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 […]

Acharei-Kedoshim – The Pyramid of Success

Stephen Richer The Pyramid of Success Acharei-Kedoshim Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27 4/22/2010 This week’s Torah portion is full of interesting topics.  It discusses Yom Kippur; dietary laws; incest, bestiality, and homosexuality; a number of the Ten Commandments; tattoos; and equal justice under the law. A discourse of sexual immorality appeals to my puerile brain, but […]

Take The Jews Out To The Ball Game

Stephen Richer Take The Jews Out To The Ball Game 4/19/2010 In an atypical fashion, the Jewish crowd showed up early to the Nationals baseball game this past Sunday.  And it’s a good thing they did; otherwise they would have missed the ten runs that Milwaukee posted in the top of the first inning. But […]

Jewish Girl - Julia Moss

Jewish Girl – Julia Moss

(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page) What makes you a “super Jew?” Um, hello! My name is JEW-lia. That kind of says it all. But the real reason I’m a super Jew is because I eat, breathe, and live D.C.’s Jew scene. Whether it is kicking butt at Sixth & I’s trivia night or […]

Jewish Guy - Dan

Jewish Guy – Dan

What’s your favorite kitchen appliance? Hands down the food processor.  If you’re serious about cooking, as indeed I am, you know the food processor is a game changer altogether. New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman is attributed with saying, “After the refrigerator, and maybe the dishwasher, it’s the most useful kitchen appliance invented in […]