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Sep 20, 2021, 11:57 PM
The second kittel
It is customary on Yom Kippur for one to wear a “kittel” - an all-white robe. Various reasons are given for this custom. The most prominent explanation is that on Yom Kippur we refrain from the most basic physical...
Aug 6, 2021, 12:20 AM
Today I Lost A Childhood Friend to Covid
Today: I lost a childhood friend to Covid. The Jewish world lost a lifetime educator. The world lost a very special soul. I was fourteen years old, a sophomore at Yeshiva University’s Manhattan Talmudical Academy, when on the first day of school I...
May 7, 2021, 7:44 PM
A Meletz Yosher
© Judah Lifschitz On Thursday of this week, I commemorated my mother’s yahrzeit. Seven years ago my mother’s soul was returned to her Maker. At that time the traditional blessing was given — that she serve as a meletzas yosher, a...
Jan 1, 2021, 6:47 PM
One People One Heart – A Photo Essay
One year ago today one hundred thousand Jews gathered in Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, for one of the largest gatherings in Jewish history, to celebrate the conclusion of a seven and a half year program of daily...
Dec 11, 2020, 6:24 PM
A Corona Chanukah Message
This Chanukah, as I light the each night, the eternal message of the Chanukah holiday will be especially meaningful and powerful. Unlike other holidays on the Jewish calendar which are biblically ordained, Chanukah is a rabbinically established holiday which commemorates...
Sep 12, 2020, 12:50 AM
Tefilah Mehalev – Prayer From the Heart
Next week Jews around the globe will observe Rosh Hashana and inaugurate 5781 on the Jewish calendar. This year, as in every year, Rosh Hashana, the Ten Days of Repentance which culminate with Yom Kippur will be a period...
Aug 23, 2020, 10:43 PM
An open letter to my community (2) – don’t waste this Elul
When we recited the blessing for the new month of Elul last Shabbat we asked G-d for many blessings: May it be Your will Hashem, our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month upon us...
Aug 2, 2020, 11:15 PM
An Open Letter to My Community
As the pandemic rages on the negative financial and operational effects on important community institutions grows more acute with every day that passes. Our schools and synagogues have been especially hard hit by the operational limitations required in a...
Jul 26, 2020, 10:31 PM
A Tisha Baav lesson for the pandemic
Both the United States and Israeli news media have been reporting over the last several weeks similar news: rising rates of infection, governmental difficulty in devising an effective strategy to control the spread of the virus, increased economic hardship...
Jul 15, 2020, 4:05 PM
A Kiddush Hashem – Sanctifying G-d’s Name
The following news report tells the story of the Charedi in Lakewood and New York City community which suffered greatly during the “first wave” of COVID-19 and how it has responded to help others. A COVID-19 ‘mitzvah’: Orthodox Jews donate...
By profession I am a Washington DC trial attorney. I have written several books including a biography of the Klausenbereger Rebbe. I am also the author of several blogs including Saying Kaddish and a Corona Virus blog.