Semitism.

The Pope who Printed the Talmud

Pope Leo X allowed a remarkable group of men to produce the first printed set of Talmud.

100-Year-Old Torah Survives House Fire Intact

A family loses everything in a fire that gut their house. Despite the fire, the smoke and the water, the Torah was recovered undamaged.

An Irreplaceable Doctor: A Tribute to Dr. Elliot Samet

Our beloved community doctor died due to Covid-19.

Israel Does Not Practice Apartheid

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is wholly different from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Mrs. Hollander’s Opus: An MS Sufferer’s Legacy of Optimism and Faith

Despite her degenerative and debilitating illness, Kaila Hollander’ remarkable joy inspired an entire community.

Now is the Time to Move to Israel

We needed a final push to get us there. The pandemic and rise in anti-Semitism were it.

Reopening Our Shul: Don't Give Up

Despite all of our precautions, there was no minyan. I was ready to throw in the towel and close for the summer. Then this happened.

Defying 20,000 Nazis in New York City

In 1939 Isadore Greenbaum risked his life to disrupt a major Nazi rally at Madison Square Gardens.

When King Louis IX Burned the Talmud

A thousand years ago, King Louis IX ordered the Talmud burned in Paris.

Anti-Semitism Gets you Fired by Labour, but Hired by NYT

What does a new editor at The New York Times have in common with two of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent supporters? A willingness to spread anti-Semitic myths.

Israel’s COVID-19 Innovation

Even during this most difficult time, Israel is living up to its name as the start-up nation.

My Jewish Privilege

Privilege is not a luxury, it’s a legacy; it isn’t a free pass, it is a weighty responsibility. Privilege shouldn’t breed entitlement, it should demand exceptional behavior.

The Year of the Vilna Gaon

Long after most of its once-vibrant Jewish community is gone, Lithuania is embracing the legacy of the Vilna Gaon.

Giving Life to Music from the Holocaust

Francesco Lotoro has dedicated his life to uncovering thousands of pieces composed in concentration camps.

NFL Quarterback Kirk Cousins on his Love for Torah and All Things Jewish

In his inspiring address to NCSY's Jewish Student Union graduates, the quarterback urges everyone to take the Torah seriously.

Becoming a Jew: All the Perks of Membership

Becoming Jewish is a wonderful journey, but it isn’t always easy.

Jeopardy Winner Covers Her Hair on National TV

Meggie Kwait competed on the game show as a proud observant Jew.

Captives of Hamas

Bereaved families rally to bring their sons home.

Zoom Bombed: Take a Stand Against Racism and Anti-Semitism

A bunch of racists crashed our erev Shabbat program. It has emboldened us.

Frontlines Everywhere

Not all heroes wear capes or medical garb. Many are completely unseen and their praises go unsung.

Think about Taking a Gap Year In Israel

Now may be the ideal time to spend a year learning in Jerusalem.

No Jewish Camp this Summer, Now What?

Camp changed my life. It can still change yours even if there’s no camp this summer.

My Battle with Covid-19

5 ways my life was changed by my 26-day battle with the virus.

Remembering Rabbi Norman Lamm

A grief-stricken testimonial by a lifelong admirer, devotee and friend.

I'm Deferring Harvard to Attend Yeshiva in Israel Next Year

With many universities planning to hold virtual classes next year, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to spend a gap year in Israel.

How Covid-19 Brought Me and My Hasidic Neighbors Together

For years I felt rejected by my Hasidic neighbors. The pandemic changed all that.

The Jewish Future Pledge: Ensuring Young Donors Give to Jewish Causes

The Jewish Future Pledge calls on Jews to give 50% of charitable contributions to Jewish or Israel-related organizations.

Violins of Hope: Telling Holocaust Stories Through Music

Niv Ashkenazi's new album featuring instruments and music by composers that were affected by the Holocaust.

Millions are Blaming Jews for Coronavirus

One out of five English people believe Jews are behind the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hidden Message in Hinei Ma Tov

Jewish unity despite our differences is a prerequisite for accepting the Torah. How do we attain it?

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