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Rabbi David Stav is no stranger to Haredim, but his most renowned appeal is to secular Israelis—a fact that got him squarely inside Rav Ovadia Yosef's cross-hairs.

Rabbi David Stav: I’m Torn Up by the Divisive Atmosphere

9 Tammuz 5773 – June 17, 2013
"I was thinking of the path of the Torah and the mission of returning to the Chief Rabbinate the path of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook zt'l."
Former Shas chiarman Aryeh Deri with the spiritual leader of the Shas party Rabbi Ovadia Yosef back in 1999, before Deri's jail sentence.

Rav Ovadia Calls Tzohar Rav Stav ‘Evil’; Tzohar Replies: Repent

8 Tammuz 5773 – June 16, 2013
The campaign for Chief Rabbi has sunk to the depths even politicians have not reached. Rav Ovadia calls Rav Stav of Tzohar “evil” and Tzohar calls on the Torah sage to “repent.” Next up: Tisha B’Av.

Rav Ovadia Attacks Tzohar Rabbi David Stav

The campaign for Chief Rabbi in Israel got uglier Saturday night with Shas party’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef saying in his weekly address...
Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel (L) and Mayor Benny Kasriel speaking to the press at the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Kasriel's town of Ma'aleh Adumim. A lot of talk – zero construction so far.

Shocking: Zero East Jerusalem Housing Starts in 2013, Only 43 in 2012

8 Tammuz 5773 – June 15, 2013
Prime Minister Netanyahu is functioning as an agent of U.S. foreign policy and Palestinian expansion.
Many Ashkenazi Jews still fast on the B'hab days—an acronym meaning Monday-Thirsday-Monday. Now the 5:2 diet is taking over the UK and the US – using the same principles.

Ancient Jewish Ritual Takes Over Dieting World

6 Tammuz 5773 – June 14, 2013
"The Fast Diet" closely resembles a spiritual tradition of serial fasting.
Happier days: Evesham school board members meeting with NJ Congressman Robert E. Andrews' staff. Rosemary Bernardi is third from the left.

Evesham School Board Member Quits over ‘J Word’ Scandal

“I’m very happy she made the right decision for the community,” said the School Board President.

LA City Council Passes Anti-BDS Resolution

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution to continue awarding city contracts without regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution passed Wednesday was...
In a letter sent to Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center threatened to take legal action if he and other recepients do not immediately discontinue their boycott campaign against Israel.

Tel Aviv Group Threatens Australian BDS Professors with Legal Action

6 Tammuz 5773 – June 13, 2013
The Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 made BDS actions unlawful.
Rev. Erick Salagado holding the Skulener Rebbe’s hand

Erick Salagado Claims Skulener Rebbe’s Endorsement

The Skulener Rebbe, 88, is beloved by every chasidic congregation in the State of New York and worldwide.
Candidates John Liu, Anthony Weiner, and Christine Quinn at the Charter School debate.

Thompson, de Blasio Ditch Charter School Talk Fearing Teachers Union

Mr. de Blasio dropped out less than an hour before he was supposed to appear on stage.
JCC Watch and other pro-Israel organizations are now asking that entities which use Jewish communal dollars to support anti-Israel activists no longer receive Jewish communal funding

JCC Watch: Stop Giving Jewish Money to Fund Anti-Israel Activities

Pro-Israel groups are now turning to the UJA-Federation and asking that it stop providing funds to organizations which use those funds to promote virulently anti-Israel activists. If not, a "Close Your Wallet" campaign will begin this summer.
Proud father, Sen. Jeff Flake (Rep. AZ)

Republican Senator Apologizing for Son’s Racist, Antisemitic Tweets

Sen. Flake apologized Wednesday for his son's use of racial epithets, homophobic slurs and antisemitic remarks in social media.

Jewish Complaints Prompt University to Set Up Diversity Website

Florida Atlantic University has launched a website promoting diversity following complaints from Jewish groups about activities on campus by a pro-Palestinian group. The website features...

Yeshivat Maharat to Ordain Women Rabbis on Sunday

Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to train Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities will host their first graduation ceremony on Sunday. The women...

Rabbis and Secular Jews in Petition War over Jerusalem Area Mall

5 Tammuz 5773 – June 12, 2013
Ten rabbis have signed a petition to boycott a mall in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot because of “issues of modesty” while secular residents...

Nearly 70 Years After War, Holocaust Memorials Continue To Proliferate

No earth was moved last month at the groundbreaking of one of the nation’s newest Holocaust memorials.

‘Mincha Starts in 3 Miles’

Scenes of Jews davening on the side of the highway just as common in the Jersey Turnpike as they are in Israel, but the country’s north-south superhighway “6” toll road now has mobile synagogues.
Anthony Weiner at a recent meetup.

Brooklyn Loves Weiner

Anthony Weiner did what presidential candidates usually do: sign autographs.

Gillibrand Adds Kosher Food to Emergency Assistance

An amendment under consideration in the U.S. Senate would add kosher food to emergency food assistance. The amendment, introduced last month by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand...
Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer with his security man before delivering his farewell speech.

Bank Governor: Israel’s Biggest Problem – Too Many Haredim

It was difficult to tell whether Fischer considers Haredi poverty the central problem, or just Haredi majority.

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