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‘We’ve lost almost an entire year’: COVID-fatigued communities prepare for a distanced Purim

(JTA) — In any other year, the mask-decorating party planned for later this month at Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid in Broomall, Pennsylvania, would make perfect sense: Costumes are...

Discovery: Binding of the Vilna Gaon’s Tanach

In the last few days, an item of great historic significance was revealed in Jerusalem with the unveiling of the binding of the volume of Tanach used and learned...

Biden and Slabodka – Lehavdil

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It happened during the swearing in ceremony itself. “If you’re ever working with me, and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to...

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for A National Return to Civility, Dialogue and...

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—calls for a national return to civility, dialogue and respect. Tragically, we live in challenging times in terms of...

How Did Moshe Rabbeinu Become Moshe Rabbeinu?

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rav Nenedick zt"l was Rav Aharon Kotler's Mashgiach in Kletzk. It is said of Moshe Rabbeinu in the Torah, “Bechol Baisi Ne’eman hu – in all My...

What Blessing Is Appropriate Upon Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine?

(JTA) — Jewish liturgy offers blessings for seemingly every occasion, from ritual moments (such as lighting Shabbat candles) to sublime experiences (seeing a rainbow) to mundane acts (going to the...

Musings of a Shliach From Montana: Keeping the Spirit Alive

This past Shabbos, we blessed the new month of Kislev. We normally celebrate the annual Chabad Lubavitch shluchim conference in New York at this time of year. Along with...

Trump Administration Plans In-Person Hanukkah Party

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump White House is throwing an in-person Hanukkah party, one of a series of recent events the administration has held despite coronavirus concerns. The reception...

More Than 1,000 Teens Participate in NCSY’s ‘One Shabbos’

  More than 1,000 teens participated in NCSY’s “One Shabbos” initiative, part of the global “Shabbos Project” celebrations held around the world this past weekend. From Thursday evening through Saturday...
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Ukraine’s Jews prepare to commemorate the Holocaust as Russia’s war drums thunder

(JTA) — The military standoff between Russia and Ukraine is escalating as Jews in both countries prepare to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on...

Sheldon Silver, powerful Jewish NYC politician brought down in corruption scandal, dies at 77

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Sheldon Silver, who for two decades wielded enormous power as the speaker of the New York State...

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Passover will be here in a few months, and people deciding where to go for the Spring holiday are increasingly turning to Passover Listings,...

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