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Project Makom, an initiative of Jew in the City, helps former and questioning Charedi Jews find their place in Orthodoxy.

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Is There a Jewish Equivalent to Chi?

Dear Jew in the City- On a recent trip to China I saw Shaolin Monks do all sorts of incredible feats – breaking wood and stone on their bodies and lying on swords. I was told that they do this with chi. Is there a Jewish idea of this? Did the Hasidic masters or other […]

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YU’s Maccabees Haven’t Lost an NCAA Basketball Game Since 2019

The Division III Yeshiva University Maccabees might not play on Shabbos, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming the hottest squad in college hoops, having won 35 consecutive games despite Covid. In the three top divisions of NCAA sports, no team has a current winning streak as long as they do. Despite many setbacks, restrictions […]

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Are There Any Limitations In Self-Defense According To Judaism?

Dear Jew in the City- I have a question about taking up arms to defend oneself. What if an attacker is shot, but later dies from the wounds; does that violate pikuach nefesh, and the Talmud telling us it’s better to give up our life than take a life or does that mean instantly taking […]

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Meet the Haredi Comedy Duo Going Viral on YouTube

While they originally wrote their skits for a Haredi fanbase, comedians Efi Skakovsky and Meni Wakshtock have met mass appeal with secular Israelis as well. Destroying all preconceived notions of how serious Haredim can be, the duo known as the Hebrew word for Chaos, Bardak are making friends and fans throughout the Hebrew-speaking world. With […]

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Jew in the City Presents “The Sound of Silence” feat. The Maccabeats

In a world obsessed with devices, it occurred to me that we are living in an age where silence dominates many situations. Silence between couples, silence between families, silence everywhere you turn as people tap, tap, tap on their devices. What an isolating existence. But what if there was an antidote to silence? What if […]

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“Science vs. Religion: Mayim Bialik and the OTHER Big Bang Theory” Ep. 4, Season 2

Big Bang Theory star, Mayim Bialik, asks Jew in the City can science and religion work together in a Jewish framework? While there are some Orthodox Jews who believe in a literal account of the creation story, many of us hold that the events must be understood another way. RAMBAM, also known as Maimonides, stated […]

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Jew in the City Reacts to My Unorthodox Life

“My Unorthodox Life” is a story about someone unhappy in her relationships framed as a story about an extreme form of Judaism that Julia Haart never actually lived. To see how to answer the Jewish issues raised in the series, see this article here. To get an understanding of the motivation for many people leaving […]

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My Orthodox Life: A Live Interview With BCBGeneration’s Joyce Azria

Meet Joyce Azria, former Creative Director of BCBGeneration. From fashion royalty to Orthodox Judaism, hear one woman’s story of how a journey to observance brought her empowerment and meaning and she balances Jewish rituals with her fashion career.

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