Let’s make friends! Dov Lipman: Don’t ignore critics, or our kids

We may not be able to flip Israel’s haters, but there are plenty of “intellectually honest” people who can be persuaded of the truth of Israel’s cause, Rabbi Dov Lipman, the …

Rice cheers Obama's MOU with Israel

South Shore Rep. Kathleen Rice cheered the Obama Administration’s agreement with Israel that ensures record levels of American aid to the Jewish state over the next ten …

holidays

This Rosh Hashanah, let’s focus on the positives

Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the …

music

Leonard Cohen’s new ‘birthday’ song is very Jewish — and very dark

Leonard Cohen released a new song on Wednesday, which happens to be his 82nd birthday — but it isn’t quite a celebratory tune. Dense with Jewish …

food

Susie Fishbein ends her iconic run with ‘Kosher By Design’

When Susie Fishbein wrote her first “Kosher By Design” cookbook nearly 15 years ago, she saw an opening in the market for a book in the style of mainstream cooks like Ina Garten …

holidays

This Rosh Hashanah, let’s focus on the positives

Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the …

the jewish star

Star is rising

Flanked by Mayor Weinstock at Sunday’s fair in Cedarhurst, Editor-Publisher Ed Weintrob shared news about The Jewish Star’s expansion. Starting this week, there are more pages, more news …

parsha of the week: rabbi avi billet

Setting priorities, whether for 40 days or 40 years

Twice in Devarim 9, Moshe mentions that he was up on the mountain for 40 days during which time “I did not eat bread and I did not drink water.” It would seem that this …

schools

Chesed at Shulamith

The Shulamith Middle Division Chesed Program got off to a quick start with a “Kids Helping Kids Pre-Yom Tov Clothing Drive.” The girls on the chesed committee have been busy sorting, …

politics

At time of introspection for Jews, hope in Trump

As my family and I prepare for Rosh Hashanah, we look back with grateful hearts for the brachot in our lives. We take time to reflect on the joys and the challenges …

schools

HALB students had blast at hands-on shofar show

When the Living Torah Museum came to HALB last week, Rabbi Deutsch and his ram gave the children a hands-on experience with the mitzvah of shofar. They learned why …

who's in the kitchen: judy joszef

Spicy (and sweet) takeaway from Hadassah dinner

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a Hadassah dinner, honoring a dear friend (and former Jewish Star columnist), Miriam Bradman Abrahams …

holidays

At Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins

If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look …

view from central park: tehilla r. goldberg

A nuanced view, as Peres’ eulogies are written

When I heard the news of Shimon Peres’ stroke, I didn’t think much of it. Maybe a passive refuah shlemah crossed my mind. He’s in his 90s and has lived a long and full life. I …

from the heart of jerusalem: rabbi binny freedman

Horrible chapters, thoughts of Shoah

Chapter 28 in this week’s parsha of Ki Tavoh is one of the most difficult and harrowing chapters in the entire Torah …

schools

Shalhevet’s political day

Student from Midreshet Shalhevet’s Committee of Israel Advocacy and their teacher, Simcha Bader, joined local government officials and religious leaders as Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony …

politics

Clinton has temperament and experience to lead

I support Hillary Clinton for president because I have seen her work up close — as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state. She has the temperament, experience and …

schools

HAFTR Sunday minyan

HAFTR Middle School’s Sunday morning minyan started this week with a big crowd of fathers and sons. A lavish breakfast was sponsored by the Dube family marking the yahrtzeit of Ami’s …

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