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State of New Jersey Honored by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce for its...

In particular, the event paid tribute to the governor and a long list of legislators who were instrumental in making the bill a reality.

Morning Reflections From Afar

While I envision the need to travel back and forth from time to time, my place is here with my husband and children.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Meyer Levin, And The Jews

Also ironic is that one of his most recognized works is Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, considered by many critics to be his most beautiful and expressive house of worship.

Billy Graham And The Jews

Jacob Baal-Teshuva, an authority on Marc Chagall and one of the most distinguished international editors, appraisers, and critics of modern and contemporary art, served...

The Philo-Semitism Of Maxim Gorky

Gorky openly, frequently, and vociferously criticized his government's malevolent oppression of the Jewish community.

Shema Kolainu

Throughout the years, she'd hidden her in the windowless room at the back of the house. I always wondered why we were never welcomed over the threshold. I knew her daughter had been born with a problem, but it was never discussed and I'd only caught a glimpse of her from afar before she was hurried away. Oh sure, people gossiped, as people always do, but Chedva was my friend, and I defended and respected her right to privacy.

Jewish Geography, Part I: Through The Mists Of Time

Was it the Jewish Rhadhanites who brought the Chinese art of papermaking to the Western world and not the Arabs?

Holocaust Remembrance Stamp Co-Issued by Israel And The UN

The Israel Postal authority and the UN Postal Administration co-issued a Holocaust Remembrance Stamp on January 27, the 64th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The Six-Point Agreement And The Yom Kippur War

Though ostensibly jointly drafted by the United States, Egypt, and Israel, the Kilometer 101 Agreement was criticized by supporters of Israel as driven by the United States and directed by Egypt with Russian prompting.

Results Reveal Foolishness

When I first encountered the idea of omitting pictures of women, I could, grudgingly, understand the logic.

Seminar Sheds Light On Bottled Up Jewish Problem

An all-day conference on body image and eating disorders in the Jewish community took place on Sunday, June 7, in Manhattan. Co-sponsored by the Renfrew Center Foundation and the Orthodox Union's Department of Community Services, the conference boasted a stellar cast of speakers and experts, who spoke urgently of the need to address the growing epidemic of Orthodox Jewish men and women with eating disorders.

Yom Yerushalayim, Rubinger’s Photograph, And Me

I love how Yossi Klein Halevi described it: "The image endures, in part, because of the humility it conveys..."

The Power Of Speech

Ask any counselor or therapist and you will hear of the great damage caused to children who were insulted by their parents or teachers, siblings or peers.

OU Israel Delivers Tefillin, Tzitzit And Siddurim To Soldiers

When soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces went into combat against Hamas in Gaza, they were armed with the highest level of military equipment Israel could provide them. Some of the soldiers were also armed with "spiritual ammunition" provided to them earlier this week by the Orthodox Union (OU), which delivered 102 packages consisting of tefillin, tzitzit and a siddur with Tehillim prepared especially for soldiers on the battlefield. The materials were brought to Gaza by Rabbi Avi Berman, director of OU Israel, and represent the first disbursement of the special fund created by the OU to provide the items to soldiers who wanted to add a spiritual component to their armament. Funding for these packages was provided by Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills, CA. In the next few weeks, hundreds more of these packages will be provided by the congregation to soldiers returning from Gaza. "The IDF arms the soldiers with their military weaponry; the OU's mission is to arm them with spiritual ammunition as they put their lives at risk," said OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb. The fund-raising campaign is taking place in OU synagogues across North America. The tefillin delivered to the 102 soldiers on Sunday cost $33,000. Another 70 soldiers are on the waiting list to receive their packages. "Commanders who have been with the IDF for a long time were telling me that they didn't remember such a spiritual high in the army since the day after the Six-Day War," Rabbi Berman told The Jewish Press. "These tefillin represent Jews in America whose heart is with the soldiers who are risking their lives in Gaza. The soldiers are putting the tefillin on at a critical time in their lives, and the people who contributed are hoping that they will continue to do so forever and ever."

Lipa Schmeltzer’s ‘Big Event’ A Big Success

Through rain, sleet, and snow . well maybe just snow, Jews from all over made it their business to attend this past Sunday night's Big Event at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Lipa Schmeltzer, along with other great Jewish entertainers, performed to an energized crowd of men, women, and children.

A Railway Sign In Yiddish? – Only in Siberia

Birobidzhan railway station sign is the world's only one spelling the town's name in Yiddish letters

Standing Room Only Crowd as Teaneck Takes Stand Against Abuse and Addiction at Amudim...

We now know that we have a captive audience who is listening and we have to drive that listening into action.

‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs

Two weeks ago I found myself at the International Conference of Chabad Shluchos in Crown Heights running a program together with my friend Rivka Kotlarsky for 120 Guests of Shluchos – many of them not yet especially observant.

Abe Fortas And Nixon’s ‘Franking’ Privilege

The United States Postal Service is compensated for servicing these mails through annual tax-funded appropriations; in other words, you, the citizen, are paying for it.

To Dream

It was a few weeks before Purim and I had just come home from a fabulous day in Ateres Naava seminary. I was inspired. I felt empowered and I wanted to act. I wanted to change the world!

A Jewish Look At “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven”

One only has to glance at the Jewish wedding ring from Germany topped with an ornate temple, symbolizing the lost Beis Hamikdash.

Holocaust Survivor’s Name Lives On

Named after their beloved grandfather, who did not have grandsons to carry on the family name, Apeloig Collection serves as a living memory for all generations.

Swearing In

Would I want my grandsons to be elsewhere?

Jewish Chopsticks

Upon meeting the Zionist delegation, General Wu, a recent convert to Christianity, said, “You are my spiritual brothers.

Tens Of Thousands Celebrate Historic Siyum HaShas

Neither the threat of rain nor heavy traffic prevented the huge throng of enthusiastic participants from attending the 12th Siyum HaShas last Wednesday, August 1 at MetLife Stadium. The event, which attracted more than 90,000 people, was in celebration of the conclusion of the seven-and-a-half year learning cycle of the Babylonian Talmud.

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