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Court Orders Canada to Change Shemini Atzeret Election Date

Elections Canada was ordered to respond to the court's ruling by August 1.

When Lincoln Borrowed a Philadelphia Rabbi’s Tammuz 17 Reference for the Gettysburg Address

In 1863, the day of Shabbat, July 4, Independence Day, fell on the first day of the three weeks, Tammuz 17, but because it was Shabbat, as is the case this year, 2019, the fast was pushed off to Sunday.

Pesach Sheni – A Second Chance on The Second Passover

In its deeper meaning, the day represents a second chance achieved through the power of teshuva – repentance, or “return.”

Yom Hazikaron Service in Jerusalem: ‘We are Here in the East, but our Heart...

The ceremony paid special tribute to the victims of the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh in October 2018 and Poway in April 2019.

Passover Holiday Closure In Effect at Border Crossings for Next 9 Days

As always, exceptions will be made for emergencies and humanitarian reasons but must be approved by the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Israel’s President and Parliament are Set for Passover

Israel’s president and Knesset made the final preparations for the Passover Holiday, which will begin on Friday night, and sold their Chametz, leavened foods that are not kosher during Passover.

Chief Sephardi Rabbi Blocks Hotels Passover Guide over Extreme Strictness

Rabbi Yosef explained his decision, saying, "They followed the rule of 'the more stringent the better,' and made up many, many Chumrot (stringent rules)."

High Court Delays Decision on Prohibiting Entry of Chametz at Israeli Hospitals During Passover

A response by the State is required by June 1, 2019; that is, a month and a half after the upcoming Passover holiday.

Locust Plague of Biblical Proportion to Hit Egypt in Time for Passover

Control operations have treated nearly 85,000 hectare since December, of which 30,000 hectare were treated in the past three weeks in Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

IDF Distributes 10 Tons of Dried Fruits, Nuts to Soldiers for Holiday of Tu...

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel urged Israeli consumers to begin buying fresh fruits grown in Israel for their celebrations, noting that dried fruits became traditional only due to the difficulty in successfully transporting fresh produce from Israel to places around the world.

Two IDF Soldiers Injured in Joseph’s Tomb Tu Bishvat Celebration

About two thousand Jewish visitors participated in the event.

Watch: Tu B’Shevat Means Fresh Fruit from Israel to Begin New Year of Trees

“Farmers are today’s pioneers, and Israel’s agricultural produce is among the best in the world.”

This Year, Trump Invites All Jewish Lawmakers to Hanukkah Party

Last year the president celebrated only with Jewish members of Congress who were supportive of him.

Swiss Chabad Synagogue Attacked in Anti-Semitic Incident

"We will still be holding the Hanukkah celebration in the market square. The attackers want to intimidate us, but they won't succeed."

Hanukah Gelt: Cache of Rare Gold Coins Discovered at Caesarea Port

The gold cache was found hidden between two stones on the side of a well, in a house in a neighborhood dating to the Abbasid and Fatimid periods, some 900 years ago.

President Rivlin’s First Light of Hanuka with Haredi Soldiers

"I remember when I was in military service, there were several Haredi soldiers with me. We did not change our way of life and we did not try to change our comrades’ way of life. We were all brothers in arms.”

When Hanukkah Marked the War Between Jewish Left and Jewish Faith

A miracle did not take place for us / A can of oil we did not find.

Survey: More Israelis Light Hanukkah Candles, But More Americans Think It’s an Important Holiday

Most Israeli Jews partake in several Hanukkah activities, such as eating sufganiyot (doughnuts) and latkes (79%) and giving Hanukkah gelt (64%).

President Rivlin Celebrates Ethiopian Sigd Holiday, Denounces Discrimination

“You brought a spirit of heroism and nobility that was sorely tested on the difficult journey you undertook."
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Hakafot Shniyot in Memory of Ari Fuld

Dancing and singing in Efrat in memory of Ari Fuld.

Israeli Leaders Flock to Kfar Chabad for Joyous Second Hakafot (video)

Herzog urged the dancers to simply keep the commandment of “love thy neighbor” – “Ahavat Yisrael, Ahavat Yisrael, Ahavat Yisrael.”

Ivanka Trump Benched Lulav at the White House

Presidential daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump on Friday participated in Lulav Benching (shaking the four species) at the White House, along with some...

A First: Sukkah at UK Foreign Office in London

The sukkah was erected by a group of foreign office employees from various departments and diverse backgrounds, which is dedicated to promoting religion and faith.

Redemption of Firstborn Donkey Celebrated in Itamar

"And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck."

Arab Media: ‘500 Settlers Storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque’

In Arab Newspeak, every Jew is a settler and every Jew who visits the Temple Mount is, in fact, storming the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Religious Jews Take Over Empty Reform Kotel Section, Build Mechitza

Of course, this entire drama would have been prevented had there been even a couple of Reform or Conservative Jews to celebrate Chol Ha'Mo'ed at the Kotel.

Prayers Needed for Founder of Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak

The public is asked to pray for the complete recovery of Moshe ben Sarah.

Rabbi Eliyahu: Buying Lulavim from Gaza a Mitzvah Fulfilled through Transgression

"It is forbidden to provide a livelihood to the villains of Gaza at the expense of the farmers who suffer from their persecution."

Polish Synagogue Attacked During Prayers on Yom Kippur

“I apologize to the Jewish community of Gdansk. In the city of Freedom and Solidarity, we respect all religions and do not accept acts of hooliganism," the mayor said.

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