Jewish Voices, Jewish Lives

It’s what we do every day. Whether it’s the food we favor…a bagel with shmear… or the drive to repair the world…tikkun olam, we Jews are there, especially in Rockland County. We plan to bring Doing Jewish to you every Friday. Sometimes it’ll be fun, sometimes it’ll be serious.


This week, I received a bit of “anti-fan mail” for a previous newsletter, within which I stated, as part of a longer discussion of Israel’s justified campaign in Gaza that “Israel has an obligation to do more and better to protect non combatants.” (words, I should add, that I used …

Celebration Time

Almost 400 years ago, in 1629, one of my ancestors, Rabbi Yom Tov Lippman Heller (also known as the Tosefot Yom Tov, after his well known commentary on the Mishnah) was arrested in Vienna, where he had become the Jewish community’s Chief Rabbi in 1625.

Rabbi Yom Tov was one of the preemin…


The name, for many of us, evokes the embodiment of evil attack, unwarranted persecution, and unprovoked violence that our Torah commands us to remember and never forget. It is our anti-talisman, that which we hold up to remind ourselves that our existence has historically and in the present …

Rockland Businesses Supporting Israel

New City Barber Shop

Michael Rohat, Owner

“Israel is in my heart and soul because I'm Israeli and I have family there. My Mom lives on a kibbutz near Sderot, where Hamas attacked, tortured and murdered more than 50 Israelis, and destroyed their homes and more. I'm so thankful my Mom is o…


This week, I was asked to try to disentangle the confusing web of news, speculation, disinformation, and strategic implications of what has been happening in Israel and the region for the last few weeks.

No problem. Easy Peasy.

Seriously, though, so much scrutiny has been placed on the mai…