Hungry for Challah?

During the fall semester of my junior year at GW, I studied abroad in London. I tried to immerse myself in the Jewish community, and by doing so, I met many wonderful people with whom I still keep in touch–including an amazing cook. She prepared the most delicious meals and made it all look so […]

The Company It Keeps

Ayin Tove The Company It Keeps 5/27/2010 The second mishnah in Avot states “on three things the world stands: on torah, on service, and on acts of lovingkindness. We can use one of the classic rabbinic methods of analysis (a “gezarah shava”) to say that “torah,” “service,” and “lovingkindness” are defined for us by the […]

All Israel Has a Share

Will Gotkin All Israel Has a Share May 25, 2010 Since Gaonic times, Jews have had the custom of studying the Mishna of Pirkei Avos, also known as Ethics of the Fathers, during the long Shabbos afternoons between Pesach and Shavuos. Many others continue to study it throughout the summer months until Rosh Hashanah. It is […]

Naso — You Must Be Ready And Set Before You Go

Stephen Richer You Must Be Ready And Set Before You Go Naso Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 5/21/2010 Arthur Brooks, the president of The American Enterprise Institute, once told me that for gifted students, the real challenge lies not in accomplishing objectives, but in defining these objectives with confidence—once their minds are set, gifted students can […]

Bamidbar — Out of Chaos, Order

Stephen Richer Out of Chaos, Order Bamidbar Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 5/17/2010 As befits the title, Numbers is begun by counting. Counting what?  Counting Jews. Not directly though.  As Rashi said, “According to their head count: They gave a half shekel and the coins were counted since it is forbidden to count them literally by […]

Chapters of the Fathers — new series.

Ayin Tov Introduction to New Series 5/11/2010 **Editor’s Note** – This is the introductory post for a new series at Gather The Jews.  A new post for this series will come out every Tuesday. It is traditional to study the Chapters of the Fathers (“Pirkei Avot” or “Avot”) at this time of year.  Indeed, we […]

Jewish Guy - Adam

Jewish Guy – Adam

So, I heard you just moved from Boston to DC (good choice!), tell us what’s better about DC. Hot Jewish girls! (one in particular…) That definitely trumps the Sam Adam’s Brewery. What’s the funniest thing that happened at the last wedding you went to? It was before the wedding actually, when the sister of the […]

Behar-Bechukotai — The Burned Hand

Stephen Richer The Burned Hand Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34 Behar-Bechukotai 5/7/2010 This week’s Torah Portion contains the Tocheche or The Rebuke, “a lengthy description of the terrible punishments awaiting the nation, if they do not follow the Torah.” ( Unfortunately for the Jewish people, the punishments described go well beyond weeding the garden bed or […]

The Beauty of Brachos

William Gotkin The Beauty of Brachos 5/7/2010 Many Jews say blessings or brachos everyday, often without putting much thought into it. To most, brachos seem like a natural way of expressing gratitude to G-d for all that He gives us. But are brachos about more than giving thanks? Like all aspects of Jewish observance, the […]

Emor – Tradition!

Stephen Richer Tradition Emor Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 4/29/2010 Having missed out on Jewish school and Jewish camp, I struggle with Hebrew songs—as anyone at last week’s Chabad Shabbat services can attest.  But when Rabbi Shemtov requested a solo performance of “If I Were A Rich Man,” I sang at the top of my voice, […]


Jewish Guy – Rob

Why should you be Jewish Guy of the Year? A South Floridian-turned-Washingtonian, I’m inspired by GTJ to become more active in our community. Guided by Judaic spirituality, committed to Israel, and imbued with mensch-iness, I’d be privileged to serve as JGOTY. Would this mean I’d become an honorary member of the G-d Squad?? *cue Carlos […]