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Several Municipal Rabbis OK Zoom for Seders

The Jerusalem Post In a remarkable ruling, senior Orthodox rabbis have given permission for people to use the Zoom video conferencing service at the Passover Seder to allow families separated...

Social Distancing Will Take Toll on Orthodox Community

By SAMUEL HEILMAN NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (JTA) — Recalling the culture of the Eastern European shtetl in their famous book of the same name, Mark Zborowski and Elizabeth Herzog wrote that...

Top Rabbis Urge Jews Not to Kiss Mezuzot Due to Coronavirus

Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi ruled on Wednesday that Jews should not touch or kiss mezuzot, so as to avoid infection by the coronavirus, and the president of the Conference...

Trip to the Five Towns Changed My Life

  By Ben Lazarus I once read in the Ethics of the Fathers (1:14) “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for...

Tzama Nafshi’s Annual Journey in Footsteps of Tzadikim

By Elliot Fuchs As what seems to amount to a tradition in the Orthodox community, many people chose to spend their winter break in the warm weather of Florida or...

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Officially Recognizes Ethiopian Jews

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has officially recognized the Beta Israel Jewish community from Ethiopia as Jewish. The ruling issued in November, but first reported Sunday by the Kan national...

Egypt Reopens Historic Eliyahu HaNavi Synagogue in Alexandria

The Egyptian government reopened a historic synagogue in the city of Alexandria on Friday whose origins date back to the 14th century. The Eliyahu HaNavi synagogue — located in the...

Siyum HaShas Update: Full Schedule And Speakers

According to Agudath Israel of America, "The Siyum unites worldwide Jewry in an unparalleled display of achdus. Jews from all walks of life join in pursuit of a common...

10 Ways American Jewish Life Changed in the 2010s

NEW YORK (JTA) — All of the gloom and doom that many in the Jewish community have felt toward the end of this decade should not obscure the fact...

In Amsterdam World’s Priciest Menorah Gets New Life

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ AMSTERDAM (JTA) — For the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, Hanukkah this year entailed the stressful chore of assembling the world’s most expensive menorah. Last week, the Rintel Menorah, a 266-year-old...
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Chaim Bruk: A Letter to My Youngest

Dear Chana Laya, Although you’re only two years old, I am taking a few minutes during this most hectic Erev Pesach to put pen to...

Shtisels Send Pesach Messages From Their Family to Yours

(JTA) — The cast of the hit Israeli drama “Shtisel,” which has become a worldwide sensation, released a video of Passover greetings from the cast. The video...

Veteran Confidante of Lubavitcher Rebbe Dies of Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic claimed one more Jewish religious leader on Tuesday, with the announcement that a veteran aide to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe had...

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