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Is America Still an “Ally”? With Amb. Michael Oren [audio]
Clinton Mulling Biden for Secretary of State

October 28, 2016 - 6:58 AM
Fury Over Israeli Authorization for Arab Housing in Area C, Near Jewish Susiya

October 28, 2016 - 12:56 AM
President Rivlin Visits Bereaved Family of Israeli Teen Killed on Israel-Egyptian Border

October 28, 2016 - 12:31 AM
GOP Pressures Obama to Cut US Ties to UNESCO Over Jerusalem

October 27, 2016 - 9:25 PM
Knesset Committee to Debate Proposed Law Expanding Defense Minister’s Powers

October 27, 2016 - 9:03 PM
In Lod, ‘Shema Yisrael’ to Blast Response to Islamic Muezzin

October 27, 2016 - 8:26 PM
Jews Set to Demonstrate in Paris Over UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem

October 27, 2016 - 7:12 PM
Israeli Embassy in UK Slams Event Hosted by House of Lords Blaming Jews for Holocaust

October 27, 2016 - 6:36 PM
Winter Rains Arrive in Israel, Flash Flood Warnings Issued

October 27, 2016 - 5:39 PM
Jerusalem Arab Indicted in Terrorist Plot to Attack Israelis

October 27, 2016 - 4:04 PM
Im Tirtzu Reports on Anti-Israel NGOs Benefiting from National Service Internships

October 27, 2016 - 2:03 PM
Friend of Israel Slated to Become HRC’s WH Chief of Staff

October 27, 2016 - 1:42 PM
Habayit Hayehudi: Amona Stays or We Leave

October 27, 2016 - 12:41 PM
Exclusive: Weapons Cache Found in Arab Town following Abbas Surprise Visit

October 27, 2016 - 11:34 AM
JFNA Discovered Jewish Life in Liberated Territories

October 27, 2016 - 10:59 AM
Holding Up Ancient ‘Jerusalem’ Papyrus, Netanyahu Condemns UNESCO’s ‘Scandalous’ Resolution

October 27, 2016 - 9:34 AM
Trump to Israelis: Together We’ll Stand Up to Iran [video]

October 27, 2016 - 8:52 AM
First Temple Era Document Mentioning ‘Jerusalem’ Revealed [video]

October 26, 2016 - 11:15 PM
Arab Terrorist Caught ‘Red-Handed’ in Attack on Jerusalem Light Rail

October 26, 2016 - 10:12 PM
Junior Terrorists-in-Training Caught With Knives in Gush Etzion [video]

October 26, 2016 - 9:39 PM
Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO is Recalled to Jerusalem

October 26, 2016 - 6:43 PM
IDF Soldier Wounded at Rachel’s Tomb

October 26, 2016 - 6:22 PM
Arab Terror Stabber Sentenced to 17 Years, Fined NIS 50K

October 26, 2016 - 6:08 PM
Arab Terror in Jerusalem Targets Jewish Homes and Buses

October 26, 2016 - 4:11 PM
13 Arab Fugitives Captured Overnight, Guns & Drugs Seized in Lod

October 26, 2016 - 3:47 PM
9 Israelis Hurt in Motor Vehicle Accident in Nepal

October 26, 2016 - 3:09 PM
Israeli Bus Damaged in Jerusalem Arab Stoning Attack

October 26, 2016 - 2:48 PM
Judge Goes Easy on Stabber of Two Jews, Family Angry

October 26, 2016 - 2:23 PM
UNESCO Passes Second Resolution Erasing Judaism from Jerusalem

October 26, 2016 - 1:57 PM
Prosecution Indicts Wedding Guests for Hating Arabs While Dancing

October 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM
IDF Soldier Wounded in Gunfire From Lebanon

October 26, 2016 - 1:24 PM
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Posted on: December 2nd, 2012

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The family: Carol & Shmuel Hezi and their six children, Asnat, Eitan, Amichai, Vardit, Harel and Maital

Dr. Ivan Mauer

Posted on: November 28th, 2012


Recently I went to a shiur on Yitzchak Avinu and found that it applied in many ways to my own father whose name was Yitzchak.


Posted on: November 16th, 2012

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A Hong Kong symphony of sounds fills the air as local laborers shout across the shul courtyard in Cantonese while tossing bamboo in a pile for the sukkah: Filipino maids chatter in Tagalog hovering over the children in their charge, the radio of the Nepalese gurkhas, the Synagogue security, crackles and jackhammers provide the background music. The thick air and humidity within the walls of the partially constructed bamboo sukkah sharply contrasts with the crisp fall air of Sukkot in the northeastern corridor of the United States, where the sukkahs of my childhood were laden with dried fruit and autumn color. Dozens of colorful miniature Chinese paper lanterns dangle from the sukkah and here replace the burnt orange and golden gourds of autumn.

Uri and Hadassa DeYoung with Beruria, No'a and Suriel.

Posted on: November 5th, 2012

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The family: Uri & Hadassa DeYoung and 5 children: Avigayil (16), Noa (14), Beruria (10), Tsuriel (8) and Devora (2). Background: My husband and I are both from New Jersey. We met and married in Israel. My husband always lived along the New Jersey shore and when he discovered that he didn't have to give up the beach in order to live in an ideologically motivated community he was very excited.

God Threatening Me

Posted on: September 30th, 2012


While fear used to motivate, even inspire, mine is a generation that views threats as challenges and raises a skeptical brow at austere ultimatums. Reverence often seems a throwback to old times, and absolute authority, whether in classroom or in the synagogue, is a concept increasingly more difficult to swallow. As a counselor at an Orthodox Jewish sleep-away camp this past summer, I witnessed this phenomenon first hand. I worked with forty teenage girls, ages 15 and 16, and quickly discovered the most dependable way to get nothing done: threats.


Posted on: September 25th, 2012

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The oldest Jewish settlements arose in Cape Town, Kimberley, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Burgersdorp. The settlements in Grahamstown and Graaf Reinet have dissolved. There was a (Jewish) community established in Cape Town, which is the oldest is South Africa, while in Johannesburg, which today houses the largest Jewish settlement in the country, the settlement was first built there in 1887, when about 88 settlers came in from England and Australia to develop the mineral wealth of the land.


Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

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The family: My name is Avin Gangte. I am a member of the Benei Menashe community hailing from the north-eastern states of Manipur and Mizoram in India. I am married to Hagit who is also from the same community and we have five children.

Rabbi Avigdor Slatus

Posted on: August 17th, 2012

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One of the most popular tourist destinations in the American South, Savannah, Georgia is a world of exciting history and activity. Rich with landmarks from over 275 years, the city boasts unique architecture, Civil War commemorative tours, and a long list of beautiful squares and parks. In addition, Savannah’s Tybee Island provides a beach atmosphere for those who want to relax on and off-shore. Interestingly, Savannah also hosts a small but thriving Jewish community. The Savannah Jewish Federation offers family services and community resources, and there are a number of places to find kosher food. The city has three shuls: one for Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform congregations, respectively. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Rabbi Avigdor and Rebbetzin Rochel Slatus of the Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue.

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.


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.


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.

Rebbetzin Chave Hecht

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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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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