Transformational Year

In this week’s cover story, reporter Shana Medel captures the phenomenon of the gap year, when students take a year off between high school and college to travel and take part in immersive programming. The story focuses on gap-year programs in Israel, which it turns out is only second (tied with Ecuador) to the United… Read More

Barcelona Jewish Community Is Not Doomed

In the wake of the horrendous recent terrorist attack in my city, our chief rabbi declared that the Jewish community here is “doomed” and encouraged us to buy property in Israel. With all due respect to the rabbi, he is wrong. I am 34 years old and have lived in Barcelona since I was 4…. Read More

Being Zayde Embrace the Gift

No, you did not miss it. Yes, there’s still time, and maybe, just maybe, this is your year. “Really?” you might say. “Yes, really,” I would say. Each of us gets this gift each year if we only embrace it and make it important to us. Last month, I asked you to prepare for a… Read More

Don’t Leave Out the ‘Why’ of Ritual Parshah Ki Tavo

There is a passage at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion that also appears in the Passover Haggadah. It concerns the prayer which begins: “When you come into the land which Adonai has given you, and dwell there, you will take the first fruit of the ground … and you will come to the… Read More

A Secure New Year

The new year at Jewish day schools involves more than new teachers, new clothes and new backpacks. Particularly in a calendar year that began with a wave of bomb threats phoned to Jewish institutions across the country and a summer that ended with death and injuries caused by white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, day schools… Read More

How to Help Houston

The size and devastation of Hurricane Harvey came as a surprise. The scenes of catastrophic flooding were barely comprehensible as one of the nation’s largest cities appeared to sink beneath unrelenting rainfall. Four feet of rain fell on Houston, the greatest amount of precipitation from a tropical system in the continental United States. Houston is… Read More

Blinded by the Left

There are many of us who detest the bashing of our president, the lies foisted upon his every action (“Still Their Man,” Sept. 1). We don’t speak out as much as we could out of fear of negative retaliation. The left has the voice today. Freedom of speech is gone. It turns out that Antifa… Read More

People of the Book The Xanadu of Kosher Food

Remember Miracle Market? The kosher supermarket that was open for just a few years in the ’90s? It was owned by the children of landsleit from my zaydie’s shtetl. My parents always remained friendly with them, and I vividly remember them joking around. My father once pitched them an idea for a advertising slogan: “Miracle… Read More

Complaining Rabbis Got Outmaneuvered by Trump

What is a Jewish group supposed to do when it wants to make a principled statement to the president of the United States? How aggressive should it be? And how carefully should its members consider the political ramifications of what they are doing? After President Trump’s defense of the white supremacists who staged the deadly… Read More

A Good Reminder

The news out of Houston has been absolutely devastating and the pictures heart-wrenching. I can hardly imagine what it’s like to be there right now. As of this writing, at least 10 people have died due to Hurricane Harvey, and homeowners will deal with an estimated $30 billion in damages while the city is still… Read More