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Kiddush Hashem, with a Little Help from some Facebook Friends

October 23, 2014, by

While it is often denounced as a colossal waste of time, once again it was Facebook to the rescue as a Cedarhurst resident turned to social media to perform the mitzvah of hashavas aveida. Jeff Leb, the Orthodox Union’s New York State director of political affairs and president of the Peninsula Public Library in Lawrence,

The Ottawa Attack: A Response to the Tragedy

October 23, 2014, by

When a long anticipated hockey game is cancelled in Canada, you know something is very wrong. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, was very wrong in Ottawa, with reverberations across Canada, indeed across the world. What police have now confirmed was a lone gunman shot and killed an unarmed soldier manning the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa,

Tehillim Needed for Those Injured in Jerusalem Terror Attack

October 22, 2014, by

Your prayers are needed following a terror attack at a Jerusalem light rail station. An infant was killed in the attack and eight more were reported as wounded. Please recite Tehillim (Psalms) for a quick and complete recovery on behalf of those injured. Get the latest reports on the attack: Jerusalem Post Haaretz Times of

After 11 Year Vacancy, New Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem Elected

October 21, 2014, by

Rabbis Aryeh Stern and Shlomo Amar were voted Jerusalem’s new chief rabbis of on Tuesday evening, after 11 years in which the posts stood vacant. The 48 electors who cast their ballots at city hall on Tuesday afternoon chose Amar to serve in the capacity of the capital’s Sephardi chief rabbi, and Stern as Ashkenazi

Large protests expected at Met ‘Klinghoffer’ opening

October 20, 2014, by

Large crowds are expected to gather outside the Metropolitan Opera in New York Monday night, where a controversial opera about a Palestinian terror attack to set to open. Demonstrators, primarily associated with Jewish groups, plan to rally outside Lincoln Center with 100 wheelchairs, in honor of the slain handicapped Leon Klinghoffer, on whom “The Death

‘Rickshaw’ Sukkah Makes the Rounds in New York

October 13, 2014, by

The holiday of Sukkot commands Jews to live in “booths” — commemorating the temporary dwellings their ancestors inhabited while wandering the desert for 40 years. Though many Manhattan apartments measure only slightly larger than those original booths, unless the apartment roof is retrofitted with twigs from Central Park, it doesn’t quite qualify as a sukkah.

New Information Revealed About Ultra-Orthodox Plane Scandal

October 7, 2014, by

Last Saturday night, after three days of being off-line due to Rosh Hashana and Shabbos, I powered up my iPhone, and the emails started flooding in. Apparently during the holiday a story broke about a pre-Rosh Hashana El Al flight to Israel (LY4) which took off from JFK and was full of Hasidic men who

Is Keeping Kosher Cool?

October 1, 2014, by

A pair of mainstream media pieces this week report on the growing percentage of “Millennial Jews” who are keeping kosher. NPR’s Morning Edition‘s report spoke to a 21-year-old woman who grew up on bacon and shellfish but now keeps kosher. The Atlantic notes that Millennial Jews are keeping kosher at twice the rate of Baby

Sin Got Your Goat?

September 30, 2014, by

According to tradition, on the day of Yom Kippur the Kohen Gadol transfers the sins of the Jewish people on to a goat that was then sent off into the wilderness (or off a mountain, depending on your interpretation). Since the Temple was destroyed, prayers and fasting take the place of the goat for atonement.

Watch and Read PM Netanyahu’s UN Address

September 30, 2014, by

At the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu defended Israel’s military actions against Hamas over the summer, and explained how ISIS and Hamas are two of a kind. Watch the speech: (Full Transcript below) Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the