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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
Tzipi Livni: I Won’t Quit

April 25, 2014 - 1:20 AM
 
Israel to Host ATP Men’s Tennis Tournament

April 25, 2014 - 12:57 AM
 
Starbucks-SodaStream Link Would Help Destroy BDS

April 25, 2014 - 12:48 AM
 
Israeli Security Cabinet Unanimously Rejects Negotiations with Hamas

April 24, 2014 - 11:31 PM
 
Ukraine Frees US-Israeli Journalist Ostrovsky (Video)

April 24, 2014 - 10:09 PM
 
Northeastern U. Reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine Group

April 24, 2014 - 8:33 PM
 
Breaking: HAS Visa Points Now Worthless for El Al Flights

April 24, 2014 - 8:17 PM
 
Ellen Degeneres Gives SodaStream as Earth Day Prize

April 24, 2014 - 7:55 PM
 
Turkey Backs Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

April 24, 2014 - 7:52 PM
 
Synagogue Worshippers in London Save Family from Burning Car

April 24, 2014 - 6:35 PM
 
Youngest Holocaust Survivor from Schindler’s List Tells her Story

April 24, 2014 - 6:08 PM
 
Brave Israel Police Stand Guard at Empty Yeshiva to Stop Violence

April 24, 2014 - 5:21 PM
 
Gaza Terrorists Firing at Southern Israel, Again

April 24, 2014 - 2:10 PM
 
ADL Warns Missionary Group is Using Holocaust – Again – to Lure Jews

April 24, 2014 - 1:51 PM
 
Russia Accuses West of Starting Ukraine Crisis

April 24, 2014 - 1:16 PM
 
Tunisia Leader Facing Flack Over Jewish Pilgrimage to El Ghriba

April 24, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
European Jews Ask EU Not to Recognize PA Unity Gov’t

April 24, 2014 - 11:09 AM
 
America Joins Israel in Canceling Talks with PA

April 24, 2014 - 10:10 AM
 
J Street Seeking a Seat at the Conference

April 24, 2014 - 9:33 AM
 
Terrorists Greet Hamas-Fatah Unity with Rocket Attacks on Israel

April 23, 2014 - 11:12 PM
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A Hebrew scribe restored a scroll of the Book of Esther (similar to the one pictured here), which tells the story of Purim, for a Catholic nun order.
 

What Do Catholic Nuns Care about the Book of Esther?

Posted on: March 11th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

A Jewish scribe has restored an 18th century copy of the Book of Esther that was donated to Catholic Nuns.

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NY Man Pleads Guilty to Violently Forcing Husbands to Free ’Agunot’

Posted on: March 10th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

A New York personal trainer has pleaded guilty in federal court to being part of a group of men who used violent means in exchange for pay to force Jewish men to give their wives religious divorces. David Hellman, 31, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J. and could be sentenced to up […]

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RCA: We Don’t Proactively Seek to Reevaluate Past Conversions

Posted on: March 8th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

The Rabbinical Council of America denied a prominent rabbi’s accusation that it is actively negating past conversions. The Orthodox rabbinic organization issued a statement Friday responding to a JTA opinion article criticizing the group written by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld. His article, published Thursday, accused the RCA and its Beth Din of America of “retroactively negating […]

A woman wears tefillin, traditionally donned only by men although the Talmud recites one instance of a rabbi's wife using them.
 

Yeshiva U Threatens to Deny Ordination Over ‘Partnership Minyan’

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

Increased knowledge of women of Jewish laws and the Torah has created thorny issues for the Orthodox community.

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An ordination service at a Berlin synagogue. Coming just after the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the school is a significant step in post-Holocaust Jewish revival, Spiegel points out. At last, they're paying the glass bill.
 

At Last, State-of-the-Art Rabbis Made in Germany

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishAssimilation

I just don't like the idea of Jews flocking back to the death place. Call me a hopeless sentimental.

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Anat Hoffman of the Women of the Wall reads from the Torah at Robinson's Arch outside of the Western Wall.
 

Reform and Conservative Jews Upset over Plans for Robinson’s Arch

Posted on: February 26th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

The Women of the Wall still have an uphill fight ahead of themselves.

