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Tossing a Jewish Lasso over Wyoming’s Wild West

The rabbi, in his early 30s, hails from Miami, Fla., and Raizy, in her late 20s, grew up in Israel. What’s it like to live in the least populated state in the nation?

Agudath Israel slams NJ Gay Therapy Law

Agudath Israel of America condemned a New Jersey law prohibiting gay reparative therapy for minors as an infringement on religious freedom. The statement from Agudah...

Cory Booker, NJ Torah-Versed Black Christian, on Way to Senate

Cory Booker is not your average Torah student. First of all, he is Black. And Christian, And he on his way to replace the late Frank Lautenberg as NJ Senator.

ADL: Anti-Semitism Up in NY and NJ but Down Nationwide

The number of anti-Semitic incidents dropped 14 percent nationwide last year, but vandalism rose, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents...

New Jersey Yeshiva Student Now an Israeli Fighter Pilot

‘Lt. B.’ came to Israel to learn Torah for a year and go back to NJ for university. He thought about the army and the Air Force grabbed him, fulfilling his childhood wish to be a pilot. Read and be proud.

Caesarstone Leads ‘Consumer Reports’ Kitchen Countertops Survey

The Consumer Reports magazine rates the synthetic quartz countertops made by Israel’s kibbutz-based Caesarstone Sdot Yam Ltd. the best of 14 materials that were...

New Jersey Jewish Student Sues NY Cops over Immodest Frisk

Swift NY cops jump on a young Jewish woman for an immodest frisk. Her crime? Maybe she was picking up drugs? Or running away from a robbery? No. She was petting a cat – and she is suing the police.

Christie Declares Special August Primaries for Lautenberg’s Seat

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday a special primary election will be held August 13, followed by general elections Oct. 16, to...

Frank Lautenberg, Senate’s Oldest Member, Dies at Age 89

Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey died Monday at the age 89. His life was a classic Jewish rag-to-riches story of a young man who worked his way to business and political success.

Two New Jersey Men Plead Not Guilty in Synagogue Bombings

Two New Jersey men, indicted in March for arson and attempted murder and terrorism, pleaded not guilt in a New Jersey court this week. Anthony...

Lakewood’s $10 Million Coup

I, of course, have no problem with such a library. But is this what the State of New Jersey had in mind in approving $10 million dollars to Lakewood?

New Jersey Bible Quiz Co-Champion

Fifteen-year-old Yishai Eisenberg of Passaic, N.J., and a Beit Shemesh high school student were the first-ever co-champions in the International Bible Quiz held in...

The Jewish World Series: Home Run for Unison

The need for such a Shabbat-considerate tournament came up last winter, when the basketball team of Houston’s Beren Academy had reached the semifinals, only to become the center of a national controversy.

Rabbi Mendy Gurkov on Bringing Judaism to Upper Passaic

Yishai and Rabbi Mendy Gurkov of Chabad of Upper Passaic discuss the efforts taken to create a flourishing Jewish community in an area that is traditionally thought of as not particularly Jewish.

The DeYoung Family: Formerly of K’far Darom; Now of Elon Moreh

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.

Even After Sandy – It’s Still Romney for President

One thing this storm has done is to give the President an advantage in the election this coming Tuesday. If there are no glitches, the President gets to look Presidential. This is something Romney can’t do. He is only a candidate. This will surely tip the close race in the President’s favor. But I hope it doesn’t. Although I don’t think Obama is a bad President, I don’t think he is the best President for the country right now.

Why Has New Jersey Been Forsaken?

Aren’t we the nation that rebuilt Iraq and have done tons of nation-building in Afghanistan? Can’t we put the lights and heat back on New Jersey? Is it asking too much to bring a bunch of fuel tankers here and end the 100 vehicle long lines that are growing larger by the day? Just getting from point A to point B has been like navigating an labyrinth since the gas lines have cut off so many of the streets. President Obama declared this area to be a Federal Disaster Area. But where is FEMA? Where are the troops? Where are the gas tankers?

In New Jersey 9th Race, Boteach Is Best Bet

It isn't just that Boteach is a rabbi, steeped in Jewish law and lore and is strongly pro-marriage, pro-America and pro-democracy, and it certainly isn't that he is a world-famous author and larger-than-life personality, although he is all of that. It's simply that despite there being a low bar set for congressmen to apply to their lapels the hecsher of "pro-Israel," not all of them really deserve it, and Boteach's opponent falls firmly into that category.

The Storm that United a Divided Nation

Just yesterday I was fully engaged in my campaign for the United States Congress. Winning, elections, and victory were on my mind. Boy, what a difference a day can make. Today, I just want my family and the 50 million people in the storm’s path to be safe.

Sandy Strikes

Fox News reports that at least 10 people are dead from the storm which first reached the New Jersey shore at around 6 PM. The...

Moses Raphael Levy – Wealthy Colonial Jewish Merchant

For centuries Jews have believed America to be a land of freedom and financial opportunity. One such Jew was Moses Raphael Levy, who achieved tremendous financial success as an American colonial merchant.

What is More Virtuous: Paying Taxes or Giving Charity?

Being forced to pay taxes does not make us more virtuous people. If it did, our founding fathers would have thanked George III for his coercion.

278 Rabbis Ordained in NJ

More than 280 graduates, their family members and friends joined together at the Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey to celebrate the hard...

‘Kill the Jews’ Spray Painted in Monmouth Heights, NJ

Spray painted symbols of swastikas were found on road signs in the Monmouth Heights neighborhood.

Reverend Samuel Myer Isaacs – Champion of Orthodoxy (Part II)

Last month’s column sketched the life of Reverend Myer Isaacs, concentrating primarily on his efforts to preserve and foster Orthodoxy in New York City, where he served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaaray Tefila from its founding in 1845 to his passing in 1879. Reverend Isaacs’s sphere of influence was not limited to New York. His efforts encompassed a broad range of activities throughout America designed to strengthen Orthodoxy in its battle against the Reform movement.

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