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Polish Official Stands Up for Religious Freedom

Poland’s minister of agriculture has publicly stated that he will not accede to the demands of activists who have been calling for a government-imposed...

Parshat Bamidbar- (Numbers 1:1-4:20)

Each Under His Own FlagOne of the most striking features of this week’s Parsha is the perek-long description of the flags of every shevet...

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34)

The Power of a Tzibbur“If you go in my ways and follow my statutes…Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of...

Is it All about Motherhood? Thoughts for Mother’s Day

In biblical tradition, the Jewish woman’s status was determined by her fertility. Her importance and value in the familial and communal setting was inexorably...

L.I. Synagogue Pushes for Eviction of Caterer

A Long Island synagogue is pushing for the eviction of a caterer who was accused earlier this year of violating the laws of kashrut,...

Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

Who is a Kohen?The beginning part of this week’s parsha refers to the special laws and status regarding kohanim – the descendants of Aharon....

Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27)

The Rule of Habit“The L-rd said to Moses: Speak to Aaron your brother, that he not come at any time to the Sanctuary inside...

Thousands Gather to Observe Holocaust Memorial Day Throughout Tri-State Area

New York:In a touching display of unity and hope, the annual citywide Remembrance Gathering in Observance of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day was held...

Parshat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) Warning: Lashon Hara Kills!

While traveling from city to city selling his wares, a peddler approached the city of Tzipori and called out in a loud voice, “Who...

Her Name Was Klara Jasinski: My Childhood View of a Shattered, Melodious Life

Yom HaShoah Special Feature Mrs. Klara Jasinski lived in Apartment #1 of the building in Israel where I grew up. We lived above her,...

Israel’s Top 10 Microbreweries

Almost overnight, Israel has become a mecca for beer drinkers, offering some surprisingly fine ales, stouts and lagers. Our friends at ISRAEL21c take a...

Parshas Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Why Would G-d Create the World?Why would G-d create the world? No doubt you have asked this question. The Talmudic writings provide us with...

Manischewitz Modernizes With New Top Execs

Kosher Cook-Off Captivates Considerable CrowdWhat happens when you take an old and historic kosher food company whose products are a household name, and combine...

Passover: The Meaning of Freedom

“And G-d said to Moshe, ‘go to Pharoah, and say to him, “thus says G-d: ‘LET MY PEOPLE GO...’”’” This is, of course,...

A Synopsis of the Passover Torah Readings

On the first day of Passover (last Shabbat) we read from the book of Exodus (12:21-51) of the bringing of the Passover Offering in...

Ambassadors, Consuls General Attend AJC Diplomatic Seder

Diplomatic representatives of more than 50 countries attended AJC’s annual Diplomatic Seder earlier this week. The gathering is one of the highlights of the...

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