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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

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

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

Election 2014: What it Means for Jewish Education

November 13, 2014, by

The sweeping and surprising electoral results from last week’s election transformed the makeup of the U.S. Senate, overturned several gubernatorial races and introduced entire ideological shifts in state legislatures. People and pundits throughout the country are debating the factors that led to the Republican sweep, including economic issues and the President’s popularity, or lack thereof.

Orthodox Union Convention in December to Focus on Global Jewish Unity

November 11, 2014, by

Deeply understanding the issues facing the global Jewish community and how we can work towards global Jewish unity is the focus of this year’s Orthodox Union Convention, taking place Friday, December 26 through Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Tarrytown Hilton in Tarrytown, New York. “After war broke out in Israel this summer and the

Meet the Woman Who Keeps Tootsie Rolls Kosher

November 10, 2014, by

If you keep kosher, and enjoy eating a handful of Tootsie Rolls or drinking a tall glass of Gatorade, you have Phyllis Koegel to thank. As marketing director of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division, Koegel is charged with convincing companies of the financial and commercial benefits of going kosher—and getting the OU symbol, the most

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