Judaism and the Death Penalty

Written by Jackson Richman on . Posted in Features

Last month, the state of Arkansas executed four inmates in eight days in what one CNN report referred to as a “frantic schedule.” The explanation? The state’s supply of a sedative used for lethal injections was going to expire at the end of April.

Why Millennials Love Shabbat

Written by Rabbi Yosef Edelstein on . Posted in Features

Shabbat: we know it well. It’s our holy day of rest, a sign of the covenant between G-d and the Jewish people, and a time to reconnect with our families and communities after a long and busy work week. It is truly a gift that keeps on giving week after week and many of us couldn’t imagine our lives without it.

New Features Column: Tzedakah Before Shabbat

Written by Fran Kritz on . Posted in Features

As a writer for the New York Jewish Week a decade ago, I was surprised and delighted to find that when I wrote about compelling charities in Israel and the U.S., people would send me questions and often send the organizations gifts ranging from small amounts to large endowments.

Working to End Domestic Abuse

Written by Hanni Werner on . Posted in Features

JCADA strengthens our community by discreetly and respectfully empowering some of its most vulnerable members.

In their 16 years working with victims of domestic abuse, the staff at Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) have heard many tragic stories. But in some cases, the most insidious abuse is found in the most unassuming details.

Maintaining Our Intellectual Fitness

Written by Rabbi Jonathan Gross on . Posted in Features

The word robot was coined by the Czech playwright Karel Capek in 1920. It comes from the root robota, which means labor. Robots are made to assist us in our labors so we don’t need to break a sweat. But today people are concerned that as smarter robots are doing more of our jobs, there won’t be anything left for people to do.

The Shavuot Guest Who Didn’t Show Up

Written by Rafael Medoff on . Posted in Features

Accounts of Jewish religious life in the Warsaw Ghetto, written as the events were actually transpiring, are few and far between. One of the most important of these available accounts, which was authored by Rabbi Shimon Huberband and published several decades after the war, includes a remarkable description of Shavuot in Warsaw as the construction of the ghetto was underway.

Supporting Our Survivors

Written by Editor on . Posted in Features

This Holocaust menorah has a prominent place in Smith-Kogod Residence in Rockville.  (Photo credit: Suzanne Pollak)

A 100-year-old woman chatted briefly as she got her hair done at the salon in the Charles E. Smith Life Communities’ Hebrew Home in Rockville, Maryland, where she lives. It was just one of the many things she was rushing to accomplish before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

My Beloved Son Erez

Written by Caryn Orbach on . Posted in Features

My beloved son Erez was killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on January 2, 2017.

Erez was an amazing person, loved by all who knew him.