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We are now approaching the end of the Three Weeks, the saddest period of the Jewish year. It concludes with Tisha b’Av, commemorating the destruction of two Holy Temples. In an oft-quoted … more
This year, it is once again my honor to bring to your attention another work of great scholarship by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb — his beautiful translation of the Kinot liturgy for Tisha … more
Now that summer is in full swing and barbecue invitations are plentiful, I have to curb my penchant for hot dogs. You see, at a barbecue, I can easily scarf down three hotdogs, aside from chicken and … more
I write this from the sweltering heat of Florida. Florida in July is often cooler than the Northeast in July, but not this summer — Florida has been under a heat wave of epic proportions. … more
Of all Jewish desserts, there is none more iconic than the black-and-white cookie. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re looking for authenticity, only the round one counts. If you … more
The criticism of White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley made it clear that some American Jews have forgotten the words of the late Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky. In his famous essay, … more
Behold the coleslaw! The truth is that most people do not. The mostly-ignored garnish, found in restaurants and often tossed out with the trash, is often ignored or set aside. Who thinks about … more
Who ever thought Germans would have a better grasp of the need to stand up against anti-Semitism than the Scots? It’s been more than seven decades since the end of World War II, but the … more
Google the phrase “Europe’s Childless Leaders,” and you’ll find quite a few articles, written about a year ago, discussing the fact that a significant number of European heads … more
I still remember the moment, 30 years later. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, our rosh yeshiva at Har Etzion, was giving his advanced Talmud lecture to about 60 students. As he looked up from … more
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