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Jewish Conversion Up Close

October 29, 2014, by

“You shall love the proselyte,” Devarim 10:19. “You shall not oppress a proselyte,” Shemot 23:9 On the 3rd of Marcheshvan, Knesset law paved the way for a vote on the controversial Conversion Bill. If passed, the law could transfer the authority for Jewish conversion to local rabbinical authorities in place of one central rabbinate. Many

One Bad Apple

October 27, 2014, by

I wasn’t going to talk about Rabbi Barry Freundel. I really wasn’t. When I have occasion to reference a news story within the community, I tend to obscure the names of the involved parties because I find it unseemly to air our dirty laundry in public. When I do reference a current event, I give

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