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Like many heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an all-male Hatzalah volunteer ambulance corps. Hatzalah (spelled Hatzolah in Borough Park) caters to … 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
At only 28 years old and with nothing but an upset primary win in a New York City congressional district on her résumé, being anointed the “future of the Democratic Party” was quite a burden to … more
President Donald Trump’s senior Mideast advisers are proposing to give Hamas billions of dollars if it will recognize Israel and suspend terrorist attacks. Bad idea. Getting rid of Hamas — not … more
For the second time in 20 years, France basked in the accomplishment of winning the World Cup with a team whose diversity was as much a symbol of national unity as the creative brand of soccer they … more
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