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Nachum Segal Provides a Glimpse into the 2014 OU Convention on JM in the AM

December 2, 2014, by

Nachum Segal hosted Dr. Shimmy Tenenbaum, Chairman of the Orthodox Union 2014 National Convention (from Teaneck) and Rabbi Judah Isaacs, Director of Community Engagement and Synagogue Services at the Orthdox Union live in the studio during this morning’s JM in the AM for a comprehensive preview of the upcoming 2014 OU Convention. This year’s convention

Early Elections for Israel?

December 1, 2014, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Finance Minister Yair Lapid Monday night in what was initially described as a last-ditch effort to salvage his coalition. However, a list of stiff demands presented by Netanyahu to Lapid during the meeting – as well as a harsh statement issued by him afterward – indicated that Israel may

Netanyahu’s Youngest Son Begins IDF Service

December 1, 2014, by

You’re in the army now! Avner Netanyahu, the youngest son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, began his three-year mandatory army service on Monday, enlisting in the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps. Like every soldier on the first day of service, Avner, accompanied by his famous parents, arrived at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill. “Like any parents sending

Israel Ambassador to the UN Addresses General Assembly on Palestine

November 28, 2014, by

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, addressed the UN General Assembly on November 24. Read the full transcript below: To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.” I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity. I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek

Families of the Four Har Nof Terror Victims Make Communal Request

November 20, 2014, by

The widows of the four Har Nof synagogue terror attack victims issued a letter calling for the coming shabbat as a day of ahavat chinam ( loving others freely without judgement). See a translation and the original letter in Herbrew below: We turn to acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be. Let us all come

North American Synagogues Answer Har Nof Terror with Heartfelt Prayer

November 20, 2014, by

The horrific attack in Har Nof made this a most difficult week in Israel, and for Jews around the world. Conventional wisdom has it that no two humans are separated by any more than six degrees of separation. But most any member of a Jewish community knows that just two — perhaps three — points,

Parole Attempt for Jonathan Pollard Fails

November 20, 2014, by

Despite a questionable choice in headlines, The Jerusalem Post has a comprehensive run-down of Jonathan Pollard’s failed bid for parole this year and his case in general. In July, for the first time since receiving a life sentence in 1987, Pollard went before a parole board. The results were not encouraging. Pollard’s lawyer believed that

The Silence of Prayer, Shattered in a Synagogue Bloodbath

November 18, 2014, by

Yaakov Amos had just finished calling silently on God to “grant peace everywhere, goodness and blessing; grace, loving kindness and mercy to us and unto all Israel, Your people,” when two terrorists stormed into Har Nof’s largest synagogue at 7:01 a.m. on Tuesday. Amos, a trained trauma therapist, was in the middle of the Amidah prayer when he

Orthodox Union and RCA Request Communal Tehillim Tonight

November 18, 2014, by

We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific terrorist attack this morning upon the Kehillat Yaakov shul in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. The murderers violated the kedushat makom tefilah and kedushat zman tefilah. In doing so, they desecrated batei knesset everywhere. The leadership of the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council

Four Killed in Jerusalem Attack

November 18, 2014, by

At approximately 7:30am Israel time, two terrorists, armed with guns, axes and knives, entered a Har Nof synagogue and began attacking worshipers in the midst of prayers. The attack killed four and wounded six. Among the victims victims is Rabbi Moshe Twerski, a grandson of Rav Soloveitchik and Rosh Yeshiva of Torat Moshe. Eli Beer