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A  great tragedy unfolded when Moses sinned at the Waters of Dispute (Mei Merivah). As the Torah states in our parasha, Pinchas: “You [Moses] disobeyed My command in the desert of Zin … more
Bamidbar Chapter 26 is largely dedicated to another census of the Israelites, this time counting the people in the final months before they enter the land of Israel.  Owing to the midrash in … more
For many of us when we read the word aggadah, we assume that the subject deals with legend. However, after you read the book under review this week, the very concept of aggadah will take on a new, … more
Whatever else is said these days about anti-Semitism, it remains the case that being accused of it is a surefire way of gaining name recognition among thousands, if not mil-lions, of people who would … more
On Friday, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) doubled-down on its hatred of Israel and the Jewish people by denying their biblical connection to the old … more
When headlines started pouring in about Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu rejecting the American Conservative and Reform communities by denying them a place to pray at the Kotel, I was upset. I … more
Last March, The Jewish Star reported on the 70th wedding anniversary of Woodmere residents and Shoah survivors Bonnie and Jack Rybsztajn. On the occasion of Jack Rybsztajn’s 93rd birthday on … more
When Peninsula Hospital closed five years ago and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital became the hospital on the Rockaway Peninsula, the Far Rockaway medical center experienced a 35 percent jump in … more
For Chani Newman of Far Rockaway, making aliyah with her husband and children, the answer to the question, “Why now?” was obvious. “We’re Jewish!” she … more
After Israel’s chief rabbinate last week distributed what a critic described as a rabbinical “blacklist” of Orthodox rabbis, the chief rabbinate apologized on Tuesday to one of those it defamed — Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder … more
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