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  • Holocaust survivors to restore Polish Torah scroll

    5 days ago

    Holocaust commemoration activists invited survivors in Britain to help restore a Holocaust Torah scroll.

    The Torah scroll project will be launched in London on March 29 at a ceremony hosted by Britain’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, the...

  • Ukrainian Jewish surgeon claims attackers shouted anti-Semitic epithets

    5 days ago

     A Jewish physician from Ukraine was severely beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic assault.

    Oleksanr Dukhovskoi, a chief pediatric neurosurgeon in the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, told the television station 9 TV that he believed the assault Sunday was ordered by...

  • Islamic Movement of Israel leader gets 11-month sentence for incitement

    5 days ago

    An Israeli court sentenced a prominent Islamist leader to 11 months in prison for incitement to violence and racism.

    Thursday’s ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court comes after Sheikh Ra’ad Saleh, the leader of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, appealed...

  • Israeli press talking out of its asteroid?

    5 days ago

    Many a joke has been made about the Jews’ penchant for worrying — surely you’ve heard about the “Start worrying, details to follow” telegram.

    Thus it’s not surprising that Israel appears to be the only country where several media outlets reported, wrongly, that a harmless...

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  • Will haredi Orthodox Jews embrace pre-nups that protect women from becoming agunot?

    5 days ago

    Breaking up, as the classic song notes, is generally hard to do. But in the Orthodox community, divorce can be particularly trying, especially for women.

    That’s because intransigent husbands can hold up the process by refusing to give a get, or a religious writ of divorce. In...

  • Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews

    5 days ago

    A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relationships with Jews.

    Benjamin Shapell has been collecting documents relating to...

  • Dating 101: Faith, Religion & God

    By Ilana Angel

    5 days ago

    I went on 3 dates with the same man last week. We had 2 great dates with fantastic conversation, witty banter, intellectual and sexual chemistry. He is 55, handsome, tall, funny, and decent. At least he seemed decent until we got to our 3rd date and decided to discuss religion....

  • Golan Heights resident indicted for spying for Syria

    6 days ago

    A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria.

    Suleiman Sidqi from the predominantly Druze town of Majdl Shams is accused of spying for the Syrian government, aiding an enemy entity, having contact with a foreign agent and supporting a terrorist...

  • Palestinian gets 2 life sentences in fatal stabbing of Jewish woman

    6 days ago

    A Palestinian from Hebron was sentenced to two life terms in prison for murdering a Jewish woman in the West Bank.

    Maher al-Hashlamoun, 30, was sentenced on Thursday in a military court in the stabbing death of Dalia Lemkos, 26. Al-Hashlamoun also was also ordered to pay more...

  • Israeli crash victim’s family blames airline for letting allegedly suicidal co-pilot fly

    6 days ago

    The family of the Israeli feared killed in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 accused the airline of failing to monitor its staff.

    French and German officials are investigating why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Tuesday flew the Airbus 320 into the French Alps, killing all 150...

  • Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

    6 days ago

    German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.

    French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz,...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Tzav with Rabbi Joshua Rose

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Joshua Rose, Rabbi of the Shaarie Torah Synagogue in Portland, Oregon. Rabbi Rose grew up in Portland and is the son of Rabbi Emanuel Rose, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel, and Lorraine Rose. He attended Occidental College, where he obtained his B.A....

  • Protecting a Life is Always a Priority

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    6 days ago

    The Torah commands us protect our lives, and those of others. Based on the verse, "Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" (Deut. 4:9). According to Jewish law, it is a duty to take all due precautions and avoid anything that may endanger life. “Anyone who violates such...

  • Tragic Loss in Brooklyn Sounds Alarm Across the Jewish World

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    6 days ago

    During a time when we are preparing our homes and communities to celebrate the joyous festivities of Passover, a painful tragedy has muted our joy.

    This past Friday night, a malfunctioning electric hot plate set off a fire that killed seven children in Brooklyn. The world lost...

  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 2)

    By Roger Price

    6 days ago

    The idea that 3300 years ago, at Sinai, God gave Moses a Torah identical to the Torah we have today is a powerful concept, one that still resonates. But is it probable, even plausible?

