Does Flying On A Plane On Shabbos Make You Not Orthodox?

On Friday morning, I opened up Facebook and read that Jared and Ivanka Kushner were going to be flying to the Mideast with President Trump that night on the Jewish Sabbath. A spokesperson for the couple said they had gotten approval to do so from a rabbi. As I read through the comments of several […]

Aleph Beta on Parshas Emor: What Shabbos Is All About

In our Torah reading for holidays, we not only recite the laws of holidays, we include Shabbos, and oddest of all, some laws about sacrificing animals. What do all these laws have to do with one another? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes a fascinating argument about how Shabbos works and shows that there are […]

Haredi Women Filmmakers & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Read The Groundbreaking Orthodox Film Story That’s Now An Award Finalist The Haredi world is generally viewed as an insular patriarchal community that shuns movies, but a fledgling, shadow film industry has been growing quietly for a decade within the confines of this improbable universe. These flicks — dozens of them — are produced, scripted, […]

Pesach Grape Juice Wars & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Grape Juice Wars of Passover Orthodox Jews bless and drink a cup of wine three times on the Sabbath and four times at each of the two Seders for Passover. The almost 150-year-old American titan of grape juice: Welch’s, whose name is practically a synonym for grape juice, and the 129-year-old Manischewitz, the world’s […]

Purim in Hebron & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

How to Host a Shabbat Dinner and Why You Should—Even if You Aren’t Celebrating The rituals of this Friday night tradition have become so much more than a religious experience. What’s better than winding down the week at home filled with your favorite people and the scent of a chicken roasting in the oven? Shabbat—the […]

So, What Exactly is ‘Shabbat’ Anyway?

What does it mean to “rest” on Shabbat? What can’t you do and why?

A Chat With Billboard Top 10 Musician And Orthodox Jew, Alex Clare

As the Grammy Awards approach, the music industry hands out honors to an elite few. The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) does the same, and when they name someone songwriter of the year, they mean business. Did you know that in 2014 that honor fell to a Hasidic Jew? Alex Clare is a […]

This Orthodox Rabbi Was Named 1 of The Funniest People in the World

What do you get when thousands of comedians from dozens of countries go head to head in The Laugh Factory’s “Funniest Person in the World” competition? Six finalists, including an Orthodox rabbi named David Kilimnick. The competition, which took place this past month in Finland was created in the hopes of bringing peace to the world through […]

Yeshiva Floor Hockey in NYTimes & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

An Interview With The First Hasidic Woman Elected To Public Office In The U.S. Attorney and Hasidic community activist (and Orthodox Jewish All Star!) Rachel Freier won a contested primary for a civil court judgeship in Brooklyn’s 5th Judicial District and took her seat on the bench this week as a civil court judge. Freier, […]

Modesty is Trending and Other Orthodox Jews in the News

  Obama Should Pardon This Iowa Kosher Food Executive Two U.S. Attorneys make the case for why Sholom Rubashkin should be pardoned before President Obama’s term comes to a close next month. Rubashkin has served more than seven years of his life sentence which was commuted to 25 years.   How an Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Director […]

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