By Moshe Rosenberg
My shul did everything right and the government still shut us down. They’re right.
We’ve done everything right. We closed in March while other synagogues were waffling. When allowed to reopen, we adhered strictly to limits on numbers of worshippers. We masked, measured, and distanced, in contradistinction to other congregations in our area. But we have the mazel to be in a red area, so now we must limit…
5 Quintessentially Jewish Concepts in the Harry Potter Saga
It has been twenty years since Scholastic Books made the best choice in its history by publishing a children’s novel about an orphaned boy who finds out that he’s a wizard. While Judaism generally does not make a big deal about birthdays (the only Biblical character who celebrates his birthday is Pharaoh), we are no…
A Light Unto the Nations, or a Cautionary Tale?
The news that a slew of rabbis and politicians have been caught in a web of money laundering, corruption and even organ trafficking is providing grist for rabbis’ sermons across the country. It is taking its place in our synagogues among the things we mourn this Tisha B’Av. And understandably so. Even if some of…
So My Son Can Choose for Himself
The about-face was stunning for its suddenness. The same woman — let’s call her my wife — who had coolly arranged for my son’s ticket, icily orchestrated his passport, and calculatedly coordinated his luggage and international cell phone, this same woman, upon seeing him pass through the airport checkpoint that leads to the gate, opened…
‘Whose religious freedom?’: Scenes from a Jewish rally for abortion rights
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99 years ago, she was born on the Lower East Side (and she still remembers everything)
Is Elon Musk Jewish?
The Buffalo shooter blamed his problems on the Jews. Tucker Carlson’s response will only make things worse
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אַ נײַע וועבזײַט פֿאַרן פֿאָרווערטס — מיט עטלעכע שיינע סורפּריזןA new website for the Forverts – and some pleasant surprisesדי שריפֿט איז אַ סך קלאָרער ווי פֿריִער און די ייִדיש־שפּראַכיקע אַרטיקלען געפֿינען זיך באַזונדער פֿון די ענגלישע.
A Palestinian was shot and paralyzed over a generator. Now Israel threatens to take his home