HAFTR set to cheer 40th birthday

Alana Newhouse, a 1993 graduate of Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School, is now the editor of Tablet, the online American Jewish magazine founded in 2009. She vividly remembers …

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Jewish brothers survive slaughter, reconsider what they mean to each other

Sam and Matthew Zeif are both students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Matthew’s a freshman, Sam’s a senior. The Jewish brothers were in different rooms …

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‘Our kids should be safe,’ father says at funeral

More than 1,000 mourners gathered at a Parkland, Florida synagogue for the funeral of Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 students and staff killed in Wednesday’s school shooting. “You …


Friedman warns evictions could spark a civil war

Evicting hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers from Judea and Samaria “could lead to civil war in Israel,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told American Jewish leaders. His …


Comedian Sara Silverman in tweet storm over a jailed terrorist

Comedian Sarah Silverman started a heated conversation on Twitter about the Palestinian teen being held in an Israeli jail for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers. …


Blood orange, saffron and semolina cake recipe

Upside down cakes are one of my favorite types of cakes to make, mostly because they are an easy way to impress. …

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Time for make your mishlach manot

Translated, mishloach manot means “sending of portions.” So, on Purim, we send delicious foods to our friends and family. We have a long, ingrained and biblical tradition of providing …


Combining Torah and art at HAFTR

Rabbi and pop artist Yitzchok Moully delivered this message to HAFTR fourth grade artists, “Follow what speaks to your soul in order to make Hashem’s complete world more complete.” …


French blind to anti-Semitic reality

Flush from his victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French elections last July, President Emmanuel Macron decided to address head on the horrific murder of a Jewish pensioner in …


Some Balkan Muslims inspired by false messiah

ULCINJ, Montenegro — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had worked. A man in his …


Brotherly love: Ben Brafman honors Rav Aaron at yeshiva gala in Far Rockaway

Ben Brafman, the tough-as-nails criminal defense attorney, addressed a public love letter to his brother, Rabbi Aaron Brafman zt”l, during a tribute dinner at the Yeshiva of Far …


Shulamith Adar fun

At the Shulamith School for Girls in Cedarhurst, Adar began with a Middle Division trip to Sky Zone in Deer Park followed by a surprise appearance on Thursday by Benny Friedman who led students and …

Here’s a Passover menu low on calories and carbs

I’m a big fan of healthy whole grains, but they can easily become heavy. Instead of packing my Passover meals with heavy dishes, I’m offering a lighter, lower calorie and lower …

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Marveling at the determination of Olympians

By the time you read this, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be coming to an end. Each time the Olympics come around, I marvel at all of the time and determination …

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Poland, from Jewish oasis to anti-Semitic nation

Appearing at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was questioned by an Israeli journalist who told of his mother’s narrow escape from the …


Must Israel once again do America’s dirty work?

Whenever Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu uses props for his speeches, his critics pounce. That’s why some of his usual detractors, both at home and abroad, could barely contain their contempt …


Young Israeli scientists showcase talents in US

When Elena Meirzadeh immigrated to Israel from Iran with her family at the age of 12, her priorities were perfecting her Hebrew and acclimating to life in a new country. Despite the language …

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Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Klaperman zt"l, 96

Rabbi Dr. Gilbert Klaperman zt”l, an early builder of the Five Towns Jewish community, was niftar on Tuesday. Services were set for 10 am on Wednesday morning at his shul, Congregation Beth …

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Full text of new OU statement on halachically valid roles for women in synagogue leadership

NEWS: The Orthodox Union, after a year of discussions with various stakeholders and in the face of some opposition, has established parameters for a three-year period during which the umbrella body …

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What does it mean to be Modern Orthodox?

While the vast majority of Modern Orthodox Jews believe in G-d, send their kids to Jewish day schools, and make incomes well above the national average, they are less than unanimous in their views on whether women should be rabbis or synagogue presidents,