The Orthodox Jews of Rugged Maniac

“Dirty Jew” is an epithet sometimes used by anti-Semites, but in all fairness, sometimes Jews do get dirty. Like the time Congregation Anshei Chesed, an Orthodox shul in Linden New Jersey, sent an entire team to participate in Rugged Maniac. Rugged Maniac, founded in 2010 and seen on Shark Tank, is an annual 5k obstacle course which takes […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round-Up 9/16/16

How the Burkini Debate Boosted Sales of Modest Swimwear in Israel The Burkini Ban was the Modest Wear story of the summer…but not many people know that because of it, Arab women are buying suits from Israelis and strengthening the ties between them. Shortlist for National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Prize Announced Kovi Konowiecki’s portraits of […]

The Orthodox Jewish Girl Who Became A Cop Because of 9/11

When picturing an Orthodox Jewish woman, most people conjure up an image of a lady carrying a baby, not a gun. But for Ariella Loew, it seemed like there was no reason she couldn’t do both! Loew grew up in Lincolnwood, just outside of Chicago in an Orthodox family and though she had never seen […]

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 […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round Up 8/19/16

Adaptation of Popular Israeli TV Show, Shtisel, to Air in US The hottest television drama on the air right now in Israel is, wait for it, about Orthodox Jews! Its American adaptation is now in the works, and is being produced by Marta Kauffman of “Friends” fame. Can a Cheeseburger be Kosher? The Jewish Standard […]

How Could The Torah Be True When It Includes Sacrifices & Genocide? Pt. 1

The following post contains excerpts of an email conversation between a Jew in the City reader and our Educational Correspondent, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz. Due to the length, it has been broken into two parts. Dear Jew in the City, Am I to view the troubling and seemingly irrelevant parts of the Torah as a history […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round Up 8/12/16

  Jeremy Piven Becomes a Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem With an *entourage* consisting of Amare Stoudemire and Omri Casspi, Jeremy Piven had a service at Aish HaTorah’s world center, overlooking the Kotel. Better yet, he was given the gift of helping Hatzalah save lives. A Rabbi Who Keeps Things Kosher at Manischewitz Mashgiachs have a […]

Does the Torah Permit Rape During Wartime, Including Modern Times?

Dear Jew in the City, I heard recently that an Orthodox rabbi said that Israeli soldiers are allowed to rape women in war. Is this true? If is, it is horribly upsetting! How could that be part of Judaism? Thank you, D.L. Dear D.L., You’re referring to something that the new candidate for chief rabbi […]

The Orthodox Jewish Beatboxers Are Back For Round Two!

The internet has been abuzz over the past two weeks since Orthodox Jewish beatboxers Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton made their debut on America’s Got Talent. These kippah-clad men in glasses, tzitzits, and easy smiles shocked the celebrity judges and rallied the entire audience the moment they opened their mouths. The crowd (and Jewish judge […]

What Is The Jewish View on Ghosts?

The Ghostbusters franchise has come back from the dead, raising questions on what Judaism teaches about ghosts. According to the Torah, do ghosts haunt our society, crossing over from the dead to appear before and communicate with the living? Texts spanning millennia offer two different approaches within Jewish belief. Judaism teaches that death does not […]

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