New York

2 Observant Jews Sue N.Y. Apartment Building Over Electronic Keys

08/03/2015

Two Jewish New Yorkers have sued their Queens apartment complex over renovations they claim make it difficult to observe Shabbat.

Jews Bitterly Divided On Iran

Deal seen bringing peace or disaster.

07/29/2015
Associate Editor

It was the most haunted time of the Jewish year, the “Three Weeks” leading to Tisha B’Av, when Jerusalem’s walls crumbled, kingdoms fell, exile began, and clocks strike thirteen. “One of the ways God speaks is by way of the calendar, both for good and bad,” Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a Yeshiva University Talmud professor, tells us by phone. It was the time of the Inquisition, Germany’s entry into the First World War (a defeat that is linked to Germany’s precipitating World War II and the Shoah), and the disengagement from Gaza, leading to thousands of rockets and two wars. The changing deadline dates of the Iran deal blew like leaves through a graveyard, from last year’s July to November, to this April, June, and then July 14.

Thousands of protestors gathered in Times Square on to voice their concerns at the Stop Iran rally. Michael Datikash/JW

NYC To Investigate 39 Yeshivas

Mayor De Blasio says city has 'zero tolerance' for subpar secular education alleged by former chasidic students.

07/29/2015
Deputy Managing Editor

City officials have confirmed they will investigate a complaint alleging that dozens of Brooklyn yeshivas are violating state law by giving their students a subpar education in English, math and other secular subjects. 

A billboard Yaffed put up in Williamsburg earlier this year. Courtesy of Yaffed

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rabbis

A newly minted spiritual leader, humbled yet questioning, looks at the field he’s joining.

07/28/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Last month I was ordained as a rabbi. I joined the ranks of those far more learned, wise and experienced than I, and in so doing I am linked to a chain that connects me to the sages of old and the sages of now. Their names fill my bookshelves: Heschel, Soloveitchik, Kaplan. Their ethos permeates my spirituality: Carlebach, Schachter-Shalomi, Schneerson. Their presence in my life directs mine: Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Rabbi Avi Weiss, Rabbi Mychal Springer. I am indebted to these men and women who believe in the timeless truth of our Torah and brought me to where I am today.

De Blasio: 'Zero Tolerance' For Subpar Math, English In Yeshivas

Mayor gets behind DOE investigation of secular education in dozens of Brooklyn chasidic schools.

07/28/2015
Deputy Managing Editor

City officials have confirmed they will investigate a complaint alleging that dozens of Brooklyn yeshivas are violating state law by giving their students a subpar education in English, math and other secular subjects. 

A billboard Yaffed put up in Williamsburg earlier this year. Courtesy of Yaffed

NYC Education Officials Urged To Investigate Quality Of Yeshivas

07/28/2015

Fifty-two people — former yeshiva students, parents of current yeshiva students and former teachers from schools — reportedly signed a letter sent to New York City education officials expressing “deep concern” about “the poor quality and scant amount of secular education” at the 39 schools with which they say they are affiliated.

Huckabee Tweets Threats From Israel’s Enemies To Assail Iran Nuclear Deal

07/27/2015

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee cited threats from Israel’s enemies in his continued assault on the Iran nuclear deal.

N.Y. Hasidic Teen’s Poem About Day In Her Life Goes Viral

07/27/2015

A poem by a Hasidic teenage girl from Brooklyn has gone viral on social media.

The poem, written by a hasidic girl from Brooklyn, has gone viral on social media. Via poetrynation.com

Author E.L Doctorow Dies At 84

07/22/2015

American Jewish author E.L. Doctorow, who wrote the novel “Ragtime,” died at age 84.

E.L Doctorow. Via wikipedia.org

Who’s Ahead In The ‘Sheldon Adelson Primary?’

With plenty of pro-Israel candidates on the GOP slate, Jewish support is spread thin so far.

07/22/2015
Associate Editor

With the announcement this week that Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has become the 16th candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Jewish GOP insiders are sorting through this assortment of pro-Israel riches, for every one of the candidates seems to have compassion and understanding for Israel’s numerous predicaments.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, above, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, center, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are all seen as strong on Israel.
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