Avi and Peter Abelow Rachel Saperstein, now a resident of the Jerusalem Gold Hotel, is a friend of ours who lived in Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip for over twenty-five years before being expelled from her home. She recently returned from a fund-raising trip to the United States on behalf of the 10,000 refugees […]
Why were some rabbis so opposed to machine matzah?
Misconception: Horseradish (chrain) is the preferred item to use to fulfill the mitzvah of eating maror at the Seder. Fact: Among Ashkenazim, horseradish is widely used for maror. While horseradish often appears as the translation for tamcha, one of the vegetables listed in the Mishnah that may be used for maror, the translation is probably […]
Sandwiched between Pesach, the holiday marking our redemption from galut (exile), and Shavuot, the holiday when we celebrate receiving the Torah and our concomitant commitment to building a Torah society, are Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. On the first of these two days, Israel Memorial Day, Israel commemorates the heavy price of our freedom, the […]
From time to time, articles and symposia appear in Jewish Action and other periodicals about the value of higher secular knowledge and its consonance with Torah. Oft, Rav Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik is cited as the rabbinic imprimatur of the importance of advanced academic education—nay, as a categorical imperative. Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters […]
Spring recipes may require seasonal ingredients that are a little tricky to get, since new vegetables are not yet at their prime. I have therefore selected a few recipes with ingredients that are available year-round. Please note that these are recipes for spring; they are not related to Pesach. Sweet and Sour Eggplant 4 […]
Old age must be setting in. I have clear memories of people walking around with Sony Walkmans, listening to music etched onto plastic CDs. Sobering, isn’t it, how last year’s cutting-edge technology quickly becomes this year’s coffee cup coaster? Chances are that some of our readers even remember—gasp!—audiocassette tapes! For the moment, MP3 players are […]
A rising number of frum couples are taking their determination to enter Jewish parenthood to the next level by adopting a child
After the Seder, on the way home from my aunt’s house, I stumble. It is not sleep that causes me to fall over my feet, nor the four cups of wine. I am off kilter from emotion.
Rav Kook was acutely aware of the danger threatening the Zionist vision if brought to fruition on the waves of a secular nationalist ideology.
Professor Aumann has made a number of seminal contributions to game theory, any one of which might have been worthy of a Nobel Prize.
It is indicative of how steeped he is in Jewish tradition that no matter what goes on around him, it is family and tradition that form Professor Aumann’s own x and y coordinates.