Up Against the Wall Rachel GinsbergWhen a court ruled that the women of the wall could pray at theKoselPlazawearing tallis and tefillin and read from a Torah scroll, it was more than just a coup for a group fighting for what they claim is religious freedom.
What’s the real agenda of these ritual petitioners, who have proclaimed they’d like to see the mechitzah at the Kosel removed and the Orthodox rabbinate stripped of authority?
Let’s Make a Deal
Brocha Miller | Tuesday, May 21, 2013
When Daniel Eleff found out how to get free toilet paper for his impoverished yeshivah, he knew he was on a roll. Today he’s become an international save-money guru, and is happy to share his wisdom with anyone organized enough to play with points and credit cards.
Buried in Africa
Photos & text by Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan | Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We’d been toEthiopianumerous times since the 1980s, and our latest jaunt was actually just a few-day stopover on the way toUganda(that’s for another time). Yet all our previous visits centered around theGondarregion, the area where about 90 percent of Ethiopian Jews originated, and on this trip we decided to go somewhere different — we wanted to see the remnants of the Jews of Tigray.
Finding Color in the Darkness
Shira Yehudit Djalilmand Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This is the most difficult article I’ve ever written. When my friend Devorah Alexander became sick with Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as ALS or motor neuron disease), my instinctive reaction was to fight back the only way a writer knows — by telling the world about it. Few have heard of this disease, which causes the muscles to waste away, leaving the victim in the nightmare of an active mind trapped in a useless body.
The High Court Jewess
Pearl Herzog Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In an era when Yidden had few rights, a Jewess known as Madame Kaulla became one of the richest and most powerful women. Serving as a “Hofjude,” a court Jew, Madame Kaulla amassed a legendary fortune, using the money to support her husband in full-time learning, raise six children, and help her needy Jewish brethren.
Madame Chamberlaine’s Gorgeous Birthday Gift
Tzipie Wolner Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Akiva banged the door.
“Hey Shprintzi! Come quick!”
I took the steps two at a time.
“There’s a package for you!”
“Me?” I’ve never received a package before. “Who’s it from?”
A New Beginning
C. Cohen Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The tears poured down Rina’s cheeks. A petit 14-year-old with glasses and brown hair, she made a pitiful figure as she stood alone, unable to control her sobs. The old, grey wall to her right, a permanent fixture in the school playground, was the only witness to the depth of her despair. She had finally hit rock bottom and she could not see any way up. Climbing the steep cliff towards friendship seemed to be an impossible feat.
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