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The Importance of Feeling Important

Tzvi Miller | Posted 02.17.2017 | College
Tzvi Miller

As seniors in college looking forward to life's next hurdles - graduation and employment - it is important to retain a sense of feeling important.

For Love of the Music: A Review of Matisyahu's Live at Stubb's, Vol. III

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 10.08.2016 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Ten years after the release of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb's (which reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart), Matisyahu has again returned to the well-known Texas venue to record Live at Stubb's, Vol. III.

The Rebbe and Me -- A Tribute to the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

The Rebbe's attention to my cry changed my life. Without a doubt, the attention that we will devote -- in the Rebbe's honor -- to someone else's cry, will also change other lives, heal our world, and carry on the Rebbe's shining legacy, for eternity.

How I Escaped Hasidic Judaism and Went From Living on the Streets to Being a Hollywood Actor

Luzer Twersky | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Luzer Twersky

For most of my life, I believed that all non-Jews hate us and want to kill us.

Talia Lavin

Jews Who Left The Ultra-Orthodox World Find Support In One Another | Talia Lavin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

Shulem Deen’s first steps away from Hasidic Judaism were in the direction of a radio. Defying his community's express prohibitions against secu...

Investigating Fundamentalism In The Jewish Hasidic Community

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Just a few miles north of New York City, an all-powerful religious leader controls every aspect of his followers’ lives. Accounts detail welfa...

Antonia Blumberg

The Hasidic Hipsters Of Zusha Are Here To Rock The World Of Jewish Music | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion

The three members of Zusha were raised amid varying flavors of Jewish culture. But call Zusha a “Jewish band,” and the musicians will balk at the ...

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Father of Jewish Renewal, Dies at 89

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

For the most part, Schachter-Shalomi's success was based in his liberal acceptance of people exploring alternate paths of spiritual awakening (from LSD to Yoga), and his legitimizing of alternate possibilities within Judaism.

Hasidic Rebels

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

When the Hasidim of Kotzk prayed, they did not move. Any external sign of piety was deemed pretentious. The story is told of a great student, who after one prayer session -- though someone observing from the side would not even have noticed that he was praying -- was bathed in sweat and had actually cracked two of his teeth.

March Madness And The Meaning Of Life

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Life doesn't turn out the way we expect it to be. Yet, perhaps we hide in those expectations. Perhaps we hide from today in the plans for tomorrow. Today, however, is not only a bridge to tomorrow. It is a springboard to eternity.

Speak And Act As Prophets Did: The Teachings Of Dr. King And Rabbi Heschel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.

The Secret Double Lives Of Young Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men

Posted 12.13.2012 | New York

In a small apartment filled with his children, under the watchful eyes of a tightly knit Hasidic neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a young fathe...

Matisyahu And The Pitfalls Of The Charismatic Leader

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

His move away from his religious observance, and thus his role as a cultural icon and leader for religious Jewry, took another dramatic step today.

Matisyahu Uncovers His Head, Religious Jews React

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Six months ago, Matisyahu shaved off his beard. Yesterday, he posted a picture of himself not wearing a kippah. The world didn't react, but the Jewish world let out another anguished cry.

Hasidic Marriages Are Not Forced, Nor Arranged. They Are Perhaps Recommended

Yossi Gestetner | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Yossi Gestetner

One of the attacks often mounted against Hasidic life is a notion that Hasidic parents take a 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old boy, place them in a room against their will and an engagement is declared 30 minutes later.

Hasidic Women And Drawing Inspiration From Struggle

Chava Tombosky | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

I was invited to attend the Dr. Phil show last week to offer commentary on their feature story about a young and beautiful woman who had a tale of unsettling circumstances in regard to her Hasidic background.

The Past: Far More Than Prologue

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Menachem Rosensaft

As we enter yet another Jewish New Year, it may be that remembering where we came from is more important and ultimately more helpful on our journey through life than knowing where we are headed.

My Rosh Hashanah Prayer: A Prayer for the Jewish New Year

Rabbi Naomi Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Naomi Levy

Peace is in our hands. Forgiveness is in our hands. Comforting others is in our hands. Can you imagine what this world would be like if every person claimed his or her true identity?