Recent Submissions

  • How Queen Esther became an American hero. 

    Halpern, Stuart; Silow-Carroll, Andrew (The Jewish Week, 2021-02-18)
    Esther in America editor Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern sat down with The Jewish Week to discuss the story of Purim and its American legacy.
  • This unifying verse from the Torah is perfect for an inaugural speech. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), 2021-01-19)
    The author suggests which biblical verse President-elect Biden should use in his inauguration speech to unify our fractured nation
  • The enduring story of Esther in America. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2021-02-16)
    The author explores the theme of identity in the story of Esther, arguing that society can only flourish if it allows others to wear their community loyalties proudly.
  • Lessons in spiritual mentorship: A personal reflection on the legacy of Rabbi Lord Sacks z”l. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Yeshiva University, 2020-11-17)
    RAbbi Stu Halpern reflects on his spiritual mentorship with the late Rabbi Sacks during the latter's tenure as a visiting professor at Yeshiva University.
  • Memories of Rabbi Sacks, zt”l . 

    Halpern, Stuart (The Jewish Link of New Jersey (JLNJ), 2020-11-12)
    Rabbi Stuart Halpern reflects on Rabbi Sacks’ remarkable ability to balance his elder sageness with his youthfully enthusiastic desire to maximize each and every day of his life.
  • Yeshiva President Rabbi Lamm, Harrison Ford, and humility. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2020-06-08)
    The author recounts a humorous exchange between Rabbi Lamm and Star Wars star Harrison Ford and reflects on how it can teach one to be both humble and confident in their abilities.
  • Wondering when and how to reopen? Better call Saul. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2020-05-30)
    The author examines the failures of Saul during the first Biblical quarantine and offers insights into what contemporary leaders can learn from his mistakes.
  • Liel Leibovitz expertly explores superheroes’ Jewish roots and Stan Lee in new biography. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2020-03-24)
    The author reviews Liel Leibovitz's new biography of Stan Lee — Stan Lee: A Life in Comics — which explores the Jewish roots of superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk.
  • Counting the Omer, the anti-Peloton. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2021-03-31)
    Why the ancient ritual of counting the Omer is the perfect antidote to personalized spirituality on demand.
  • Chained melody. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2021-02-05)
    As Jews know, the greatest Super Bowl heroes aren’t the quarterbacks or the linebackers but the chain-movers.
  • Why I won’t let my kids watch that very special Christmas episode. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-12-18)
    Rabbi Stuart Halpern explains why he does not let his children watch Christmas-themed television and how doing so preserves the "dignity of difference."
  • Why humdrum Cheshvan is the Jewish month we all need right now. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-10-20)
    No holidays. No special rituals. But it’s the perfect chance to rediscover the divine possibility of the boring.
  • The fast for the furious. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-10-21)
    Why Tzom Gedaliah is the observance our angry society desperately needs.
  • How to cure loneliness. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-05-27)
    The Book of Ruth delivers an ancient prescription to a thoroughly modern condition
  • How to pray in a plague. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-05-01)
    Three times a day, Jews are asked to do something very difficult and essential to our well-being
  • Love fest. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-08-04)
    How Tu B’Av can cure tribalism, heal hate, and make us all better people
  • Satan at the Seder. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-04-06)
    How one not-quite-biblical book gives us a very different read on the familiar Passover story.