5T Rabbis Reiterate Opposition to Minyanim During Crisis

Lichvod the Wonderful Members of our Far Rockaway and Five Towns Community שיחיו :   We sincerely hope that this letter finds you all managing well under the current difficult circumstances,...

Some Governors Say Yes, But Shuls Not Ready to Open

(JTA) — The road to reopening for houses of worship has been paved in a handful of states, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to kill more than 1,500...

Our Special Nuclear Pesach Seder

  By Toby Klein Greenwald The Pesach of 1986 was our first year living in Efrat. We had five young children at the time, ranging from one to eight. We decided...

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Calls on Followers to Pray Alone

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a prominent leader in the haredi Orthodox community, called on his followers to pray alone without a minyan. The ruling on Sunday came...

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...
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By RABBI URI PILICHOWSKI MITZPE YERICHO, West Bank (JTA) — It’s been surreal watching from Israel as Americans discuss my future. I’ve gotten used to presidents...

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