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Spiritual Cafe: Jacob Returns to the Promise Land
‘Kosher Russia’ Party Ready to Hit Parliamentary Elections

November 30, 2015 - 10:59 PM
Jewish Genome Event Explores Tracing our Jewish Identity to our DNA

November 30, 2015 - 9:50 PM
Police, Shin Bet, Promise Dramatic Development in ‘Jewish Terror’ Case

November 30, 2015 - 9:29 PM
Abbas Shakes Hands with Netanyahu in Paris, Blames Israel for PA’s Environmental Failures

November 30, 2015 - 9:22 PM
DM Ya’alon Says Israel is Prepared for Escalation in Terror Attacks

November 30, 2015 - 7:21 PM
France Demands Details From IAEA On Iranian Nuclear Activities

November 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM
ISIS and Iran: A New Era Ignites in Israel, America and the World

November 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Some Ultra-Orthodox Troubled by Bazooka’s New Kosher Certification

November 30, 2015 - 5:29 PM
Terrorists Sentenced for Plotting to Kill Jews on Temple Mount, Police on Patrol

November 30, 2015 - 5:14 PM
Speed Limit Raised to 80 Miles an Hour on Highway 6

November 30, 2015 - 3:29 PM
Media Go Haywire over Abbas-Netanyahu Handshake

November 30, 2015 - 3:15 PM
Ban Ki-Moon Condemns Terror around the World – Except in Israel [video]

November 30, 2015 - 2:17 PM
Foreign Ministry Recruiting Former Unit 8200 Soldiers for Social Media Battles

November 30, 2015 - 1:31 PM
After Surprise Visit to Jordan, Ben Carson Wants No Refugees in America

November 30, 2015 - 1:24 PM
Committee Expected to Approve Kotel Plaza 2-Story Beit Haliba Project

November 30, 2015 - 1:20 PM
Israeli Start-Up Finds Parking Places for Drivers

November 30, 2015 - 1:08 PM
World Leaders Gather for ‘COP-21 Paris 2015’ Climate Change Conference

November 30, 2015 - 12:47 PM
Bayit Yehudi’s Yinon Magal Announces Resignation from Knesset

November 30, 2015 - 11:27 AM
Israeli Court Convicts Jewish Murderers of Arab Teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir

November 30, 2015 - 11:04 AM
More Arab Media Incitement After Clashes in Jerusalem Neighborhood

November 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Israeli Paramedic Reflects on Treating Wounded Syrians

November 30, 2015 - 1:24 AM
Document Reveals IDF Collaboration with B’Tselem in Investigating Soldiers

November 29, 2015 - 10:17 PM
Peace Now Chief’s Attempt to Close Religious-Secular Gap Ripped by Leftists [video]

November 29, 2015 - 8:36 PM
Responding to Product Labeling Netanyahu Suspends Peace Process Negotiations with EU

November 29, 2015 - 8:29 PM
Dozens Arrested in ISIS Bombing of Tunisian Presidential Guard

November 29, 2015 - 7:08 PM
After Paris Attacks, Europe Showing More Interest in Israeli Security Solutions

November 29, 2015 - 7:05 PM
Israel Hunts for Office Space in Abu Dhabi as New Member of UN Agency

November 29, 2015 - 6:10 PM
Ya’alon Confirms: Russian Pilots Do Breach Israeli Airspace, But Are Not Shot Down

November 29, 2015 - 5:28 PM
Israelis Gear up for ‘GivingTuesday’ in the Jewish State

November 29, 2015 - 3:59 PM
Netanyahu: ‘Not Even One Meter’ of Area C to Palestinian Authority

November 29, 2015 - 2:32 PM
Jews and Arabs Join in ‘Patch Patrol’ Doing Repairs in Homes of the Elderly

November 29, 2015 - 1:59 PM
Israel’s Leviathan Developers Ink Gas Deal With Egypt

November 29, 2015 - 1:12 PM
15 Terror Suspects Captured in Judea, Samaria

November 29, 2015 - 12:24 PM
IDF Shuts Down Another Radio Station in the PA

November 29, 2015 - 10:45 AM
Update: Woman Wounded in Second Jerusalem Stabbing, Suspect Captured [photos]

November 29, 2015 - 10:26 AM
Video: BBC Watch Conference Cites Systemic Anti-Semitism in Coverage of Israel

November 29, 2015 - 10:13 AM
Canadian Synagogue Invites Muslims in after Mosque Firebombed

November 29, 2015 - 10:08 AM
Israeli Death Rates from Most Cancers, Heart Disease, Among Lowest in OECD

November 29, 2015 - 8:28 AM
Update: Terrorist Killed in Jerusalem’s Old City, Policeman Wounded, Children Saved

November 29, 2015 - 8:14 AM
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Gavel and Court Lawyers Called Upon to Use Their Legal Skills to Fight for Israel

The Activist Lawyer Seminar will be held on March 7 to March 13 in Jerusalem and Northern Israel.


