Kiddush Hashem Corner


Jew in the City’s mission is to break down stereotypes about religious Jews and offer a humorous, meaningful look into Orthodox Judaism. Many of the negative ideas that people have about Orthodox Jews come from the negative headlines in the news. There are, unfortunately, members of the Orthodox community who do things against the Torah. Our intention here at JITC is not to pretend that these problems don’t exist. I’ve written pieces speaking out against problems in the Orthodox world and use Facebook and Twitter to take a stand as well.

And while I believe that we must speak out about the shortcomings that exist, there’s a sadness knowing that most of the positive stories will never get reported. So we’ve decided to start a new initiative at JITC to try to do something about that. We’re calling it “Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of God’s Name) Corner” and we plan on posting a story once a month about an Orthodox Jew who has done something remarkable – something that exemplifies Torah standards. But we need YOUR help.

Do you know an Orthodox Jew who has done something exceptional which illustrates how Torah values improve a person? Something like being extra careful about honesty, not gossiping, giving charity, being hospitable, returning lost items, etc. These are the stories we want to hear about. These are the people who should be representing us. We can’t make the bad guys go away. But we can make the voice of goodness even louder. Please help us and email us your idea at






  1. searchinmyroots : February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    This is a fantastic idea Allison!

    We must keep a balance by sharing positive stories as well as ones we may not be proud of.
    There are a lot good things Judaism does that goes unoticed and is “behind the scenes”. Many prefer to be anonymous. But there are times when “being a light unto nations” should be noticed as an example for others to follow.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. The issue here is that most Jewish people, even non Orthodox, spend their lives doing good, being light, so to choose just a few to mention? This will be your challenge. I began to think of people to tell you about, and realized that my list alone would keep you busy forever.

    • Thanks, Rebecca. We’re looking for exceptional cases for this column. So if you can think of the most exceptional people/stories you know, that’s what we’re looking for. thanks!

  3. Rebecca Wolf Hirsh : March 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Very well said.

  4. Marcee ... ILLINOIS : December 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hello Allison.

    A person can spend hours reading all these facts. Lots and lots of ground to cover re Orthodox Jewish.

    Was trying to find the subject matter re children …. specifically boys. Must I refrain and stop hugging my great nephew at 7 years old? That’s gonna be tough if I’m still alive!

    Okay. So, why?

    Also, can Orthodox Jewish females (wives) hug and kiss their brother-in-laws?

    That should do it. Thanks for the education.

    • Allison Josephs Allison Josephs : December 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for your question, Marcee. Every family is different. Technically it’s probably OK till his bar mitzvah, but each family has its own standards. Ask his parents what they’re comfortable with. Always best to ask.

      In terms of brothers-in-law, no, we do not. And if you think about it, if there’s any sibling rivalry between sisters, which their often is, it’s maybe not the worst idea to keep things with sisters’s husbands a bit more distant! 🙂

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