“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss gave the following powerful speech at the No Hate, No Fear solidarity march last week in New York. There were an estimated 25,000 people in attendance protesting the recent outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks: My name is Bari Weiss. I am a proud American. I am a proud New Yorker. […]

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My 20/20 Resolution

My 20/20 Resolution

When I went to sleep last night it was 2019, and when I woke up this morning it was 2020. But except for the change in the date in the corner of my computer screen, the new year went completely unnoticed in my religious Jerusalem neighborhood. No New Year parties, champagne, greetings, etc. But, nonetheless, […]

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My All-Nun Dreidl

My All-Nun Dreidl

Yesterday I went to the shuk to get all sorts of stuff we need for Chanukah when I noticed some pretty hand-painted dreidls that caught my eye. A bit pricey at a dollar and a half-a-piece. But, hey, for Chanukah you can splurge a little…So I got 4. And a bag of chocolate chips for […]

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Mourning Jersey-City Victim, 33-Year-Old Leah Mindel Ferentz

Mourning Jersey-City Victim, 33-Year-Old Leah Mindel Ferentz

My heart this morning is with the families of all the Jersey City victims, among them 33-year-old mother Leah Mindel Ferentz, who co-owned the JC Kosher Supermarket with her husband, Moishe. Before the shooting, Moishe had gone to the shul next door to daven mincha. Moishe’s mother, Victoria, told the New York Times: “After a […]

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After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

I found this episode of Yes Man so powerful, hearing newly divorced Noa Yaron Dayan reflecting on what her beloved headscarf meant to her over the course of her 20 years of marriage, and what it represents to her now that she is divorced. My daughter and I watched this together on Saturday night, and […]

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Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

I’ve told you before that my husband and I host a lot of non-Jewish tourists (www.chefrabbijosh.com) who come to our home to eat a yummy meal and to receive answers to all their questions about Jews and Israel. After years of hosting groups like this, I know that their first questions are usually about “those […]

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