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Jay Leno raises $50,000 for Israeli EMS service, Donates Ambulance

April 12, 2016, by

From the Jerusalem Post: Comedian Jay Leno raised 50,000 for and donated a $36,000 fully equipped ambulance to United Hatzalah at a sold-out special concert fundraiser for Israel’s largest volunteer EMS service at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. The former Tonight Show host performed a long comedy set and called

Panama Papers Show Abbas’s Son Has 1m in PA-Linked Equity Fund

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the PA, the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed. The Arab Palestinian Investment Company, or APIC, launched in 1995, is today a major financial player in the Palestinian economy,

Some Things Are Better Left Alone

April 11, 2016, by

The Torah’s treatment of a house that is contaminated by Tzora’as is quite unusual. Aside from the remarkable and exceptional notion of a house being afflicted with Tzora’as, Halacha states that a house cannot be declared as contaminated by Tzora’as unless the Tzora’as spots are visible in the house’s interior by natural sunlight. A house

Watch: Kosher Certification: Behind the Scene with Reserve Cut’s Rabbi

April 4, 2016, by

How does one of the best steak houses in New York keep kosher? Billy Lyons of Zagat spent a day with OU Mashgiach Rabbi Hyam Maryles who supervises the kashruth of Reserve Cut in Downtown Manhattan. Each day, Rabbi Maryles arrives hours before the restaurant opens to ensure that Reserve Cut’s acclaimed dishes maintain the

Tackling the Challenges of Leaning In as an Orthodox Woman

March 31, 2016, by

Can Orthodox women lean in? Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz believes they can. The phrase “Lean In” was popularized by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her book of the same name. “The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream,” she wrote. For Sandberg, leaning is the call for women to

A Purim to Remember for NYU Students

March 31, 2016, by

Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as role models and community organizers on campus in partnership with Hillel. In the weeks leading

Building Orthodox Judaism in America

March 29, 2016, by

The following is an except from Building Orthodox Judaism in America: The Life and Legacy of Harold M. Jacobs. To read a review of the book from Jewish Action magazine, click here. By the autumn of 1973, less than one year into his presidency, Jacobs could report to Modern Orthodoxy’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik,

Give Proportionally to What You Spend on Your Pesach

March 29, 2016, by

Since the very creation of the luxury Pesach program, rabbis have been railing against them for their excessiveness, extravagance, and the forfeiting of many of the traditions involved in preparing and experiencing Pesach. Ironically, many of those same rabbis have later “eaten their words” and accepted invitations to serve as scholars in residence, bringing their

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