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Families of the Four Har Nof Terror Victims Make Communal Request

November 20, 2014, by

The widows of the four Har Nof synagogue terror attack victims issued a letter calling for the coming shabbat as a day of ahavat chinam ( loving others freely without judgement). See a translation and the original letter in Herbrew below: We turn to acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be. Let us all come

North American Synagogues Answer Har Nof Terror with Heartfelt Prayer

November 20, 2014, by

The horrific attack in Har Nof made this a most difficult week in Israel, and for Jews around the world. Conventional wisdom has it that no two humans are separated by any more than six degrees of separation. But most any member of a Jewish community knows that just two — perhaps three — points,

Parole Attempt for Jonathan Pollard Fails

November 20, 2014, by

Despite a questionable choice in headlines, The Jerusalem Post has a comprehensive run-down of Jonathan Pollard’s failed bid for parole this year and his case in general. In July, for the first time since receiving a life sentence in 1987, Pollard went before a parole board. The results were not encouraging. Pollard’s lawyer believed that

The Silence of Prayer, Shattered in a Synagogue Bloodbath

November 18, 2014, by

Yaakov Amos had just finished calling silently on God to “grant peace everywhere, goodness and blessing; grace, loving kindness and mercy to us and unto all Israel, Your people,” when two terrorists stormed into Har Nof’s largest synagogue at 7:01 a.m. on Tuesday. Amos, a trained trauma therapist, was in the middle of the Amidah prayer when he

Orthodox Union and RCA Request Communal Tehillim Tonight

November 18, 2014, by

We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific terrorist attack this morning upon the Kehillat Yaakov shul in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. The murderers violated the kedushat makom tefilah and kedushat zman tefilah. In doing so, they desecrated batei knesset everywhere. The leadership of the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council

Four Killed in Jerusalem Attack

November 18, 2014, by

At approximately 7:30am Israel time, two terrorists, armed with guns, axes and knives, entered a Har Nof synagogue and began attacking worshipers in the midst of prayers. The attack killed four and wounded six. Among the victims victims is Rabbi Moshe Twerski, a grandson of Rav Soloveitchik and Rosh Yeshiva of Torat Moshe. Eli Beer

Arafat’s Widow Says Armed Struggle will Lead Nowhere

November 13, 2014, by

Suha Arafat, wife of the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, appeared to accuse Hamas on Wednesday of perpetrating “genocide” in the Gaza Strip, and denounced the terror group for Islamizing the coastal enclave and holding its inhabitants “hostage.” In an interview with the Italian La Republicca in honor of the tenth anniversary of

Two Killed in Stabbing Attacks in Israel

November 10, 2014, by

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a stabbing attack near Alon Shvut Monday afternoon, in the second terrorist attack of its kind in a day. A stabbing attack in Tel Aviv earlier in the day killed an IDF soldier. Please keep all the attack victims in your prayers. View the latest

Alex Clare: The Orthodox Jewish Pop Star

November 6, 2014, by

Alex Clare is an award-winning, platinum-selling artist, famous for singles such as ‘Too Close’ ‘War Rages On’ and his collaborations with chart toppers Rudimental. He’s also an Orthodox Jew. In this video the British daily newspaper, The Guardian, profiles the artist, even featuring the ex-chef’s cholent preparation.