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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.  

A First-Hand Account of BDS in Minnesota

November 9, 2015, by

There is a distinctive, self-righteous ring to the hate-filled protest of the Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is coarse and unwanted, disruptive and raw. It is the chant of impassioned college students who purport to stand for social justice and human rights, but instead stand for anti-Israel and thus anti-Semitic rhetoric. Moshe Halbertal,

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Slams BDS Movement

November 9, 2015, by

From Channel 4 News. “The supporters of this so-called boycott are a bunch of corduroy-jacketed lefty academics,” Boris Johnson gave his view on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel during his trip to build economic ties with Tel Aviv.   Boris on the boycott of Israel “The supporters of this so-called boycott are

Can a Ram Actually Get Caught in a Thicket?

November 4, 2015, by

A few weeks ago I discussed the identity of the ram that appears in the story of akeidas Yitzchak (Genesis 22:13). I suggested that it wouldn’t have been an ordinary domestic sheep, since Avraham was out in the wilderness. Furthermore, as my friend David Bar-Cohn pointed out, Avraham would presumably not have stolen someone’s sheep!

Working Out in a Skirt: I (Kind of) Disagree

November 3, 2015, by

Last month, there was a news story in which an Orthodox Jewish woman sued her gym for refusing to allow her to work out in a skirt. Yosefa Jalal of Crown Heights sued Lucille Roberts (a women’s-only gym franchise) for violating federal, state and city religious discrimination statutes. I saw this posted and re-posted on Facebook

How Should Jewish Families Deal With Halloween?

October 29, 2015, by

In the coming week we will read in Parshat Chayei Sara how Avraham, in his negotiations over finding a burial place for Sarah, describes himself as a ger v’toshav, an alien and a resident. Avraham is employing terms that appear to contradict each other: How can you be both an alien and a resident? Rabbi

What My Family Gained from the Mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim

October 29, 2015, by

In this week’s Parsha we learn all about the mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim from our forefather Avraham. My family really enjoys this mitzvah. Our morning blessings state that for this mitzvah, “man receives his reward in this world and the world to come.” We find this to be really true. While I hope that we

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