The Liquor Guru Rabbi & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Hasidic Rapper Melts Faces of Average New Yorkers These guys were skeptical to say the least, but rapper Sammy K threw down some serious flow. They changed their minds immediately. Laugh, For God’s Sake: The Dos and Don’ts of Ultra-Orthodox Stand-up Comedy So what’s the deal with kaparot, anyway? Orthodox Jewish stand-up comics are taking […]

My Incredible Meeting With Steven Spielberg’s Mom, Chasidic Jew

I was saddened to hear yesterday about the passing of Mrs. Leah Adler at the age of 97. She was somewhat of a legend in my circles. Not only because her son is Steven Spielberg, but also because she was one of the great Jewish personalities in the Los Angeles Jewish community. In addition to […]

The Orthodox Jews Who Bring Cheer To Children of All Backgrounds

Do Orthodox Jews only care for their own? Ask residents of Bergen County, New Jersey, and the answer will be a resounding “no!” Twenty-four years ago, Marla Friedman, an observant Jew from Teaneck, sought out a way to thank the people who helped her special needs son. She figured the best way to express her […]

Giving Tuesday at Jew in the City and Project Makom

After years of increasingly turbulent Black Fridays, Cyber Monday was instituted as a way to extend sales into the following week and for websites to get in on the spending of the holiday season. But since 2012, this trend turned benevolent with the advent of Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by social […]

The Hasidic Jew Who Treated A Group of Soldiers For Dinner

Military food rations generally don’t include kugel and matza balls, but when a group of uniformed U.S. Army and Israeli soldiers came in for an early dinner last week at Gottlieb’s Restaurant in Williamsburg (Satmar-owned for three generations) that’s exactly what they got. Gottlieb’s is a neighborhood fixture, known for their heimishe cuisine and popular for Shabbos […]

Crashing Markets and Light Fixtures

I almost died last Thursday night. OK, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I certainly came quite close to getting seriously injured. I think.

Financial Crisis and Rosh Hashana

Although, admittedly, I have no real understanding as to why those banks collapsed a couple weeks ago or what practical steps should be taken in order to improve the situation on Wall Street, (hey, I studied philosophy, not econ) I have plenty to say about the spiritual ramifications of the current financial crisis.

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