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A Kosher Supermarket is About to Close and the Question is Why

Posted on: February 25th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

The announcement by the 75-year old Crown Market in West Hartford, Connecticut, that it would be closing sent shock waves through the Jewish community. Mark Bakeoff, who bought the market five years ago, said tough economic conditions and increasing competition have made things difficult, but the biggest blow came with “one of the worst winters […]

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Ancient Mikveh Discovered In Spain

Posted on: February 25th, 2014

News & ViewsArchaeology

A 15th century mikveh was discovered at the location of the last synagogue in the old Jewish quarter of Girona in Catalonia, Spain. The discovery of the Jewish ritual bath is significant since there are very few preserved mikvehs left in Europe, and it further highlights the importance of Girona’s rich Jewish heritage. Girona is […]

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Cinema City has opened its doors in Jerusalem, but the court will decide if Superman can violate the Sabbath.
 

Court to Rule If Jerusalem’s ’Cinema City’ Can Violate the Sabbath

Posted on: February 25th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

If there is such a thing as religious coercion, there also is secular coercion.

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Ramaz High School’s student-run politics society issued an invitation to Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, but the talk was cancelled by Ramaz’s head of school.
 

Orthodox Manhattan High School Kills Khalidi Appearance

Posted on: February 22nd, 2014

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

The statement from Ramaz said, “Our question was: ‘Is this the appropriate program?’”

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Rabbi Meir Schuster, z"l' dies Monday at the age of 71.
 

Rabbi Meir Schuster, the ‘Man of the Wall,’ Dies at Age 71

Posted on: February 18th, 2014

News & ViewsIsraelAliyah

One is remembered for his mitzvahs and good deeds, and Rabbi “Heritage House’ Schuster will be remembered forever.

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An ancient Torah scroll (illustrative).
 

Rabbi Finds 103 Torah Scrolls Stolen from Jews in Hungary

Posted on: February 18th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A senior Hungarian rabbi said Tuesday he has found 103 Torah scrolls that were stolen from Hungarian Jews in World War II and hidden in a Russian library in Novgorod, east of Moscow. Russia has not decided what to do with the holy scrolls, which Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation Chief Rabbi Shlomo Koves wants to […]

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Shneur Odze is running for the EU Parliament but has offended some men because he won't shakes hands with women.
 

Uproar over Jewish Candidate’s Refusal to Shake Hands with Women

Posted on: February 18th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

When a Muslim won’t look at a woman, it is called respect. When a Jew won’t shake her hand, it is called sexism.

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Danish Jewish Leader Disputes Report of Ban on Kosher Slaughter

Posted on: February 13th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

The president of Denmark’s Jewish community has disputed a government minister’s claims that new regulations would outlaw all kosher slaughter in the country. “We find this an odd statement,” Finn Schwarz, the community’s president, told JTA on Thursday about statements made earlier in the week by Agriculture Minister Dan Jorgensen to the Ritzau news agency. […]

A Jerusalem city committee has given the green light for Ohr Samayach to build a yeshiva in eastern Jerusalem.
 

English-Speaking Ohr Samayach Yeshiva to Build in Eastern Jerusalem

Posted on: February 13th, 2014

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Israelis not only live where the world says they are forbidden but also teach Torah as a Light unto the Nations.

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MK David Rotem
 

MK Rotem Offers Full Apology to Reform Movement

Posted on: February 10th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

Israeli lawmaker David Rotem offered a full apology for reportedly saying the Reform movement “is not Jewish.”

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Petition for Kosher Restaurant on the Lower East Side

Posted on: February 7th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

Who would have imagined that things Jewish on the Lower East Side of New York would get so tough that local Jewish residents must launch a petition to establish a kosher restaurant. “Kosher Restaurant in Seward Park” is an online petition of residents of the Seward Park co-op on the Lower East Side, urging their […]

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An orthodox Jewish man argues with a reform Jewish woman wearing a prayer shawl at the Kotel.
 

MK Who Excluded Reform Jews from Judaism Was ‘Misunderstood’

Posted on: February 6th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

An Israel Knesset Member got a whack on his tongue for angering the Diaspora.

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Dallas Rabbi Sued for Running Home-Based Synagogue

Posted on: February 6th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

A Dallas-area rabbi who uses his home as a synagogue is being sued by a neighbor who says it has lowered his property values. Rabbi Yaakov Rich told the local Fox affiliate Fox4 in a video posted Wednesday that his 3,700-square-foot home is a synagogue with about 25 members. A website identifies his synagogue as […]

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Theodoros Karypidis, the Greek politician who accuses his country's non-Jewish prime minister of leading a Jewish conspiracy.
 

Greek Politician Says Prime Minister Heads Jewish Conspiracy

Posted on: February 6th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Jews are better off with ignorant anti-Semites rather than with those who have a normal IQ.

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