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  • Yom Kippur in Afghanistan

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Every other morning, Army Capt. Nathan Brooks wakes up between 4 and 4:30 a.m. to go for a three-mile run before the intense heat of the Afghan desert sets in. 

    Following his daily exercise at Bagram Airfield, Brooks does two things that he said have most helped him feel...

  • Orthodox woman, a first

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    In a groundbreaking appointment, the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR,CA), has selected Tamar Frankiel as its new president, making her the first Orthodox woman to lead an American rabbinical school.

    Frankiel, 66, is a professor of comparative religion and an expert...

  • Obama to tap Lew as treasury chief

    January 9, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    President Obama is set to nominate Jack Lew, his chief of staff, to be secretary of the treasury.

    Lew will be tapped to succeed Timothy Geithner on Thursday, multiple media reports said.

    Lew, a chief of the Office of Management and Budget under both Obama and President Bill Clinton, is an Orthodox Jew and has spoken often about balancing observance with the demands of the highest precincts of government.

  • British pop sensation Alex Clare balances stardom and Orthodoxy

    October 31, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Alex Clare is really just a nice Jewish boy.

    Sure, his hit “Too Close” is currently the seventh most popular song in the United States, his music video has garnered more than 18 million hits on YouTube and he has mobs of teenage girls chasing him around Europe. But at the end of...

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  • But what is our GOAL?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    As the Elul moon waxes and the peak of our religious year nears, we each begin asking ourselves our “big questions”. This Elul, the big question that’s rattling me is “what, in the end, is our goal?”

    We, who put on tefillin every morning (if we are men), and maintain...

  • Helping mothers have it all

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 27, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    The much-discussed article in the July/August Atlantic magazine begins with a story that likely will be familiar to any working mother. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is at an evening work event talking to very important, very professional people, and all that’s really on her...

  • Sex Education in Orthodox High Schools

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 13, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Recently, I sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors and was the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

    ...
  • Sex Education in Orthodox High Schools

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 13, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Recently, I sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors and was the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

    ...
  • The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 7, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    At work, we consistently offer positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to others to improve the quality of our collective efforts. From a Jewish perspective, we are not only concerned with the efficacy of our work but also the ethics of the workplace. In addition to personal...

  • Desexualizing Public Space

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    February 7, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Introduction
    The story is told (b. Taanit 24a) that Rabbi Yossi son of Rabbi Avin left his teacher, R. Yossi of Yoqrat, in order to study with Rav Ashi. As leaving one teacher for another was an unusual thing to do, Rav Ashi asked him why he did so. Rabbi Yossi son of Rabbi Avin...

  • Orthodox Jews’ problem with Adam Sandler

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 9, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    Adam Sandler gets censored! Signs advertising the actor’s new film, “Jack and Jill were destroyed in Jerusalem according to Israeli blogger Ido Kenan.  The hit movie isn’t such a hit with the Orthodox world, presumably because Sandler plays a woman in the film. 

    The images of...

  • Gamer Geek Goes Lounge Chic

    By Adam Wills

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Scoring on a Saturday night just got a whole lot easier for gamers, and they have an Orthodox Jew to thank.

    Arena Interactive Lounge offers a 21st century take on the arcade -- a Santa Monica-adjacent, nerd-hip destination that features a modern lounge vibe.

    It's the brainchild of...

  • Wrestling With Family

    By Ric Drasin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, it's true. I was raised as an Orthodox Jew -- in Bakersfield no less. My parents were very strict about going to temple and observing the holidays and religion. But Dad also used to take me to the local wrestling matches when I was around 10. He got a kick out of watching the...

  • If Seeing Is Believing, Who’s Seeing?

    By Akiva Gottlieb

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an amateur film critic, I pride myself on being able to separate the subject from the art. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about what it's about. In past years, I've enjoyed wonderful films about heroin use, pedophilia and...

  • Thoughts on the Lieberman Selection.

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As a centrist observant Jew working in the secular professions, I am particularly struck by Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's selection of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman as his vice-presidential running mate for the November 2000 elections.

    The life of the Orthodox Jew at this...

  • Guided by Faith

    By Sharon Samber

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has been in public life a long time and has left an extensive public trail of votes and positions on the issues.

    But when Al Gore named the two-term U.S. senator and former Connecticut attorney general as his running mate this week, as much initially...

  • Kosher Candidate

    By Michael J

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman's first Friday in the U.S. Senate posed a problem for him - not politically, but religiously.

    It was 1988, and the Senate session was running late into the night. Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, was obliged to stick around, despite the Sabbath.

    Instead of walking...

  • Changing Attitudes

    By Peter Ephross

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Al Smith campaigned for U.S. president - and lost - in 1928, his Roman Catholicism was used against him. When John F. Kennedy successfully ran for president in 1960, he felt the need to make speeches that distanced himself from the pope.

    But Sen. Joseph Lieberman's Orthodox...

  • A Wise Peace

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The first thing Itzhak Frankenthal did after his son's murder was exact threepromises from his wife. First, he said, the couple would not blameGod. Second, they would thank God for at least allowing them to havetheir son's remains to bury. Many Israeli families never receive...