Does Flying On A Plane On Shabbos Make You Not Orthodox?

On Friday morning, I opened up Facebook and read that Jared and Ivanka Kushner were going to be flying to the Mideast with President Trump that night on the Jewish Sabbath. A spokesperson for the couple said they had gotten approval to do so from a rabbi. As I read through the comments of several […]

Jew in the City in Business Insider & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

This Woman Ran a Marathon While 7 Months Pregnant With Her 5th Kid — And She Dominated Beatie Deutsch used to be the fastest runner in her family when they would race each other on annual beach trips. Then she got married and had four kids in six years. She decided to train for a […]

Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Condemns Charedi Extremism in Israel

A recent headline showing some Chareidim burning an effigy of an Israeli soldier requires some response. As someone who is associated with the Chareidi community, I condemn such an act in the strongest terms. There are no “two sides” here, two different legitimate opinions within the Chareidi camp. Those who acted in this way, acted […]

Lakewood, Yeshiva Capital Of US & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Esteemed Educator Faces Opposition As He Takes Over Hempstead School District An esteemed educator known for fixing failing New York City schools is ready to roll up his sleeves in one of the worst performing school districts on Long Island. Until now, “A Hasidic Jew is not somebody you’re going to find in Hempstead,” Dr. […]

Opioid Addiction Awareness in the Orthodox Jewish Community

While the problem of drug addiction is a universal one, much of the Orthodox Jewish community has not always been comfortable facing it head on. Thankfully, change is beginning to taking place with a raising of awareness like never before. With more than 700 people coming to an event last Monday night in Brooklyn sponsored […]

Haredi Women Filmmakers & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Read The Groundbreaking Orthodox Film Story That’s Now An Award Finalist The Haredi world is generally viewed as an insular patriarchal community that shuns movies, but a fledgling, shadow film industry has been growing quietly for a decade within the confines of this improbable universe. These flicks — dozens of them — are produced, scripted, […]

These Jews-Lost For Generations-Are Now Returning To Israel

Thousands of years ago our prophets spoke of a day when Jews, who had been exiled and spread around the world, would gather and return to the land of Israel. A man named Michael Freund, founder and director of Shavei Israel, might be helping to bring this millennia-old navuah to fruition. Shavei Israel, which means […]

Fake News: CNN Reporter Reza Aslan’s “Ultra-Orthodox Jews”

Now that “Fake News” is well established as a thing, Reza Aslan has introduced us to “Fake Documentaries” via his CNN Believer series which aired last week. I’ve read that his coverage of Hindus and Catholics was pretty awful. Critics have said he focused on fringe groups with little legitimacy while offering no context or overview […]

Pence And What The Torah Says About Getting Close To Other Women

Dear Jew in the City, I read the Mike Pence doesn’t have meals alone with women who are not his wife or drink in mixed company. What’s the Orthodox Jewish approach to this topic? Thanks, Rob Dear Rob, That’s a very good question. Vice President Pence has been the object of a lot of derision […]

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, […]

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