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The Future of Diaspora Jews and Israelis Abroad
 
IRS Hacked, Info on 100,000 Taxpayers Stolen

May 27, 2015 - 4:40 AM
 
Minister Warns ‘Hamas Trying to Escalate Security Situation’

May 27, 2015 - 12:30 AM
 
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to ‘Stay On No Matter What’ Says Efrat Mayor

May 26, 2015 - 10:27 PM
 
No Deal with Iran by June 30 Deadline, Europeans Say

May 26, 2015 - 9:59 PM
 
Vehicle Terror Attack Foiled at Gush Etzion Junction

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UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Hits Israel

May 26, 2015 - 9:10 PM
 
UN Envoy Warns Syrian Refugees Will Outnumber Lebanese Schoolchildren

May 26, 2015 - 9:06 PM
 
Weekend Bomb Threats Tail Flights to Northeastern US

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Rare 1,000 Yr Old Ketubah on Exhibit in Jerusalem

May 26, 2015 - 7:15 PM
 
Arabs Terrorize Worshipers in Jerusalem’s Ancient Shiloach Yemenite Synagogue

May 26, 2015 - 5:45 PM
 
Photo of Obama’s Passover Seder ‘Fifth Child’ Tantrum

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Barkat Peeved at Netanyahu for Dividing Him from Jerusalem Affairs Post

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Media Spins Netanyahu’s Renewal of Peace Process

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Report: Bullets from Hamas Live-Fire Training Land in Israel

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Ya’alon Removes Police Siege of Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Shomron

May 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM
 
President Rivlin Denies He Is Being Honored by Leftist New Israel Fund

May 26, 2015 - 10:12 AM
 
5,000-Year-Old Seal in Galilee May Depict First Known Music Scene

May 26, 2015 - 9:29 AM
 
TZOHAR Condemns Efforts to Depose Rabbi Riskin

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Bibi Seals Nationalist Policy with Dore Gold Heading Foreign Ministry

May 25, 2015 - 5:22 PM
 
Report: Rabbinate May Be Plotting to Dump Rabbi Riskin of Efrat

May 25, 2015 - 3:27 PM
 
Hamas Declares Jerusalem ‘Eternal Capital’ of Islamic World

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Police Arrest ‘Nice Guy Pizza’ Owner

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Hezbollah Shows Off Terror Tunnel Threat

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Participants in the MetLife Stadium Siyum HaShas recite the Minchah prayer.
 

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

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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.

The Wechsler Family before the expulsion
 

Posted on: July 27th, 2012

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The family: My name is Liora and I made aliya from Toronto when I was 16. That was 29 years ago and I came without my family. I lived in Neve Dekalim for 18 years. I met my husband Elimelech during my first year of college. He was studying in Yeshivat Hesder Yamit which was located in Neve Dekalim. When we go t married we decided to stay in Gush Katif until we completed our studies.

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Posted on: July 25th, 2012

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In 1903, the English colonial minister offered a district for a Jewish settlement in Uganda to the Zionist leadership, whereby the English government brought to realization its efforts “to bring to pass the improvement of the Jewish race.” The 6th Zionist Congress (August 23-8, 1903) concerned itself with the English offer and decided to send an investigative commission to Uganda, but because of strong resistance inside the Zionist organization, the project was not followed up.

Rabbi Yosef C. Golding (with tie), director of logistics for the twelfth Siyum HaShas, discussing technical set-up with David Stallbaumer, president of Event Resources production company. On the left is David Lenik, president of Better World Productions, and in the center (in cap) is Shaul Wassertheil of ShaulE Events and Marketing.  Photo Credit: Yisroel Golding
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

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With the countdown to the twelfth Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi now down to the single digits, organizers of the event are working furiously to ensure that the massive event, for which all 93,000 available tickets have been sold, goes off without a hitch.

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2012

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From my 6th row aisle seat, I observed the motley assemblage ascending the Egged bus I was riding in Jerusalem. Nearly all shared one common characteristic; they were tuned in and tuned out – tuned into themselves and tuned out to their fellow passengers. Some qualified for chiropractic “before” pictures with necks inelegantly cocked supporting cell phones, while others visually displayed virtual euphoria plugged into MP3s. What a pity. Victims of technology, they will never taste the adventure and reality of the Jerusalem that greeted me some 30 years before.

