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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

Putting Safety First

September 11, 2019, by

The number of antisemitic attacks in the United States was at a near historic high in 2018. Significantly, physical assaults on Jews was up 105% over the previous year, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents – and included the deadliest attack on Jews in American history, at the Tree of Life Congregation

OU, RCA Monitoring the Path of Hurricane Dorian

August 30, 2019, by

As you are no doubt aware, several of our communities in Florida are in the crosshairs of a potentially devastating storm. Though Hurricane Dorian has yet to make landfall the forecast is unfortunately not looking promising. Over the past few days many of our Jewish brethren in Florida have evacuated or are in the midst

Re-Burying Their Dead: A Gush Katif Saga

August 14, 2019, by

Fourteen years ago this week, 10,000 Jews were expelled from the twenty one diversified communities of Gush Katif. They lost their homes, their livelihoods, their shuls, their yeshivot, as well as the cemetery where forty-six of their beloved ones were buried. With the black cloud of being expelled from Gush Katif hanging over their heads,

U.S. Jewish Communities Face Up to New Security Challenges After Pittsburgh and Poway

May 30, 2019, by

Jewish communities across the United States are debating how to strengthen security measures at their synagogues, schools and community centers in light of the ongoing wave of anti-Semitic incidents. Over the past two weeks alone, synagogues in the suburbs of Boston and Chicago were subject to arson attempts. Previously, events like these would immediately become

Disaster Strikes in Moshav Modi’in

May 29, 2019, by

Mevo Modi’in, a moshav of approximately 250 residents, nestled into the Ben Shemen Forest east of Tel Aviv, was one of a number of communities completely evacuated last week on Lag B’Omer, due to approaching fires. More than a thousand firefighters throughout the country battled 1,023 blazes over a period of 41 hours, which translates

A Letter of Thanks from Tomchei Shabbat of Denver

April 30, 2019, by

We received the following letter from Shlomo Fried of Tomchei Shabbat of Denver, who expressed his appreciation to all who supported the OU’s maot chitim campaign, which helped Tomchei Shabbat of Denver purchase Pesach food for those in need: To the leadership of the Orthodox Union and the wonderful supporters of the Maot Chitim project: