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Apr 7, 2020, 5:09 AM
The “Ha’Gomel” blessing for a recovered (from Coronavirus) and Passover
If one was sick with the flu (whether Coronavirus or some other serious illness) and was not in any immediate danger and the illness merely caused him to be bedridden, is one obligated to recite the ““Ha’Gomel”” blessing? There are...
Apr 6, 2020, 3:37 PM
Grandparenting in the Corona era
Savtas Babysit on Zoom! We are blessed. My wife and I are savtas to the most wonderful human being. He is lovely --bright, big, dark, attentive eyes, edible wide and plump cheeks -- ready targets for savta-kissing. His mouth, baby-shaped,...
Apr 6, 2020, 2:26 AM
Judaism without the Synagogue? Maybe to protect us in the future?
Let's face it. Who is most affected by the closures of the synagogues around the world? The Orthodox of course, because they are the main Jewish sect that goes to the synagogue. While the other sects go to the synagogue,...
Apr 5, 2020, 5:48 PM
The Knights of the Order of Balfour
According to recent news reports, creating a unity government would involve appointing some 34-36 ministers. Setting up and running several pointless ministries – in addition to the many we already have -- would be a waste of millions if...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Apr 3, 2020, 6:51 PM
Will Eliyahu HaNavi be invited in this year?
There are many people joking that this year they will be afraid to open their door for Eliyahi HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) since they don’t know where else he has been, which flights he took and what germs were...
Apr 1, 2020, 3:59 PM
My editor sent me the following good coronavirus jokes. Even in terrible times, we should keep up optimistic good humor. To go to the store, they said a mask and gloves were enough…they lied…everyone else had clothes on. 20 years ago,...
Apr 1, 2020, 9:43 AM
The holy Kotel is closed, no minyans anywhere, like in Chanukah times
Here are some of the new restrictions as of Wednesday morning at 8 AM 1. No gathering will be allowed in public spaces, including for prayers or weddings. Individuals who pray should do so alone. 2. At the Western Wall a...
Apr 1, 2020, 1:14 AM
What Now? Top 10 Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
When I was a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Harlan Wexler gave a class on “Books Every Rabbi Should Read.” In one lecture, he referred to a pair of books that are often talked about together:...
Mar 31, 2020, 7:31 AM
What was ancient Egypt like during the Ten Plagues?
Did you ever wonder what Ancient Egypt was like during the Ten Plagues? Well you don't have it. In order to be able to really feel Passover this year (one is supposed to feel at the Passover Seder that he...
Michael S. Diamond
Mar 30, 2020, 12:16 AM
Jonah in Nineveh: What plague?
And the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying: Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and proclaim upon it the proclamation that I speak to you. And Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according...