Why Do We Spin A Grogger From Below And A Dreidel From Above?

Did you ever consider that both Purim and Chanukah contain toys which spin? But why does one spin from below while the other spins from above?

How Do I Teach My Jewish Kids To Respect But Not Envy Christmas?

Dear Jew in the City, How do I raise my kids to be respectful of Christmas yet not have Christmas-envy? People always seem to go to one extreme or the other, but I’d like to give over a nuanced perspective to my children. Sincerely, Holiday Cheer Dear Cheer, That’s a great question. I’m no parenting expert, […]

Orthodox Jews in the News: Weekly Round Up 12/14

Netanyahu Appoints Rabbi Drukman’s Student as Next Mossad Chief – “With Cohen’s appointment, three of Israel’s top security officials — the heads of Mossad, the Shabak chief, and police commissioner — are now observant Jews.” Orthodox Jews Grapple With How to Talk About Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse – More than 1,000 ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews from around the world […]

Loaded “Potato Skins” Latke Recipe

As Chanukah shines on and you begin to have latke ennui or at least latke leftovers, here’s a fun way to mix things up. Whip up a batch of loaded “potato skins” latkes. Loaded potato skins are a throwback from my non-kosher days: crispy potato skins topped with melted cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour […]

Orthodox Jews in the News: Weekly Round Up 11/30

Pigeon Meat and 5 Other Kosher Trends to Watch – Read about 6 Kosher food innovations from this year’s Kosherfest, the annual kosher food trade show, including squab (or pigeon meat) and chicken soup-flavored potato chips Gigi Hadid, Kris Jenner, Fete Stylist Monica Rose’s New Jewelry Collaboration – Rose, the stylist behind the fashionable looks of Hadid […]

Orthodox Jewish All Stars Party Recap!!

After months of hard work and planning, we finally had our amazing Orthodox Jewish All Stars Awards party last Sunday, on November 24 at the newly renovated Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan thanks to the talents of Sarah Lasry and Chanie Waxler, the JITC team, and our wonderful sponsors (like Ruth Fischl and Freeda Wigs). Several Orthodox Jewish All Stars from this […]

My Thanksgivukkah Wish

Thanksgivukkah. We’ve been hearing a lot about it lately. From yam latkes to cranberry filled sufganiot, this historic confluence of holidays has created a lot of playful buzz these last few weeks. Now I like a good menurkey as much as the next guy, but I believe there’s a poignant message behind this mash up of […]

Candlelight: Connecting the Finite to the Infinite on Chanukah

When Chanukah came on Tuesday night, I was drained like I haven’t been drained in quite some time. My baby had begun teething the night before and had woken up half a dozen times. My older son (who’s been screaming out randomly at night) also woke up several times. Despite barely sleeping, I had to […]

Is it Bad if I Take My Jewish Kids to See Santa?

Dear Jew in the City, Is it bad if i take my Jewish kids to see Santa? They keep asking me.   Thanks, Michelle from Bethesda, MD Dear Michelle, Great and very timely question! How much exposure to non-Jewish holidays should we give our Jewish children? My kids have some curiosity about non-Jewish holidays since we […]

The Maccabeats: A Modern Day Chanukah Miracle?

If you’re both Jewishly and technologically connected enough to be reading these words, then the Yeshiva University Maccabeats (and the stir they caused this past Chanukah) require no introduction.

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