Rabbi Elchanan Poupko

Guide to Jewish life in the event of a coronavirus outbreak

Israel’s prominent rabbis have already instructed those who traveled to China and who may contaminate others to avoid all going to synagogue, family gatherings, and any public events.  Advice in the case of low but possible risk is provided here., 3/2/2020, 4:45 PM

Shabtai Tzvi Syndrome comeback?

The primary manifestation of this can be seen in the case of disgraced charismatic leader Eliezer Berland, arrested last week in Jerusalem. He has not yet stood trial, but many of his followers are rationalizing evidence that has been made public., 2/21/2020, 4:00 PM

Yes to Judaic passing grades.Now.

In general, students in Jewish schools should know their Jewish studies are a lifelong pursuit and that they belong., 2/2/2020, 9:27 AM

Jews, time for a change in strategy

Simply calling out antisemites for who they are just doesn’t do it anymore and writing about it on social media is not enough either. , 1/20/2020, 8:35 AM

A public school youngster taught me about Hanukkah

If there is one thing Hanukkah is about, it is about difference. Hanukkah is about our ability to be different despite larger cultures trying to swallow us up, 12/29/2019, 8:28 AM

Chabad puts us all to shame

If we need a meal for someone at the last minute, we say: “if they don’t find anything they can go to Chabad.” Why is it more of a responsibility of Chabad than for any other Jew?, 10/27/2019, 1:46 PM

The lasting legacy of the Malden Mills

There are three types of Kiddush Hashem, the Sanctification of G-d's Name. A modern day example of the third kind., 5/26/2019, 7:50 AM

Dear Antivaxxers, not in the Name of God

Freedom of religion does not include freedom from facts. It also does not include the freedom to endanger others., 4/19/2019, 7:30 AM

The time I met Elijah the Prophet

He was right there on an ordinary day., 4/7/2019, 10:37 AM

Why so many Israelis still support Netanyahu

Proud of Netanyahu in different spheres, or not, he lived up to the primary duty of a leader—he kept his people safe., 3/15/2019, 8:24 AM

What Orthodox Jews can—and cannot—learn from the Amish Rumschpringe

There is much to bel learned from the Amish model of a framework for choice., 6/28/2017, 6:42 PM

The horror and hope I saw in Rome

So the Romans erected an arch and Coliseum to celebrate their victory over Judea. Where are they now?, 4/30/2017, 6:33 PM