Category: Guest Writer

Stay – A Shidduch Love Story

By Shaindy Urman Marry a man you do not love. Hear about him from your great-aunt Faiga, and then from your great-aunt Shprintza. Nod politely as they gush about his middos. Smile graciously as they rave about his learning. Agree…

Hilchos Ice Bucket Challenge

by Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalonymous Eiswasser The so-called Ice Bucket Challenge or Nisayon D’li Kerach in halachic terms has brought the machle (illness) ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) to the attention of Jew and gentile alike. This time-honored minhag, referred to as…

Pritzus in Monsey

A Guest Post By E. Fink Originally posted on DovBear: Here An intrepid reader sent in this horrible violation of tznius rules at Rockland Kosher in Monsey. This is the same place with a sign prohibiting anyone from shopping if…

“Frum Week”

A Guest Post by E. Fink Originally posted on Finkorswim.com. In a fascinating religious and social experiment, a young Jewish woman named Emily Langowitz, who was raised as a committed reform Jew lived as an orthodox Jew for one week.…

The Heights and depths of dating

I love Washington Heights. It’s where the urban grid of Manhattan hits reality, where streets are smacked into cliffs and valleys, with stepped streets, sharp curves, and a mix of Russians, Dominicans, and an endless supply of young MO singles.…

I like dating divorcees

“She’s a wonderful girl, excellent middot,” said my shadchan. “She has a job, comes from a respectable family, and shares your Russian-speaking background.” I’ve heard this line before, so I was already prepared for the downside, the big “but” that…

Traif Is Going Out of Style

A Guest Post By E. Fink Original post on my blog: Reform Judaism is Reforming Its Approach to Kashrus Ask most Orthodox Jews about Kashrus and Reform Judaism, you’ll most likely hear a snicker from the uninformed or a reference…

Davening Importance Paradox

Being in shul so much over the past week or so, I noticed something really strange that I’ve never noticed before — and I’d like to call it the “importance paradox.” It seems that some of the most important prayers…

What is Teshuvah?

A Guest Post By E. Fink (Original Post: Essay: What is Teshuva and How Does It Work in Judaism?) As we approach the Jewish New Year there is an effort  to at least attempt to enter Rosh Hashanah clean from…

On the downtown Manhattan mosque

I was passing through downtown Manhattan recently and happened upon a huge rally of self-described patriots protesting a planned Islamic center that would be built two blocks north of the World Trade Center (known to tourists as Ground Zero). I…

Stuff single girls like

I was going to write this one, but the young lady who authors Frum N’ Flipping sent me this pretty comprehensive list. This is obviously a post written from a more frum perspective and from that of the older (over…

Stuff Israeli Sephardim like

I know nothing about Sephardic Israelis. Luckily, someone sent this post to me via email. She wished to remain anonymous and since I really don’t know if it’s accurate I will let you folks decide. This is coming from a…

Tznius Envy

There are deadlines, and then there are deadlines. I’m the Writer in Residence this month over at BrooklynTheBorough.com, and I was supposed to turn in my column Friday. How I feel about deadlines is best expressed in an email that…