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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...

Astronaut Jessica Meir Tweets Hanukkah Message From Space

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir tweeted a Hanukkah greeting that included a photo of her holiday-themed socks with earth seen through the window in the background. “Happy Hanukkah...

Photography Exhibit at 14th Street Y Offers Window Into Hasidic Jewish Life

BY CURT SCHLEIER When the Yiddish New York Festival kicks off on the first night of Hanukkah, the coincidence of the weeklong celebration of Yiddish culture, food, music and dance with...

Souls on Fire: Musings of a Shliach From Montana

  A few weeks ago, I received a donation in the mail from a Jew who lives in Connecticut but has a second home in Bozeman. Along with the check,...

Millennial Jewish Communities Flocking to Hakhel

  The Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator Hakhel has added 27 new communities based in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Norway, and Australia. Within the United States, new...

Mumbai Orphan Moshe Holtzberg Celebrates His Bar Mitzvah

(JTA) — Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai when he was 2, was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. Holtzberg was called...

Sigd Combines Fasting, Thanksgiving and Family Reunion

BY JUDY LASH BALINT via JNS The 29th of Cheshvan is not a particularly noteworthy day for most Jews. Cheshvan is the only Hebrew month that has no holidays or fast days....

Conquering the World Through Kindness and Commitment

  By Yochanan Gordon There is a Chabad tradition, passed down from the Ba’al Shem Tov, to recite daily the chapter in Tehillim corresponding to one’s forthcoming age. In addition to...
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Lauder: Antisemitism Source of Shame After Auschwitz

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) — Holocaust survivors seeing their grandchildren facing the hatred that nearly killed them is a source of shame for the...

Controversy-Plagued ‘Jewish Nobel’ Cuts Ties With PM Office

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office will no longer be involved with awarding the annual Genesis Prize, self-styled the “Jewish Nobel,”...

Will Dialysis Become a Thing of the Past?

By Ken Stephens A groundbreaking study has shown that it is possible to rejuvenate damaged kidneys and improve their function, a procedure that could reverse...

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