Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
The Jewish Press joins Klal Yisrael in mourning the death of Rabbi Herschel Schacter, paradigmatic pulpit leader, former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and adviser to President Nixon on the plight of Soviet Jews.
His heroic work as a Jewish chaplain at the Buchenwald concentration camp immediately following its liberation by the U.S. Third Army under General Patton drew the attention of the world. Rabbi Schacter remained at the camp for several months, caring for survivors. He led religious services at the infamous facility and contributed to the resettlement of survivors, including the transporting of nearly a thousand orphaned children to France. He discovered a seven-year-old boy in a barracks named Yisrael Meir Lau, who would grow up to be a chief rabbi of Israel and who presently serves as chief rabbi of Tel Aviv.
Rabbi Schacter was the charismatic spiritual leader of the Mosholu Jewish Center in the Bronx from 1947 to 1999 and played a significant role in what was a golden era for Jewish life in that borough. He was among the first – some reports say the very first – students to be ordained by the great gaon Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and later served as the director of rabbinic services at Yeshiva University and chairman of the Chaplaincy Commission of the Jewish Welfare Board.
A staunch advocate for Soviet Jews, he was the founding chairman of the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry and led many missions around the world pleading their cause.
May his memory be a blessing.
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.
Given the vitality of Hamas, Israel can hardly rely on the commitments, even if sincere, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas for its security.
Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
There is not even a hint of recognition that Hamas deliberately fires rockets at civilian targets in Israel while storing arms and rocket launchers among its own civilians in Gaza.
No one with any sanity would dream of rationalizing or justifying the depredations perpetrated on the Arab world by ISIS.
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