Opinion

January 9, 2014

If it was possible to make last week’s kidnapping and grisly murder of Menachem Stark, a New York real estate developer, landlord and Satmar chasid, any worse, the New York Post managed to do it. On the front page of its Sunday edition, beside a large photo of Stark — which featured him with a CONTINUE »

How I became a Torah-observant Jew
BY Shalomis (Shelley) Koffler Weinreb
January 9, 2014

When I was a little girl, I remember my mother gently telling me that there is a G-d and He loves us. She would say that her mother told her the same thing. This simple knowing formed the foundation of what I believed about the world, filling me with an innate sense of security. In CONTINUE »

BY Steven R. David
January 9, 2014

The American Studies Association, a scholarly group supposedly dedicated to the study of American culture and history, recently voted to boycott Israeli institutions. On one level, it is tempting to ignore its decision. The ASA is a small, marginal organization whose impact on academic affairs, much less American foreign policy, is negligible. Moreover, it is CONTINUE »

January 9, 2014

Just a few days ago I was present at the funeral of a friend of more than 70 years. We grew up together, and both served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was buried in a veterans’ cemetery in South Florida in the next available gravesite. I somewhat lamented the fact CONTINUE »

‘I found myself moved to tears’
BY Neshama Carlebach
January 9, 2014

I grew up Jewish. Simply Jewish. My late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, raised us in an observant Orthodox household. Our lives were filled with beautiful ritual, and we celebrated the wonder of a familial spiritual connection. That said, we also danced along the fine line of progressive Judaism. My father’s Torah was an expression of CONTINUE »