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Posted on: July 20th, 2012

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On Sunday, July 22, Ulster County Chabad, in association with the Ellenville Jewish community and Camp Emunah, will hold the 10th Annual Empowerment Breakfast at Congregation Ezrath Israel on Rabbi Herman Eisner Square in Ellenville, N.Y. The program will start at 9 a.m.

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Posted on: June 29th, 2012

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There are 613 mitzvoth – we all know that. We also all know it is impossible for one person to perform all 613. Twenty-five mitzvot can only be performed in the Land of Israel, which leaves many Jews out in the cold, shall we say. After all, the people of Israel and the Land of Israel are inextricably intertwined; they are in fact dependent on one another for survival. But Judaism has a solution or as a modern Israeli would say, a “patent.” Mitzvot can be performed by proxy; by taking a part in a mitzvah one merits a share in the whole.

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Posted on: June 29th, 2012

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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.

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Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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The French traveler Nicolay, who in 1551 accompanied Jews exiled from France to Constantinople, depicted the life, activities, trade and traffic, culture, and the social setting of the Jews in the following manner:

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Posted on: June 15th, 2012

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The family: I was seven years old when I came to Israel from Czechoslovakia. My father had gone to New York in 1939 on a business trip and while he was returning on the Queen Mary ship World War II broke out. The ship changed its course and set sail for England, where my father stayed for the next year.

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Posted on: June 15th, 2012

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In an effort to procrastinate, I occasionally like to bounce some ideas around. As I work from home with only my two cats for company, this often means waiting until my children return home from school.

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Posted on: June 7th, 2012

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Mr. Stein (not his real name) saw his career hit a dead end three years ago when the market went sour. As a commercial real estate broker, he and his wife, Devora, then a student studying toward her degree in social work, knew something had to change quickly if they were to survive financially. Friends and family members had suggested they open their own business, but the Steins had no money to invest in the project. They had no credit and the money they borrowed from relatives went directly to day-to-day living. That’s when they contacted the Emergency Parnossa Initiative (EPI) and the OU Job Board and began the process of transforming their lives.

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Posted on: June 4th, 2012

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Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah Synagogue recently celebrated the dedication of a new Sefer Torah. Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Lady Elaine Sacks joined Rabbi Asher Oser and Assistant Rabbi Ariel Zamir of Ohel Leah at the festivities. Also present were Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon of Chabad of Hong Kong, Rabbis Meir Azarzar and Avner Cohen from the Shuva Israel community, and the sofer, Rabbi Yehonatan Yitzhak-Halevy. Hundreds of members of the Hong Kong Jewish community participated as well.

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

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European Turkey in its present form consists of the small region around Istanbul, Adrianopolis, Kirkilisse, and Rodosto. For the history of the Jews, the cities Adrianopolis – today’s Edirne, and the capital from 1361 – 1453 – and Constantinople – today’s Istanbul, capital since 1453 – come into consideration. Both cities once had thriving Jewish communities, but show signs of going under today.

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Posted on: May 11th, 2012

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Pesach means bite-sized sweet kidney mangos and the return of the longon. Shavuot brings back the pomelo. Chanukah means miniature Mandarin oranges. And its always star-fruit for Rosh Hashanah. While our palates might have changed, along with our knowledge of Southeast Asian fruit, when it comes to Pesach it’s really all Osem and Yehuda Matzot for us.

Young volunteer from Philadelphia presents gift to child at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Huge plush teddy bears greet me as soon as I walk through the door. Puzzles line the shelves along with boxes of Lego and dress-up clothes. Every few inches another toy. Another game. Another child’s dream.

Machalniks at Ramat David Air Base (Bill Katz far left, Ben Gurion, Derek Bowden behind Ben Gurion, Chaim Laskov, Head of Training Command  of Army, far right)
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion: “The Machal Forces were the Diaspora’s most important contribution to the survival of the State of Israel”.

Fanya Heller addressing an audience about her experience hiding from the Nazis during the Holocaust.
 

Posted on: April 27th, 2012

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Holocaust survivor, author, educator and community leader, Fanya Heller, addressed two Holocaust Remembrance Week events in New Jersey as the keynote speaker on April 17 and April 19. At the first, Mayor Mark Smith and the city of Bayonne hosted the annual Holocaust Remembrance Service, organized by the UJA Federation of Bayonne, the Interfaith Clergy of Bayonne and the local Holocaust Memorial Committee.

Moshe with their three sons.
 

Posted on: April 19th, 2012

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The family: I was born in Israel and I’ve never left. My husband Moshe was born in Detroit, MI. His family made aliyah when he was 12 years old.

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