Ukraine’s Last Shtetl Preps Pesach & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Fleishik’s Raises the Question — Is a Deli a Deli If it Doesn’t Serve Rye Bread? Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey opened this week in LA to utter madness, with lines of people eager for kosher sandwiches forming out the door. It’s so crazy that the owners are actually reducing the hours of operation until […]

Mental Illness Awareness In The Orthodox Jewish Community

Mental Illness affects up to 20% of the population, and so many more when you consider the impact on families. While there is always room for improvement, particularly where stigma is concerned, Orthodox Jews have come a long way in terms of acceptance and care for those who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, OC(P)D, Bipolar Disorder, […]

Purim in Hebron & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

How to Host a Shabbat Dinner and Why You Should—Even if You Aren’t Celebrating The rituals of this Friday night tradition have become so much more than a religious experience. What’s better than winding down the week at home filled with your favorite people and the scent of a chicken roasting in the oven? Shabbat—the […]

Beauty & the Beast: Should Belle Have Judged Beast Favorably?

Dear Jew in the City- In the upcoming movie remake Beauty and the Beast, the main character Belle is kept prisoner by a mean Beast whom everyone hates and fears, yet Belle somehow sees the good in him, which (not-so-spoiler-alert) transforms him. What does Judaism say about seeing the good in other people? Thanks! Dear Hater- […]

Meet Orthodox Jewish NASA Aerospace Engineer, Aaron Brown

Houston, we don’t have a problem! That’s because when Aerospace Engineer, Aaron Brown, first encountered Torah in an in-depth way, he thought it was out of this world. Brown, who specializes in trajectory analysis, design, and operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, sees no contradiction in being a rocket scientist and an […]

Ever Get The Feeling That God Was Trying To Give You A Message?

I like to think of myself as a kind person who gives others the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes I need small reminders to improve; recently, I got one from a rather unexpected place! Last Saturday night, a friend sent me a text message telling me that she had left her dorm key and student ID […]

Westport’s Jazz Rabbi & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Revelio! Hogwarts Haggadah Ready — Just In Time For Passover Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg of Queens, New York is set to release his “Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah” within the next two weeks. The haggadah, the book used as a companion to the Passover seder, will include explanations of the Seder rituals and texts through a Harry Potter […]

Modest Stylists, Modest Runways & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Orthodox Stylist Who Makes Stars Glimmer at the Oscars When the annual awards season hits Hollywood, celebrity stylist Adena Rohatiner can spends days considering as many as 75 looks for a single client’s outfit. A member of West LA’s Modern Orthodox community, Rohatiner is the niece of Jeff Rohatiner, purveyor of Jeff’s Sausages, a […]

A Talk With Hasidic Music Superstar Lipa Schmeltzer

Though he may be the only hasid in the world to boast bleached-blond peyos, singing at the White House and appearing in a Pepsi commercial, Lipa Schmeltzer  (also known as “The Jewish Elvis,” and “The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music”) had a rather typical hasidic upbringing in terms of religion. Emotionally, there were challenges. Growing up […]

Our Top 7 Favorite Homemade Shalach Manos Themes!

I’m not one of those DIY people. I’m creative, but most of the time, I simply can’t be bothered. I’d rather pay someone to DITFM (do it for me!) But when Purim comes around, I get a little crazy – crazy INSPIRED – that is. It started off several years ago with the Shushan Times […]

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