World Jewish News

Ancient text said to solve mystery of why Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in Qumran

Ancient text said to solve mystery of why Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in Qumran

Israeli researchers believe 1,000-year-old document from Cairo Geniza shows site hosted an annual event where Essene sect gathered, bringing religious scriptures they left behind  … Read More ›

Chassidim versus Litvaks: Shmini Atzeres

Chassidim versus Litvaks: Shmini Atzeres

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com One of the general differences between Litvaks (Misnagdim) and Chassidim lies in what they do on the holiday of… Read More ›

‘Progressive influence taught Israel it needs more independence’

‘Progressive influence taught Israel it needs more independence’

Erdan: “Squad” behavior in Iron Dome vote verges on antisemitism.   NEW YORK – The lesson Prime Minister Naftali Bennett learned from the attempt by… Read More ›

ANALYSIS: Neglecting Palestinians at UN, Bennett hopes that those who matter don’t mind

ANALYSIS: Neglecting Palestinians at UN, Bennett hopes that those who matter don’t mind

PM believes Biden, friendly Arab leaders understand peace negotiations are currently not feasible and won’t press him on it, while left-wing of his coalition lacks… Read More ›

16 Absolute Must Knows About Sumchas Torah

16 Absolute Must Knows About Sumchas Torah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com There are at least 16 things that are a must know about Simchas Torah. EARLIEST SOURCE IS ZOHAR AND… Read More ›

Time for Bennett to go to shul in America – analysis

Time for Bennett to go to shul in America – analysis

Some American Jewish groups felt disenfranchised from Israel during Netanyahu’s term due to his haredi parties alliance — Bennett could change that.   For Prime… Read More ›

U.S. delay of Iron Dome funds is a serious wake up call for Israel

U.S. delay of Iron Dome funds is a serious wake up call for Israel

Opinion: Holdup of $1 billion to replenish the defense systems is not only a result of pressure from progressives or deterioration of ties under Netanyahu,… Read More ›

Meet the Jewish mustard maven who founded a museum for his favorite condiment

Meet the Jewish mustard maven who founded a museum for his favorite condiment

Chief Mustard Officer of the Middleton, Wisconsin institution, Barry Levenson says the spicy seed is culturally ubiquitous, and he has 6,090 varieties from 70 countries… Read More ›

Visiting Your Rebbe Over Sukkos

Visiting Your Rebbe Over Sukkos

(By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com) It is a little known fact, but Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l did not just learn under the Alter zt”l… Read More ›

Why, on Sukkos, 12-4 = 27 and not 8.

Why, on Sukkos, 12-4 = 27 and not 8.

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It seems to be a simple enough halachic question. But is it so innocuous? Or is there something more… Read More ›

Israel’s Sukkot blues: Domestic tourism fails to make up for lack of foreign guests

Israel’s Sukkot blues: Domestic tourism fails to make up for lack of foreign guests

Tourism experts say they hope recent decision to allow foreigners to enter Israel with a negative COVID test will finally boost the country’s tourism industry,… Read More ›

A General Overview of Sukkos

A General Overview of Sukkos

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com SUKKOS – A TIME OF ALIYAH L’REGEL One of the aspects of the Yom Tov of Sukkos is the… Read More ›

COVID has sent Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers to the promised land: Florida

COVID has sent Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers to the promised land: Florida

From Miami all the way north to Boca Raton, South Florida’s Orthodox Jewish communities have experienced a major pandemic-driven population boom   HOLLYWOOD, Florida (JTA)… Read More ›

San Diego Chabad Synagogue Shooter Avoids Death Penalty With Plea

San Diego Chabad Synagogue Shooter Avoids Death Penalty With Plea

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 22-year-old former nursing student pleaded guilty to the murder of one person and the attempted murders of 53 others in… Read More ›

Research shows gap in UK teachers knowledge about the Holocaust

Research shows gap in UK teachers knowledge about the Holocaust

A survey on Holocaust education conducted by the UCL Center for Holocaust Education, showed that there was an improvement in basic knowledge between 2009 and… Read More ›

What to Know About Sukkah Decorations

What to Know About Sukkah Decorations

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com There are some fascinating halachos about the Sukkah and its decorations of which some people may be unaware. FORBIDDEN… Read More ›

Here’s how Yom Kippur is the holiest ‘meeting’ of the year

Here’s how Yom Kippur is the holiest ‘meeting’ of the year

In 2021, living a Jewish life means more than ritual observance, it means deciding to stand with Israel, her courageous citizens and Jewish destiny.  … Read More ›

Soul searching on the eve of Yom Kippur

Soul searching on the eve of Yom Kippur

We must all look inside our souls and discard our sins, remove them from our thoughts and accept that with God’s help, we will have… Read More ›

Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur, but forces on high alert

Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur, but forces on high alert

Public transport halts, airwaves go quiet and roads empty out for 25- hour Day of Atonement; 2,000 police deployed in Jerusalem, search for fugitives to… Read More ›

Israel Comes To Halt For Solemn Day Of Yom Kippur

Israel Comes To Halt For Solemn Day Of Yom Kippur

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli life came to a standstill on Wednesday as Jews marked the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and… Read More ›