Tikkun olam,” the powerful Jewish concept of repairing the world, has long been heralded as the rallying cry of Conservative and Reform Jewry. But a growing number of Orthodox 20- and 30-year-olds are trying to revive social justice responsibilities among their Orthodox peers — not as a liberal, humanistic-driven concept, but as one steeped in Jewish tradition and halacha.
It used to be that if you wanted to invest in Israeli companies trading on the Nasdaq, you plunked some cash into Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA). The more savvy pro-Israel investor would track Israeli IT companies like Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP), a leading security firm instrumental in developing computer firewalls, or telecommunications giants like Amdocs (DOX), a $7 billion billing company.
It’s 8:30 on a Saturday night and 29-year-old “Ilana,” dressed in a sweater set and skirt that falls just below the knees, is in the hallway of a Brooklyn synagogue, its faded cappuccino-colored walls decorated with black-and-white photos from the 1950s and ’60s.
Yeshiva University is enmeshed in its own battle over gay and lesbian couples less than a month after the Reform movement affirmed the right of its rabbis to officiate at same-gender commitment ceremonies.
Rabbi Joshua Plaut knows what it's like to live with an active 2-year-old. His toddler son, Jonas, has already joined him in three road races (albeit pushed in a baby jogger), including a first-place showing in last year's 5K run in Chilmark, Mass.
Rabbi Moshe Carmilly of the Upper West Side is celebrating his birthday early and often, and internationally, this year.
The first birthday party was thrown last month in Romania by a Jewish studies institute at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj that bears his name.
A second event, a festive Kiddush, will be hosted on Saturday at Congregation Shearith Israel, Rabbi Carmilly’s synagogue.
Imagine the celebration on his actual birthday, next April 7, when he turns 100.
Rabbi Elimelech Schachter, a faculty member at the Yeshiva University rabbinical school for nearly 50 years, died Feb. 26 in Borough Park. He was 93.
Rabbi Schachter served as professor of rabbinics at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and taught at many divisions of YU, mentoring generations of rabbinical students. He was the author of “The Babylonian and Jerusalem Mishnah and wrote several rabbinic opinions and scholarly articles.
The hundreds of Yeshiva University and Stern College students who took up epee, foil and saber during Arthur Tauber's quarter-century as fencing coach talk about how he would make time for his young athletes. After practice, on bus rides, often late at night he would counsel the students, serving as a sounding board or surrogate parent.
This month many of Tauber's onetime fencers will make time for him.
David Weinberg will call his mother in Toronto on Sunday morning, as usual, to wish her a happy Motherís Day. Sunday afternoon heíll make another call ó for an end to the genocide in Sudan ó as the leader of a rally in Central Park.Weinberg, 23, a senior at Yeshiva University, is the founding director of Not Now Not Ever, a nonprofit organization he and two Stern College students launched a few months ago to protest the ongoing Sudan tragedy. The group already has gone national.The Not Now Not Ever rally will begin at 4:30 p.m.