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.


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.


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.


Posted on: April 6th, 2012

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It was Moishele, and Itche, and me. We did everything together. We even made our own language, which only we understood. In shul they jokingly called us “the troika,” after the three bishops whose authority extended across Poland.

(L-R) Mohel David Katche, Itzchak Yoel, Moshe Chaim, and Rabbi Arieh Raichman after the seudat mitzvah.

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

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Against all odds, the spark of Judaism continues to burn brightly in the Amazon as two members of the Brazilian city of Porto Velho underwent a bris milah performed by a renowned Argentian mohel just days after Rosh Chodesh Adar.


Posted on: March 30th, 2012

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When you‘re here, over the rainbow, it is different. Being out-of-town is not about living in some neighborhood of Brooklyn (other than Boro Park, Williamsburg, or Flatbush). Living out-of-town also does not mean living in other parts of the Big Apple, like Manhattan or Queens. It doesn’t even mean living in the suburbs – like the Five Towns or Great Neck. Being here, over the rainbow, means living away.


Posted on: March 23rd, 2012

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A traditional Purim in Hong Kong requires an obligatory visit to Pottinger Street in the bustling Central District. Also known locally as Stone Step Street, Pottinger Street is more of a steep, irregularly paved pedestrian stone path (with steps too small for Western feet) than a street. My children run ahead up the stone slabs as I carefully balance my size nine feet on the thin, uneven stairs. My five year old stumbles but quickly recovers and catches up to the big kids.


Posted on: March 16th, 2012

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Tanya Rosen is the owner of Shape Fitness. She recently released a kosher, home-workout DVD for women. Dr. Natalie Zelenko is employed as a radiologist at the Cancer Center at Maimonides Medical Centers. Igor Lempert works as an actuary for New York Life. What they and thousands of others share is a life of Torah Judaism, despite having been raised in secular environments and due to the education and warmth they received at Be’er Hagolah Institutes.


Posted on: February 17th, 2012

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Our Jewish world is small but from his five-year-old perspective it is large, perhaps all-encompassing. The fact that in a population of over 7 million people in Hong Kong (95% of whom are ethnically Chinese) we as Jews collectively account for only about 4,000 or 0.05% of the population can be seemingly irrelevant. Large numbers and statistics don’t play into his worldview.

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Posted on: February 1st, 2012

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Some college students use their winter break between terms to relax, fly to warm climates and in general recover from the academic burdens of the fall semester. Others study how to slaughter chickens according to kosher law.


Posted on: January 26th, 2012

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The excavation of archeological layers has shown that in Roman times there were Jewish communities in Syracuse, Catania, Noto, among other places. At the end of the 6th century there is mention of Jews in Messina, Palermo, and Girgenti.


Posted on: December 29th, 2011

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Findings in catacombs confirm the existence of Jews on Malta from the time of the Roman Empire until late in the Middle Ages. They came from Alexandria to this important crossroads on their way to Italy.


Posted on: December 23rd, 2011

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To explain to my children what Chanukah was like for me as a young girl, I find I am just as inclined to recount what it wasn’t as I am to describe what it was.


Posted on: November 30th, 2011

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In biblical times this island was known as Kaftor. It had close relations with the Philistines, who already swelled in the Land of Canaan when the Jews migrated in, and this Kaftorland is conceivably the Philistine homeland.


Posted on: November 25th, 2011

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The family: Drs. Chai and Louna Roxane Chemla and their three sons made aliya from Paris about 17 years ago. Their eldest son is a rabbi in the prison system in Northern Israel and is married with five children. Their second son, who is a chef, is married with three children and lives in Jerusalem. Their youngest son who is studying to be a dentist is still single.

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Posted on: September 7th, 2011


Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Rabbi Binyomin Moskovits, rosh yeshiva of Midrash Shmuel in Jerusalem's Sha'arei Chesed neighborhood. Rabbi Moskovits was in New York to attend the marriage of a student. While here, he has also been meeting with alumni and current students.

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