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Statement from Israeli PM Netanyahu

June 30, 2014, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks this evening at the start of the Security Cabinet meeting: “With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel. They were abducted and murdered in cold

Bodies of Three Israeli Teens Found: Latest Updates

June 30, 2014, by

A massive search has tragically turned to national mourning as the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’er and Naftali Frenkel were found. Statement from the RCA and the OU on the tragedy Media reports about the tragic news coming out of Israel continue to emerge – view the news sources below for the latest updates:

Paralyzing Narratives: Why Peace Keeps Failing

May 13, 2014, by

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Journal. We’re so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, the

O’Connor’s Grandfather A Rabbi In Bridgeport?

May 12, 2014, by

This article first appeared in The Jewish Week. First, Catholic New York reported that the sister of Cardinal John O’Connor, the late archbishop of New York, had recently discovered that their mother was a Jewish woman who had converted to Catholicism at the age of 19. Thus, O’Connor was technically Jewish. Now, a Dix Hills,

Why I Tell My Kids About Tragedies

March 18, 2014, by

On Saturday night, I boarded a plane only hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had gone missing. I was out of town for a couple days and less connected to news than usual. Once I had safely landed from my return flight on Monday afternoon, my husband asked if I had heard about the missing

The Power of a Teacher

March 4, 2014, by

I remember his soft voice. The way he would lean over my desk and point out what I was doing wrong in a way that never felt judgmental or harsh.  Just a gentle reminder that I was on a longer journey and this was a step on the path. I never thought I’d like a

What Does Ultra Mean to You?

February 26, 2014, by

What’s so “ultra” about striving to observe Torah law, and make it part of one’s life, as Orthodox Jews do? Rabbi Avi Shafran asks this question in Don’t Call Us ‘Ultra-Orthodox’, an Op-Ed published on The Jewish Daily Forward website. Shafran, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, believes the term “ultra” (Latin for “beyond”), when used

Zach Braff Stars in New Ad for Yeshiva University

February 13, 2014, by

The popular actor, famous for his role as Dr. John Dorian in the television show “Scrubs,” is part of Yeshiva University’s “Nowhere But Here” campaign. The video, part ad, part Purim Shpiel, has Braff talking about where he went for a great Jewish and secular education. (Braff, who describes himself as having a strong “Conservative/Orthodox upbringing,” actually went

Preparing For The Big Shabbat

February 11, 2014, by

If I had nine months to plan my wedding, I probably would have been a calmer bride. Probably not.  I don’t handle the unknown well. As a new kallah, one of my mentors reminded me and my chattan that the wedding day was just a few hours long and advised us not to get hung