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It is with deep heartbreak that I write this obituary upon the untimely passing this week of one of our country’s greatest scholars of the Jewish book, and a longtime dear friend, Rabbi Dr. … more
With the warm weather now upon us, walking tours of New York City’s historic communities beckon to us. This week’s review features one such community, which is dear to me and my … more
If you don’t love the smell, the taste, and even the texture of garlic, then I’m afraid this column is not for you. But if you can’t get enough of this delectable herb, once thought to vanquish … more
As I sit here writing this column, four days before Shabbat Nachamu, I am nostalgic. It’s been 34 years since I was at Grossinger’s, but the memories are more vivid than ever. Each summer, … more
When Bergen-Belsen was liberated on April 15, 1945, the sight that greeted the British soldiers was hellish, even by concentration camp standards. In a desperate attempt to bury the dead before the … more
In Shemot 19:12, in anticipation of Matan Torah, Moshe told the people, “‘Set a boundary around [the mountain], and tell them to be careful not to climb the mountain, or [even] to touch its edge. … more
Shabbat Nachamu’s haftarah is in many ways the most longed-awaited haftarah of the entire year. Until now, the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av have forced us to focus upon the seemingly endless … more
With summer nearing its end, we are more mindful of the upcoming High Holidays and their themes and observances. However, we first arrive, next week, at what Rabbi Abraham Twerski calls the greatest … more
Someone has suffered the loss of a loved one. We visit the mourner’s home during shiva to offer words of consolation. Upon leaving, a Sephardic custom is to say “Min hashamayim tenuchamu,” may … more
The World Cup fell during my one-week trip to Israel. Everywhere I went, crowds huddled around screens, people dropped their obligations, transported to the field as they followed the games. On my … more
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