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Live Election Coverage from Arutz 7 and the OU

March 17, 2015, by

Arutz Sheva and the Orthodox Union will hold a special late night (in Israel) audio and videocast as the results of the Israeli election come. in this evening. It will feature Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of OU Israel, together with Ari Soffer, Arutz-7 managing editor, and Yoni Kempinski, video correspondent for Arutz Sheva. Many

Remembering Rabbi Emanuel Gettinger z”tl

March 12, 2015, by

View the eulogies from Rabbi Gettinger’s levayah: An article in Hamodia remembered Rabbi Gettinger: Rabbi Emanuel Gettinger, z”l, long-time Rav of the Young Israel of the West Side and president of the historic Ezras Torah tzedakah organization, was niftar on Shushan Purim in Chicago. “He was a true gadol b’Torah,” said Rabbi Shlomo Besser, Rav

The Complicated Politics of a School-Donation Tax Credit

March 4, 2015, by

Of all the plot lines in the 2015 budget process, the fight over a school-donation tax credit may turn out to be the most complicated. The Catholic Church and a broad swath of other religious and community organizations have built support over several years for a controversial tax credit that would incentivize donations to private

New Prenup Aims to Nip Jewish Divorce Refusal

March 3, 2015, by

Rabbinical and legal experts met Sunday to formulate a legal loophole that will enable women to file for divorce in a Jewish court of law — an attempt to mitigate a practice whereby only a man can issue a get or Jewish divorce. According to Jewish law, if a husband refuses to issue his wife

DC Rally in Support of PM Netanyahu – Tuesday, 3/5

February 28, 2015, by

EMET is urging supporters and friends to join a massive rally at U.S. Capitol West in Washington, D.C. (the front grassy area in front of the Capitol building) on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress. The Prime Minister will speak about

Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

February 19, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on TorahMusings.com Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want to give a non-traditional name. Is there anything religiously problematic with choosing a name simply because you like it