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After 5 Years of Civil War, Syrian Refugee Thanks Israelis and Jews For Being “True Friends”

March 17, 2016, by

From the Tower.org: Syrian refugee Aboud Dandachi wrote an essay Monday in Tablet in which he expressed gratitude to his “true friends,” including Jewish and Israeli people and organization who have assisted him and other refugees. Dandachi, a former high-tech worker who created a website called Thank You Am Israel, wrote appreciatively that it “is astonishing, absolutely astonishing,

America’s Proudest Shabbos Goys?

March 17, 2016, by

The JTA has this lovely story about several shop-owners in Kew Garden Hills, NY, who are known happily as Shabbos Goys. For Samir Patel, the term “goy” is no slur. It’s a point of pride. Patel is a manager of Suhag Wine & Liquors, a family-owned business in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, in

Jewish Student Unions Introduce Judaism in a Fun Way

March 9, 2016, by

This article appeared in the Florida Jewish Journal. Reprinted with permission. The goal of the NCSY of the Orthodox Union — the international youth program of the association of Orthodox synagogues — is to connect with Jewish teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to help them develop a positive Jewish identity. An important

The Rabbinic Achilles Heel

March 8, 2016, by

When Achilles, the Greek mythological figure, was a baby, it was foreseen that he would die young. In an effort to protect him, his mother Thetis took him to the River Styx, which supposedly contained powers of invincibility. She immersed him into the river, but held him by his heel; as a result, the area

I Am Not My Body

March 3, 2016, by

This poem was originally recited at She’s Got Talent 2016, organized by the New York Region of NCSY. Tova Rosen, a 10th grader at the Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) in Far Rockaway, NY, was a top finalist within the competition. I am not my body. I am not my body. I am more than the

Orthodox Women Shine at NY NCSY’s She’s Got Talent

March 3, 2016, by

Three contestants were the grand winners at She’s Got Talent, the female-only competition organized by the New York Region of NCSY on Feb. 28, but it was the sold-out show itself that left the audience and participants abuzz. NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. “My only goal was to inspire and

Warren Buffet Isn’t Jewish, But His Lessons Are

March 1, 2016, by

Warren Buffett repeatedly says that he does not give stock tips.  Instead he gives out wisdom in the form of certain principles.  His gift is his extraordinary ability to relate those principles in a manner that is succinct, entertaining, compelling, and easily understood, often employing the use of aphorisms and parables. On the surface, the

Two Thirds of Americans Favor Israelis Over Palestians

March 1, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Nearly two thirds of Americans (62 percent) favor Israel more than the Palestinians, as they have done for the past seven years, according to a Gallup poll published Monday. Just 15% say their sympathies lie with the Palestinians, up from a 20% peak in 2007. One in five respondents said

5 Young Chinese Women Arrive in Israel to Make Aliyah

February 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Five women in their 20s from the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng arrived in Israel to make aliyah. The women, who have been studying Hebrew and Judaism in their native Kaifeng, arrived on Monday and then traveled to the Western Wall. They must still undergo a formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate

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