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Jan 7, 2021, 8:38 AM
American Orthodoxy’s political suicide
Here's how the community sabotaged its own political interests and reached a point when mask-burning and death-threats were somehow acceptable
Dec 25, 2020, 1:37 AM
Will Israelis Consider Diaspora Jews When Voting?
Now that Israel is going for elections, will an Israeli party running for Knesset entirely dedicated to helping Jews in the Diaspora get 5-6 seats in the Knesset in this coming election? Just three months ago, the shocking headline...
Dec 22, 2020, 7:30 AM
The 10th of Tevet & The Forgotten Kaddish
The 10th of the month of Tevet has been a day of fasting for Jews for more than 2,500 years. The mention of the tragedy of this day goes farther back than any other Jewish fast, with the exception...
Dec 18, 2020, 10:02 AM
The Week Jewish Twitter Became Evil
If Jewish children knew how the adults in their lives behaved this past week, they would be terrified to the extent that they would not sleep at night. Jews who have dedicated their lives to the Jewish people found...
Dec 6, 2020, 6:24 AM
This Hanukkah 8 Nights of Gifts Mandatory
As a rabbi, it is hard for me to accept the notion of Hanukkah gifts. There is far more evidence that the custom of Hanukkah gift-giving comes from our non-Jewish neighbors than it comes from Jewish traditions. This year...
Nov 29, 2020, 9:39 AM
Hannukah’s Menorah: E Pluribus Unum
How did the Menorah come to be the symbol of the Jewish people? Centuries before anyone knew of the Star of David; the Menorah was a powerful symbol of Jewish life, both to Jews and non-Jews. From the Arch...
Nov 8, 2020, 9:44 AM
Kohelet: The Tale of Two Stories
"Certainly, I believe that God gave us life for happiness, not misery…Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Happiness should be a...
Nov 2, 2020, 10:54 PM
Let the UAE Operate Temple Mount
The Temple Mount is a sacred religious site, holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Yet currently, it does not have the appearance of a place of worship. Political rallies, harassment, and children playing soccer have all become commonplace on...
Oct 8, 2020, 10:33 PM
The Messiah Has Arrived in New York
Apparently, the Messiah has arrived in New York. Yes, the images of Jews lynching a Jew for not agreeing with them, attempting to murderer Hassidic journalist Jacob Kornbluth, the burning of masks, have now reverberated worldwide. They have forever...
Sep 28, 2020, 3:19 PM
Sukkot: Unity is Purity
"No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable." ― James Baldwin The Ten Days of Repentance, culminated by the intense experience of Yom Kippur, propel us to levels...
The writer is a rabbi, writer, teacher, and blogger (www.rabbipoupko.com). He is the president of EITAN-The American Israeli Jewish Network and lives with his wife in New York City.