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Natan Sharansky Travels to Africa for ‘Jewish Peace Corps’

17 Shevat 5777 – February 12, 2017
Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky is spending this week meeting with Jews and non-Jews in Africa.

Return to Uganda by ‘Jewish Peace Corps’

12 Kislev 5777 – December 11, 2016
A project of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Project TEN, aims to help children in Uganda.

European Council Passes Anti-Ritual Circumcision Resolution

29 Tishri 5774 – October 2, 2013
A resolution that calls male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children” was passed overwhelmingly by the Parliamentary Assembly of the...

Q & A: The Sandak (Part VI)

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part V)

16 Kislev 5773 – November 29, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part IV)

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part III)

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Nineteen: A Trail of Tomatoes

26 Heshvan 5773 – November 10, 2012
The indefatigable woodchopper, Goliath, provided the posts and slats for the fence which the settlers began erecting around the kibbutz. Ben Zion adamantly opposed the idea, claiming a fence would turn the settlement into a ghetto and curtail any further expansion.

Q & A: The Sandak (Part II)

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part I)

18 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

New Brit Mila Legislation May Be Weeks Away in Germany

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
Ritual circumcisions have resumed in the Cologne region of Germany, ending a controversy started in a Cologne court in June, when judges decided ritual circumcision constituted “bodily harm” to boys and religious coercion.

My Father, Dayan Grunfeld

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
One cold December evening, I walked into my father’s book-lined study to light the Chanukah candles, which were placed beside the window that overlooked a high street in North London.

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Seven: ‘Get Thee Forth to...

11 Av 5772 – July 30, 2012
"Oy Golda, Oy Golda," Tevya moaned. "Is this to be your reward? To be thrown to the fish? To have your bones scattered to the ends of the seas? Without any dry earth to warm you, or a flower to grow over your head? Is this to be your reward for being Tevye's wife for twenty-eight years and for raising his seven daughters?"

The Wechsler Family: Formerly Of Neve Dekalim; Now Of Nitzan

9 Av 5772 – July 27, 2012
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.

Over 10,000 People Sign Petition Against German Ban of Bris Mila

18 Tammuz 5772 – July 8, 2012
On Saturday Night, July 8th, the 10,000 person signed the petition against the German court's ban on Brit Mila. The petition can be found here:...

The Three Weeks And The Nine Days

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
One does not have to be superstitious to recognize facts. It is a historical fact that the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Tenth of Av was plagued by recurring tragedies.

Letters To The Editor

15 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
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It’s Official: No Circumcision in Germany – Jewish Hospital Bans the...

13 Tammuz 5772 – July 3, 2012
The Jewish Hospital in Berlin has suspended all religious circumcisions of children following a ruling delivered by a German court banning the practice.

Brit Milah on the Chopping Block in Germany

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
Normally I hate the Germans, but I have to give them credit on this one! Let their banning of brit milah be a reminder to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Diaspora that we don’t belong in foreign lands. Unfortunately, I doubt whether the new law will affect the Jews of Germany in any meaningful way. After all, if the slaughter of 6 million didn’t make them think twice about living in that polluted, blood-stained gentile land, this new measure isn’t liable to wake them up either.

On Matzah & Mohels

20 Iyyar 5772 – May 11, 2012
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.

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