NY Bombing Suspect’s Orthodox Neighbors Seem Resigned To Backyard Terror

09/22/2016 - 12:21

ELIZABETH, N.J. (JTA) — Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man who police say planted four bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey — including one in the train station here — used to come to the One Stop Kosher Market to buy snacks.

First American Fried Chicken, which is owned by the family of Ahmad Khan Rahami, was closed a day after he was arrested. JTA

The High Holidays For Liberal Jews, Literally

09/21/2016 - 11:41
Special To The Jewish Week

Ninety percent of American Jews are not Orthodox. More than half of those Jews will find their way into a synagogue at some point during the High Holidays and hear rabbis speak on a host of contemporary Jewish issues. How about the central question of God? Does God really care if you are in shul on the Hi Ho’s? During the other 362 days of year, does God care if you eat veal parmesan?

Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

Soaring In Song

In between songs about love, the passage of time, more love, marriage and dreams, Beth Selter narrates the story of her own life in her cabaret performance, “The Chance to Sing,” at the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, September 18th. She’ll sing Sondheim, the Beatles, the Gershwins, telling of her Long Island childhood, her steadfast modern orthodoxy, her family and her passionate desire to sing. 

Beth Selter

A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

08/11/2016 - 12:05

In recent years, a dramatic social, political and legal struggle has been waged against the ultra-Orthodox “society of scholars” in Israel.

Orthodox Women Take On Vagina Monologues, With A Twist

At first-ever gathering of its kind, young religious women stress sex-positive message.

05/17/2016 - 16:13
Staff Writer

Last week, 60 college-aged Orthodox women packed into a Washington Heights apartment to talk about sexual identity, menstruation and vaginas.

The event was inspired by Eve Ensler’s 1996 off-Broadway sensation “The Vagina Monologues." Via YouTube.com

Friendship, Asperger's Syndrome and Jewish Observance

Editor's Note: Although the DSM-5 no longer uses Asperger's Syndrome as a classification, it is still used by many people with Asperger's, clinicians and community.

I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when I was four years old and attended various special education programs since I was three. I am now a college student and understand how several decisions that I have made have been essential in helping me to overcome challenges, to become the person that I am today and to thrive. One of those decisions, my decision to become religiously observant, which I made around the time that I began high school, has been essential to my growth.

Adam Dayan: Advocating For Students With Special Needs

Editor's Note: We are proud to share another one of The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" who is an advocate for children with special needs.

ADL Slams Rockland County Candidate’s Ad As Anti-Orthodox

06/08/2015 - 20:00

The Anti-Defamation League is slamming an advertisement for a candidate for Rockland County sheriff as highly offensive for its negative portrayal of Hasidic Jews.

Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Gets It Done

Don Greenberg, graduating from Binghamton University this year, pulls a "Sandy Koufax."

05/13/2015 - 20:00

Senior Don Greenberg was looking forward to addressing his fellow students as a commencement speaker at Binghamton University’s engineering school when his girlfriend broke the bad news: May 16, graduation day, falls on a Saturday.

Don Greenberg pre-recording his Commencement Speech. RNS

Orthodox Transgender Activist Speaks Out

Yiscah Smith is promoting her memoir and speaking about building a life as an Orthodox woman.

05/03/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late April, a group of people gathered in a small house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to listen to Yiscah Sara Smith read excerpts from her memoir.

Yiscah Sara Smith in Jerusalem. Via yiscahsara.com
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