1 Minute Insight: Closeness to Hashem In Elul

Just as you have to pass by the thorn to get to the beauty of the rose, so follows the process of teshuva during the month of Elul.

How Can The Torah Be True Considering Sotah and Polygamy? Pt. 2

Is the Torah still relevant? Part II The following post contains excerpts of an email conversation between a Jew in the City reader and our Rabbinic Correspondent, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz. Due to the length, it has been broken into two parts. Part I here. Dear Jew in the City, Am I to view the troubling […]

Why Observant Jews Leave Judaism

Having run the gamut of observance herself, Faranak Margolese devoted five years to researching, interviewing, and surveying hundreds of people who left Orthodox Judaism in order to better understand the “off the derech” phenomenon. Her 2005 highly acclaimed book “Off The Derech: Why Observant Jews Leave Judaism, How To Respond To the Challenge” is perhaps […]

Orthodox Jewish All Star, Dr. Jeremy England, “The Next Darwin”

Meet Orthodox Jewish All Star – Dr. Jeremy England – award-winning MIT physicist who many call “the next Darwin”!! “I don’t think there is any problem being a scientist while also having a commitment to Hakadosh Baruch Hu and Torah…those who see a strong tension there either need to have a subtler understanding of the […]

Seeking Out a Hidden God

Recently, as I daven (pray), there is something that continues to leap out at me. Each time I say a bracha (blessing), I think about the fact that it begins by addressing God in the second-person, Baruch ATAH (Blessed are YOU). As I utter those first two words I am speaking to God, rather than about Him, […]

Are Jewish Rituals Passé?

Dear Jew in the City, Someone told me that the mitzvos don’t count anymore – all God wants is our goodness. Why else did the prophet Micah say: “What does God require of you?  Only to do justly love, mercy, and walk humbly with thy God?” Why did he say “only.” Also, I know there’s […]

Can Orthodox Jews Struggle With Torah?

A woman once told me that she’s too religious for her Reform temple but because she struggles with the Torah, she can’t be Orthodox. Watch below to see what I told her.

Why Israel Searched For The Boys Even Tho’ They Heard Gunshots

The shloshim (the end of the thirty day mourning period) for Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – the boys in Israel who were kidnapped and killed by terrorists last month – was yesterday. There is a question I have been wondering about ever since their bodies were discovered and the tape of their phone call to the […]

“Gravity” in 3D IMAX: God And Infinity

“It’s getting incredible reviews,” my husband exclaimed with a glint in his eye as he placed Wall Street Journal movie section on the coffee table last weekend. He had been reading a review on Gravity – the new movie with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. “Spiritual, thrilling, existential” were the words being used to describe […]

A Sukkot Lesson: Shaky Huts and Burning Houses

Almost exactly five years ago to the day, my parents got a call that all people dread: their home (the one of my childhood) was up in flames. Fortunately, no one was in it at the time of the fire, and the major damage was confined to the back of the house. But still, it came out […]

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