Judaism

Hasidic, female EMTs are battling misogyny in NYC

Then the dispatcher revealed the emergency: A pregnant woman in Borough Park was about to give birth, and she urgently needed help.<p>It was the maiden …

New York City

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

NEW YORK (AP) — At the ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools Pesach Eisen attended in Brooklyn, most of the day was spent studying religious texts with classes taught in Yiddish. One class at the end of the day was spent on secular subjects including English and math, enough to be "able to go to the food …

Education

Haftarah for Devarim

<i>Commentary on Parashat Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22</i><p><i>The haftarah selection is from Isaiah 1:1-27.</i><p>Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish …

Shabbat

Knighted vs benighted

<b>Knighted</b> and <b>benighted</b> are two words that seem as if they should be related, but they are not. We will examine the definitions of <i>knighted</i> and …

Grammar

28. The Melachot of Weaving

Once threads have been made from wool, the next job is to weave them together. This, of course, was the reason for making the threads to begin …

Knitting

Celebrating Cultural Heritage; Shabbat of Love; More Local News

Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.<p>At Patch, we believe that some of …

San Mateo County

Tisha B'av: Treason in 67 CE, Treason in 2018 CE

On the ninth of Av it was decreed that our ancestors should not enter the Holy Land, the first and the second Temples were destroyed, Betar was …

Christianity

Kiddush: Holding the Divine Presence in Our Hands

Candle lighting signals the onset of Shabbat, but it is kiddush — the blessing recited at the table over wine — that inaugurates Shabbat in the …

Jewish Culture

Tisha B'Av: The dark watches of the night

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l<p>First Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, revered and famed Torah sage, philosopher, writer, poet, iconic and …

Watches

What Is Sinat Chinam, or Baseless Hatred?

On Tisha B’Av, Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple. The rabbis of the Talmud blamed the demise of the Temples (both the first and second ones) …

Religion

Dear Jews of America, California is not Israel either

Tzvi Fishman<p>Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Before making Aliyah to Israel in …

Israel

Learning to leyn

I was walking down the street recently with my headphones on. The music wasn’t loud enough so I turned the volume up, and then up some more, until …

Jewish Culture

On the Blocks: Jordan Greenberg - Stanford University

Courtesy: Stanford Athletics<p>Related Links<p><b>Q: Favorite game day snack?</b> <b><br>A:</b> Jimmy V's <b><br>Q: Who has the funniest superstition on the team?</b> <b><br>A:</b>Brennan …

Stanford University

Moon and Women

<i>Reprinted with permission from</i>The Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Lifecycle Events <i>(Behrman House).</i><p>Rosh Chodesh is a …

Candles

Parshat Devarim: The Effective Critic

The first verse of Devarim, the fifth and culminating book of the Torah, sounds prosaic. "These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond …

Theology

JFS triumph in inter-schools contest

A team from JFS triumphed at this year’s Beat the Clock, the inter-schools contest created by Manchester’s King David High School.<p>Now in its third …

Jewish Culture

Is There Any Reason to Be Optimistic about American Judaism?

In his forthcoming book <i>The New American Judaism</i>, based on extensive and in-depth research, Jack Wertheimer presents a portrait of the state of …

Jewish Culture

Hasidic Women Fight to Be EMTs in the Documentary 93 Queen

“We can have babies every year, but just being an EMT is something we can’t do?” Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, lawyer and founder of an all-women Hasidic …

Culture

Israeli police detain liberal rabbi over ‘illegal’ weddings

Israeli police have briefly detained a liberal rabbi in the city of Haifa over performing "illegal" Jewish weddings without authorization of the …

Israel

Tisha B’Av and the Jewish Detox Cycle

Several years ago, I discovered the world of the “cleanse.” You know, the yoga-meets-new-age-meets-alternative-medicine thing where you rid your body …

Jewish Culture

Top Ten: Your Summertime Shabbat Guide

It can be hard to escape the heat when you're preparing for Shabbat. Come summer, that fabulous Friday night roasted chicken or cholent lunch seems …

Food

Acton School Calendar 2018-19: First Day Of School, Vacations

When's the first day of school in Acton? Plus, other must-know dates for students, parents and teachers.<p>ACTON, MA — The first day of school in Acton …

High School

West End kosher options expand with Selfridges counter

West End shoppers have increased kosher options through a new deli counter at Selfridges in Oxford Street featuring Hermolis products.<p>The range …

Jewish Culture

Parashat Dvarim: Love of fellow Jews and the Torah

Being a Jew is undoubtedly an obligation... but we mustn’t see Judaism as a heavy burden.<p>IMPERIAL STATE crown of the United Kingdom. (photo credit: …

World News

Crying for Nothing on Tisha B’Av

Tisha B'Av, the Ninth of Av, is the day that is set aside for calamities.<p>The 10 spies. The first Temple is burned. The second Temple is burned. Bar …

Jewish Culture

TV’s Most Famous Cartoon Jews Are Making a Comeback

Television’s O.G. animated Jewish family is making a comeback: Nickelodeon announced that <i>Rugrats</i> will be returning with new episodes — and a movie! — …

Jewish Culture

Gershom Scholem: When The Mythmaker Becomes The Myth

Martin Kavka argues that our renewed interest in the life and work of Gershom Scholem is due, in part, to the fact that "what constitutes a properly …

Israel

Watch The Trailer For "93 Queen," A New Doc About An All-Female Hasidic EMT Service

<i>Rachel "Ruchie" Freier in front of an Ezras Nashim EMT vehicle. (Credit: Julieta Cervantes)</i><p>Until relatively recently, women living in the largest …

New York City

Cancer-treatment drug gets name from Torah

A pharmaceutical company has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market their new drug under a name derived from the …

World News

Torah Bright Hosts Mini-Shred Event in Thredbo, Australia

Australia's largest youth snow sports event.<p>The next generation of snowboarding is alive and well in Thredbo, Australia. This past weekend, Torah …

Snowboarding