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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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Are Orthodox Jewish Women Allowed To Wear Open-Toed Shoes?

Dear Jew in the City- Now that the summer is here, I have a question. Is it proper for an Orthodox Jewish married woman to wear sandals/open-toed shoes in public? Thanks, JJ Dear JJ- Thanks for your question, though I’m not sure where marital status enters into it. (The only law of modesty that hinges […]

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New Proof Found That Jews in Medieval England Kept Kosher

With their research into a trash dump that is over 800-years-old, English Archaeologists have discovered evidence that Jews in the medieval era strictly adhered to kosher laws. Biomolecular archaeologist Julie Dunne of the University of Bristol was blown away by the discovery of a massive amount of chicken and goose bones at the edge of […]

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Why Would God Create Man Needing a Bris?

Dear JITC- We hear a lot of pop culture references to “I Love You Just the Way You Are,” “Born This Way,” etc. The Greeks also thought we were perfect as we are. So why would God create man needing a bris? What is Judaism trying to tell us about why we need circumcision? Shouldn’t […]

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Loaded “Potato Skins” Latke Recipe

As Chanukah shines on and you begin to have latke ennui or at least latke leftovers, here’s a fun way to mix things up. Whip up a batch of loaded “potato skins” latkes. Loaded potato skins are a throwback from my non-kosher days: crispy potato skins topped with melted cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour […]

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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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This Orthodox Jewish Shark Tank Contestant Just Got A $2M Deal With Mark Cuban

Ari Tolwin grew up in a sea of black hats, hailing from a yeshivish family from Detroit. But last month, he swam with the Sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” How did the son of  an outreach rabbi land a $2 million dollar deal with Mark Cuban for his NuMilk plant milk maker? Tolwin attended yeshiva before […]

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An Interview With Nahal Haredi CEO Yossi Levy

Major Res., Yossi Levy is the CEO of Nahal Haredi. Born in Jerusalem, educated in ultra-Orthodox institutions, he served in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion as a soldier, commander and infantry officer, was released after serving as an officer in the operations division of the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. He founded the first Haredi Soldier house in […]

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