Understanding the President’s Style of Communication

As a rule, I shy away from punditry or speculation about political machinations, including those of the President. Instead, my weekly column is usually...

A Tale of Two Jakes

These early days of the Trump presidency are frightening times for two values that I hold dear: Judaism and journalism. Since Trump was elected,...

Fratricide in the Far East

The beginning of 2017 saw an increase in the casualty count of victims from the increasingly hot spywars being fought between and among increasingly...

The Weekend Getaway

Here’s the thing: If you want to go away without anyone knowing about it, you’re best off hiring a private jet to take you...

Worthy of Mentchen

Budding scholar Meyer May was a soon-to-be high school graduate when he was offered a coveted slot in Johns Hopkins seven-year BA/MD program.This was...

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Although we both live in New York, we might as well be living on different continents, I conclude after talking to Shiffy Cohen. That’s...

Coconut Fingers in Mustard Sauce

The coconut in the US is sweetened and shredded; the Israeli version is also shredded but not too sweet. Your chicken will therefore look...

All is Not Quiet

On Monday, Israel launched a series of air attacks on Hamas-terrorist sites across the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks. Hamas security forces...

Women to Know – Goldy Teller

At 3 a.m. every single morning, when most of us are just hitting our REM sleep stride, Goldy Teller starts her day. For the...

Passion Fruit Salad

 My kids are obsessed with passion fruit. They’ll pick a passion fruit over a bag of sour sticks any day of the week. It’s...

Speaking with Vice President Pence

Don’t ask me how I ended up leading a prayer service with Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.So there I was...

Fighting the Good Fight

 What do many European Muslims and Christians have in common? Answer: The hatred of Jews. In fact, anti-Semitism has increased significantly in Europe since...

Fragrant Jasmine Rice with Toasted Cashews and Almonds

When I make this rice, my kids ask me if I popped popcorn. The nutty smell of jasmine, along with the toasted nuts, gives...

A New Cry

To the superficial reader, Parshat Mishpatim may seem like a dry list of laws about how a Jew must conduct himself, particularly in regard...

A Song More Beautiful Than That of the Angels

My father, Rabbi Yisroel Avraham Stein, z”l, was the rav of Fultichen, Romania, before the last World War. Despite his harrowing experiences during the Holocaust,...

From Within The Walls

It’s well past midnight and I have a personal problem. What do I do?I do what I always do. I phone Rebbetzin Chaya Nechama...

Forgotten Glory

Manhattan’s Beth Hamedrash Hagodol on Norfolk Street is legendary. It was the first Eastern European congregation founded in New York City, and it later...

Hit Hard at a Hearing

The opposition facing David Friedman, President Trump’s pick to be the next US ambassador to Israel, became clear at his confirmation hearing before the...