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For ultra-Orthodox, education as important as oxygen

For ultra-Orthodox, education as important as oxygen

Opinion: While Haredi sector’s decision to reopen schools in violation of the law deserves condemnation, some parents believed that not sending their children back to… Read More ›

When Christian is Jewish: Living a Jewish life with a non-Jewish name

When Christian is Jewish: Living a Jewish life with a non-Jewish name

What’s in a name? Bearers of stereotypically ‘non-Jewish’ monikers say they must challenge people’s assumptions on a daily basis and can face questioning when entering… Read More ›

75% of US Jews voting for Biden in US presidential election

75% of US Jews voting for Biden in US presidential election

AJC poll shows just 22 percent of US Jews intend to vote to re-elect President Donald Trump   Fully three quarters of US Jews intend… Read More ›

Israel has put all its eggs in Trump’s basket

Israel has put all its eggs in Trump’s basket

Opinion: After Jerusalem’s long insistence on supporting the Republican party and its followers at all costs, a Biden victory will force it to go cap… Read More ›

Erekat’s Hadassah care must be top priority for Israel – comment

Erekat’s Hadassah care must be top priority for Israel – comment

Treating chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in a Jerusalem hospital should serve as a reminder of what it means to be a Jewish state.  … Read More ›

Opinion: Judge Amy Barrett Helped Me Protect Public Menorahs. I Know She’ll Help Defend Religious Liberty For All

Opinion: Judge Amy Barrett Helped Me Protect Public Menorahs. I Know She’ll Help Defend Religious Liberty For All

  WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Trump seeks to replace Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a devout Catholic from Indiana. Some might worry… Read More ›

New York said to halt planned Orthodox Jewish wedding with up to 10,000 guests

New York said to halt planned Orthodox Jewish wedding with up to 10,000 guests

Amid COVID-19 restrictions and unrest in Orthodox neighborhoods, Governor Cuomo says: ‘You can get married. You just can’t get a thousand people at your wedding’… Read More ›

‘Renegade’ Haredi communities need to be brought to heel, rabbi says

‘Renegade’ Haredi communities need to be brought to heel, rabbi says

Rabbi Uri Regev, who leads Israel-based NPO promoting religious freedom and equality across denominational lines, calls for stricter law enforcement after head of Belz Hasidic… Read More ›

Probe ordered after violent clash as police break up wedding over lockdown rules

Probe ordered after violent clash as police break up wedding over lockdown rules

Outcry as police filmed leading bloody, dazed brother of the bride out of Givat Ze’ev event amid screams and cries of family and guests; police… Read More ›

Overlooked by Nazis, an untouched Jewish village in Poland remeets ‘real’ world

Overlooked by Nazis, an untouched Jewish village in Poland remeets ‘real’ world

A must-read novel for fall, ‘The Lost Shtetl’ by first-time fiction writer Max Gross offers fable inspired by the great Yiddish writers that comforts and… Read More ›

Opinion: Covid-19 Hit My Orthodox Israeli Town Early And Hard. Coming Together Helped Us Stop The Spread.

Opinion: Covid-19 Hit My Orthodox Israeli Town Early And Hard. Coming Together Helped Us Stop The Spread.

  KIRYAT YEARIM, ISRAEL (JTA/CAROL UNGAR) — Lately, the media has been flooded with stories of Orthodox Jews who are derelict in following pandemic protocols.… Read More ›

Israel can be Jewish and democratic

Israel can be Jewish and democratic

Opinion: We must not let the distorted interpretation of the Jewish faith and nationalism by anti-liberal elements disconnect us from the values of liberal Zionism,… Read More ›

German leaders voice shame as tribute defaced a year after anti-Semitic attack

German leaders voice shame as tribute defaced a year after anti-Semitic attack

‘Everyone must stand up when the human dignity of others is violated,’ German president says in Halle, during commemoration to mark a year since deadly… Read More ›

Bnei Brak rabbis call to celebrate Simchat Torah at synagogues depsite virus rules

Bnei Brak rabbis call to celebrate Simchat Torah at synagogues depsite virus rules

City’s top spiritual leaders say outdoor prayers are preferable but allow parishioners to gather in synagogue courts as well as within the buildings themselves; PM… Read More ›

Officials fear violence on US Election Day. Some worry it could target Jews

Officials fear violence on US Election Day. Some worry it could target Jews

Security experts say white supremacists prepared to take up arms in support of Trump’s re-election, and could threaten Jewish institutions, including synagogues   JTA —… Read More ›

House Calls Bring Jewish Tradition Of Sukkot To The Isolated

House Calls Bring Jewish Tradition Of Sukkot To The Isolated

  NEW YORK (AP) — Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish fall holiday commemorating God’s miraculous protection of the Jewish people in the desert, looks different this… Read More ›

Nation’s COVID Czar: Jewish Community Must Understand Its COVID Response Affects Others

Nation’s COVID Czar: Jewish Community Must Understand Its COVID Response Affects Others

WASHINGTON (VINnews/Sandy Eller)- The nation’s coronavirus czar expressed her support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newest round of restrictions that have sparked waves of outrage in… Read More ›

Ministers approve 1-week extension for restrictions on protests, prayers

Ministers approve 1-week extension for restrictions on protests, prayers

Law limiting demonstrators to 1 kilometer from home extended to October 13; march held in Tel Aviv in violation of police orders; ultra-Orthodox scuffle with… Read More ›

A mortality tale

A mortality tale

Opinion: Upon becoming infected with COVID, both the U.S. president and an Israeli rabbinical leader did a huge service to their communities, becoming living proof… Read More ›

What Does “Laishev BaSukkah” Actually Mean?

What Does “Laishev BaSukkah” Actually Mean?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times The bracha that is recited on the Sukkah is “Blessed are You..who has sanctified us… Read More ›