A Talk With Hasidic Music Superstar Lipa Schmeltzer

Though he may be the only hasid in the world to boast bleached-blond peyos, singing at the White House and appearing in a Pepsi commercial, Lipa Schmeltzer  (also known as “The Jewish Elvis,” and “The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music”) had a rather typical hasidic upbringing in terms of religion. Emotionally, there were challenges. Growing up […]

Orthodox Jewish All Star, Gail Hoffman, Columbia University Treasurer

Gail Hoffman is the first Orthodox Jew to hold a senior administration position in Columbia University. “I don’t know what it would be like to live without a spiritual side.”

Orthodox Jews in the News: Weekly Round Up 1/14

Fundamentally Freund: The Stirring Revival of Sicily’s Bnei Anousim – “More than five centuries after the forced conversion to Catholicism of large numbers of Sicilian Jews, followed by the expulsion of the rest, a nascent rebirth is well underway, as growing numbers of Sicily’s Bnei Anousim (“Marranos”) now seek to embrace the heritage of their ancestors.” […]

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