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‘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

Are You Mossad Material?

September 29, 2014, by

Is there a Jewish James Bond among us? The Mossad seems to think so. Israel’s super-secretive intelligence agency recently launched an online recruitment campaign, complete with promotional video and application. Watch the recruitment video below: And if you’re looking to add a bit of adventure into your life, fill out the application. This webpage will

Abductors of Three Israeli Teens Killed in Hebron

September 23, 2014, by

The IDF reported that an overnight operation in Hebron to apprehend the terrorists responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens this summer has resulted in the death of the terrorists after they opened fire on Israeli forces. Read the full IDF account of how this three-month manhunt was ended.

Tennis Anyone? (Just Not on Shabbat)

September 22, 2014, by

As the New York Post reports, a group of Orthodox Jewish men on Long Island “served” a lawsuit to the Unites States Tennis Association, for refusing to reschedule a tournament that would force them to play on Shabbat. Read the full article.

71 Years Later, Sobibor Gas Chambers Unearthed

September 17, 2014, by

The gas chambers at the Sobibor death camp, where some 250,000 Jews perished between April 1942 and October 1943, have been uncovered in an archaeological dig, bringing to a close an eight-year search, Yad Vashem announced on Wednesday. “Finally, we have reached our goal – the discovery of the gas chambers. We were amazed at

Egypt Wants Its Gold Back

September 15, 2014, by

The Jews who left Egypt during the Exodus stole Egyptian gold and treasures and must be made to pay back what they took – with interest, an Egyptian political scientist has claimed. Ammar Ali Hassan told Egypt’s Channel 1 in a July interview translated by MEMRI, “We know for a fact that Moses was in