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#YCTInnovators: Learn about Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff’s (’18) Journey to Professional Genealogy

Posted on January 7, 2021

Interview with Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18)

Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18) is a professional genealogist and Global Connections Education Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

How did you first become interested in genealogy?

I was about 15 years old when I first became interested in genealogy.… Read the rest

In Haifa Coronavirus Ward, a US-Trained Rabbi Helps Muslims Keep the Faith

Posted on January 4, 2021

Interview with Rabbi Mike Schultz (’08) by Nathan Jeffay in The Times of Israel 

As Israel’s third wave COVID cases surge, Rabbi Mike Schultz dons his hazmat suit, and prepares to talk about Allah.

Israel’s Arab citizens have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which means that 12 years after graduating from a New York rabbinical school, Schultz is spending his days talking with a lot of patients who are deeply probing their Islamic faith.… Read the rest

Modah Ani: A 2020 Thanksgiving Reflection, for All Those Alone

Posted on November 24, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Jon Kelsen for eJewish Philanthropy

I thank you, eternally living King! For You have returned within me my soul, with compassion; Your faithfulness is great!

The prayer Modah [Modeh] Ani was authored by 16th century Safed kabbalist, R.… Read the rest

What Does the Torah Say about Refusing to Concede? A lot.

Posted on November 18, 2020

By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward 

As of this writing, President Donald Trump has yet to concede the Presidential election, despite having decisively lost the Electoral College as well as the popular vote. Instead of conceding, the president has filed numerous lawsuits in battleground states while vociferously alleging widespread voter fraud on Twitter, claims that, with a tiny number of exceptions, have no merit.… Read the rest

The Ethiopian Jewish Holiday of Sigd is More Relevant Than Ever

Posted on November 13, 2020

By Rabbi Yonah Berman for The Jewish Forward

In the 1997 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” George Castanza is embarrassed when his father Frank shamelessly promotes Festivus, a December 23 celebration that Frank created years ago in reaction to the other winter festivals in popular culture.… Read the rest

How to be Emotional in 5781: The Legacy of a Hasidic Educational Master

Posted on November 12, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Jon Kelsen for eJewish Philanthropy

A quick look at the papers, glance out the window, or moment of introspection reveal one the emotional turmoil being activated on all levels of social and political life during these extraordinarily trying days.… Read the rest

For Those Who Cannot Fast, Yom Kippur Should Still be Meaningful

Posted on September 24, 2020

By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward

Yom Kippur is almost upon us. According to Torah law, the Jewish people are mandated to fast the entire day. This can be difficult enough for most people, but particularly so for those with eating disorders.… Read the rest

White Oak Pond, Women and Tehillim: Staying Connected During COVID

Posted on August 26, 2020

By Miriam Schachter, LCSW for The Times of Israel

On March 12th, my husband and I left New York, and drove to our own personal slice of Gan Eden, on White Oak Pond, in Holderness, New Hampshire. We are deeply attached to this part of the world, as we’ve  been spending summers here for more than 40 years. We… Read the rest

With Real-time Closed Captioning, YCT Breaks Down Barriers and Shares Torah to a Wider Audience

Posted on August 19, 2020

By Rabbi Yonah Berman for eJewish Philanthropy

I recently spearheaded an online adult education program called Changemakers. This program brought together 30 Orthodox synagogues across North America to share in a four-part Zoom lecture series under the auspices of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, where I am the Director of Alumni Engagement and Chair of Professional Rabbinics.… Read the rest

Why Isn’t Climate Change a Bigger Issue for the Orthodox?

Posted on August 7, 2020

By Haggai Resnikoff for The Jewish Forward

Why have Orthodox Jews been so slow to commit to the struggle against climate change? The Pope and the Islamic Society of North America have spoken up about it. In January, Renewal Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Shalom Center issued a statement with more than 500 rabbinic signees, and this spring, Reform Rabbi Jennie Rosenn launched Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, a new Jewish non-profit devoted solely to mobilizing the American Jewish community to confront the climate crisis.… Read the rest