The placement of a comma makes all the difference in the world. In a classic example, there is a very big difference between “Let’s eat grandma” and “Let’s eat, grandma.” Similarly, the question as to the placement of a comma in the phrase “Mi yodeia yashuv v’nicham haElokim” (Yonah 3:9)
On Yom Kippur, we are privileged to read two haftarot: the first, read during Shacharit, is taken from Sefer Yishayahu, while the second haftarah, read at Mincha, is the entire Sefer Yonah. While the story of Yonah emphasizes Hashem’s capacity to forgive, the selection from the 57th and 58th prakim of
For most Jewish day schools, a central component of our mission is to prepare students to engage effectively with the broader world and interact confidently with people whose perspectives may be very different from their own—while maintaining unwavering strength in their individual Jewish identities. How
Every year we read on Rosh Hashanah about the pain and struggle of infertile women; Sarah faced her challenges and was eventually rewarded with a son, and Chanah had a tremendous journey before having her son. We have all read these stories numerous times and I have written before that they are an
(This article first appeared in JTA.) The High Holidays are approaching. It is a time when Jews worldwide join together in the spirit of camaraderie, pouring out their hearts for a good new year.
But the lead-up this year has been
A 12-year-old from Staten Island, New York, became the first Orthodox Jew to win the Food Network cooking competition “Chopped” in an episode that aired last week.
Rachel Goldzal, known as Rachi to her friends, who took home
In a few short weeks, Jews all over the world will unite in celebrating the annual completion of the Torah-reading cycle. Communities, families and individuals will participate in a range of communal festivities, including singing, dancing, learning and dining. For many centuries, Simchat Torah, the climax
On Thursday, September 13, incumbent New York State Senator Jeff Klein faces challenger Alessandra Biaggi in a primary election to determine who will be the Democratic candidate for the 34th senate district in the general election this November. The original date for the primary was set to be
Earlier this summer, YINR launched an innovative project to bolster kosher dining options in the community. A frequent question posted on Facebook’s “Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies” group is for recommendations of Westchester County kosher dining options. At the present
Several months ago, Helene Kamioner of Riverdale, New York, received an unexpected email from Esther Gold, a relative living in Detroit, stating that Yad Vashem had contacted her about a prisoner identification tag that had been traced back to Helene’s father, Yechiel