    Previously, to explore this idea, we have taken the text of the Torah as we have it today and...

  • Tzav: Sharing with others

    6 days ago

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    This week’s parsha, Tzav, includes more details about sacrifices, including the Korban Todah (Thanksgiving offering). Again, I wrestled this week about what the sacrifices mean to me and how to translate the parsha into a recipe...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    6 days ago

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • Moving and shaking: Combating hate, Friendship Circle and more

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored three individuals and two law enforcement groups at its annual Helene & Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate luncheon and award ceremony March 10 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Selected for individual honors for their efforts to...

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • Iranian Americans celebrate Nowruz at California State Assembly

    By Karmel Melamed

    6 days ago

    More than 50 Iranian-American community leaders, businessmen and artists of various faiths from across California gathered March 16 at the State Assembly in Sacramento to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. 

    The festivities were part of an Assembly resolution that was passed...

  • A camp with a big heart

    6 days ago

    For the past seven summers, Hilary Kip’s twin boys have attended Camp Chesed, a Reseda-based program for kids with special needs now headed into its 20th year. There’s a very simple reason Kip sends them year after year.

    Every day, she said, “They leave happy, and they return...

  • Congress members request funding for U.S.-Israel energy and water development

    6 days ago

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers requested $2 million in funding for a U.S.-Israel energy and water development program.

    Led by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), 106 members of Congress joined in the request last week for the United States-Israel Energy Cooperation Program, which...

  • Skills-focused camp program takes summer to the ‘Max’

    By Elyse Glickman

    6 days ago

    Jewish summer camp is full of tradition, but that’s not stopping Kibbutz Max Straus in Glendale from rolling out Kibbutz Explorations, four special core programs designed especially for 21st-century teens and tweens.

    Campers ages 12 to 15 enrolled in the program this summer will...

  • House members seek added funding for U.S.-Israel missile defense systems

    6 days ago

     Two House members requested additional funding for joint United States and Israel missile defense systems.

    Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Rep. Grace Meng (D- N.Y.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle...

  • With launch of four new camps, specialty sector is booming

    6 days ago

    When his new camp opened last summer, Greg Kellner suspected he needed a morning ritual different from the traditional flagpole gathering at many Jewish overnight camps.

    Kellner, the director of URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, Mass., a Jewish, science-themed camp in...

  • Summer camp for all

    6 days ago

    Like many children and teenagers, Michael Rosenbaum of Los Feliz sees going to summer camp as a highlight of his year.

    He relishes the outdoor activities, cooking classes, swimming, dancing and games at Camp Ramah in Ojai. He enjoys connecting with his Jewish heritage through...

  • N.Y. teen charged with hate crime for anti-Semitic graffiti in Arabic

    6 days ago

    A 15-year-old from Staten Island was charged with a hate crime for writing “death for Jewish religion” in Arabic at a school in the New York borough.

    The teen was charged on Tuesday with criminal mischief as a hate crime and for making graffiti, and will be tried as a juvenile, WABC-Ch. 7 reported.

    The student allegedly wrote the message in Arabic, using blue ink, on a poster at Dreyfus Intermediate School, a junior high also known as I.S. 49, where it was noticed by a school safety agent who could read Arabic.

  • German leftist party introduces resolution to recognize Palestinian state

    6 days ago

    A left-wing opposition party in the German parliament introduced a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, a position opposed by the current governing coalition.

    Die Linke, or The Left Party, submitted the petition on March 18, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. No date...

  • Turkish synagogue to reopen after government-funded restoration

    6 days ago

    The Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey will reopen following a five-year government-sponsored restoration.

    The synagogue, which will be rededicated on Thursday, was rebuilt with $2.5 million of government funds that have restored its formerly collapsed domes and...

  • Poem: How to Make a Jewish Marriage 1949

    6 days ago

    Beware the grinding fist, the blanched knuckle, the outstretched hand.
    Beware the man who takes any girl’s face between his hands.

    The laughing man — greet him with your entire self. Take him
    patiently, but take him: his want makes an open, flattened hand.

    Ride his wishes to...

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