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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
Prayer Request from HaRav Aharon Bina

April 20, 2014 - 5:39 PM
 
Bennett to Abbas: Go Ahead, Make My Day

April 20, 2014 - 4:46 PM
 
Prominent American Rabbi Forced Down from Temple Mount After Violent Arab Riots

April 20, 2014 - 2:27 PM
 
Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed (Video)

April 20, 2014 - 2:05 PM
 
Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

April 20, 2014 - 8:28 AM
 
U.S., Israel Teaming to Push Israel into Visa Waiver Program

April 18, 2014 - 5:25 PM
 
Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

April 18, 2014 - 5:22 PM
 
Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

April 18, 2014 - 4:14 PM
 
Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

April 18, 2014 - 10:58 AM
 
Police Limit Arab Visitors to Temple Mount

April 18, 2014 - 10:18 AM
 
No Gov’t Majority for Pollard-Talks Deal

April 18, 2014 - 10:11 AM
 
Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

April 18, 2014 - 9:50 AM
 
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

April 18, 2014 - 2:19 AM
 
Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

April 17, 2014 - 9:31 PM
 
4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

April 17, 2014 - 1:01 PM
 
Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

April 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM
 
Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

April 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

April 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi (Photo Essay)

April 16, 2014 - 11:39 PM
 
Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

April 16, 2014 - 8:50 PM
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Pittsburgh Rabbi Denies Botching Circumcision

Posted on: January 8th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg, who was accused last week of botching a circumcision of an 8-day-old boy who was rushed to the hospital after his penis had accidentally been cut off, told a court that is not at fault. The incident revived worldwide publicity at a time when anti-circumcision lobbies have succeeded in convincing some European […]

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Brandeis’ Jonathan Sarna to Lead Jewish Studies Association

Posted on: January 7th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, was elected president of the Association for Jewish Studies at its annual meeting. Sarna is the fourth Brandeis professor to serve in the role — one was his father, Nahum Sarna. “This is a great honor to be a leading an organization that plays […]

Northwestern University basketball player Aaron Liberman in his blue and white unifrom and matching kippa.
 

Kippa Scores Goal in Big Ten Hoop Games

Posted on: January 6th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor on Sunday and.in the process, the red-shirt freshman made history twice: According to the Big Ten News Network, Liberman was the first player to wear a yarmulke in Big Ten Conference […]

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Rabbi Avi Weiss
 

Only Bennett Can Solve the Avi Weiss Conundrum – He Caused It

Posted on: January 5th, 2014

News & ViewsIsraelAliyah

Rabbi Avi Weiss is learning the hard way about playing nice with others.

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Quinoa
 

OU Reverses Position and Says Quinoa Can Be Kosher for Passover

Posted on: January 1st, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

Now quinoa is OK for Pesach says the OU.

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Future Leaders of Israel is one of 2013's pro-Israel highlights on U.S. campuses
 

Guess What: 2013 Was a Great Pro-Israel Year on US Campuses!

Posted on: January 1st, 2014

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

There were many gloriously bright pro-Israel lights to celebrate on U.S. campuses in 2013.

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santa
 

Tel Aviv School Bans Students’ New Year’s Santa Claus Hats

Posted on: December 31st, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Some Russian-descent students just don’t understand that Israel is a Jewish state, Mahmoud Abbas notwithstanding.

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One of the  2,000-year-old fabrics discovered near the caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
 

Researchers Find Ancient Fabrics in Colors Noted in Jewish Sources

Posted on: December 31st, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

Researchers have revealed three rare 2,000-year-old fabrics that were dyed with an extract and in prestigious colors mentioned in Jewish sources.

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A crowd of Vizhnitzer Chassidim (on Purim). The Rebbe decreed: no cameras in his wedding ceremonies.
 

Chassidic Rebbe Boycotting Weddings that Use Cameras

Posted on: December 30th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

"I won't agree to officiate at a wedding if the Chupa is photographed," went the Rebbe's edict.

