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Jewish Parents Once Panicked About Teens Joining Cults — But No Longer

By Lenore Skenazy

Back in the 1980s, the biggest supposed threat to Jewish teens was the Moonies or the Hare Krishnas. How did this giant communal freak-out fade away so quickly and completely?Read More


Talking Ticks in the Hasidic Catskills

By Danielle Schlanger

Hasidic women suffering from Lyme disease have recently formed a group to raise awareness about ticks. It’s called Yesh Tickva — a play on the Hebrew phrase for “There’s hope.”Read More


How Hammurabi Got Under the Skin of One Orthodox Talmudist

By Ruchama King Feuerman

Some Torah laws, such as an eye for an eye, also appeared in the Hammurabi Code of ancient Iraq. That discovery leads Ruchama King Feuerman to a crisis of faith.Read More


Literary Bomb Shelter in Tel Aviv

By Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish’s creative non-fiction class at Bar Ilan University took place in a bomb shelter on campus. Little did she know how metaphorical the setting would become.Read More


A Trek to (Jewish) Tasmania

By Laura Kramer

Tasmania is know for koala bears, kangaroos and (sorry to disappoint) no devils. Who knew Jews played such a major role in the history of the island off Australia’s south coast?Read More


Lessons of Nepal

By Stuart Schoffman

Young Israeli volunteers go to Nepal to help improve lives in a country far away. They take back something even more precious: inspiration to create a more just society at home.Read More


My Brighton Beach

By Samantha Shokin

Russians don’t speak highly of Brighton Beach, the seaside enclave in Brooklyn where Samantha Shokin spent many of her formative years.Read More


My Race Through Walls in Palestine Marathon

By Tania Haas

Tania Hass had never visited the West Bank nor seen the Israeli separation barrier before. Running a marathon opened her eyes to life for Palestinians, even for a few breathless hours.Read More


Orthodox Singers Find Creative Voice by Performing for Other Women Only

By Leeor Bronis

A women’s only open-mic night in Brooklyn provides a creative outlet for women who observe kol isha. But some still find the restrictions creatively shackling.Read More


A Visit To Germany Reawakens Fears of an Ultra-Orthodox Childhood

By Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent thought she had left her childhood fears of the Holocaust behind for good. A trip to Germany showed her how wrong she was.Read More





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