Rochel Sylvetsky

Rochel Sylvetsky

Senior Consultant, Op-ed & Judaism Editor

News by Rochel Sylvetsky

The unnoticed victims of terror

The mental health of youngsters who witnessed or were caught in terror attacks is as crucial as their physical health. Op-ed

The unnoticed victims of terror

Lessons in humility: Chaimke and Eliezer

Years later, Machon Gold's alumni realized that the motorcyclist Chaimke who picked up their counselor every day was Rabbi Chaim Druckman!

Lessons in humility: Chaimke and Eliezer

Abe Foxman's conditional love for Israel

There are many things in need of improvement in Israel, but the former ADL head is concerned about the wrong ones. Op-ed.

Abe Foxman's conditional love for Israel

The Sigd holiday - brought to Israel by Beta Israel

Fasting, prayer, love of Zion and festivities: how Ethiopia's Beta Israel Jews enriched Israeli Jewish life with a unique, ancient festival.

The Sigd holiday - brought to Israel by Beta Israel

The haredi/hassidic school report in the NYTimes misses the mark - widely

I know the Satmar community well, and the NYT report, another instance of its bias on Jews and Israel, was both infuriating and inane.Op-ed.

The haredi/hassidic school report in the NYTimes misses the mark - widely

How far is it from Hollywood to the Holy Land?

The spiritual distance from Hollywood to the Holy Land is the distance from exile to redemption. Tzvi Fishman walked the walk. Review.

How far is it from Hollywood to the Holy Land?

Is Jerusalem ours? And what does that question mean?

Are we guarding the 'Walls of Jerusalem' from demographic threats, illegal building, land enroachment and subversive politics? Report.

Is Jerusalem ours?  And what does that question mean?

Four sweet-faced IDF soldiers

What happened to the four sweet-faced soldiers who rinsed lettuce for the IDF Seder with me? Op-ed

Four sweet-faced IDF soldiers

Burning but never consumed: The Hebrew Bible in turbulent times

The burning bush is an apt analogy for the disrespect shown the Bible today. A new book clears up common fallacies about its content.Op-ed.

Burning but never consumed: The Hebrew Bible in turbulent times

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

The wonders of G-d's world in a short, beautifully illustrated book that seems like a child's version of King David's praise in Psalm 104.

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

Trekking the Sanhedrin Trail with Rabbi Judah the Prince

A book about a great Jewish leader who changed history comes to life on a Galilee trail that traces his life and that of the Sages. Review.

Trekking the Sanhedrin Trail with Rabbi Judah the Princeplayer

Israel's Shifting Society

'Jews, Israelis and Arabs, an Observer's view of Israel's Shifting Society',' a politically incorrect, refreshing look at Israel. Review.

Israel's Shifting Society

What do lone soldiers thank G-d for on Thanksgiving Day?

Hundreds of lone soldiers gathered in Jerusalem for a turkey dinner, and gave thanks for much more than the food. Am Yisrael Chai. Op-ed.

What do lone soldiers thank G-d for on Thanksgiving Day?

We are all "baderech" - somewhere along the path of a journey in process

Whatever wagon we are on, wherever the path leads, we know we are on a holy journey together. 'Baderech-along the path to Teshuvah'.Review.

We are all "baderech" - somewhere along the path of a journey in process

The true faces of the Babyn Yar Murders revealed

'Some were shooters, others extracted Jews from their homes, others took their belongings, or served sandwiches and tea to shooters.' Report

The true faces of the Babyn Yar Murders revealed

I love Shmitta

Good Shabbos, Eretz Yisrael!

I love Shmitta

'So that it shall be good for you'- treating religious compulsions and fears

A readable, informative book on OCD, also meant to enlighten family and friends, involving them in behavior-modifying treatment. Op-ed.

'So that it shall be good for you'- treating religious compulsions and fears

'The Snake at the Mouth of the Cave'- a new look at the role of Talmudic narrative

Judaism's way of life and study of Torah, surviving years of exile and dispersion, was defined but not spelled out by the Sages. Op-ed.

'The Snake at the Mouth of the Cave'- a new look at the role of Talmudic narrative

Can anyone explain the US State Department "illegality statement?"

A former  Israeli Justice Minister writes that he is “mystified” by a US State Department spokeperson's recent illegality statement. Op-ed.

Can anyone explain the US State Department "illegality statement?"

How often do you ask yourself what it is that you really want?

Shayna Goldberg's "What do you really want? Trust and fear in decision making at life's crossroads and in everyday living." Review.

How often do you ask yourself what it is that you really want?

What was the Prophet Jeremiah telling us in 'Lamentations'?

