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Israel to Reinstate Diaspora Independence Day Torch at Behest of France

In a reversal of her prior decision to omit Diaspora Jewry as a represented group for Israel’s upcoming annual Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev...

V’nahafoch Hu: A Purim Initiative

By Helen Wolff, Rina Friedman, Laurie Adler, and Bonnie Polansky Think before you deliver! Let us look around this year, and in the years to come, and think before we...

Poor Shaming Ruined My Childhood Purim

By DANA REGEV  BONN, Germany (JTA) — If one created a People’s Choice Award for holidays in Israel, Purim would surely be a top contender. Religious and secular Jews of all ages...

Hebrew Language, Culture Take Center Stage in March

The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America is launching a month-long festival as part of its mission to promote Hebrew as a common global Jewish language. Called Hagigah...

Environmental Group Wants Israeli Right-Wing Group to Stop Using Same Name

(JTA) — They each have a vision, albeit very different ones. The Jewish environmental group Hazon has issued a cease-and-desist order demanding a new right-wing Israeli organization stop using the...

Women of the Wall Shoved, Spat On at 30th Anniversary Event

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Protests by several thousand haredi Orthodox demonstrators turned into a melee as demonstrators spat on and shoved members of the egalitarian Women of the Wall...

Arieh and Devorah Lea Raichman: Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Jungle

Nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest lies one of most isolated Jewish communities in the world. Located where the Solimões and Negro rivers join to form the Amazon —...

84th Yartzeit of Sara Schenirer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman They were a group of forgotten neshamos. An entire segment of Klal Yisroel that was neglected. No one cared about their chinuch. And, as a consequence...

The Pediatrician and Kashrus

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There are times when babies fail to thrive because of various medical reasons.  When this happens, there will be occasions when a pediatrician or an allergy...

Ohr Torah Stone Emissaries Tackle Diaspora Issues

Ohr Torah Stone’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs brought together 42 of its North, Central, and South American emissaries to address ways to tackle critical issues affecting mainly...

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The Way It Is: Programmed For Pesach

  It’s that time of year again. The season is here when we see the advertisements for Pesach programs. Most of us are still sweeping...

Trump Signs Proclamation Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking on, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the...

Humor: Folding Money

  What would you do if you had $18,000 to burn? We should all have such problems. In case you were wondering, yes, that was me in...

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