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New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat By Anav Silverman Tazpit News Agency As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the…

Italian parliament becomes latest European body to back Palestinian state

Italian parliament becomes latest European body to back Palestinian state

The Italian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. (JNS.org) The Italian legislature became the latest European body to back a non-binding resolution supporting the unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood. Italy’s Chamber…

Kosher conundrum: If water doesn’t need certification, why have the symbol?

Kosher conundrum: If water doesn’t need certification, why have the symbol?

Click photo to download. Caption: The Clearly Kosher® bottled water brand. Credit: Clearly Kosher.   By Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org A new brand of bottled water recently hit grocery store shelves, and…

Hippos in Israel? New museum re-animates forgotten biblical wildlife

Hippos in Israel? New museum re-animates forgotten biblical wildlife

Click photo to download. Caption: Rabbi Natan Slifkin unveils a hippo skull at the Feb. 23 opening of the Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Credit:…

Iran Test Fires ‘New Strategic Weapon’ During Naval Drill

Iran Test Fires ‘New Strategic Weapon’ During Naval Drill

Iran test fired a new weapon in the finals day of its naval and air defense drill. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Fox News – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday…

White House Sending Susan Rice and Samantha Power to Address AIPAC Conference

White House Sending Susan Rice and Samantha Power to Address AIPAC Conference

Both National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to speak at the 2015 AIPAC conference on behalf of their respective countries. Photo:…

Sarah Palin Selling ‘I Stand With Bibi’ T-Shirts in Support of Israeli PM’s Congress Speech

Sarah Palin Selling ‘I Stand With Bibi’ T-Shirts in Support of Israeli PM’s Congress Speech

Sarah Palin is selling T-shirts in support of Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Photo: wikipedia.org. Former Alaska Governor and US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is selling$35 T-shirts that…

White House Officials: Netanyahu Most Serious Threat to Iran Deal

White House Officials: Netanyahu Most Serious Threat to Iran Deal

White House officials view PM Netanyahu as the main obstacle to an Iranian nuclear deal. PHOTO: Haim Zach/ GPO/FLASH90 Less than a week before his planned speech to…

Jewish News

Jewish actor Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Jewish actor Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Ariz., gives his Vulcan hand gesture…

Stout Beer and Six Hours

Stout Beer and Six Hours

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is beer – and there is stout beer. Stout beer…

Madonna Speaks Out Against Antisemitism, Says Europe ‘Feels Like Nazi Germany’

Madonna Speaks Out Against Antisemitism, Says Europe ‘Feels Like Nazi Germany’

Madonna likened Europe to Nazi Germany in a recent interview. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The Guardian…

Pew Report on Religious Intolerance Shows Increased Targeting of Jews

Pew Report on Religious Intolerance Shows Increased Targeting of Jews

Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. NPR – This week, a man was sentenced…

Hiring a Rabbi – A Halachic Analysis

Hiring a Rabbi – A Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman For some kehillos it is an easier task than for others.…

UCLA student vying for student government asked if Jewishness is ‘conflict of interest’

UCLA student vying for student government asked if Jewishness is ‘conflict of interest’

The UCLA student government board debated the candidacy of a Jewish student this month and…

Alarming study on U.S. campus anti-Semitism levels is a wakeup call

Alarming study on U.S. campus anti-Semitism levels is a wakeup call

New study recommends university administrators take anti-Jewish activity as seriously as other forms of ethnic/racial…

Descendants of Jewish art dealers sue Germany over Medieval artifacts

Descendants of Jewish art dealers sue Germany over Medieval artifacts

An example of an ornate case from the Welfenschatz collection. It was most likely used…


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Extreme Hostility

By Larry Gordon Are Jewish communities in places like Turkey and Greece in trouble? What about France? What are they doing there, who is protecting them, and should…

From Learning To Working

By Alexandra Fleksher When a man struggles to balance his identity as both a ben Torah and a ba’al ha’bayis, one can expect that his wife will struggle…

Winter’s Clutches

Winter’s Clutches

By Larry Gordon This winter weather just won’t let up. Purim is next week; does that mean we are going to have to look for thermal costumes and…

Hiring A Rabbi

Halachic Musings By Rabbi Yair Hoffman For some kehillos it is an easier task than for others. Hiring a rabbi is often a challenging endeavor, yet one that…

Torah For Life

Torah For Life

Celebrating 7 Years Of Kollel Kol Shira By Yochanan Gordon The last mitzvah stated in the Torah is “And now you shall write for yourselves this shira (song)…

Anticipation Mounts For Dirshu Shabbos Convention, March 13–15

By Chaim Gold “The Dirshu convention is really special. It is purely and solely designed to celebrate limud haTorah achievements. It is exhilarating to be together with so…

New Efforts In Efficiency

By Anessa V. Cohen Talk about monotonous—the recurring dreams I have at night are of breaking the ice on my walkway and driveway day after day, week after…