President Obama Calls Parents of Ezra Schwartz Z’l

November 24, 2015, by

From the JTA. President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American student murdered last week in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank, to offer his condolences. In the telephone call Monday, the president said that Schwartz’s Israel studies had strengthened U.S.-Israel ties. Read more at the JTA.

Watch: A Moment of Silence for Ezra Schwartz z”l

November 24, 2015, by

Chills.Amazing moment at Gillette Stadium as the New England Patriots honored Ezra Schwartz with a moment of silence. Thank you Robert Kraft and to ESPN for broadcasting this incredible tribute. Posted by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink on Monday, November 23, 2015

The Tragic Burial of the Poile Zedek Torah Scrolls

November 23, 2015, by

Photos courtesy of Jay Pea Productions. I had the opportunity to attend the funeral of Torah scrolls and other religious articles that were burned during the recent tragic fire at Congregation Poile Zedek in New Brunswick. It felt surreal as hundreds of individuals bundled up on a cold and cloudy autumn day to participate. It

Celebrating Thanksgiving Each & Every Day

November 23, 2015, by

Was it President Lincoln in 1863, President Washington in 1789, or the Pilgrims themselves in 1622? While historians may debate when the holiday of Thanksgiving was first instituted, the practice of giving thanks began much earlier. We read in last week’s parsha, Vayeitzei, that Leah names her fourth son Yehudah from the root hoda’ah out

Je Ne Suis Pas Paris (I’m Not Paris)

November 18, 2015, by

I don’t particularly care for France. Some people think it’s a really bad time for me to make that declaration, given the recent tragedy of the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, whose wounds are still quite raw. But that’s specifically why I mention it now. So how is it, as everyone is posting “Je suis

Yachad Israel Brings Joy (and Pizza) to Army Bases Across Israel

November 12, 2015, by

On November 10, members of an Israeli army base came face-to-face with people they were protecting in Israel. And their grateful visitors even brought them pizza. The visit was organized and planned by Yachad Israel, the Israeli arm of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. Yachad is an agency of the Orthodox Union. Twenty

New Sculpture in Brooklyn Asks: Yo or Oy?

November 11, 2015, by

Tablet Magazine has the story: Deborah Kass, a modern artist whose works often produce their meanings by re-imagining the style of Andy Warhol, for one, (also Gertrude Stein and Jackson Pollack) has created a huge, yellow, sculpture that reads “OY” when looking from Brooklyn into Manhattan, and “OY” when doing the opposite. It’s eight feet high,

Michelle Bachman Urges Jews to Convert to Christianity

November 11, 2015, by

The former representative made these comments during a trip to Israel. Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called for an intensified effort to convert Jews to Christianity. Bachmann, a former congresswoman from Minnesota who ran for the Republican presidential nod in 2012, was in Israel last week on a tour organized by the Family Research Council,

Netanyahu: Israel, US Must Work Together on Iran

November 10, 2015, by

Via The Times of Israel: With the Iranian nuclear pact a done deal, Israel and the United States need to work together to ensure that the Islamic Republic doesn’t violate the terms of the accord and to counter Tehran’s terrorist activities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday. “Despite our disagreement over the nuclear deal with

Prayer for the Safety of American Soldiers

November 10, 2015, by

The RCA and the OU have circulated a special prayer to be said in synagogues during Shabbat services in support of our armed services courageously waging the battle against the scourge of global terrorism.  

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