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Tehillim Needed for Those Injured in Jerusalem Terror Attack

October 22, 2014, by

Your prayers are needed following a terror attack at a Jerusalem light rail station. An infant was killed in the attack and eight more were reported as wounded. Please recite Tehillim (Psalms) for a quick and complete recovery on behalf of those injured. Get the latest reports on the attack: Jerusalem Post Haaretz Times of

After 11 Year Vacancy, New Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem Elected

October 21, 2014, by

Rabbis Aryeh Stern and Shlomo Amar were voted Jerusalem’s new chief rabbis of on Tuesday evening, after 11 years in which the posts stood vacant. The 48 electors who cast their ballots at city hall on Tuesday afternoon chose Amar to serve in the capacity of the capital’s Sephardi chief rabbi, and Stern as Ashkenazi

Large protests expected at Met ‘Klinghoffer’ opening

October 20, 2014, by

Large crowds are expected to gather outside the Metropolitan Opera in New York Monday night, where a controversial opera about a Palestinian terror attack to set to open. Demonstrators, primarily associated with Jewish groups, plan to rally outside Lincoln Center with 100 wheelchairs, in honor of the slain handicapped Leon Klinghoffer, on whom “The Death

‘Rickshaw’ Sukkah Makes the Rounds in New York

October 13, 2014, by

The holiday of Sukkot commands Jews to live in “booths” — commemorating the temporary dwellings their ancestors inhabited while wandering the desert for 40 years. Though many Manhattan apartments measure only slightly larger than those original booths, unless the apartment roof is retrofitted with twigs from Central Park, it doesn’t quite qualify as a sukkah.

Rabbi Moshe Elefant Spotlights OU Torah on JM in the AM

October 7, 2014, by

OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Moshe Elefant joined JM in the AM host Nachum Segal to discuss the wealth of information available on OU Torah and how now is the perfect time, if you haven’t done so already, to start learning Daf Yomi. The Daf Cycle began a new seder this week and began tackling Masechet

Edible Parsha Project: Sukkot

October 7, 2014, by

Shabbat fun for children is given a fresh and tasty twist with Edible Parsha projects. These easy to create, hands-on treats are based within context of weekly Torah portion for children of all ages and stages. Edible Parsha is a creation by Batya Jacob, director of the International Jewish Resource Center for Inclusion and Special

Is Keeping Kosher Cool?

October 1, 2014, by

A pair of mainstream media pieces this week report on the growing percentage of “Millennial Jews” who are keeping kosher. NPR’s Morning Edition‘s report spoke to a 21-year-old woman who grew up on bacon and shellfish but now keeps kosher. The Atlantic notes that Millennial Jews are keeping kosher at twice the rate of Baby

The OU’s Parsha Prize Pack Giveaway 5775

September 30, 2014, by

Enter to win an incredible OU Press parsha prize pack—perfect for this time of year as the parsha cycle continues through sefer Beresihit in the coming weeks. One Grand Prize winner will receive: The Chumash Mesoras HaRav (Teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik) – Bereishit Rabbi Jonahtan Sacks’ Covenant and Conversation – Bereishit Rabbi Norman

Watch and Read PM Netanyahu’s UN Address

September 30, 2014, by

At the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu defended Israel’s military actions against Hamas over the summer, and explained how ISIS and Hamas are two of a kind. Watch the speech: (Full Transcript below) Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the

Are You Mossad Material?

September 29, 2014, by

Is there a Jewish James Bond among us? The Mossad seems to think so. Israel’s super-secretive intelligence agency recently launched an online recruitment campaign, complete with promotional video and application. Watch the recruitment video below: And if you’re looking to add a bit of adventure into your life, fill out the application. This webpage will