Daniel Chavkin

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Backman’s Corner: International conference for Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries

By Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Dinner is served; With 5,000 of your closest friends. In what is one of the largest sit down dinners in New York City, the banquet has become the gala of the weekend. The last weekend of November was the annual International Conference for Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries or the Shluchim Kinus. ...

Exclusion of Democrats at Hanukkah party signals divisiveness under Trump administration

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Last Thursday, President Donald Trump held the annual White House Hanukkah Party with a significant change from previous years – he didn’t invite any Democrats. In the past, the event has always been a bipartisan celebration that emphasizes the importance of recognizing multiple faiths ...

Uber poses threat Israel’s economic stability, citizens

By Rebecca Piassek For Mitzpeh @rebeccapiassek Last week, the Israeli court ordered Uber to stop operating in Tel Aviv, the first Israeli city in which the company had been conducting a trial of its communal driving services. Together, Israel’s Transportation Ministry, Taxi Driver Union and rival driving service, GetTaxi, won the ...

Congress should go against Trump, keep Iran nuclear deal in place

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh On October 13, President Donald Trump announced that he is decertifying the international Iran nuclear deal, which would leave the decision of imposing sanctions on Iran and terminating the agreement up to Congress. The deal is an international agreement between Iran, the P5+1—permanent members of the United ...

Kosher grocery store should fill empty space below Terrapin Row

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqb58 Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. When my roommates and I first visited the Terrapin Row leasing office last year, there was an enthusiastic guarantee that there were going to be useful, interesting stores filling the retail spaces below the apartments. We were told ...

Backman’s Corner: When to do mitzvot

By Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. What if you had a choice of which mitzvah to do? But for real, you can just choose one to do and that’s it. How do you decide, and what does that tell you about why you do mitzvot? Scenario: Reuven was imprisoned in jail and was ...

Israeli violinist Yehonatan Berick brings new life to Brahms’ sonatas

By Brogan Gerhart Copy editor @BroganGerhart Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Israeli violinist Yehonatan Berick performed Tuesday night as part of a Music in Mind series hosted by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A teacher as well as a performer, ...

“Hatikva” instills more than just nationalism

By Abbigail Klein For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. It is a sensation like no other landing in one of the greatest countries  hearing the national anthem of Israel, “Hatikva,” play throughout the entire airplane. This poem, translated as “The Hope” was “unofficially” declared ...

Netflix explores family drama in ‘‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

By Grace Mottley Features editor @gracemott17 Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” takes funnymen Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler and puts them onto a stage to emotionally and rawly depict the desperation often tied to family dynamics. It’s not a comedy, as Netflix ...

Tasteless Anne Frank Halloween costume belittles horror of Holocaust

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh As soon as Halloween ends, many children start counting down until the next October 31st. As Halloween gets closer, children look forward to trick-or-treating with friends, observing spirited decorations, and most of all, planning their costumes. There is little that can stand in the way of this Halloween spirit and ...