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Orthodox Jewish Youth Pray for Syria

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A group of youth involved in the religious-Zionist Bnei Akiva program have started organized prayers on behalf of Syrian civilians who are at risk due to the ongoing civil war in their country. The prayer initiative, which began in Petach Tikva, has now spread to Jewish communities around the world. Bnei Akiva volunteers who are […]

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Rationalist Judaism Makes No Sense

Rationalist Judaism Makes No Sense

I’ve decided that I’m not a fan of rationalist Judaism, most because as much as you try to prove and debate the “facts” supporting a Judaic way of life, it still makes no sense. I’m not really sure how one can prove the Torah was written by God and I’m not really sure why it […]

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But Why Do They Have to be Rabbis?

But Why Do They Have to be Rabbis?

In the wake of the Yeshivat Maharat graduation on June 16, many of my right-wing friends have approached me, The Feminist, about Orthodox women entering the rabbinate. “But why do they have to be rabbis?” is one of their frequently asked questions. “Why can’t they just be rebbetzins, or do something else with their lives? I just don’t understand […]

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Ministry Rejects Recognized Conversion

Ministry Rejects Recognized Conversion

The High Court of Justice was presented Sunday with an unprecedented case, in which the Interior Ministry refused to grant a new immigrant status to a man recognized as a proselyte by conviction both by the Rabbinate in Israel and by rabbinical authorities abroad. The Ministry says it is “unconvinced by the sincerity of the conversion,” although […]

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Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, An Educator Who Survived the Gulag

Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, An Educator Who Survived the Gulag

Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, as well as an activist for Jewish education under Communist rule and when he arrived to live in Israel, passed away on June 18 at age 84. He was the director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Bnei Brak, Israel. He was born into a Chassidic family in Kishinev, Moldova, […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 81 – June 19, 2013

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 81 - June 19, 2013

Five years ago, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson joined forces and Chayolei Tzivos Hashem, a thoughtfully designed educational and motivational system geared specifically for Lubavitcher children. Chayolei Tzivos Hashem has become a household word for its 4,832 members spanning 232 cities in 29 countries. Building on that success, Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and Tzivos Hashem have […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 72 – March 21, 2013

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 72 - March 21, 2013

Pope Francis reaches out to Rome’s Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to continue to strengthen the increasingly close ties between Catholics and Jews. Just hours after he was elected the first Latin American pope in history, Francis sent a letter to Rome’s chief Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, saying he hoped […]

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What are the Most Offensive Things in Orthodox Judaism

What are the Most Offensive Things in Orthodox Judaism

Like any skeptical guy I like to troll all of the off the derech sites to justify missing z’manim and not full submitting my emunah to Judaism. I also like to focus on the negative parts of frum Judaism to justify doing things that are against frumkeit, like buying lotto tickets instead of getting into […]

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There’s No Such Thing as Mainstream Judaism

There’s No Such Thing as Mainstream Judaism

The summer before I left for Israel to study in Mayanot (a baal teshuva yeshiva in Jerusalem) for the first time, I had gone to a Shabbos lunch at a rabbi’s home in St. Louis, where my parents live. At first, the lunch went well, and I was enjoying myself. Everyone was very friendly. But […]

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DNAinfo.com Exposes Worst Scandal of the Brooklyn Yeshivas – Lack of Education for Boys

DNAinfo.com Exposes Worst Scandal of the Brooklyn Yeshivas - Lack of Education for Boys

They tell us who they are, “DNAinfo.com is New York’s leading hyper-local news source, covering New York City’s neighborhoods. We deliver up-to-the-minute reports on entertainment, education, politics, crime, sports, and dining. Our award-winning journalists find the stories — big or small — that matter most to New Yorkers.” And in a series of reports by Sonja Sharp they […]

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‘Yeshiva Students Can’t be Dragged Out of Studies’

'Yeshiva Students Can't be Dragged Out of Studies'

