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, […]

The Muslim And Orthodox Jewish Women Who Chatted On A Plane

It was my third time in just over a month that the TSA had stopped me because I was wearing a hat over my wig (and apparently, this sends them into a tizzy). By the time I got to my seat on the plane, I was still feeling  annoyed that I had not yet learned […]

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 […]

Orthodox Jewish Day School Student’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral

Kim Hunter’s viral Facebook post about receiving a gift bag from a bar mitzvah boy during her cancer treatment is something that may have come across your newsfeed, but did you know that the kindness was done by a yeshiva boy and his friends? With over 5000 likes and hundreds of words of praise, it […]

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 […]

Purim In “La La Land”

Having been voted New York’s hippest rabbi (an honor which along with a Metro Card may get me to Midtown) and serving as the rabbi to Brooklyn’s trendsetting Pratt Institute, I find myself in a constant search to remain hip with the ‘kids.’ So when it came to planning this year’s perfect Purim party, I […]

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