Home » Jewish News You are browsing entries filed in “Jewish News”

No Segregation in Mea Shearim

End to exclusion of women on Mea Shearim sidewalks? The Toldot Aharon Hasidic dynasty has pledged not to send ushers to the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood’s streets to impose modesty rules during the holiday of Sukkot, and not to enforce gender segregation as it has done in previous years. In discussions held between senior haredi community members […]

| | Read More »

Community Board Rejects Ohel Bus Stop

Community Board 13 in Cambria Heights, Queens voted down a proposal by Ohel Chabad-Lubavitch for a charter bus stop near Montefire Cemetery. The unanimous vote comes two weeks after residents rejected, also unanimously, the charter bus stop at a public hearing. The final decision rests with the City’s Department of Transportation. From the Queens Chronicle: […]

| | Read More »

Israel Disappointed by Talks Between Argentina and Iran

Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires expressed “disappointment” Friday over talks between Argentina and Iran about a deadly attack nearly two decades ago on a Jewish center in the Argentine capital, AFP reported. The foreign ministers of Argentina and Iran met in New York Thursday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, to discuss the […]

| | Read More »

Argentina, Iran Say to Talk Until 1990s Bombings of Jewish Targets Resolved

Argentina and Iran will keep talking until they resolve diplomatically sensitive issues stemming from two 1990s attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires that were allegedly sponsored by Tehran, both countries said on Thursday. Dialogue with Tehran is risky for Argentina, even if the focus is on Tehran’s possible culpability in a pair of bombings. […]

| | Read More »

Jews from Arab Lands Skeptical over Refugee Status

A few days ago, the UN heard Israel make a case that had never been before the world body. Just as several hundred thousand Palestinians are recognized as refugees who were displaced in the course of Israel’s creation, Israeli officials say, so should the UN recognize the approximately 850,000 Jews from Arab countries who came […]

| | Read More »

Holy Books Buried after Surviving Shoah

A unique Jewish burial was held Sunday for pages of Torah scrolls and the remains of other holy books that survived the Holocaust almost 70 years ago. The ancient scrolls were kept in the Holy Ark of a synagogue in east Romania, which was bombed and completely destroyed by the Nazis. In their last hours, […]

| | Read More »

New Proposed German Law Okays Ritual Circumcision

A new proposed German law is set to approve ritual circumcision (known as brit mila or bris milain Judaism) hopefully ending the debate – and the threat – to the ancient custom practiced by Jews and Muslims. German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger presented the proposal to the state governments and associations throughout the country on Tuesday, […]

| | Read More »

The Triumph of Chabad

It was another year’s chagim spent abroad, away from Israel where Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur (and Simcha Torah and Shemini Atzeret and Succot…) are a matter of course; where in a spiritual analog of the Soviet agents who once visited America and pointing in any direction were astonished to be taken to a supermarket […]

| | Read More »

Nurturing an American Etrog Farm

Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to water his etrog farm. The Phoenix native has […]

| | Read More »

Iconic Israeli Newspaper on the Verge of Collapse

Iconic Israeli Newspaper on the Verge of Collapse

Throughout much of Israel’s history, the Maariv daily was known as the “country’s paper,” the newspaper with the highest circulation and a cornerstone of Israeli media. Now it is on its last legs - the victim, some say, of a Jewish-American billionaire who is a close friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Casino mogul Sheldon […]

| | Read More »

Jewish Cemetery South of Prague Vandalized

Czech police say unknown vandals knocked over 26 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery south of Prague. Police spokesman Miroslav Doubek says the tombstones were likely overturned in the last two months. The cemetery, which is no longer used for burials, is located in the woods near the village of Prudice, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) […]

| | Read More »

Goebbels’ Early Letters Show Controlling Behavior

The love letters, school papers and dramatic works of college-age Joseph Goebbels reveal a romantic young man beginning to show signs of anti-Semitism and egotistical and controlling behavior, according to a Connecticut auction house selling the pre-war writings of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief. Alexander Historical Auctions plans to sell the collection on Thursday in Stamford, […]

| | Read More »

Chief Rabbi: Israel Will Win – With or Without US

Israel will be victorious over Iran, with or without the help of the United States, says Chief Rabbi Metzger, who asked Jews to focus on good relations with others. Speaking in a special Erev Yom Kippur with Arutz Sheva, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi pleaded for Jews “to be careful to observe mitzvos relating to others” […]

| | Read More »

Rubashkin Case Not on Supreme Court List ..So Far

An order list released this morning by the Supreme Court detailing which cases would be heard during its upcoming term did not include the Rubashkin case, leaving many wondering what that omission might mean. “Nothing can be determined at this point in time,” Rubashkin’s lawyer, attorney Nathan Lewin told VIN News. “The court practice is […]

| | Read More »

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 49 - September 26, 2012

Dozens of parents whose daughters study in state-religious schools appealed to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar  in hopes to end to the gender discrimination in Oral Law studies. According to the parents, that boys begin studying the Talmud in the fifth grade, while girls must settle for Mishna studies which infringes on the right to equality. […]

| | Read More »

Poll Show Most Jewish Israelis Observe Yom Kippur

Approximately two-thirds of Jewish Israelis will fast this Yom Kippur and over 80 percent will use the day either to pray or for general introspection, a new survey published on Monday revealed. In the poll conducted by the Gesher social cohesion organization in conjunction with Ynet, 64% of respondents said they would refrain from eating […]

| | Read More »

