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Jews Rally, Counter-Rally outside Hoenlein’s Group’s Hanukkah Party at Trump’s DC Hotel [video]

A pro-Trump protester yelled at Sharon Kleinbaum, clergywoman of LGBT Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 'You would have been on the side of Antiochus rather than Judah the Maccabee.'

IDF Retaliates for Gaza’s Holiday Rocket Attack on Southern Israel

The IDF retaliated on Simchat Torah for a rocket attack hours earlier against southern Israel by Gaza terrorists. No injuries.

Closures Imposed on PA Crossings for Jewish Holiday of Simchat Torah

Checkpoints and crossings between pre-1967 Israel and the Palestinian Authority are closed effective midnight Saturday night until midnight Monday.

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."

Arab Riots Spread to Northern Israel

IDF and police are using a heavy hand against terror. Palestinian Authority media claim two killed and hundreds wounded.

Netanyahu: We Will Defeat This Wave of Terrorism

He met with the Security Cabinet Monday night to secure approval for the use of a heavy hand against terror.

Solidarity Suggestion for Diaspora: Alter Simchat Torah Celebrations

Rabbi Weitzmann said during the dark 1940's: "you cannot celebrate at a time when other Jews are dying."

Showers Expected Day after Prayers for Rain

The first rains of the winter season are expected on Tuesday, one day after Jews around the world begin adding to daily prayers that...

Israel Police Limit Access to Old City of Jerusalem

Israel Police will limit access to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount over the next two days.

Can Peres and Abbas Save ‘Settlers’ Synagogue from Destruction by Israel?

A community in Samaria told the Supreme Court it is working through the offices of Peres and Abbes to find a solution to prevent the planned desecration.

Not Enough Joy and Meaning

Young Jews desperately need to experience both the serious and lighter sides of Judaism.

Up And Down The East Coast On Torah Tours

Some of the thoughts we generally associate with Shavuot relate to the tradition of learning Torah all night or the almost overwhelming amount of dairy food that is consumed over the course of the two-day holiday. It has become a routine, something we do every year as the weather starts turning warmer and our Sefirat HaOmer calendars come to an end.

Iran Surrogates Test Israel’s Military Resolve

JERUSALEM – As high-ranking American military commanders arrived in Israel this week in advance of the forthcoming Austere Challenge 12 drill with IDF units, Israel’s military resolve was tested by Iranian proxy militias in Gaza and Lebanon during the recent Sukkot and Simchat Torah holidays.

Cory Booker & Shmuley Boteach: The Rabbi and the Rhodes Scholar (Video)

Twenty years, countless conversations, and hundreds of Friday night Shabbat dinners later, Cory today is a much-loved honorary member of the American Jewish community, regularly lecturing at Synagogues and Jewish conferences across the country. More significant, Cory has challenged the Jewish community to live up to its Biblical calling to serve as ‘a light unto the nations.’ In many of the speeches we deliver together he asks the Jewish participants if they study the weekly Parsha, if they honor the commandments, and cherish the Sabbath. What allows an African-American Christian Mayor to challenge Jewish leaders to deepen their Jewish commitment? Because those same leaders are amazed at Cory’s knowledge of Judaism and appreciation of the Jewish contribution to civilization. (Watch video)

The Last Command

By now Moses had given 612 commands to the Israelites. But there was one further instruction he still had to give, the last of his life, the final mitzvah in the Torah: “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be My witness against the people of Israel” (Deuteronomy 31: 19).

Tishrei’s Universal Message

The start of the Jewish New Year, the month of Tishrei, is filled with holy days, among them four foundational celebrations: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah-Shemini Atzeret.

A Simple Teaching, Difficult To Understand

I am interrupting my series on “Yom Tov Mayhem,” focusing on adult children who come home for the holidays with their families and expect their mothers to be cook, housekeeper and baby-sitter all rolled into one.

The Joy Of Torah

One of the most popular of our chaggim is Simchat Torah, which falls on the last day of Sukkot. As its name suggests, Simchat Torah celebrates the joy of the Torah. There is no record of this holiday before the 11th century, and its origin may have been in Spain.

It’s My Opinion: First Do No Harm

One of my dearest friends recently flew to New York to be with her ailing father who had suffered a severe heart attack. Sadly, he did not survive.

A ‘New Year’ Resolution

The week-long holiday period that includes Sukkot, Chol Hamoed, Shmini Atzeret andSimchat Torah is almost over, as are all the attendant festivities, celebrations, family gatherings and trips, and of course, all that over-eating and indulging in food and drink. Most of us will happily (or maybe not so happily) go back to being absorbed by our day-to-day routines; for the great majority, life will return to "normal."

A Night Of Joy

Judaism is meticulous about the manner in which it celebrates Festivals. We eat matzah on Pesach because it recalls the suddenness of the Exodus that happened so quickly there was no time for the dough to rise. On Sukkot, we leave our homes and establish residence in a sukkah to remember, "In sukkot did I house the children of Israel when I took them out of Egypt."

Bringing Up The Next Generation To Care

Communication is both verbal and nonverbal. We tell our children how to behave.

As Sweet As Candy

At this time of year, honey, and the sweetness it represents, plays a major role in our celebrations.

Trip To Ukraine And Poland

As of Tzom Gedalia, Sept. 25, I will be on a trip to Ukraine and Poland.

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