How Many Deplorables Are In The Orthodox Jewish Community?

As I boarded a plane in Melbourne, Australia during a speaking tour a year and a half ago, I noticed a very Hasidic looking man sitting next to a very secular (read: dressed for summer) woman. Despite a spate of headlines at the time that had reported on Hasidic men who refused to sit next […]

The Orthodox Jewish Girl Who Became A Cop Because of 9/11

When picturing an Orthodox Jewish woman, most people conjure up an image of a lady carrying a baby, not a gun. But for Ariella Loew, it seemed like there was no reason she couldn’t do both! Loew grew up in Lincolnwood, just outside of Chicago in an Orthodox family and though she had never seen […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round Up 8/26/16

  Woman’s Funeral Had No Attendees So 30 Strangers Showed Up When no one showed up to Francine Stein’s funeral, a viral online post from the daughter of the officiating rabbi drew a crowd of 30 Orthodox Jews to help out. The mitzvah of levayas hameis just happens to also be a kiddush Hashem. How […]

A Kiddush Hashem In A Most Unexpected Place

As I rode the bus on the way home from work, I tried to grade papers, but given the close quarters, it was hard not to overhear the conversations of the other riders. Most of them discussed the weather with their seatmate or spoke with a friend over their cell phone. After several new passengers boarded at […]

The Orthodox Jewish Doctor Who Saved a Life At 35,000 Feet

Editor’s note: This story was written by a friend of Jew in the City’s who this recently happened to, but who asked to be anonymous. We fought to get our front seats. There was a glitch in the system as our front seats were confirmed and then something happened and as much as we tried (and we […]

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 […]

I Feel Disappointed in Orthodox Jews When They…

Sit in judgment of others, as our sages teach “Don’t judge another man until you have stood in his place.” (Ethics of the Fathers) When they do that judging in public, as the Talmud says, “He who publicly shames his neighbor is as though he shed blood.” When they commit acts of fraud, as the […]

The Orthodox Jews Who Share Their Seats and Their Hearts

Yoni Greenstein, an Orthodox Jewish man who grew up in Monsey and works in corporate America, realized something six years ago: many companies have seats at ballgames and events meant for clients which go unused, while many Jewish children suffering from illness and other difficulties could benefit from a pick-me-up that free seats at a […]

The Irish-Catholic Girl Who Grew Up With Orthodox Jews

In a world of increasing anti-Semitism, I recently met an unexpected advocate for Orthodox Jews. Michel King is a fifty-year old Irish Catholic woman with a passion for praising and defending the Orthodox Jewish community. That’s because some of her first friends in life (growing up in Borough Park, Brooklyn) were her Orthodox Jewish neighbors. […]

An Act of Kindness & Destiny Brought These Strangers Together

On February 2, 2014, tens of thousands of football fans gathered in Met Life stadium to watch the Super Bowl. They didn’t know it at the time, but two strangers in the stadium that evening (from very different walks of life) would be brought together months later due to an act of kindness and nothing […]

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