On This Night We Do Not Learn Torah: Fast of Tisha B’Av Begins

Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Av in the Hebrew calendar, is a sundown-to-sundown fast, a day of mourning marking the destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples...

Dirshu Mission to Israel

Jews worldwide are preparing for the Siyum Hashas that will take place in various locations globally. Many people have begun the daf yomi cycle and some even made it...

What’s Different When Tisha B’Av Falls on Shabbos By Rabbi Yair Hoffman

Shabbos is the ultimate day of Dveikus where we cleave to Hashem.  Therefore, when Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbos we observe Tisha B’Av on the next day.  We eat...

DEP, Rabbi at Odds Over Lakewood “Shaimos” Dump Site

LAKEWOOD– A sandy clearing amid tall scrubby pines covers thousands of illegally dumped trash bags filled with religious articles. The fact that the bags – part of the shaimos...

“Gut Infection” Denies Iranian Chance to Compete in Olympics Against Israeli

So much for the Olympic spirit. Just days after U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced the traditional Olympic Truce — for people and nations to “set aside their differences” during...

Ethical Certificates at Center of Dispute

About eight months ago, when Katsuji Tanabe agreed to display the Tav HaYosher certificate in the window of his one-year-old restaurant on Pico Boulevard, the head chef and owner...

Hikind “Aghast” At Mayor’s Metzitzah B’peh Stance

Brooklyn State Assemblyman Dov Hikind says he's "frankly aghast" at Mayor Bloomberg's comments concerning a controversial circumcision under review by the city Health Department. Hikind said Bloomberg's comments on metzitzah...

Carney Unable to Identify Capital of Israel (Video)

In today's press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney was unable to identify the capital of Israel: Carney would not say whether President Obama believe it's Tel Aviv or Jerusalem....

PA Thanks IOC for Refusing Munich Victims Memorial

The Palestinian Authority has thanked the International Olympic Committee for refusing to allow a minute's silence at the opening ceremony in London to mark the 40th anniversary of...

Rahm Welcomes Help from Farrakahn, Ignores Anti-Semitic Remarks

Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed the army of men dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to stop...

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