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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Last week three area establishments announced they would give up their supervision by Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and join a new hashgacha, Mehadrin of...

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The horrific tragedy in a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Shabbos morning that left 11 people dead should cause us, perhaps, to rethink the manner...

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, z’l, was a descendant of Rav Avrohom Weinberg, the first Slonimer Rebbe, one of the leading chassidic rabbis of the 19th century. He...

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By Jake Novak It was a rare and touching moment of humanity in the otherwise inhuman world of news. Fresh from the sudden tragedy of her husband’s death, Facebook Chief...

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By Yochanan Gordon It seems that for anything to get attention in the Jewish community, it needs to be termed a “crisis.” Thankfully, from a literary point of view, the...

Novak: Why Comparing the Migrant Crisis to the Holocaust Is Dangerous for Jews

By Jake Novak Two years after President Donald Trump was elected, you’d think America’s politicians and news media alike would have finally tired of all the comparisons to Nazi Germany. But...
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