The haredi United Torah Judaism party garnered a historic seven-seat haul in Tuesday’s election, but may nevertheless find itself outside the coalition in the next government. Speaking on Kol Yisrael Radio, senior UTJ MK Moshe Gafni said that his party had a “clear platform” and that if other coalition parties couldn’t live with its principles, […]

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Hotel Security Guard Arrested for Vandalizing Yeshiva’s Torah

Hotel Security Guard Arrested for Vandalizing Yeshiva's Torah

A hotel security guard was arrested in Tennessee for vandalizing a Torah scroll and other property belonging to the Margolin Hebrew Academy of Memphis. Justin Shawn Baker, 24, an armed guard working for the Maxxguard security firm, was charged with vandalism between $60 and $250,000, which is a Class B felony, after police found  that […]

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Yesh Atid No. 2: Haredim Can’t Support Themselves

Yesh Atid No. 2: Haredim Can’t Support Themselves

Speaking at hi-tech conference for the haredi sector, Rabbi Shai Piron, the No. 2 candidate on Yesh Atid’s electoral list, said that ultra-Orthodox leaders have created an entire generation of people within its community who are unable to support themselves. The symposium, billed as the “first-ever conference” on hi-tech entrepreneurship, innovation and employment in the […]

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Lithuanian Rabbis Reject Civil Service

Lithuanian Rabbis Reject Civil Service

Senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis are calling on their followers not to cooperate with the new plan to draft 1,300 yeshiva students into civil service, while slamming the government for offering advanced programs aimed at tempting them to abandon their Torah studies. Under the title, “To make them forget your Torah” (from the Hanukkah prayer), haredi Lithuanian […]

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The Impurity of Sin

The Impurity of Sin

In my experience, we tend to express and think of sin in terms of personal failure.  Sin is an example of not reaching our potential, not creating the relationship with God we might have, making poor choices.  All true, and those locutions are helpful in stimulating us to repent and change, to improve and grow. […]

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Leading Israeli Rabbi Tells Americans in Israel to Vote Romney

Leading Israeli Rabbi Tells Americans in Israel to Vote Romney

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, rabbi of the town of Har Bracha in the Shomron (Samaria) and the Dean of the Har Bracha Yeshiva, a prolific writer on halakhah whose seminal books on Jewish law are part of school curriculae, called on American olim and visitors with the right to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections to cast their votes […]

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Haredi Paper Blasted over Peres Interview

Haredi Paper Blasted over Peres Interview

Ultra-Orthodox weekly Bakehila has been criticized harshly by rival newspaper Yated Ne’eman for “giving voice to heresy” in an interview with President Shimon Peres. Haredi Lithuanian newspaper Yated Ne’eman launched an all-out-war recently against every single media outlet in the sector which does not share its opinions, claiming that free press spoil haredi youth and […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 44 – August 22, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 44 - August 22, 2012

The European Union released an updated list of Israeli communities behind the Green Line. Areas viewed in the West Bank and areas that do not enjoy duty free status for their goods being imported into EU countries. Amazingly, the updated list, which is based on community zip codes, includes 71724, 71728 and 71799, communities that […]

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If Judaism Makes No Sense to You, Why Don’t You Go Off the Derech?

If Judaism Makes No Sense to You, Why Don’t You Go Off the Derech?

It seems that I rubbed some people the wrong way when I stated in a post last week that Judaism made no sense to me. It also seems that some folks mistook that for meaning that I am not a kosher witness or good enough to handle kosher food. I guess that anyone who feels […]

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Mystical City’s Newest Yeshiva Adds Creative Touch

Mystical City’s Newest Yeshiva Adds Creative Touch

Every Friday, Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva students across the globe head out of their study halls and take to the streets for pre-Sabbath interactions with locals: On the lookout for Jewish passersby, tourists and shopkeepers, they help men don the prayer boxes known as tefillin, hand out Sabbath candles to women, and answer questions about Judaism to […]

