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Born in Philadelphia, J. Leonard Romm is a retired rabbi from Long Island, New York. He is the author of The Swastika on the Synagogue Door, a novel for young adults, and has written numerous stories for children and young adults that have appeared in publications such World Over. Yehuda, as is he known to his Israeli friends, and his wife Diane made aliyah in 2001 and live in Haifa.


Kissing the tzitzit (prayer shawl) through my anti-COVID-19 ...
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We bless our sons, their spouses, and our grandchildren befo...
My zeide was a "real" zeide. He was no "zaydee," as so many ...
​My first teacher was my father. When I turned three, he kne...

 One day long ago, when I was five years old, my mother...
 Paying more attention to heaven, the 'learned man' sli...

 I grew up in America in synagogues using the Ashkenazi...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

My first time traveling to Israel was as a 23 year old Jewis...