Eurovision Competition Shows How Israel Has Failed Religious Jews

By RABBI SHLOMO BRODY JERUSALEM (JTA) — A beloved group of Israeli musicians, the Shalva Band, recently made the tough decision to give up a musical chance of a lifetime rather than...

Rabenko: Measuring Enthusiasm

  There is measured enthusiasm and the measuring of enthusiasm. How does one measure enthusiasm? Is there good and bad enthusiasm? I am usually very enthusiastic, loving what I do for...

Rabenko: Emotion Or Emoji

Today’s powerful image when copied tomorrow may no longer seem as powerful when viewed by one who had seen a precursor yesterday. As the imitation continues, that once powerful...

Weddings And Other Simchas: The More The Merrier

  By Y. Samuels One night last week, I went to three close family members’ weddings. They all took place in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, so at least I did not...

Sarah Dukes Premiers ‘Yesterday Again’ a Song of Love and Loss

By Michele Justic Acclaimed composer Sarah Dukes released her new single, “Yesterday Again” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This marks the first time Dukes composed lyrics to accompany her...

Rabenko: What Tree Do You See?

  Trees? I never paid them much mind when I was young and did not think they were beautiful, functional, or valuable. I was a city boy and whether as...

A Time For Music 32: The Camp HASC Concert

By Yossi Zweig Sunday, January 6, 2019, was a date that will go down in Jewish music history. It was the 32nd annual HASC: A Time for Music concert, and...

Rabenko: Unboxed Perspectives

  I am not angry nor am I frustrated, but I am fascinated by the many decisions people make when it comes to photography and videography. Oftentimes, I joke around,...

Soul And Inspiration: Up Close With Avi Beer

Ezra Schwartz was spending his gap year in Israel, studying at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh and filling his free time by performing acts of kindness. Hailing from Sharon,...

The Jewish War On Music

By Gershon Veroba Music holds a very odd position with the Jewish community. Both feared and worshipped in the more Orthodox and Chassidic circles, Jews often maintain a strange relationship...

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Israelis Leaving Big Cities for Midsize Communities

The Central Bureau of Statistics reports that Israelis are leaving the nation’s three largest cities — Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa — and opting...

Rep. Omar Apologizes to Jewish Groups for Hurt Caused by AIPAC Tweet

(JTA) — In a brief confidential conference call with Jewish organizations, Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for any hurt caused by her tweets suggesting that...

U.S. Palestinian Mission to Merge With Israel Embassy in March

The United States Consulate General in Jerusalem, which serves Palestinians, will be absorbed into the new U.S. Embassy to Israel in March, an American official said...

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