19-Year-Old Letter is More Relevant Than Ever

As we enter the summer months, we share with our readers a letter written to Mrs. Shaindel Teichtel 19 years ago by mother of a then high school girl who was a peer and friend, herself a renowned Crown Heights educator, after she expressed grave concern to her on the level of Tznius in the local girls’ schools and in the wider community. Every word of the letter is still relevant today.

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A Sheitel from One’s Own Hair?

It is becoming increasingly popular among some Orthodox Jewish women to send their own hair to wig-making companies – who then create a Sheitel for them that perfectly matches their natural look at a much lower cost. Writing for the Five Towns Jewish Times, Rabbi Yair Hoffman seeks to clear up some of the Halachic questions surrounding the issue.

Op-Ed: Becoming a Grandmother

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.

Op-Ed: Don’t Be a Rodef

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.

Op-Ed: George Washington-Style Peace Plan

“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.

My Son Was Hit By a Car; the Driver Didn’t Apologize

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.

Op-Ed: Now Is Our Chance to Teach Shlaimos HaAretz

“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.

Op Ed: The Bas Mitzvah Problem

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?