The Kotel Is Top World Headline & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

How This Film About Modern Orthodox Women Turned Into a Surprise Hit The film “The Women’s Balcony” has no fancy camerawork, no huge twist, no laugh-out-loud moments, no sex and no violence (although there is some yelling — it is, after all, a movie about Israelis). Yet the movie is a breakout hit in its […]

My Husband Makes Mikvah Night Extra Romantic By Doing This

On mikvah night, my husband leaves me a present. Not every month, not all the time, lest I expect it and no longer appreciate it. He started over twenty years ago when we had just gotten married. I don’t know how he first thought to do it, but it’s so incredibly sweet and wonderful and […]

Jerusalem’s Haredi Art Gallery & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Inside Israel’s Only Glatt Kosher Art Gallery In a public bomb shelter is the Art Shelter Gallery, the only gallery in Israel, and presumably in the world, that operates in a Haredi neighborhood and that is deemed appropriate for that public. Meet the artists and curators seeking to vitalize Haredi art world, and if possible, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Does the Torah Say Its Ever Okay to Lie?

Dear Jew in the City – I know that George Washington once said, “I cannot tell a lie.” Is that the Jewish approach or is lying justified sometimes? Sincerely, Pants on Fire   Dear Pants, As the story goes, young George Washington once chopped down a cherry tree with his hatchet. When his father confronted […]

Is “Spare the Rod Spoil The Child” Meant To Be Taken Literally?

Dear Jew in the City- I heard that hitting kids in schools is still legal in 19 states and that unfortunately some of the most insular schools in the Orthodox world still hit kids and justify it with a Proverbs verse. Is that really what it means? Sincerely, Outraged in Ohio Dear Outraged- (For the […]

How Do We Deal With Sexist Biblical Commentaries?

God is connected to everyone who reaches out to Him, as the Midrash (Eliyahu Rabbah, 9) teaches, “I call heaven and earth to witness that whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, slave or maidservant, everything is according to their actions that the divine spirit rests on them.” Every place the Torah and Talmud discuss holiness and […]

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