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Rebbes and their flock at a rally outside a military prison south of Haifa, in solidarity with two Yeshiva students who were imprisoned for refusing to report to the IDF recruitment offices earlier this month. The notion that only non-Haredi Jews will get killed defending the Jewish State is repugnant. The idea that Israeli Haredi rabbis will go to the diaspora to say loshon hora against Israeli Jews is grotesque.
 

Israeli Rebbes Against the Draft to Pitch their Tent in America

Posted on: December 29th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

The holy conference is not yet a done deal.

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Alternative Group Replaces Orthodox Society at Boston Funeral Home

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

A new non-denominational Jewish burial society has replaced an Orthodox one at a Boston-area Jewish funeral home. Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, which launched this fall and is part of a growing movement of Jewish burial societies that include non-Orthodox volunteers, began performing tahara – the ritual preparation of bodies for burial – at […]

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shocked cow
 

Authority, Shmothority, Is Hebrew National Meat Kosher?

Posted on: December 24th, 2013

News & ViewsBusiness and Economy

One judge wondered how meat could be considered kosher, if the employees of the kosher slaughtering firm "just passed on the cows."

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Bernie Farber (L) and Avrum Rosensweig (R) with film star Mia Farrow who has no connection to this diatribe. Their article "A Jewish take on the meaning of Christmas" both took my breath away and made my skin crawl.
 

The Perversion of Jews for Christmas

Posted on: December 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

This no longer looks like a slippery slope, folks, it's more like a greased pole.

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Report of Tamar Epstein Get Denied

Posted on: December 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

A source close to Aharon Friedman, the estranged husband of Tamar Epstein, is denying a report that he has granted his wife a religious writ of divorce, or get. This week, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, or ORA, issued a flyer and fundraising call announcing that “Tamar is Free,” leading to an erroneous […]

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Swedish County Eyeing Ban on Circumcision

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A county in Sweden is moving ahead with plans to ban the non-medical circumcision of boys, its leading elected official said. Per-Ola Mattsson, the commissioner of Blekinge County, said he will up bring up a ban on the practice with the county’s health board in February, according to a Swedish publication. Mattsson, who is also […]

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Britain’s Chief Rabbi Calls for Ban on Women Reading from Torah

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called on Orthodox synagogues to ban “partnership” minyan services, where women can lead prayers and read from the Torah. “I know that you are working with our communities to find ways, within the boundaries of halacha, to make prayer, learning, leadership and involvement more meaningful for men and women […]

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Court Suspends Rabbis’ Order to Require Woman to Allow Son’s Brit

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended a Rabbinical Court (Beit Din) order that a woman in divorce proceedings allow her baby son, now one year old, to be circumcised. The woman also was ordered to pay a fine of $150 for each day the brit mila is not performed. She originally objected to circumcision because she […]

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Israeli Mother Going to Supreme Court over Son’s Circumcision

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

A mother in Israel has appealed to the country’s Supreme Court a rabbinical court ruling requiring her to circumcise her son. In her appeal filed Wednesday, the mother said the rabbis cannot order her to circumcise her son, who is now a year old. The Jerusalem rabbinical court last month upheld the ruling of the […]

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the road prayer
 

El Al Rabbi Alienates Passengers with Loudspeaker Traveler’s Prayer

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

My first reaction to this story was: El Al has its own rabbi?

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It's Shabbat morning in snowy Efrat and the electricity has just gone out. Do you suffer through the rest of the day, or do you search for a creative halachic solution? (illustration image)
 

2 Liberal Orthodox Rabbis Warring over Flipping Fuse on Stormy Shabbat

Posted on: December 18th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

A "Beit Hillel" rabbi reported his decision to turn on the electricity on a frozen Shabbat morning, only to be attacked by a "Tzohar" rabbi from his neck of the (snowy) woods.

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