Despite the government shutdown, average rates on fixed mortgages changed very little this month, just .01 percent, and stayed near their lowest rate in three months.
Financing a home can be a difficult task for anyone, but with normal home lending having continued through the government shutdown, now is not at all a bad time to finance a home.
Income tax compliance is an essential financial activity for almost every American. And for an overwhelming majority of the population, income taxes are too complex to be done by the individual taxpayer; IRS data indicates that over 80% of Americans use a tax preparer or tax software to file their returns. In consideration of the reliance of taxpayers on expert
Summer is gone, and with Sukkoth and Simchat Torah over, happy and festive as they are, so is Indian Summer. As the days shorten and leaves turn gold and red, school and work are back on track, life becomes routine. There’s a nip in the air, and people want to find lovely distractions—any excuse to have some fun and keep the coming winter doldrums
Fall is a wonderful time for celebrating the arts, with theater parties, gallery openings and book parties (October is National Book Month). But if gathering friends and coordinating a massive pilgrimage to the city is too much trouble to coordinate, don’t fret. There are local alternatives you can organize in your neighborhood and fascinating soirees to arrange
Kaddish, Women’s Voices,edited by Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas (Jerusalem and New York: Urim Publications, 2013) pp. 270, $27.95.
Rabbi Norman Lammonce said that when modernity fights with the liberal movements in Judaism, it is not a fair fight because modernity always wins, and that when modernity fights with the right wing of Orthodoxy, it
Six days after Kristallnacht, Paul Carmack, staff cartoonist for the Christian Science Monitor, drew a cartoon titled “The Best Answer to Race Persecution.” It showed a large hand, labeled “Humanity,” handing a document titled “Assistance” to a crowd of Jewish refugees.
“I could scarcely believe that such a thing could occur in a
Montreal— _DalaiLamahas more than 7,000,000 Twitter followers. A smartphone appprovides Muslim worshippers with a customizable prayer alarm and a compass that always points to Mecca. The first Papal “
Exactly 849 years ago, the Rambam wrote a very important letter. That letter describes how he risked his life to come on a visit to Israel. It was during the time of the Crusades and life in Israel—for Jews—was indeed one of great danger. He arrived in Israel, in the port city of Akko on the 3 rdof Sivan 4925 and was so excited that he
Englewood—Wearing a crisp blouse with a new skirt and jacket or a freshly cleaned suit of clothes to a job interview is always a smart idea. It provides the interviewer with an immediately positive impression, and it gives the interviewee an extra blast of confidence. For young people, a well-fitting couture bat mitzvah dress or suit for a special occasion
Teaneck—The Orthodox Union, in collaboration with STAJE (a communal organization seeking to help make the retirement-age years meaningful for American Jews) and Congregation Bnai Yeshurun of Teaneck, announced The SAGE (Seniors Actively Growing and Exploring) Initiative, a four-week series featuring leading rabbinic, communal and mental health
In addition to his lasting contributions to science and government, the American founding father Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) also managed to posthumously influence Jewish thought and practice by way of his famous Autobiography. In that work, Franklin briefly discussed a method he had devised for overcoming his undesirable habits and becoming more
The U.S. government is paralyzed, and we now face the possibility that the United States will default on its debt. Congress is unable to resolve the issue, and President Obama is as obstinate as the legislators who oppose him. To some extent, our political system is functioning as intended—the Founding Fathers meant for it to be cumbersome. But as they set out to