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Reports from Israel: The OU Solidarity Mission

July 25, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union’s Solidarity Mission to Israel, led by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Rabbi Steven Weil, wrapped up this afternoon. Read updates as the mission proceeds, prepared by Rabbi Barry Kornblau, Rav of Young Israel of Hollis Hills-Windsor Park, and Director of Member Services at The Rabbinical Council of America – RCA. You can

Max Steinberg ז”ל: A Hero Who Rekindled the Zionist Spirit

July 23, 2014, by

Jerusalem, July 23: An estimated 30,000 Israelis from all over the country paid their respects to Max Steinberg ז”ל who was buried in Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl military cemetery today. He was 24 when he was killed in action in Gaza on Shabbat, July 19. He was proud to be a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade.

Ground Operation in Gaza Launched

July 17, 2014, by

Israel’s ground operations in Gaza continue. The following are links to popular sources of the latest news out of Israel: Arutz 7 Ha’aretz Jerusalem Post Times of Israel

Is Hamas Trying to Get Gazans Killed?

July 14, 2014, by

Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” The Gaza-based Hamas has recently fired more than 500 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. This has terrorized the

Rabbi Weinreb: Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: Part II

July 7, 2014, by

Following up on last week’s remarks in Passaic (watch video here), Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb again addressed the topic of “Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: A Torah Response to an Unspeakable Tragedy,” delivering his remarks at Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison, NJ. Revisiting the tragic deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal

Does Being Jewish Boost Your Job Chances?

July 7, 2014, by

Think being Jewish is a barrier to getting hired? Think again, or so says a new study by three University of Connecticut researchers, published in the Journal Social Currents and reported by the Washington Post. As they explain, “When you’re Jewish and searching for a job, you’re not just one of the chosen people, you’re

3 Boys, 19 Days and 1 Changed People

As I sit in my living room four and a half hours after hearing the terrible news I find myself deep in thought about what has just happened. While the media now focuses on how, who, when, what will happen, I decide to take my thoughts elsewhere. Thinking about the atmosphere just 19 days ago

God Does Not Work For Us

July 2, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on timesofisrael.com For the past three weeks, the People of Israel – both in the Land of Israel and in the diaspora – have swung violently from despair to hope and ultimately to mourning We despaired at the report that three of our sons, three teenage boys, were missing. Reports that

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