Rukhl Schaechter


Why Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Left Satmars for Progressive Start-Up Synagogue

By Rukhl Schaechter

Why Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Left Satmars for Progressive Start-Up Synagogue
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz grew up among the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Jews. He now serves as a leader of a progressive synagogue that allows women to lead some prayers.Read More


Shiva Shifts Toward Shorter and Livelier Jewish Mourning for Dead

By Rukhl Schaechter

Shiva Shifts Toward Shorter and Livelier Jewish Mourning for Dead
Shiva used to be a strictly choreographed week of mourning. Many families now wrap things up in three days, with catered deli food, some smiles and little solemn prayer.Read More


Rapping About ‘My Yiddishe Mame’

By Rukhl Schaechter

A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here Read More


How Deb Tambor's Life Ended — and Started Firestorm in Hasidic New Square

By Rukhl Schaechter

How Deb Tambor's Life Ended — and Started Firestorm in Hasidic New Square
Deb Tambor’s boyfriend recounts finding the ex-Hasidic woman’s dead body surrounded by empty bottles of prescription pills. Her apparent suicide sparked a firestorm for family and friends.Read More


Young Philadelphians Volunteer in Israeli Partner City Netivot

By Rukhl Schaechter

Young Philadelphians Volunteer in Israeli Partner City Netivot
Partnerships between American and Israeli cities are common. But few are as strong as Philadelphia and Netivot, which recently hosted 15 student volunteers.Read More



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