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Can We Learn From Laban? Our Galut In The Secular World

Is there anything we can learn from Laban? The very thought of it seems absurd! Yet, for many in our community, there are lessons – important lessons – that we can learn from him.

IDF Drafts Secular Recruit as Kashrut Supervisor

Needless to say, B, who doesn't eat kosher, never mind knows much about the intricate laws of Kashrut, was surprised at the HR decision.

Ora Lavid: A Secular Believer

Her manner of speaking was that of a person from the charedi world.

Meet the New Secular Israeli: Believes in God, Keeps Shabbat

66% of Israelis believe in God. An additional 20% believe in a higher power, but prefer not to use the G word.

Meretz Call to Boycott Restaurant Closing on Shabbat Backfires

A local Meretz rep tried to launch a boycott of a popular restaurant that becomes Sabbath observant.

Beit Shemesh – We Was Robbed

At this point, I am rather envious of my friends in Efrat.

Pushing the Boundaries of Outreach

As Orthodox Jews who understand the value of the Torah and the importance of following Halacha – how can we change this new secular Jewish paradigm?

Images of ‘the Other’

Images of ‘the other’ are heavily biased by what the media report about them.

France: “Secularism Charter” in Every School

"The Left has singularly lacked courage in the difficult fight to defend secularism."

A Step in the Right Direction

The moderate Charedi world that I often talk about as the future of mainstream American Orthodoxy - is a beneficiary of the new high school curriculum.

New Republic Article on Feminism from Zion Is All About the Stakes

The article argues that while naturally aligned with their fellow orthodox Jews, women from the modern orthodox community in Israel are finding themselves aligned with secular feminists.

Is Hatred for Haredim Due to Media Bias?

The record number of kipa-wearing Jews in the new Knesset surely shows that secular Jews do not really hate religious Jews.

Is the Chief Rabbinate to Blame?

In Israel today, how many of our religious leaders instill pride in being Jewish into the secular public?

How Revolutions Work: Turkey, America and the Arab World

If a radical movement seizes control of the state and can hold it for a very long time, it can fundamentally transform policies and foreign policy.

A Soldier Remembered in His ‘Letters to Talia’

Everything Dov Indig, killed in action during the Yom Kippur War, said about the secular kibbutz movement has happened.

Lapid Concedes: Haredim Have Won (Video)

Lapid is a patriot who is both honest and who has a clear vision for the future. A vision that is inclusive of all!

Meet Egyptian Activist Maikel Nabil: Pro-democracy and Pro-Israel

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil spent over 302 days in prison for criticizing the Egyptian Military after it took power in early 2011.

Two Years Later, Arab Spring’s Success Dubious

Two years after the beginning of the upheaval in the Arab world, the picture does not arouse too much optimism.

Poll: Majority of Israelis Want Prayers on the Temple Mount, But No Temple

According to a poll commissioned by Makor Rishon, the majority of Israelis want Jews to be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount. Of the...

Ashlag Rebbe: Secular Youths Should Be Conscripted into Torah Study

During his weekly talk, the Ashlag Rebbe, Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevy, challenged politicians who promote the notion of an equal burden, describing them as imbeciles. He proposed a solution to the inequality: "Let every secular boy be forced to bear the burden of defending the homeland of Israel and fulfill his national duty to study Torah and keep the mitzvot." He also said, "The nation of Israel did not survive our brutal history by the deterrence of the IDF, nor by the might of the State of Israel, but by the merit of the study of Torah."

Study Shows Haredi and Secular Women Face Equal Risk of Eating Disorders

A high-number of Haredi women responded to the survey. Haredi women suffering from eating issues also face a particular set of challenges.

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