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Meet Your Long-Lost Jewish Family—In India!

November 4, 2015, by

Known for its exhilarating tours across the Holy Land, OU Israel thought it was high time for an off the beaten track adventure overseas. They’ve set out to discover India—Jewish India. And unlike Columbus, they made sure to hire top-notch navigators. Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky and Dr. Ari Greenspan, a globe-trotting duo for over three

Israel Losing Edge Against Iran, Intel Head Warns

November 2, 2015, by

The Times of Israel writes: The country’s top army intelligence officer has reportedly said Israel and Iran are engaged in a technological “war,” with the Jewish state slowly losing its qualitative edge over the Islamic Republic. According to a report in Haaretz, Military Intelligence Head Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi also warned Thursday against watching video

Fighting Big Knives and Bad Ideas

November 2, 2015, by

Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine writes: You’ve been getting the arithmetic of war all wrong: The bloody battle unfurling in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and Ra’anana and elsewhere in Israel involves three sides, not two. One consists of people like Isra Abed. She’s 30, an Israeli-Arab divorcee with a young child living

Torah Against Terror?

October 27, 2015, by

In the wake of the recent spate of terror attacks in Israel, there have been calls for people to take action to prevent these attacks. Some of the specific actions being sought are for people to learn Torah. Thus, for example, in the US there is a “Shmira Project” – organizing people to learn Torah

Hachnasat Orchim: To Sit at Henny Machlis’ Table

October 21, 2015, by

When we first learn that “Noach was righteous in his generation…” we applaud his stature until the rabbis, on deeper reflection, note that “in his generation” suggests that the bar was fairly low for righteousness when he lived. Abraham, however, is said to have been “righteous” without any qualification. He was truly righteous, in any

Some Personal Reflections on Sukkot in Yerushalayim

October 15, 2015, by

There is nothing as incomparably, magnificently festive as Yerushalayim just prior to, and during Sukkot. The city is illuminated by the incandescent sunshine of the pre-rainy season. Everywhere one looks, sukkot in infinitely varied sizes and styles dominate the streetscape. The markets are filled with yom tov shoppers, pushing and shoving in the finest Israeli

Five Changes I Made To My Life in Israel

October 14, 2015, by

Alexandra Benjamin wrote the following post on Facebook. In the wake of almost 30 terrorists attacks in Israel, she wrote about the five changes she made to her life and five things she refuses to change. We are grateful to Alexandra for allowing us to share this. Five Changes I Have Made to My Behaviour

The Worst New York Times Story Ever?

October 12, 2015, by

The New York Times recently published an article that was so appallingly flawed and dangerous that it simply beggars belief. Its subsequent “clarification” only serves to highlight how bad it was. The article, Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place, was a masterpiece of obfuscation and falsehood. It took minor academic debate about the

Wave of Terror in Israel: Latest Updates

October 8, 2015, by

As new terror attacks continue to emerge in Israel, it’s important to stay informed. The links below will provide coverage from numerous major media outlets in Israel: Arutz 7 Times of Israel Ha’aretz Jerusalem Post

Savitsky Talks: Who Will Support The State of Israel?

October 7, 2015, by

In this episode of  Savitsky Talks: Steven speaks with Heshy Zelcer, CEO of Hakirah: The Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought, about his latest think-piece: “Who Will Support the State of Israel?” “The mood of the American people is shifting a little bit away from supporting Israel,” Zelcer states. “A lot of this is

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