Why Do We Say a Blessing on Trees?

Dear Jew in the City- I heard something about blessing the first buds of a tree. That’s really neat. But when and why are we supposed to do this? Sincerely, Tree Hugger   Dear Tree, The Sages instituted brachos (blessings) to be recited for a number of reasons. We recite brachos when performing mitzvos, like […]

7 Products You Don’t Want To Miss This Passover!

As we begin our preparations for the most involved Jewish holiday of the year, we couldn’t help but get a little excited about these fun, exciting, handy and delicious Pesach products! From the beautiful Ibex Designs hand-painted kriyas yam suf (splitting of the sea) table runner, to the drool-inducing innovation of Manischewitz’s S’more Matzo Kit, […]

Ukraine’s Last Shtetl Preps Pesach & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Fleishik’s Raises the Question — Is a Deli a Deli If it Doesn’t Serve Rye Bread? Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey opened this week in LA to utter madness, with lines of people eager for kosher sandwiches forming out the door. It’s so crazy that the owners are actually reducing the hours of operation until […]

Westport’s Jazz Rabbi & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Revelio! Hogwarts Haggadah Ready — Just In Time For Passover Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg of Queens, New York is set to release his “Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah” within the next two weeks. The haggadah, the book used as a companion to the Passover seder, will include explanations of the Seder rituals and texts through a Harry Potter […]

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 […]

Our Top 7 Favorite Homemade Shalach Manos Themes!

I’m not one of those DIY people. I’m creative, but most of the time, I simply can’t be bothered. I’d rather pay someone to DITFM (do it for me!) But when Purim comes around, I get a little crazy – crazy INSPIRED – that is. It started off several years ago with the Shushan Times […]

Kippahs In Coke Super Bowl Ad & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

500 Years After Being Wiped Out, Sicilian Jewish Life is Reborn A vibrant community was expelled from Sicily under the Spanish Inquisition in 1493. Residents are rediscovering their hidden roots today thanks to the dedication of a new shul and an increasing number of resources. Stunning Court Decision Approves Passover Punishment The U.S. Court of […]

Orthodox Jews in the News: Weekly Round Up 4/28

Why Is This Matzo Different From All Other Matzos? – An article about shmura matzah in the New York Times that delves into an “unintended” side effect of kosher law: better tasting food. Bialik: Tough To Be Shomer Shabbat In Hollywood – Hollywood actress, and friend of Jew in the City, Mayim Bialik, reveals what its like to be […]

One Minute Insight: What Matzah Can Teach Us About Seizing The Day

It’s called the “bread of freedom,” but did you know it’s also the bread of growth? Director of Photography: Elliot Gabor http://eliecreative.com Produced by Seth Feldman Production Assistant: Danny Moallem  

Why Do We Still Not Eat Kitniyos If No One Confuses Beans and Wheat?

Dear Jew in the City, What’s the deal with kitniyos? Especially being that we know now it’s not chametz, and some Jews eat it and some don’t… Sincerely, Rice on Pesach Dear Rice, Kitniyos (or kitniyot) is typically translated as “legumes” and the Ashkenazi practice is not to eat them on Passover. This isn’t because we used to […]

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