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IAA to Inaugurate New Mikvah Path at the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park

10 Shevat 5777 – February 5, 2017
A new path running among two-thousand year old ritual baths that were used by pilgrims visiting the Temple Mount is to be inaugurated at the Ophel site in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park.

Chief Rabbinate: Good Bye, Mikvah Lady

16 Sivan 5776 – June 22, 2016
Orthodox authorities are concerned not only about the proper execution of the halakhic dipping, but also about the push to permit unmarried women to dip, which the rabbis view as an invitation to lechery.

An Oasis of a Mikvah

12 Elul 5775 – August 26, 2015
A luxury mikvah in the town of Alon Shvut.

Modified Conversion Bill Goes To Cabinet Instead and Approved

9 Heshvan 5775 – November 2, 2014
After much political backroom dealing, a highly controversial conversion bill was enacted by Cabinet decision, instead of becoming law through Knesset vote.

Another Synagogue, Mikvah Destruction Ahead in Judea-Samaria

14 Iyyar 5774 – May 14, 2014
Settlers in Judea, Samaria and the Binyamin region are preparing for government forces intent on more demolitions.

Dutch Community Rediscovers Forgotten Mikvahs

6 Nisan 5774 – April 6, 2014
A Dutch Jewish organization rediscovered two ancient ritual baths that had been forgotten after the Holocaust.

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Issues Restrictions on Mikvah Attendants

24 Kislev 5774 – November 27, 2013
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate issued restrictions on the extent to which mikvah attendants may question and interact with women visiting the ritual baths. According to a...

Tzippori

10 Heshvan 5773 – October 25, 2012
Midrash Berashis Rabbah says that on the day that Rabi Akiva gave up his soul al Kiddush Hashem, Reb Yehudah HaNasi was born. A seven-generation descendent of Hillel HaZaken, Rebbe was the son of Rabban Shimon ben Gamlial, and of the royal line of Dovid HaMelech.

Gush Katif Refugees to Netanyahu: At Least Don’t Destroy the Migron Synagogue

17 Elul 5772 – September 3, 2012
A committee of expelled Gush Katif residents approached Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday requesting that he prevent the destruction of the synagogue and mikvah of the Migron settlement, which was evacuated.

My Machberes

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
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It Beats Writing Trashy Movies in Hollywood: Part 3

14 Iyyar 5772 – May 6, 2012
When I finally made aliyah, I knew lots of people, and was already half “Israeli”. I lived in Jerusalem with the saintly old lady I had met on my first visit, and spent my days running around with Rabbi Hazani, designing street posters and helping him with the campaign to free the Jewish Underground until he dragged me to the Machon Meir Yeshiva

Holy Mission Carried Out in Hermon Closed Military Zone

3 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
Seven men – including 4 rabbis - happened upon by an Israeli paratrooper in a closed military zone on the Hermon mountains on Monday, were on a mission of their own – to safeguard the sanctity of the Jews of the city of Metulla.

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

2 Adar 5772 – February 24, 2012
A Female Member of the Satmar Community in Williamsburg takes Deborah Feldman to task for her allegations in a recent newspaper interview…

An American Odyssey (Part 6)

30 Shevat 5772 – February 22, 2012
Shabbat in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the local Chabad reminds the author of the fantastic kiddush Hashem done by the Chabad emissaries; impressed anew each time by the warm and wonderful families who willingly suffer their personal isolation from the centers of religious Jews in order to bring a little Yiddishkeit into the lives of their fellow Jews.

A Sense Of Belonging

17 Shevat 5772 – February 9, 2012
"I just know you are going to love it here…" the sugary voice of the real estate agent broke through my daydream in which our future house featured prominently. "This yishuv is known for its warm and friendly atmosphere; there are several shuls to choose from; you'll never find a house at this price so close to Yerushalayim; and the schools are some of the best in the country."

Would the Real (And Kosher) Sukkah Installation Please Stand Up?

20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010
out half a year ago, my friend Miriam asked if I knew of any artists or architects whose repertoires included sukkahs. My thoughts immediately turned to the gorgeous sukkah my grandfather designed and built every year and to the retractable roof in the dining room at the Bostoner Rebbe's synagogue, Congregation Beth Pinchas. But for the life of me, I couldn't think of any artist who had developed an interesting aesthetic approach to the sukkah, which is the only Jewish experience (save mikvah perhaps) that completely surrounds us.

Would the Real (And Kosher) Sukkah Installation Please Stand Up?

out half a year ago, my friend Miriam asked if I knew of any artists or architects whose repertoires included sukkahs. My thoughts immediately turned to the gorgeous sukkah my grandfather designed and built every year and to the retractable roof in the dining room at the Bostoner Rebbe's synagogue, Congregation Beth Pinchas. But for the life of me, I couldn't think of any artist who had developed an interesting aesthetic approach to the sukkah, which is the only Jewish experience (save mikvah perhaps) that completely surrounds us.

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