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Praying in the face of coronavirus— via conference call

March 12, 2020, by

On the Fast of Esther, thousands of Orthodox Jews joined in communal prayer — in arranged simultaneous times to pray, or by conference calls. At 9:30am EST, several Haredi organizations called for a worldwide Psalm recitation, in response to Agudath Israel’s call to prayer; at 12:30pm EST, the Orthodox Union organized a conference call for

OU Israel Helps Organize Mass Prayer at the Kotel for Coronavirus Victims

February 20, 2020, by

Hundreds gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday to pray for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak and to halt the epidemic. Worshipers recited prayers and Psalms, sang and even danced in a circle, asking God to help in the finding of a cure for the disease, in a ceremony promoted by Chief

The Community Confronts Substance Abuse

February 13, 2020, by

After they finally saw the cues that they’d been missing for years, after they realized that their second child, their brilliant daughter Elana, who had appeared to be dealing with a series of issues for years but seemingly was able to handle them, was deep in the grip of substance abuse, after they helped her

Security for Jews Gets Serious

February 6, 2020, by

Security has become the number-one issue on the minds of American Jews due to an increase in anti-Semitic attacks. Recent acts of violence in places like shuls and kosher markets have engendered a very clear demand from the Jewish community and its representatives: Jewish institutions need more security. And for that security to be adequate

Orthodox Union EVP Allen Fagin meets with AG Barr

January 30, 2020, by

OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin attended a meeting in Brooklyn this week with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who convened the meeting with Jewish leaders to discuss combating hate crimes and antisemitism. The meeting drew widespread media attention – please see coverage below: AP The New York Times CNN The Washington Post ABC News

Jersey City Shooting is Another Ugly Moment of anti-Semitism that Needs to Stop

December 12, 2019, by

Anti-Semitism has been a torment that Jews have been forced to reckon with for centuries. However, its manifestations both in the United States and abroad are alarming for a new reason: the degree to which the mainstream of civil society — politicians, media, academics, public intellectuals — has seemingly tolerated, without loud and sustained outcry,

The Intolerance of Tolerance — America Has Gone Too Far

November 11, 2019, by

Anti-Semitism has always been a torment that Jews have been forced to reckon with for centuries. However, its resurgence both in the United States and abroad is alarming for a new reason. The degree to which the mainstream of civil society has seemingly tolerated the most blatant acts of intolerance is alarming. Not a day

Tiny First Temple Seal Impression Found with Name of Bible-era Royal Steward

September 11, 2019, by

A minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project. In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter sealer bearing the