Dr. Yael Ziegler, new head of the Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies has written an enlightening book on Lamentations. Review.

What was the Prophet Jeremiah telling us in 'Lamentations'?

From the Israeli press: Thanking Netanyahu - sort of

Columnist Ari Shavit wrote an accusatory thank you to Netanyahu, but to do so had to list the outgoing PM's amazing accomplishments.Op-ed

From the Israeli press: Thanking Netanyahu - sort of

Thoughts on "Rebecca! Mother of Two Dynasties." Can Bible-based plays be Torah true?

A new play about the life of Rebecca shows that Torah standards can be upheld without sacrificing superb musical drama.

Thoughts on "Rebecca! Mother of Two Dynasties." Can Bible-based plays be Torah true?

The Book of Hirsh

The Book of Hirsh packs everything about today's Israel into a fast-paced, but thought-provoking, short novel Recommended. Review.

The Book of Hirsh

The layers of women's lives

The challenges, difficulties and triumphs of English-speaking women living in Israel are told in their own words in a new book. Review.

The layers of women's lives

'Conversations in transit with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik'

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Adler's insightful book brings Rabbi Soloveitchik to life while inspiring the awe in which he was held by all. Op-ed

'Conversations in transit with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik'

'Grandma is in Isolation': A book for children about the pandemic

Very young children must be wondering, perhaps fearfully, why their grandparents disappeared. A new upbeat book makes it clear. Op-ed.

'Grandma is in Isolation': A book for children about the pandemic

Emunah Jerusalem Zoom concert – a night to remember

Cantor Simon Cohen insisted that 'the show must go on' and turned Emunah Jerusalem's annual concert into a unique Zooming success.

Emunah Jerusalem Zoom concert – a night to rememberplayer

I wish I were a COVID maven

Why do I doubt every report, statistic, proclamation and article I read? Why can't I be a maven too? Op-ed.

I wish I were a COVID maven

"There was only one Abraham" - in memory of Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira

Erev Sukkot is the yahrzeit of the Torah Gaon, intrepid Chief Rabbi and head of Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, A glimpse into the life of a tzaddik.

"There was only one Abraham" - in memory of Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira

A woman of few words - the story of Cheri Belzberg Tannenbaum

Cheri named her autobiography "My Creative Journey with Dystonia." The road she takes for her journey is that of someone who walks with God.

A woman of few words - the story of Cheri Belzberg Tannenbaum

What will an Israeli living in that 30% of Judea and Samaria gain from sovereignty?

It's not only about Zionism. Read how non-application of Israeli law affects the everyday lives of Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.

What will an Israeli living in that 30% of Judea and Samaria gain from sovereignty?

Kristallnacht Cantata: Aboriginal leader's 1938 fight for Jews

The Kristallnacht Cantata: a Voice of Courage, on Aboriginal leader William Cooper's pro-Jewish protest premieres in Melbourne this Sunday..

Kristallnacht Cantata: Aboriginal leader's 1938 fight for Jews

'Judge! Song of Deborah' musical hits home on today's issues

"Raise Your Spirits" manages to be faithful to the biblical tale and entertain while examining leadership, feminist and defense issues.

'Judge! Song of Deborah' musical hits home on today's issues

Supreme Ct. Justice Hendel: 'Maimonides remains a guiding light'

Supreme Court Justice at 10th Rambam Conference: "Hard to believe that one person managed all that Rambam achieved."

Supreme Ct. Justice Hendel: 'Maimonides remains a guiding light'

Beit El's upbeat Local Council Head: 'Come visit us on Passover'

Arutz Sheva interivews Shai Alon, indefatigable head of Beit El's Local Council, who welcomes readers to the thriving town.

Beit El's upbeat Local Council Head: 'Come visit us on Passover'

World famous Israeli mathematician to receive 2018 Israel Prize

Prof. Alex Lubotzky: 'We have become a world superpower in Mathematics. We have many, many reasons to be proud of our small country.'

World famous Israeli mathematician to receive 2018 Israel Prize

Coco Schumann, jazz legend and survivor, dies at 93

He played at the entrance to Auschwitz, horror mingling with the music, later playing with Dietrich and Fitzgerald. The Jewish People lives.

Coco Schumann, jazz legend and survivor, dies at 93

Toby Willig, beloved Emunah leader, passes away in Jerusalem

Jerusalem and Emunah will miss the idealistic and indefatigable Toby, initiator of many projects and good deeds. Funeral details below.

Toby Willig, beloved Emunah leader, passes away in Jerusalem

Art as an aid to psychological healing

The Rogatchi Foundation's recent art donation to Haifa's Rambam Medical Center - a model of caring in memory of their daughter.

Art as an aid to psychological healing