Yom Kippur: 64% fast, 46% Pray

Yom Kippur: 64% fast, 46% Pray

The Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur continues to unite the majority of people in Israel and is mostly marked – despite tempting alternatives – according to tradition, by fasting and praying. A Ynet-Gesher poll reveals that, as in previous years, the majority of the public plans to fast on the Day of Atonement and […]

| | Read More »

Kol Nidre Ushers in Yom Kippur Fast: Reflection and Atonement

Since Rosh Hashannah, Israel’s Egged buses have had the computerized signs above the driver alternating between the vehicles’ destination and the words “Chatima Tova” - “be sealed for a good year”. Israel radio closes its broadcasts preceding the Yom Kippur fast with the same words, said by one announcer to another and to all of Israel. […]

| | Read More »

Yom Kippur Fast Made Easier With the Help of IV Infusions

Fasting on Yom Kippur can be difficult for even the healthiest person. But for the elderly, infirm, pregnant, or those dependent upon medication, getting through the holiest day of the Jewish year without food and water can be a nightmarish ordeal. Ten years ago, Yitzchok Fleischer, the founder and executive director of the Bikur Cholim […]

| | Read More »

Team Israel Hopes World Classic Showing Will Boost Baseball in the Holy Land

Runs were scored in the craziest of ways, and runs slipped away in the most frustrating of ways. The marathon game, in other words, had everything. Just not the one thing most of those at Roger Dean Stadium came to see. Shortstop Yunesky Sanchez drove a two-out single up the middle to score Engel Beltre […]

| | Read More »

Senior Haredi Rabbi to Followers: Burn your iPhones

Apple’s smartphone market share in Israel has suffered another potential blow, following public censure by one of the most senior haredi rabbis in the country. Rabbi Haim Kanievsky, who ranks in some estimations among the five most influential rabbinic authorities, issued a public notice on Sunday saying that anyone who owns the company’s iPhone device […]

| | Read More »

Wellington Jewish Day School to Close

The only Jewish day school in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is closing, the JTA news agency reported. The Moriah School will close at the end of 2012, its board announced. In a letter last week to parents, the board said it had “no option” but to close the school, which has fewer then 20 […]

| | Read More »

Worldwide Weather Forecast for Yom Kippur

The Yom Kippur fast day on Wednesday will be accompanied by relatively comfortable weather in most of the world but much warmer in Israel. Temperatures will rise in Israel on Wednesday, reaching the upper 20s Celsius (mid-80s in Fahrenheit) but reaching a scorching 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) in Be’er Sheva, the largest city in the […]

| | Read More »

Danish Jews Show Solidarity with Brethren in Sweden

Close to 80 Danish Jews traveled to Malmo, Sweden in solidarity with the city’s Jewish community and in protest of anti-Semitic attacks there. The Danes made the 1 hour bus trip from Copenhagen on Sunday. In Malmo they met with local Jewish leaders at the synagogue and attended a Holocaust memorial ceremony, Rabbi Yitzi Lowenthal […]

| | Read More »

Jewish Australian Wins Compensation over Office Anti-Semitism

A Jewish Australian who claimed he was the victim of anti-Semitic abuse while working at a government agency won a compensation claim after a two-year battle. Stephen Strelecky was awarded compensation for his “psychological condition” after a review officer for Comcare, the workers’ compensation insurer for the Australian government, found it “likely” that he was […]

| | Read More »

J’lem Merchants: No Lulav Shortage This Year

Despite the fact that date palm branches, used in ritual ceremonies during the festival of Succot, will not be imported from Egypt this year, merchants in Jerusalem have said that there is no shortage and that prices should remain stable. One of the religious observances of Succot is the use of the Four Species, or […]

| | Read More »

Nevada to Settle Suit Over Kosher Jail Food

Nevada has hired a kashrut consultant and is seeking to settle a class-action lawsuit over food served to Jewish inmates in state prisons. The Las Vegas Sun reports the state Board of Examiners approved a $387,000 contract with nonprofit Scroll K/Vaad Hakashrus to provide rabbinical supervision of food preparation for prisoners. A US District Court […]

| | Read More »

Holocaust Memorial Center Opening at Drancy Transit Camp

Almost 70 years after the first deportations of French Jews to Auschwitz, President Francois Hollande will on Friday inaugurate a new Holocaust memorial centre next to the site of the infamous Drancy transit camp in the suburbs of Paris. Annette Krajcer, one of the dwindling band of survivors of that bleak time, will be there, […]

| | Read More »

Two Wishes Fulfilled

In the days leading up to the Yom Hadin; many of us put in effort to tip the scales of merit. We give extra tzedaka, daven selichos, and put more time and focus in our Avodas Hashem. These days of preparation are a time of introspection, but also a time to look outwards, at the […]

| | Read More »

Israel Lawsuit Pits ‘Kippa Man’ Against Batman

DC Comics and Marvel are suing a Jerusalem vendor for selling Jewish skullcaps, or kippas, adorned with unauthorized images of crime-fighting superheroes Batman and Spiderman, a lawyer representing the comics giants said. Lawyer Chagay Netzer said the “Kippa Man” store was violating the intellectual property rights of both companies. DC Comics and Marvel are each […]

| | Read More »