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The Loss of a Friend, Justice Antonin Scalia, 79

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America’s Jewish community lost a good friend with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of a heart attack last weekend at the age of 79.

Scalia, who was born in Trenton, told highly regarded attorney Nathan Lewin that when there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme Court, he considered himself...

Pondering Women’s Prayer at the Wall

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Like many Modern Orthodox Jews, we ponder the impact of the Israeli government’s recent decision to permit egalitarian, pluralistic prayer in the Kotel area known as Robinson’s Arch.

The Western Wall Plaza has a prayer area with segregated men's and women’s sections in line with Orthodox custom. The area falls under the management of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Orthodox rabbinate and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

The Robinson’s Arch area will be governed by a committee going forward chaired by the head of the Jewish Agency. This includes representatives from Conservative and Reform movements, the Jewish Federations of North America, the government of Israel and Women...

Losing Three Precious Souls

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The secular year 2016 has started in a sad way. In a mere matter of days we have lost three precious Jewish souls.

Daniella Moffson, 21, of the Upper East Side and a Barnard junior, died on a volunteer mission when her bus crashed and overturned in Honduras last Wednesday.

Our tears didn’t stop on Motzei Shabbat after we learned of the death of Devorah Stubin, 22, a Passaic resident, who lost her way while driving and ended up crashing her car into the Passaic River.

If that pain wasn’t searing enough, we heard that little Chaim Kraus, 6, was fatally struck by a car that jumped the curb in Highland Park, hitting both the young boy and his mother, Ruchi, 37, as they were walking to...

Becoming True Partners in Torah

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For over 22 years, Jews of little or no Torah background, and those who grew up in religious homes and attended yeshiva day schools, have found common ground sitting opposite one another at a table, or sitting, thousands of miles apart, at one end of a telephone.

Partners in Torah is an organization that has matched mentors with students and created opportunities for learning. Along the way, it has created just as many close, long-lasting friendships. (See our article on page 14.)

65,000 Jews of all stripes have connected with Judaism in a way he or she never thought possible. Partners in Torah has brought everything, from the sanctity of Shabbos to the words of our Sages, to...

May Another Force Be With You

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Far be it for us to rain on all the enthusiasm for this latest Star Wars experience, but the buzz for this movie is extending beyond the walls of the cinema–it seems like droids and lightsabers are showing up on clothing, toys and school supplies. The characters are sure to be a hit when it's time to think about Purim costumes.

Many of us have seen the film or have ordered tickets way in advance of, let’s say, our annual December 25 dining session at Kai Fan in Riverdale or Eden Wok in New Rochelle. Chinese food and a movie seems like a great choice for this Friday.

However, we wish to remind everyone that, in the mail, perhaps more than your fair share of charitable reminders are...

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