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NBA Star Omri Casspi posts Instagram photo wearing Tefillin

July 12, 2016, by

  NBA star Omri Casspi posted the most amazing shot of himself in prayer on Instagram. “In the past few days I had the privilege of meeting Rabbi Yakov Ades, a righteous and pure man,” he wrote. “We spoke of the merits of Tefillin, Shabbat, Kashrut, modesty, Jewish values and ethics and more. I learned so

New Archaeological Finds in Israel Bring Ancient History to Life

July 11, 2016, by

After more than 30 years of excavating the remains of a Philistine city, a team of archaeologists says it believes it has found a cemetery belonging to the Philistines, an ancient people on the outskirts of Ashkelon, the New York Times reports. And to the north, on a hill above the Kinneret, archaeologists have discovered one

New Cookbook Offers Fresh Formula for the Kosher Home

July 5, 2016, by

How many cookbooks have you seen with a dedicated mushroom section? That’s the kind of innovative thinking Amy Stopnicki put into Kosher Taste, the new cookbook from Feldheim Publishers. (Hardcover, 300 pages – $29.99 on Amazon) With over 100 recipes and color photos, sample menus and more, you’ll find plenty to satisfy any palate. Enjoy

Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Maurice Lamm z”l

July 1, 2016, by

Rabbi Maurice Lamm, noted Torah scholar and author of “The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning” passed away Wednesday night at the age of 86. He was also the brother of former Yeshiva University Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm. The Jewish Way in Death in Mourning was a pioneering halachic work when it was released over

Thank Your Members of Congress for Grants to Shuls and Schools

June 30, 2016, by

This week, 50 OU member schools and synagogues were awarded Nonprofit Security Grants (NSGP) of up to $75,000 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These grants will be used to acquire and install necessary fencing and lighting, video surveillance and metal detectors, and reinforced doors, locks, and windows at schools and synagogues across the

First Jewish justice appointed to Argentina’s Supreme Court

June 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: Carlos Rosenkrantz, a Buenos Aires attorney and law professor, as well as a former presidential adviser, will be the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court of Argentina. Rosenkrantz, 57, is expected to be sworn in to the nation’s highest court next month after being approved last week by two-thirds of the

Anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses doubled in 2015, ADL reports

June 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: Anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses nearly doubled in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League reported. In addition, the number of anti-Semitic assaults across the country increased by more than 60 percent, according to the organization’s audit of such incidents released Wednesday. A total of 90 incidents were reported on 60 college campuses last year, compared with 47

Girl, 11, killed when tree falls on cabin at Jewish camp in Indiana

June 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: An 11-year-old girl was killed Tuesday morning when a tree fell on a cabin at a Jewish camp in Indiana. In the accident at Camp Livingston in Bennington, a healthy tree was struck by lightning during a severe storm and fell on a cabin where campers were sleeping, the camp said in

British Jewry faces Brexit vote with fear and trepidation

June 22, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: LONDON — As Britain heads into the last few days of campaigning before the historic referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union, only one thing is clear: This will be a narrow, knife-edge, vote. Just a week ago those pressing for “Brexit” — a British exit

An Important Message from HaRav Asher Weiss

June 20, 2016, by

Watch as HaRav Weiss shlit”a tells the incredible story of his father’s survival through the horror of the Shoah and how that led to a life of helping his fellow Jew. HaRav Weiss is running a special 24-hour campaign to help support his crucial work on behalf of the Jewish people. Click here to learn

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