Who are the Jewish ‘Dreamers’?

Our email inboxes were stuffed last week with statements from Jewish organizations urging continued protection for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as …


Israel goes wild over $1,000 crocodile-skin kippahs

For a few days, exotic animal-skin kippahs were something of a sensation in Israel. Curious locals and journalists rushed to a Judaica store in the Old City here to marvel at the …

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Despite a liberal snub, Trump makes his call

WASHINGTON — President Trump delivered Rosh Hashana greetings to Jewish leaders last Friday during an eight-minute conference call from the White House. There were fewer people participating …

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Biz and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims to Uman

UMAN, UKRAINE — By selling coffee to Jewish tourists, 18-year-old Yuri Breskov can earn in a week more than his teachers from high school make annually in this provincial city. His revenues …

5777 recap

‘Sorry’: Apologizing in the year of Trump

There are apologies, there are non-apologies and there are apologies that never were. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are approaching: We are in the season of repentance and its most apt expression, …

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There were all sorts of newsmakers in 5777

The High Holidays are a time for prayer, introspection and, for those fortunate enough, inspiration. Amid the headlines on terrorism and political disputes, some prominent newsmakers in the Israel …


Century-old kiddush cup for Zuckerberg daughter

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may not be ready to proclaim himself a baal t’shuvah, but he took — if you’ll excuse the pun — baby steps in that direction this week. The …

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For easy fast, eat well as Yom Kippur nears

On Yom Kippur, when we fast to atone for our sins, we think about things that are far more important than food. Fasting is hard for most people and for many it is extremely difficult. They get …


Tzimmes with saffron, white wine and chicken

I didn’t grow up with tzimmes, so the idea of stewed, mushy vegetables with dried fruit has never much appealed to me. I say “idea” because I am pretty sure I never …

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We have seen the future, and it looks Orthodox

The 2013 Pew survey “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” shows that Orthodox Judaism, while currently attracting the allegiance of only about 10 percent of all American Jews …


Standing proud with Balfour, 100 years later

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, British and Israeli senior officials convened in Jerusalem this week to discuss the past, present, and future …

5777 recap

A year’s worth of moments to remember

This was not a quiet year. From the tumultuous first eight months of Donald Trump’s presidency, to a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers, to a neo-Nazi protest in …

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10 prominent American Jews who died in 5777

It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. Here are a few members of the tribe who were …

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Trump’s Israel’s pal, Bibi says, at UN session start

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Trump at the launch of this year’s U.N. General Assembly and praised his “unequivocal” defense of Israel. …

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Rosh Hashana nigonim, recalling Jerry’s dad

This year, two days before Rosh Hashona, it will be my dear dad’s 15th yahrzeit. Hard to believe it has been that long already. My dad was a member of the Young Israel-Beth El of Boro Park …


For Bernie, if it’s not self- hatred, then it’s stupidity

To the editor, Andrew Silow-Carrol’s JTA article about self hating Jews (“Self-hatred: It’s not just for the self-haters!,” The Jewish Star, Sept. 15) claims that Bernie …


In Judaism without faith, where does Israel fit?

For Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political opponents, his government’s woes aren’t just an opportunity to score political points at his expense. They also provide …

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9/11 merges into Rosh Hashanah

This probably won’t be true for the next generation, and perhaps it’s only the case for New Yorkers or many of us who called New York home for a good chunk of our lives, but remembering …

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Star readers reap $500 at Seasons, dinners, shows

Readers of The Jewish Star were generous in their feedback, and the newspaper of Long Island’s Orthodox communities returned the favor. Twelve people who participated …