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Ultra-Orthodox Host Mega-Rally in U.S. for a More Kosher Internet

Ultra-Orthodox Host Mega-Rally in U.S. for a More Kosher Internet

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox men attended a mega-rally in New York on Sunday to discuss the dangers posed by the Internet. The event took place at the Citi Field Stadium in Queens, New York, home of the Mets. Almost all the attendants wore black hats, one speaker compared the threat of the Internet to […]

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Ex-Hasidic Rapper Comes Out of Closet, Receives Support of Orthodox Fans

Ex-Hasidic Rapper Comes Out of Closet, Receives Support of Orthodox Fans

Yitz Jordan, the African American “ex-Hasidic” Jewish rapper known as Y-Love, said he is overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans, especially those in the Orthodox community, since outing himself as a gay man earlier this week. “I fully expected to lose most of my Orthodox fan base,” he wrote in an e-mail […]

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Rivlin Meets Leading Haredi Rabbi on Tal Law

Rivlin meets leading haredi rabbi on Tal Law

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin met on Thursday afternoon with leading ultra-Orthodox figure Rabbi Aharon Leib Schteinman to discuss a possible compromise for the replacement of the Tal Law regulating haredi enlistment in the army. The Tal Law, which provided the legal framework for haredi men to indefinitely defer military service, was ruled illegal by the […]

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Orthopraxy is Way Better than Going off the Derech

Orthopraxy is Way Better than Going off the Derech

Too many people rag on Orthopraxy, the situation in which you look and act like a normal orthodox Jew, yet aren’t a believer, but I think it’s a way better option than going off the derech. You see, when you’re orthorpax, you get all the perks of orthodox Judaism without any of the disadvantages of […]

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Fighting to Protect your Country is Against the Torah!

Fighting to Protect your Country is Against the Torah!

Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach has come out strongly against the decision of Israel’s supreme court to strike down the Tal law (which allowed Yeshiva students to avoid army duty.) He declared that the decision was a “terrible gzeira that strikes a blow at the heart of Judaism… a gzeira that uproots religion.” Yes, it goes against every bit of Judaism. After all, […]

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Is Transgender Kosher?

Is transgender kosher?

Joy Ladin was once Jay Ladin. Leora Tanenbaum reviews her new book at Huffington Post: On the face of it, “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders” (just out from University of Wisconsin Press) is the story of how Jay Ladin, the author and an English professor at Yeshiva University in New […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 17 February 15, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 17 February 15, 2012

A few days ago, a photo of a loaf of bread purchased at the Empire Kosher supermarket, with what appeared to be a second price label raising the cost of the loaf by 50 cents. The bakery department operator Yoily Glick tells us it was just a simple mistake: the sticker for a different and […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 16 February 08, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 16 February 08, 2012

A cache of ancient Jewish scrolls from northern Afghanistan has recently come to light is creating a storm among scholars who say the landmark find could reveal an undiscovered side of medieval Jewry. The 150 or more documents, date back from the 11th century, were found in Afghanistan’s Samangan province and most likely smuggled out […]

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What Is It Like Being a Jew in Berlin?

What Is It Like Being a Jew in Berlin?

Berlin Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski, visiting Israel for the annual Herzliya Conference, tells Arutz Sheva that assimilation and the Holocaust are the major issues he deals with in day-to-day life. “The perspective of life” of a Jew defines how he lives as a Jew, says Rabbi Rozwaski, head of the Berlin Yeshiva Academy and rabbi of […]

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Israel treasury suspends yeshiva inspections over ultra-Orthodox protests

Israel treasury suspends yeshiva inspections over ultra-Orthodox protests

The Finance Ministry suspended all inspection of state-funded yeshivas five months ago at the instruction of its auditor general. The inspection was halted following vehement protests by ultra-Orthodox ministers and Knesset members over an incident in which inspectors interrupted a lesson in a yeshiva in June, and has not been resumed since. The Finance Ministry […]

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