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The Meaning and Symbolism of Tekhelet

June 11, 2014, by

This week’s parsha—Shelach—contains the third paragraph of Kriyat Shema, which discusses the commandment to attach tzitzit to four-cornered garments. The pasuk states: “And they shall place upon the tsitsit of each corner a thread of tekhelet… And you shall see it and remember all of the commandments of Hashem and you shall do them.” Until

Hundreds March with the OU at Celebrate Israel Parade

June 2, 2014, by

Clear blue skies provided the perfect backdrop as hundreds turned out to march up Fifth Avenue with the Orthodox Union and its NCSY and Yachad divisions in New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel parade. View the photos: Post by Orthodox Union.

Shavuot Delights: Recipes from Dairy Made Easy

May 27, 2014, by

Just in time for shavuot comes the latest in the Made Easy series from authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Discover easy-to-prep dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. From a 30-Minute Thin Crust Pizza to a Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, your milchig recipe arsenal just received a welcome boost. Here are a couple of

Why I Like Writing About Older Jewish Singles

May 22, 2014, by

An Interview with Ruchama King Feuerman Ruchama King Feuerman is the author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, which was published by the New York Review of Books to critical acclaim. She lives in Passaic, NJ, with her husband, Simon Yisrael Feuerman, a psychotherapist and essayist, and their four children. Her first novel, Seven

Superheroes Without Capes

May 21, 2014, by

The JLIC Couple Bringing Orthodoxy to Life at Queens College Rabbi Robby and Shoshana Charnoff have a rule: dinner at six o’clock at their attached house located 15 minutes away from the Queens College campus; otherwise the two won’t see each other. Frequently dinner doesn’t start on time as they are met on their way

Winner Announced for Yachad’s “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” Contest

May 19, 2014, by

The contest was close but Tova Medetsky was the winner of Yachad’s first “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest by a single vote. Medetsky’s video received 1,506 Facebook “likes” beating out the second place video by Yachad LA’s Doni Yellin and Nani Shapiro. Yachad’s “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest asked friends and supporters of

New ADL Study: One Billion Harbor Anti-Semitic Views

May 19, 2014, by

Call it Abraham Foxman’s swan song. The world still doesn’t like Jews. Or at least 1.09 billion don’t, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Those are the results of the recently released The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, an unprecedented study that surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries across the world, representing 88.4 percent of

Jewish Archive Wanted Back in Iraq; Jews? Not So Much

May 7, 2014, by

The fight over the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” PBS Newshour has a fascinating look at the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” the collection of several thousand documents found in a flooded basement in Iraq during the aftermath of the Iraq war. The documents were found in 2003 by former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Dr. Harold

Against Anti-Israel Sentiment, NYU Students Thrive with JLIC

May 6, 2014, by

When a pro-Palestinian student group at New York University slid anti-Israel notices under dorm room doors in two of New York University’s largest dorms, students turned to the rabbi of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) for support. “Most students would have simply been inconvenienced by this stunt, but for many Jewish students it

OneFamily Commemorates Yom Hazikaron

May 5, 2014, by

Last night hundreds of people—children, bereaved family members, and friends gathered outside the OneFamily building in Jerusalem for a unique and emotional Yom Hazikaron ceremony. The ceremony was initiated nine years ago by a group of bereaved children after feeling uncomfortable attending their local public community ceremonies. They asked OneFamily to create a ceremony for