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Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi Strike Coalition Deal Just Before Deadline

May 6, 2015, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat

After 20 Years in Israel, Ethiopian Jewish Community Still Struggles

May 6, 2015, by

When the Ethiopian Jewish community arrived in Israel in 1991, the New York Times reported it was  “it was difficult to tell who was more joyful.” “The barefoot Ethiopians who cheered, ululated and bent down to kiss the tarmac as they stepped off the planes, or the Israelis who watched them aglow, marveling at this

Between the Holy and the Unholy, Between Civil Disobedience and Criminal Activity

May 5, 2015, by

Rabbi Etan Mintz is the spiritual leader of B’nai Israel Congregation, Baltimore’s oldest continually active synagogue and one of the original founding synagogues of the Orthodox Union. B’nai Israel Congregation is also located only five blocks away from City Hall in downtown Baltimore. In the week following the riots that gripped Baltimore, Rabbi Mintz sent

‘Do You Want to Come for Shabbat?’

May 5, 2015, by

Rachel Nadel, motivated by the NCSY Shabbaton she experienced as a child, spent her post-high-school year in Israel studying. That year was critical in her spiritual development, but also critical in helping her future vision emerge: she spent most of her time in the dorms of her women’s yeshiva, and didn’t get to meet families living in Israel.

How Orthodox Money Is Reshaping Republican Politics

May 5, 2015, by

Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have long appreciated the importance of tapping into the pool of Jewish donors, who are among the most generous political contributors in the nation. But until recently, Orthodox Jews have been an elusive target. Like their Democratic counterparts, Republican candidates chose to go after more secular — albeit more conservative

The Rabbi of Nepal

May 5, 2015, by

Micha Odenheimer is sitting in a restaurant in the Mahaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem, having a last good meal before taking off for Nepal the following morning. He’d been in Kathmandu barely two weeks earlier, just before the earthquake. As head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Tevel b’Tzedek, which brings young Israeli volunteers to Nepalese villages

Matzah Foils Massacre

April 29, 2015, by

While you’re most definitely sick of matzah by now, Israel Unseen has this great story of how a Bnei Brak group’s urgent quest to gather wheat for shmurah matzah inadvertently foiled a terrorist attack. See below.

Red Cross Admits World War II Failings as Holocaust Spread

April 29, 2015, by

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.” Peter Maurer, presenting the keynote address Tuesday at a Geneva commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps, said the ICRC “failed to protect civilians and, most notably,

Is Hashem Necessary?

April 29, 2015, by

Hawkings Error from Shabbat.com on Vimeo. In this video, produced by Hashem.com (a project of Shabbat.com), Stephen Hawking’s theory that God wasn’t necessary to create or sustain the world is disputed by leading scientists, shedding scientific light that Hashem is indeed the key force behind the creation of the universe.

When Your Child Says Goodbye to Religion

April 28, 2015, by

You send your child to the best day school or yeshiva; celebrate Shabbat and chagim joyously. But one day, your child announces that he or she is no longer religiously observant. It’s painful. How do you understand your child’s decision to leave behind something that means so much to you? How do you relate to

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