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By Yochanan Gordon The Torah mandates that the Pesach holiday be observed in the spring season as the verse states: “Shamor es chodesh ha’aviv ki bo yatzasa mi’Mitzrayim.” Pesach has...

Tidbits From Israel: The Implications Of Netanyahu’s Reelection

By Ron Jager Benjamin Netanyahu has been declared the winner of an unprecedented fifth term as Israel’s prime minister. The combined political force of three former IDF army chiefs, pending...

Shafran: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Ilhan Omar or Rashida Talib

By RABBI AVI SHAFRAN (JTA) – There are few issues about which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Democratic congresswoman from New York, and I would likely agree. She is regularly and rightly characterized...

Kulak: What Will Make Terrorists Tremble?

The following true story is dedicated to the neshama of Orit Ansbacher HY"D, who was killed at the age of 19. Several years ago I was working in an office...

Resurgence of the National Council of Young Israel

By Joseph Frager, MD The National Council of Young Israel is now 107 years young. No organization in America has transformed American Jewish life more than the National Council of...

Trump’s Tough Love Is Exactly What Israelis, Palestinians Need

By DAVID BROG WASHINGTON (JTA) – On March 4, the United States closed its consulate in Jerusalem and merged it with the new U.S. Embassy. This consulate long served as a de...

Novak: AIPAC Needs to Amplify Its Message

I had a great aunt who was famous in our family for two things: Meticulousness about her youthful appearance and saving every penny. This presented her with a big dilemma...

Rabbi Meir Kahane and Israel’s Far Right, Explained

BY EMILY BURACK (JTA) — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered a partnership between the extreme right-wing party Jewish Power, or Otzma Yehudit, and the more moderate right-wing Jewish Home, the...

Yochanan Gordon: Paying for the Million Dollar Masmid

  By Yochanan Gordon A “Headlines” episode hosted by businessman and author David Lichtenstein recently raised some eyebrows. The show’s title was “Marrying for Money in Halachah and Hashkafah” and it...

Two Historians Help Explain Why People Misunderstand Zionism

By ARIEL SOBEL LOS ANGELES (JTA) – I was born in 1995, which means a lot of things. The Twin Towers toppled when I was only in kindergarten. I’m a digital...
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Who’s Funding Illegal Palestinian Settlements In Area C?

By Edwin Black Part 1 “Area C,” also known as Judea and Samaria, is making news these days. This time, the hot-button issue is illegal Palestinian...

Soft Landing In Israel Through Disability Care, Inclusion

By Noam Mirvis For most, moving to Israel is the realization of a dream. After years of hoping and planning, making aliyah and taking root...

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BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — President Donald Trump had harsh words for Jews who support the Democratic Party. “I think any Jewish people that vote for...

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