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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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