Cremation of Argentina’s Jewish Coronavirus Victim Sparks Concerns

Orthodox Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the dean of the Israel’s Ohr Torah Stone network of institutions, ruled last week that Jewish communities in Europe should embrace cremation if their governments decide that it is necessary for public health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tzohar Rabbis Advocate Halachic Sale of New Utensils for Pesach Under Shadow of COVID-19

The sale remains in place until conditions allow for people to go to the mikvah.

Sephardi Rabbis Under Fire for Allowing Zoom Video Seders with Isolated Elderly

Obviously, now it's time for Rabbi Pearl's people at Zomet to come up with a gramma version of Zoom.

Friday Afternoon Lecha Dodi @ 5pm

Tonight at candle lighting time, Jews in Israel and around the world will go out to their gardens, porches, and windows to sing Lecha Dodi and Shalom Aleichem together.

Health Ministry Reverses Guidelines to Permit Cleansing the Coronavirus Dead

The new guidelines determine that “before being buried, the body must be enclosed in a double wrap of impermeable plastic bags, and only then be brought to burial."

Community Groups Work to Make Megilla Readings Accessible and Safe, Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

"Judaism belongs to all of us and therefore needs to be made accessible to everyone."

Chief Rabbi: Quarantined Patients Should Read the Megillah Aloud for Themselves

"Women are obligated to hear the Megillah reading just like men, which is why a woman under quarantine should be provided with access to a Megillah reading like a man," Rabbi Lau said.

Have You Seen those Gorgeous Almond Blossoms in Ayalon Valley?

Naturally, the moon and the sun came to a standstill in the sky, causing the solar system to disperse across the galaxy, on account of those pesky laws of Newton.

Tel Aviv Culture War: No Tefillin Stands within 100 Yards of a School

Turns out it's not the religious folks who are suffering from a fear of Isaac…

Prestigious Kosher Winery Spills 1,000 Gallons of Boutique Wines in Tithing Ceremony

"Just as the more income tax you pay, the more profit you made, likewise, the more wine you pour out, the more wine you made."

Exclusive: Kindness for Holocaust Survivor Cecile Low, z’l, Results in Mystery, History & Joyous...

"Her closest relatives are in Israel. We can't find them. They may never have met, but they are her closest kin." We need to find them . . .

WATCH: Siyum HaShas for English Speakers in Israel

There are 2,711 pages in the entire set of tractates of Talmud. It between seven to seven and a half years to complete the cycle of studying them all.

Auctioned: Bergen Belzen Beit Din’s Register of Deceased Spouses to Prevent Agunot/Agunim

The register provides jarring evidence about all the events of the Holocaust and its horrors: actions and selections; ghetto liquidation and death marches; gas chambers and crematoria; death by starvation and shooting, and so much more.

Rabbinical Court Won’t Recognize as Jewish an Infant Born from Undisclosed Jewish Egg Donor

Israeli surrogacy law states that one of the conditions for egg donation is that the donor and recipient be both of the same faith, to avoid future doubts about the child's status.

Geriatric Doctor Rabbi Yosef Glassman Still Fighting NJ’s Right-to-Die Law

Doctors who refuse to participate in the NJ mercy killing law are compelled to pass on their patient’s case to another doctor who is willing to assist the patient.

Biggest Shabbat Project Ever Included Jews in 1,685 Cities, 106 Countries

From November 15-16, the 7th annual international Shabbat Project outdid its predecessors on all fronts, attracting record numbers of participants.

Morgan Stanley’s New ‘Jewish Values Tool Kit’ Has Nothing to Say About Usury

The "Jewish values" they're obviously looking for is your tax-deductible wealth, which they pursue with some generalized notion of what Jewish values actually mean.

Rabbinic Court Reevaluates Ketubah: How Much Is 200 Zuzim?

And how much is 6 million 1979 lira in 2019 shekels?

Rivlin Hosts 929 Initiative’s 26th Bible Study Group on ‘David – King and Father’

"Indeed, it is difficult for both of the roles of father and king to coexist. David thus serves both as a role model and a warning sign for us."

Shmuley Boteach to Debate Jew for Yoshka on ‘New Testament’ Anti-Semitism

It's probably safe to say that the August 8 debate will not result in much burning, but the Talmud discourages a voluntary religious debate with gentiles.

Israeli Embassy Clumsily Photoshops Ambassador’s Lobster Lunch with Brazilian President

Yes, they ate lobster, which is defined by our tradition as Sheretz, which is unholy and a creeping thing and cockroach of the sea.

City Weighing Ban on Foie Gras 6 Months after OU Ended Certification

We checked the ten top Top foie gras joints in Antwerp, Belgium, and are happy to report none of them is kosher.

Openly Homosexual Orthodox Jew Ordained in Jerusalem, Hold My Beer

It appears that Rabbi Landes removed himself from the boundaries of Orthodox Judaism with his defiant "ordination."

Second-Temple Era Jewish Bones Buried Properly after Desecration by Arabs

"The State of Israel cannot accept this barbarity, and must provide a broad response to this matter."

Tzohar’s Rabbi Cherlow: Ultimately, Decision on Abortion Is Up to the Parents

"Therefore, in principle, it can be said that if a legislation has been enacted that denies an abortion in any situation, at any stage of gestation, it is not the accepted halachic practice regarding abortion."

Liberal Orthodox Yeshiva Catching Flack for Refusing to Ordain Openly Gay Student

Our halacha is not more concerned with whether or not to ordain an "openly gay" man as rabbi than it is with an "openly thieving" man, or "openly driving on Shabbat" man, or "openly eating pork" man – you get the point.

Recalcitrant Husband ‘Persuaded’ to Give Wife Jewish Divorce in Jerusalem

With the help of the Jerusalem Police Department, the husband was apprehended and placed in detention . . .[then] brought before the rabbinical court.

Rabbi Sternbuch: E-Cigarettes Require Kosher Supervision

The ruling is sure to alter the lifestyle of many religious smokers.

Military Rabbi Checking Unit’s Eruv Foiled Terrorist Attack

During his inspection tour, Rabbi Shnerb noticed two suspicious individuals hiding on the slope below the post.

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