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Israeli TV Show “Shtisel” Provides a New Look into the Ultra-Orthodox World & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Fundamentally Freund: The Stirring Revival of Sicily’s Bnei Anousim – “More than five centuries after the forced conversion to Catholicism of large numbers of Sicilian Jews, followed by the expulsion of the rest, a nascent rebirth is well underway, as growing numbers of Sicily’s Bnei Anousim (“Marranos”) now seek to embrace the heritage of their ancestors.” […]

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Orthodox Jew Stars in Golden Globes Winning Film!

Best Foreign Language Film is not usually the most talked about award at the Golden Globes, but it will be this year – at least for the Jewish community! Last night at the 73rd annual Golden Globe awards, Son of Saul, a Hungarian film about the Holocaust won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language […]

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H&M Sells Prayer Shawl Look-Alike & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Almost-Traditional Jewish Cooking – A New York Time Magazine piece about potato kugel and the difference between American Jewish cooking and Traditional Jewish cooking, featuring hipster hasidic chef, Itta Werdiger Roth and Pomegranate Kids Kicking Cancer Helps Sick Kids Channel Stress and Pain – Watch one of our 2015 All Stars, Rabbi Goldberg, discuss his foundation […]

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The Black Hat Rabbi Who Goes To Comic-Con

A few months ago Jack Abramowitz suited up; though not in the black hat and jacket this New York-based rabbi often sports. No, on this sunny October morning, the rabbi’s getup was a bit more unusual. He was about to make a pilgrimage. One which some might consider a religious experience. But when Rabbi Abramowitz donned his […]

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Orthodox Jews Struggle with Taboo Topics of Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Netanyahu Appoints Rabbi Drukman’s Student as Next Mossad Chief – “With Cohen’s appointment, three of Israel’s top security officials — the heads of Mossad, the Shabak chief, and police commissioner — are now observant Jews.” Orthodox Jews Grapple With How to Talk About Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse – More than 1,000 ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews from around the world […]

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Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, Who Taught Me The Secret to Holiness

Long ago, when I was a very young child, I came to know a teenage girl named Henny Lustig. From my deeply naive perspective, she seemed vibrant and alive in a way I had never before encountered. She was enthralled by the world around her and the people populating it. It wasn’t hard to get caught up […]

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