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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.
 

Posted on: December 29th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

The holy conference is not yet a done deal.

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Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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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
 

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.
 

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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Posted on: December 22nd, 2013

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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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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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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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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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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
 

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)
 

Posted on: December 18th, 2013

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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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Posted on: December 17th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIraq

Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a cemetery in New York on Sunday, according to Jewish law for disposing of unusable religious objects and texts. More than 100 people, including Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., attended the ceremony at the New Montefiore Cemetery in […]

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Posted on: December 16th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

The Taharat HaBayit organization has been using a 4-wheel-drive jeep to take snowbound women in Jerusalem to the local mikveh, the ritual immersing pool. “The organization’s top priority is raising awareness to the importance of the family purity mitzvah,” the organization’s chairman, Rabbi Yechezkel Mutzafi, explained to the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot’s website. “We see it […]

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The ancient Bible, in an Aramaic dialect, will be shown in the Ankara Museum of Ethnography.
 

Posted on: December 14th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

The manuscript, dated 463-4 by its scribe, a bishop named John, includes excerpts from the Bible and the New Testament.

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Posted on: December 14th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A Spanish hotel built on the remains of a 15th century synagogue opened a new synagogue on its seventh floor. The opening last week at the four-star Parador de Lorca hotel in Lorca, a city in the southeastern region of Murcia, was the result of negotiations between management and the Sefarad Beitenu Jewish association, which […]

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Kerry arrived in Israel Thursday in the middle of a snowstorm.
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

The snowstorm’s delay of Kerry’s meeting with Netanyahu finally gives Abbas a chance to explain why Israel must not exist as a Jewish state.

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Huckabee in Maaleh Adumim, where he can be assured of the "Jewish vote" of a couple hundred American ex-pats.
 

Posted on: December 11th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAssimilation

Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand why Jews support Obama as “pro-Israel” because he doesn’t understand the psyche of a liberal American Jewish Democrat.

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Swarthmore Hillel students having harmless fun. Their Hillel, however, has just gone rogue, repudiating the pro-Zionist policy of Hillel International.
 

Posted on: December 10th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitismAnti-Israel NGOs

The question is, how will Hillel International prevent more of its healthy cells going cancer.

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The Bialystoker Synagogue on the Lower East Side.
 

Posted on: December 8th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

The proceeds from the property sale may not be used cover the synagogue's financial needs.

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Arab youth throwing a firebomb at Jews. Jewish settlers are subjected to daily threats of violence, with the most recent victims being two baby girls in two separate incidents.
 

Posted on: December 6th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAssimilation

Rabbi Lopatin said, “May Hashem give you all strength to continue this age old, noble struggle which God promises us will end in victory.”

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