The (Jewish) Secret Answer to Male Lonliness

 An article recently published in the Boston Globe, “The biggest threat facing middle-aged men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness,” (March 9, 2017) suggests that for adult men, meaningful friendships often do not actively continue into the adult years which can not only lead to a variety of problems, but can also have a terrible impact on […]

Modesty is Trending and Other Orthodox Jews in the News

  Obama Should Pardon This Iowa Kosher Food Executive Two U.S. Attorneys make the case for why Sholom Rubashkin should be pardoned before President Obama’s term comes to a close next month. Rubashkin has served more than seven years of his life sentence which was commuted to 25 years.   How an Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Director […]

Leonard Cohen’s Orthodox Jewish Upbringing and Shabbos Observance

Beloved singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died last week at the age of 82. Most famous for penning the hauntingly poignant ballad “Hallelujah” among other songs in the past 40 years, as well as poetry and novels, not many people were aware that Cohen was born and raised Orthodox, spent some time involved in Buddhism then returned […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round Up 10/28/16

  Bump Your Faith: Getting to Know Rappers Prodezra and Hebro Reuben “Prodezra” Formey and Raphael “Hebro” Fulcher are two rising frum hip-hop stars. Their beats are mainstream but their content is truly out of this world. Baltimore Poised to Elect First Orthodox City Council Member Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, a 20-something businessman, Sabbath observer, and […]

How I Learned The Art Of Prayer

Since I was a little kid, I’ve been trained in the art of prayer. I learned from a really young age that praying is what we do in any occasion. When the heart is full of gratitude, there is prayer. When the soul is full of pain, there is prayer. When it seems pointless to talk things […]

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, […]

Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, Who Taught Me The Secret to Holiness

Long ago, when I was a very young child, I came to know a teenage girl named Henny Lustig. From my deeply naive perspective, she seemed vibrant and alive in a way I had never before encountered. She was enthralled by the world around her and the people populating it. It wasn’t hard to get caught up […]

Should Jews Stand While Praying On Airplanes?

Dear Jew in the City, On a recent flight after dealing with hours of a cancelation, a reschedule and then a delay, I finally boarded the plane with numerous other exhausted passengers. I noticed quite a few fellow Orthodox Jews on this flight, the one closest to me was a twenty-something guy with a short […]

Moments of Hope During A Reign of Terror in Israel

There was a video going around yesterday – people warned me that it was gruesome – but I was en route to a speaking engagement and wasn’t really paying attention. Before I boarded the plane, I quickly checked Facebook and the video started playing on my feed. I saw a car ram into people. A […]

Who Will Live And Who Will Die? A Troubling High Holiday Prayer

Every Rosh Hashana we say the prayer Unsaneh Tokef : “On Rosh Hashanah we’ll be inscribed and on Yom Kippur we’ll be sealed – how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; […]

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