By Nechama Liss-Levinson
‘Anonymous’ yeshiva scofflaw should not have been published
To the editor: My morning started out very badly. I hadn’t slept well, and rose early for my first Zoom appointment of the day. As I gulped down my coffee, the day immediately became much worse. I opened my laptop to the Forward and read, “Why I am Risking a $15,000 fine by hosting a…
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, How Can You Shill for Donald Trump at Republican Convention?
I was spending my five free minutes on Facebook when I saw my younger daughter’s posting. “Seriously? This is embarrassing…” She was referring to the July 14 article in the Forward, “Donald Trump Taps Ivanka’s Rabbi Haskel Lookstein for GOP Convention.” Our daughter had attended Ramaz High School, also known as the Joseph H. Lookstein…
Jews, Christians and Muslims Pray and Fast for Peace
Nechama Liss-Levinson “Shalom!” – “Salaam!” – “Peace!” So started the evening, “Fasting together, Praying for Peace” at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, New York, this past Tuesday evening. Jews, Muslims and Christian neighbors gathered together to talk, learn, pray and break the fast together. The Jewish minor fast day of the 17th of Tammuz coincided with…
Welcome to Tzedakah Club, Sandy Grandson
Our youngest grandson will turn one year old this month. He was born last October as Hurricane Sandy swept up the East Coast. He arrived in the world during a time of uncertainty, when the limits of human ingenuity were starkly visible. As his birthday approaches, I think back over the year. Despite the fact…
Kotel Struggle a Civil Rights Battle for Jews
Fifty years ago civil rights activists staged a sit-in at the lunch counter of Woolworth’s in Jackson Mississippi to protest the segregated seating which existed, mandating separate areas for black and white patrons. Young students from nearby Tougaloo College, both black and white, sat together at the “whites only” counter, waiting futilely to be served….
Those Princesses Are Not My Reality
We all knew it was coming. A medium as rife with ethnic stereotypes as reality television was bound to, one day, find a few spunky young Jewish women and present them to the world as JAPs. Well, that day has come. Bravo recently debuted their new reality show “Princesses: Long Island” which is about, in…
Shul Cancels Pamela Geller — But Fails To Take Stand
It was after 11 p.m. yesterday that I first heard the news that my synagogue, the Great Neck Synagogue, had announced the cancellation of a speaking engagement by Pamela Geller, founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. I breathed a great sigh of relief….
Passover At YOUR House?
Every Seder has its own story. There was Passover circa 1960, when Uncle Buddy stood in for Elijah. Or the Passover of 1985, when we started the Seder as we got up from sitting shiva for my father. I will never forget the Passover Seders when each of our children recited the Four Questions for…
The college is Christian. Its point guard wears a yarmulke.
Conservative synagogue makes history with hiring of Hebrew Israelite clergy
George Santos covered ‘Hallelujah’ — it’s been through worse
News Quiz: Test your knowledge of Ilhan Omar and anti-antisemitism billboards
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די פּאַפּירן פֿון חיים גראַדע און זײַן קאָנטראָווערסאַלער אַלמנה אינאַ האַקער זענען סוף־כּל־סוף צוטריטלעך Papers of writer Chaim Grade and his controversial widow Inna Hacker finally accessible online
דער פֿאַרגעסענער העלד אין דער גאַנצער געשיכטע איז דער בראָנקסער אַדוואָקאַט וואָס האָט אײַנגעזען די ווערט פֿון די טויזנטער באַשטויבטע פּאַפּירן .
2 Jewish community leaders missing in Antakya, Turkish city devastated by earthquakes
From Mel Brooks to Elaine May to Ethan Coen: Producer Julian Schlossberg writes memoir about working with Jewish stars over 6 decades