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Close to a million mourners filled up Jerusalem's streets during Rav Ovadia Yosef's funeral.
 

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett wrote in his Facebook page that Rav Ovadia was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our nation.

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President Shimon Peres with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in 2011.
 

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

No matter how secular Israeli Jews may appear, the glow of Torah burns somewhere inside almost everyone. Peres was not pretending when he called Rav Ovadia his “teacher.” His tears were real.

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cairo-clashes
 

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

The sound of heavy gunfire was reported, as well as army jets and F-16 fighters hovering in formations over several cities.

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Posted on: October 6th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

Egyptian authorities turned back more than 100 Palestinians on their way to Mecca as part of their Hajj pilgrimage, citing security reasons. Reports say that the Egyptian military is considering military action inside of Gaza if terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula continues. Egyptian aircraft have recently been conducting reconnaissance over Gaza. “The Egyptian army does […]

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There will be a string of four "blood moons" in the year 5775, and one of them will shine over the Passover seder. Whenever this happened in the past, enormous events took place in Jewish history.
 

Posted on: October 6th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

The prophecy in Joel, like most prophecies, is surreal, beautiful, and open to many interpretations.

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According to Israel Radio, things had gone a little out of hand near the end, and the WOW had to sneak out of there through a side exit, as Haredi men were cursing them out and one man was arrested on suspicion of spitting and throwing stuff at them.
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

No one was really hurt, and that's what really counts. Eat your heart out, Pew Institute, down here we're all Orthodox Jews…

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They are a brilliant billboard ad in favor of intermarriage. They're sane and attractive trailblazers in a new America in which Jew and gentile can live together in harmony.
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobal

Do you know how many thumbs down Ezra the Scribe received when he announced, back in the 500s BCE?

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Stephen Cipes carries the newly written Torah scroll he donated to the Chabad center in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobal

The Torah they got “is a piece of art. It is one of the most beautiful Torahs anyone's ever seen…”

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An IMAX camera mounted on a crane captures the recitation of the priestly blessing at the Western Wall during Passover.
 

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsMediaArts and Entertainment

Move over Kohn Kerry and let the moviemakers take over. It took five years of negotiations for an IMAX visual tour of Jerusalem, including the three major religions, to come to the screen.

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The Women of the Wall will pray at the southern end of the Western Wall Friday but without their Torah scroll, which has been damaged by dampness.
 

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

The Women of the Wall are unhappy again. Yes, they can read from the Torah, but now that have no scroll. It was damaged by dampness, and WoW blames the government for lack of proper storage.

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Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A resolution that calls male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children” was passed overwhelmingly by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The council, a pan-European intergovernmental organization that strongly influence European Union decisions, debated and passed the resolution on Tuesday, as reported here. The resolution was based on a […]

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Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the Vatican’s announcement of the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, citing their groundbreaking work in denouncing antisemitism and building positive Jewish-Catholic relations. “For us in the Jewish community, Popes John Paul II and John XXIII have already been saints for a long time. They are towering men […]

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Tens of thousands gathered at the kotel to pray for Rav Ovadia, September 29, 2013.
 

Posted on: September 30th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

If you wish to mention him in your prayers, his name is Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef ben Gorgia.

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Jacksonville, Florida residents Orly, 16, and Esther Ohayon, 57, were struck by a car while walking to shul erev Yom Kippur.  Esther Ohayon, z"l, was killed, Orly is in critical condition.
 

Posted on: September 17th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

16 year-old NCSY board member, Orly Ohayon, is in critical condition and her mother was killed when a car struck them on their way to shul erev Yom Kippur.

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Reform Rabbi Michael Sternfield officiating at the wedding of Karyn and Brian, in July of 2011, and, as a congregation member put it in her blogpost: "blending Catholicism and Judaism." Sternfield blended a gambling addiction with a devotion to promoting intermarriage.
 

Posted on: September 16th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

His explanation came in the form of a good bye letter saying it was "time to retire."

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The Chabad Jewish Center in Longmont, Colo., was struck by flash floods.
 

Posted on: September 16th, 2013

News & ViewsLocal

Some 300 people came specifically because of the floods.

Pastor Terry Jones with his vanload of Korans, back in 2010.
 

Posted on: September 12th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Book burning by Christians is an old tradition.

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Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar showing an ancient medallion dated to the late Byzantine period (early seventh century CE) with a shofar (ram's horn) and a Torah scroll ornament, September 9, 2013. The treasure was discovered in recent Jerusalem excavations near the Temple Mount southern wall, by members of the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology.
 

Posted on: September 9th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

Dr. Mazar estimates the treasure was abandoned during the Persian conquest of Jerusalem, in 614 CE.

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The French city of Metz has closed a street for Jews from Rosh HaShanah through Yom kippur. Above: A street closed in Williamsburg, NY
 

Posted on: September 8th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

‘What’s good for the Jews is good for the Muslims,” says a French Islamic website citing the closure of a city street for Jews through the High Holidays. It demands the same for Muslim street prayers.

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Posted on: September 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau says that he hopes to create a program modeled after Taglit-Birthright Israel trips for young Evangelical Christians, as part of an effort to increase Christian tourism in the Jewish state. “The Christians have a problem with their next generation too,” Landau said, Ynet reported. “We are looking to get closer […]

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