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Conservative Shul Calls for Fasting on Inauguration Day

'If Netivot Shalom is empty this Shabbat morning because members of Netivot Shalom are marching as part of the nationwide response to the Presidential Inauguration.'

Ivanka Trump Speaks at The Shul

Ivanka's friendly warmth charmed the crowd of nearly 1,000.

Fake Bomb Next to Har Nof Shul

Police are looking for the perpetrator of this vile prank.

Planting Next To A Shul

When I first encountered this explanation, I took issue with it. For even if a shul’s courtyard does not possess kedushah, planting in it could still be prohibited.

The Ancient Susiya Synagogue

The excavated synagogue in Susiya dates from the 4th to the 7th century CE and was in continuous use until the 9th century CE.

To Prey or To Pray: Child Molesters in Shul

I urge you to take action at your shul to pass a motion to add rules that will protect your children–our children from predators. And never say “it won’t happen here.”

Orthodox Shul Will Keep LGBT Shabbaton Despite Neighborhood Rabbis’ Objection

"We encourage you to show your support by coming to shul this Shabbat for services and for the Shabbaton programming, and we welcome your feedback, questions, and notes of support."

Lower East Side Rabbis Hint at Excommunicating Orthodox Shul for LGBT Shabbaton

The signatories at the bottom of a letter titled "An important Message to the Community" include Rabbis David and Reuven Feinstein, the sons and spiritual heirs of the late Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.

Torah Ohr – A Thriving Shul In Boca Raton

Guest speakers visit frequently to share their knowledge and experiences while social activities fill the calendar.

Second Synagogue Arson Discovered, Holy Ark Burnt

Authorities believe the structure was ignited in recent days.

Arsonists Burn Down 2 Shuls Over Shabbat

One shul was destroyed, and the fire department managed to save the Torahs in the second.

Syria’s Eliyahu HaNavi Synagogue Destroyed (Video)

Syria oldest synagogue was flattened and destroyed over the weekend.

Italian Police Find Pig Culprit

Italian police have identified the man who sent the pig heads to Rome's main shul.

At First There Was Chaos

Chaos - that is how the world is described at its inception in the book of Beraishis (Genesis). Confusion. A lack of clarity and boundaries. Or, as I teach my kindergartners, "a mishmash".

Vending Change

Yosef, Gad and Benjy headed down to the dining hall in their high school. As they walked along the corridor they noticed a new vending machine had been installed. The three admired the machine, and eyed its beckoning display of treats.

Help Save the Stanton St. Shul!

I just received their SOS email: the roof is leaking and time is running out, is, basically, what they wrote.

Thoughts On Hurricane Sandy

Usually, when I begin a speech, I start with something interesting, lighthearted or funny - to get your attention and lead into the speech itself. Permit me to deviate from that this week, because there is nothing funny, lighthearted or interesting about what so many of us are experiencing, and if not us, than our friends, loved ones and neighbors, and if not them, than people a few miles away from us in Long Beach or Far Rockaway who have lost everything to 14 foot waves, or a little farther away where helpless Senior Citizens are living without water or power in high rises on the Lower East Side.

Tefillah L’Shlom Medinat Yisrael: A Plea For Prayer

Minutes after candle-lighting, sirens rang out in Jerusalem, disturbing the peace and tranquility ushered in by Shabbat. Earlier that day, my wife and I assured our parents that we are far from the rockets in our home in Har Nof, a quiet suburb nestled in the Jerusalem Forest.

It’s Not Just About The Internet… We’re Creating Apathetic Robots

The Orthodox Jewish world continues to seesaw back and forth about the pros and cons of the Asifa on Technology at Citifield in New York. Debates abound about on the best Internet filters, blocks and technological band-aids to which will surely repair the dangerous environmental influences of the outside world. Let’s ban or block the Internet and suddenly our children will be less distracted, our communities more heimish and our learning and davening more for the sake of Heaven instead of rote blabbering to get it over with.

Rockets on Gush Etzion – A Personal Story

We were walking to shul on Friday night when the siren went off. I had to quickly decide which was closer, running to shul, or running home...

Golan Heights Wind Farm

The Golan Heights Wind Farm is located 3,150 ft. above sea level on Mount Bnei Rasan, three miles south of Quneitra in the Golan...

Rains of Blessing

It's not an easy translation, the Mishna's notion of "gishmei bracha." Midrash Rabah (Vayikra 35:10) suggests that the blessing of "I will send you...

Highland Lakes Jewish Center/Chabad Chayil’s Classes And Programs

The Highland Lakes Center/Chabad Chayil, located at 2601 N.E. 211 Terrace in North Miami Beach, is again holding “Secrets of the Hebrew Alphabet.” The popular class will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights.

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