When Shoshanna Silcove learned that she had become a grandmother for the first time, she couldn’t contain her excitement. She jumped up out of her office chair and exclaimed, “I’m a grandmother!” All her 150 co-workers stood up and applauded. Then, she had a moment of reflection.
Following the sudden passing of Rabbi Dovid Steigman OBM, his grandson – Rabbi Dovi Henig, Shliach in Chengdu, China – penned a letter to his community remembering him and a visit he made to their community. He also shared a message of comfort from the Chumash which exemplified his grandfather.
The New York City Department of Health has once again launched a coordinated attack on the age-old Jewish practice of metzitzah b’peh, deploying a barrage of alternative facts and fake news, says veteran Mohel Rabbi Levi Heber.
It’s time for the Crown Heights community to have a serious conversation about housing reform, says one community member in this op-ed submitted to CrownHeights.info.
It’s heartbreaking. Those absolutely heart-stopping horrific sounds: screeching brakes, slamming crash, shattering glass, screams… A racing ambulance, flashing, blaring, whining, and getting closer, announcing trouble. Instant panic and tefillah. Please Hashem let it be ok. And not be anyone I know.
“If the State of Israel is to be a Jewish state. A sliver of a state, in a world teeming with Muslim dominated states. And if the Jewish state wants to respect the safety and wellbeing of its citizens, and its law abiding residents, it can happen,” writes Aliza Bas Menachem in her latest op-ed.
In a painful open letter to the community, a Crown Heights parent says that last night their young son was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the street. The driver, a member of our community, then added insult to injury.
Update: The driver (through CrownHeights.info) reached out to the family of the boy who was hit. She personally apologized to the boy and has offered to pay for any damage.
“The so-called ‘settlements’ are not bargaining chips in negotiations. They are the front lines for Jewish security for the people of Israel in the land of Israel,” writes Aliza Bas Menachem in her latest op-ed, following the Obama-sanctioned UN Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlements.
A Crown Heights mother watched as her daughter came home from her classmate’s Bas Mitzvah with an entire shopping bag full of prizes and party favors. She could see the anxiety on her daughter’s face. Will she be considered the “neb” of the class because her Bas Mitzvah celebration is going to be held at home?
With so many suggestions on how to tackle the “Shiduch Crisis” being passed around, one anonymous CrownHeights.info reader believes there is a key issue being ignored, and offers an innovative way to deal with it.
As President Obama counts down his final weeks in the Oval Office, two well-known names in the legal world have called for a presidential pardon for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin in an op-ed printed by the Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by circulation.
“The so-called Two State solution was the most racist, venomous idea of the last generation,” writes Rabbi Fishel Jacobs in an op-ed published by The American Thinker.
In the wake of the sudden and shocking passing of R’ Moty Scheinfeld OBM, his wife Aliza shared a hearfelt letter of thanks and encouragement of perserverance with community.
What is the power of Chabad on Campus? One of the people who witnessed the joyous singing and dancing at the Havdalah gathering following the JewFest Shabbaton this past Motzei Shabbos describes the surreal and uplifting atmosphere in this open letter he submitted to CrownHeights.info.
While visiting my ailing mom in Brooklyn, just a few months before her untimely passing, I shared with her the exciting news that Chavie and I were going to adopt a second baby. She pondered the idea that we’d have adoptive Irish twins, thirteen months apart, and after a few moments, she gave me her loving motherly look and asked “Why so quick? What’s the rush”? I’m still uncertain where my answer came from, perhaps directly from my soul: “Mom”, I said, “I thought we don’t believe in family planning!”. She smiled, accepted it, and shared my witty comeback with whoever would listen.
Before enrolling at U.C. Santa Cruz, Amanda Botfeld, a Reform Jew from Santa Monica, had never heard of Chabad. “I avoided Jewish spaces in part because I never felt like my level of Jewishness was ‘enough.’ Jewish community events are often intended to reaffirm your standing as an insider; I usually left feeling more like an outsider,” she wrote in an op-ed published by JWeekly. “But Chabad was different.”
Donald Trump will win the election in a landslide, predicts Chaim Ross in this op-ed he submitted to CrownHeights.info. Read further in the extended article to see why.
Unlike our grandparents in Soviet Russia, we have the freedom to vote. Let’s vote to keep our freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to pursue happiness, writes Aliza Bas Menachem in this pre-election day op-ed.
A young single on the ‘Shidduch Market’ bemoans the seeming difficulty of Shadchanim and parents to accept it when a young Bochur or girl rejects a suggestion, or take it seriously when they express their preferences.
A Crown Heights mother expresses concern that too often parents don’t concern themselves with the safety and well-being of teenage girls who babysit their children in this op-ed submitted to CrownHeights.info.
Her name was Faygee. She was 20 years old and she had a smile that could light up a room. Faygee was one of my wife Aviva’s students and she was full of life, full of love, and full of hope. She always knew what to say to make everyone around her feel good, how to give them chizuk so that they could carry on even when they faced trials and tribulations. But we lost her Monday night to an accidental heroin overdose.
A neighborhood resident wrote to CrownHeights.info about an incident he witnessed in the aftermath of yesterday’s Labor Day Parade in Crown Heights.