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  • Letters to the editor: Rob’s goodbye and connecting to Judaism

    March 12, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Not ‘Goodbye,’ Just ‘See You Later’

    I was disappointed to read Rob Eshman’s last column (“Why We Write,” March 7). I will so miss it during the time you are away. It’s the first thing I read in the Journal. I am a home delivery subscriber and have been ever since I had back...

  • Tefillin of the heart

    March 5, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Tefillin — phylacteries — have become a source of contention in the Modern Orthodox world. Female high-schoolers, on both coasts of the United States, are seeking rabbinic permission to adorn tefillin publicly while participating in morning prayers. For centuries, tefillin,...

  • Why Orthodoxy is growing

    By Dennis Prager

    October 23, 2013 | 11:58 am

    As almost every Jew knows by now, according to major reports on American Jewry — such as the most recent and most highly regarded Pew report — Orthodoxy is growing, while Conservative and Reform Judaism are shrinking. 

    Before presenting my explanations, I think it important to...

  • 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...

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  • The Rosner-Golinkin Exchange, Part 1: Can Women Wear Tefillin According to the Talmud?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 24, 2013 | 8:02 am

    Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin is President and Professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. For twenty years he served as Chair of the Va'ad Halakhah (Law Committee) of the Rabbinical Assembly which writes responsa and gives halakhic guidance to...

  • Can Google Glass transform Jewish life?

    May 30, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school computer science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their knowledge. Even fewer blame him for all of society’s ills.

    But many just want an answer to a simple question: Is...

  • On wearing grandpa’s tefillin at the Wall

    May 10, 2013 | 9:33 am

    It’s just before 7 a.m. when I arrive at Kotel Plaza security station to find long lines.  My son Andy gets into the swiftly moving line for men.  I enter the longer, slowly moving line for women.   Andy carries the cloth bag containing our things.   I try reaching to remove mine,...

  • Women praying to be heard at the Western Wall

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    December 19, 2012 | 10:23 am

    We approached the entrance to the Kotel Plaza a little before 7 a.m. on Rosh Hodesh Tevet. In my bag was my tallit, the beautiful purple-and-blue one that was hand woven as a gift from the students and faculty at USC more than 20 years ago, when I completed my time there as the...

  • Missing Florida millionaire left tefillin on abandoned boat

    September 4, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who went missing in June, left his tefillin on his abandoned boat.

    All of the life jackets also were accounted for, the Coast Guard reported, according to the Sun-Sentinel, after getting the records through a Freedom of...

  • Praying with Compassion: Time for Vegan Tefillin!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 24, 2012 | 1:29 am

    Could we create vegan tefillin? By vegan tefillin, I do not, of course, mean tefillin made from corn. That would not fulfill the holy mitzvah. But could we ensure that our Jewish ritual objects, which must come from animals, are obtained in a cruelty-free manner?

    Tefillin is a very...

  • Alaska Airlines detains passengers over tefillin

    March 14, 2011 | 10:16 am

    An Alaska Airlines flight crew issued a security alert after three Mexican Orthodox Jews began praying with tefillin.

    The flight attendants, who were concerned by the prayers being said aloud in Hebrew and the unfamiliar boxes with leather straps hanging from them, locked down the...

  • Tefillin cause bomb scare on New Zealand ferry

    December 13, 2010 | 10:38 am

    An Israeli putting on tefillin set off a bomb scare on a New Zealand ferry.

    The captain of the interisland ferry, who believed the boxes and leather straps looked like a bomb, reported his concerns to police during Sunday’s voyage between Wellington and Picton, New Zealand’s two...

  • Head games: Jordanians tell Israelis to keep out kipot

    October 28, 2010 | 10:35 am

    Israelis have been asked to leave their yarmulkes at the border when entering Jordan, an Israeli news site reported.

    An Israeli businessman told Ynet that his yarmulkes were taken and put in a safe upon his entry into Jordan, with a Jordanian policeman telling him that it was for...

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - A Postmodern Coming-of-Age Guide

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Bar Mitzvah: A Guide to Spiritual Growth" by Marc-Alain Ouaknin (Assouline, $24.95)

    When a book on bar mitzvah opens with a poem by Rudyard Kipling and a quote from French ethical philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, it's clearly not your usual bar mitzvah book, of which there are many.

    ...
  • Divine Protection

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As the train pulled into the Iraqi border police station, the lanky Jewish boy at the window became more and more nervous. The bulging

    package under his robes felt heavy like lead. As the train came to a full stop and the passengers were ordered to line up on the platform, he...

  • Community Briefs

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Workers Owe Win to Bet Tzedek

    Bet Tzedek has won a significant victory for low-paid Latino and Asian garment workers, successors to the Jewish immigrants who labored in sweatshops a century ago. The settlement, reached by the free legal counseling service, is somewhat technical,...

  • Super Bowl Wrap

    By Julie G Fax

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    You know that strange window of time Sunday morning before the Super Bowl starts, when you don't want to start anything that won't be finished by kickoff, but you've still got to find something to do? Sinai Temple, nearly a dozen other local Conservative men's clubs and the...

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