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President Obama Calls Parents of Ezra Schwartz Z’l

November 24, 2015, by

From the JTA. President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American student murdered last week in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank, to offer his condolences. In the telephone call Monday, the president said that Schwartz’s Israel studies had strengthened U.S.-Israel ties. Read more at the JTA.

Watch: A Moment of Silence for Ezra Schwartz z”l

November 24, 2015, by

Chills.Amazing moment at Gillette Stadium as the New England Patriots honored Ezra Schwartz with a moment of silence. Thank you Robert Kraft and to ESPN for broadcasting this incredible tribute. Posted by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink on Monday, November 23, 2015

The OU’s Something Sweet Giveaway

November 23, 2015, by

Got a sweet tooth? It’s about to get sweeter with Miriam Pascal’s newly-released Something Sweet. View recipes from the book A lucky winner will receive a copy of the book. Contest ends 12/15/15 at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Enter your information below:

NFL’s Patriots to Honor Ezra Schwartz z”l with Moment of Silence

November 23, 2015, by

Following a public campaign and an exchange of letters with former MK Dov Lipman, New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft agreed to hold a moment of silence at tonight’s nationally televised Patriots-Bills game in memory of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old yeshiva student—and avid Pats fan—who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists last week in a Gush

Jonathan Pollard Freed

November 20, 2015, by

Today we recited Baruch Matir Asurim “Blessed be the One who frees the captive”—found within morning prayers—with extra appreciation. Jonathan Pollard is a free man. In fact, according to Tablet Magazine, he was spotted with his wife, Esther, in New York City only hours after leaving the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina. Imprisoned

What to Know About Jonathan Pollard’s Upcoming Release

November 19, 2015, by

Jonathan Pollard, the American spy for Israel sentenced to life in prison in 1987, is due to be released on parole on Saturday, 30 years after his arrest. The former U.S. Navy analyst’s exit from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina (where he reportedly befriended Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff), follows three decades of intrigue

A Kiddush Hashem in Montana

November 18, 2015, by

Montana isn’t exactly known for its large Jewish population but that was no reflection of its sense of Jewish brotherhood. When 300 passengers on an El Al Tel Aviv to Los Angeles flight had to make an emergency landing in Billings, Montana due to engine concerns, Jewish locals came to the rescue. According to Chabad.org,

A Torah-Infused Winter Break: The OU-JLIC Winter Midrasha Program in Jerusalem

November 17, 2015, by

Shoshana Javitt, a junior at University of Maryland’s school of engineering, wanted to infuse her winter break with Torah learning. She heard about the Orthodox Union’s JLIC Winter Midrasha program in Jerusalem from her midrasha, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY). The program sounded like a great opportunity for her to be immersed in Torah, recharge her

You’re Invited to a Million Person Wedding!

November 17, 2015, by

Save the date: Thursday, November 26, 2015/14 Kislev 5776 All of Klal Yisrael is invited to celebrate in the marriage of Sarah Tehiya Litman and Ariel Bigel, to take place at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. Sarah Tehiya is now sitting shiva for her father, Rabbi Yaakov Litman, and her brother Netanel, who were murdered by

In Grieving Paris, Jewish Communal Life Pauses

November 16, 2015, by

Institutional Jewish activities ground to halt in Paris for safety reasons and out of respect for the 129 people who died in several terrorist attacks that rocked the French capital on Friday. Among the events canceled was a protest rally that CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, had planned for Sunday against the

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