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 …

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Chabad women power: 3,000 emissaries unite

For the more than 3,000 women who filled each table—every inch of the ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel—it came as no surprise that such significant news would be announced …


Trump, in wide-ranging Israel Hayom interview, says Palestinians are not looking to make peace

In an interview with Israel Hayom Editor-in-Chief Boaz Bismuth, President Trump said: “I have achieved more than promised” …


Different kind of hamantaschen: Guava and cheese

Guava, or guayaba in Spanish, is native to tropical areas such as Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Because of its proximity and availability, the fruit is a part of many …

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Israel, Iran, Syria trade blows. Does it mean war?

Israel and Iran have been clashing for years. But on Saturday, their war of words briefly became an actual fight. In short succession, Iran sent a drone into Israel, Israel shot it down and took …

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Red Shul honors its rov and rebbetzin

Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi of Cedarhurst honored Harav Yaakov and Rebbetzin Feitman at its sixteenth annual dinner on Feb. 8. The shul noted the rov’s “chai” anniversary with the …


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 …

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‘Shomer’ Schumer rips Trump’s Orthodox allies

WASHINGTON — An otherwise congenial meeting between officials of Jewish organizations and Democratic senators apparently turned testy when New York Senator Charles Schumer …

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Shapiro and Oren: Israel needs to win back Dems

Following a recent Pew Research Center poll that revealed only 27 percent of Democrats sympathize with Israel more than with the Palestinians, while 79 percent of Republicans side with Israel, …


Muffins: Everything you always wanted to know

Muffin. The word may elicit visions of a huge chocolate chip filled sweet confection, or a flat disc-shaped yeast-risen dough that must be toasted before eating. Both have interesting …

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Israel versus Iran, Hezbollah and Syria

It started just before dawn Jerusalem time on Saturday when the Israel Defense Forces detected an Iranian drone coming from Syrian territory and allowed it to enter Israeli airspace for approximately …

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At 99, LIer is oldest former congressman

Long Island’s Lester Wolff, who turned 99 in January, served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But …

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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,