Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Who Is the Enemy?

Who is the enemy? These words, asked recently by the American-born leader of the Zehut party, Moshe Feiglin, are easy to articulate yet harder to answer. Who is the enemy? As Americans, we believe, as the Founding Fathers did, in the importance of

Placing Our Children at the Center of Jewish Peoplehood

“I had a pretty typical Jewish upbringing. I grew up in a typical Jewish home, went to a typical day school and prayed at a typical shul.” I’ve heard this sentiment expressed countless times and for a long time I found it deeply resonant.

Do You Understand Medicare Advantage, Medigap and Supplement Plans?

Last week, two friends and I were discussing their Medicare coverage. Friend 1 told me she never pays anything when she goes to the doctor or hospital. Friend 2 said he pays all the time when he visits the doctor or hospital.

Which one has the most

Councilman Andrew Cohen Is Re-Elected to Serve the Bronx

On Election Day 2017, New York City Council member Andrew Cohen was reelected to a second term serving the 11th District, which includes Riverdale and several Bronx neighborhoods. Cohen received an overwhelming majority of the vote, defeating two challengers, Judah David

YIWP Celebrates Diversity With Inclusiveness

The name of the game at Young Israel of White Plains is diversity. Sim Shapiro, president of YIWP, likes to tell people, “There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ YIWP member.” YIWP is a diverse shul, made up of people from varied backgrounds. Members

The Balfour Declaration: Did the British Promise Palestine to the Jews and Arabs?

On November 2, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Sent by British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour in a letter to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, it read:

Dr. Adina Shmidman to Lead OU’s Dept. of Women’s Initiatives

Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman, of the Lower Merion Synagogue in the Philadelphia suburbs, has been named founding director of the Orthodox Union’s Department of Women’s Initiatives. With extensive experience in Jewish communal work and 20 years teaching female high school students, Dr.

What Israeli Orthodoxy Has Learned About Women’s Leadership

On a recent trip to the US from Israel, I ran into a problem. The house my family was renting was situated just half a block inside the eruv and we needed to figure out how to get around with the baby stroller on Shabbat. So I did

College Essay Tips From a Former Admissions Officer

As a former admissions officer from Northwestern, I have read thousands of applications and I have also helped hundreds of students with their applications and their application essays. I’m going to give you my top college essay tips for the application process.

YI of Stamford Prepares for January Jewish Education Panel

Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl, head of school at Kohelet Yeshiva High School and chief academic officer of the Kohelet Foundation, and Miriam Krupka Berger, the dean of faculty and chair of the Tanach department at the Ramaz Upper School, will highlight the annual Challenges

Let’s Talk...and Listen

In this, the 15th year of SAR High School, I have found myself asking: if I were charged with opening a new school today, what would it look like?

Having confronted that question 15 years ago, it feels useful to ask it anew.

Are there Immigration Consequences of Unlawful Employment?

Although U.S. immigrations laws are complex and at times confusing, certain issues are quite clear: The employment authorization of foreign nationals in the United States is highly restricted. Foreign nationals are only authorized to work when they have been “accorded a

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