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Modest Swimwear Makes a Splash

July 29, 2015, by

Continued good news for the modest-dress conscious, tzniut is creating waves. The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing trend in bathing suits for women is the rise of more modest swimwear. The article, written by Lucette Lagnado (who Jewish readers may remember as the author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit”), is

One Heck of a Ma’aser Check

July 21, 2015, by

  With a $39 million dollar check from Microsoft, fortunate are those to be on the receiving end of Shloma Baum’s ma’aser check. The Satmar Chassid from Kiryas Joel recently sold FieldOne Systems, his field services management company, to the industrial giant. An article on Geektime, a newsblog dedicated to the fields of science and

The Jewish Female James Bond

July 9, 2015, by

That headline probably made you wonder, didn’t it? The UK’s Jewish Chronicle has the scoop on the woman who kept Britain’s Jewish community safe for the last 25 years. Until her recent retirement, Carol Laster was head of the Community Security Trust, the organization tasked with providing security for Jewish communities in England. She kept

Jerusalem Family Finds 2,000-Year-Old Ritual Bath Under Living Room

July 1, 2015, by

Home renovation usually entails picking paints, buying furniture, and dealing with contractors. For the Shimshoni family living in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood, it meant calling in archaeologists after stumbling upon a perfectly preserved 2,000-year-old ritual bath under their living room. Last week the Israel Antiquities Authority finished excavating the subterranean bath, which archaeologist Amit Reem

The World’s Betrayal of Israel

June 24, 2015, by

It was the month of January 2005. That Saturday night, a 17-year-old girl, by the name of Ayala Abukasis, was walking home with her younger brother, Tamir, in the southern city of Sderot in Israel. As they were walking, Ayala heard the shrill of an incoming Qassam missile fired from Gaza unto her city. She

If We Want Freedom of Worship, Then We Need Freedom From Fear

June 24, 2015, by

News of last week’s terror attack — and that’s what it was — at the Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine dead during a Bible study session has rightfully yielded both our outrage and our sorrow. In the African American community it has sounded echoes of the bleakest days of the 1960s. In the Jewish community, it called to mind

How to End the Wars of Hatred

Today in the Middle East, there is a revolution against secularism of two different kinds. The first is the secular nationalism of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak in Egypt, Assad in Syria and Saddam Hussein in Iraq – all regimes widely seen to be corrupt and oppressive. The second is the secular culture of the West,

Rabbis Press Bill de Blasio for NYPD Safety Agents at Religious Schools

June 16, 2015, by

Jewish leaders are pressuring Mayor de Blasio to provide NYPD school safety agents at religious schools, with a letter signed by 24 city rabbis sent to Hizzoner on Monday. The rabbis urged de Blasio to support Intro 65, a school-safety bill in City Council that would allow religious schools to request safety agents for their

Give our Families a Chance

June 11, 2015, by

In Judaism, we are accustomed to counting down (or up) toward a deadline: the 49 days of the Omer leading to Shavuot and the Asseret Yemai Teshuvah leading to Yom Kippur, to name two. Right now, we’re counting down to another deadline that could have a significant impact for Jewish day school parents and all

Jewish Guys with Nazi Guns

June 1, 2015, by

In this first person Op-Ed, Tom Tugend of the Jewish Telegraph Agency describes his experience as a foreign volunteer during Israel’s War of Independence: In May 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the