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From Darkness to Wisdom — Thoughts on Torah Portion Vayeitzei 2020

I can imagine Jacob justifiably bemoaning his fate as he trudges toward Paddam Aram. Jacob was the one, the Bible tells us, who was...

To Avoid the Charge of Anti-Semitism, New York Needs to Make Its COVID Crackdown Standards Clearer

The problem is that the state has not made clear exactly what that means. What benchmark metrics — that is, what numbers — over what geographic area constitutes a cluster subject to the new regulations?

Lili Markowitz, Factor’s Famous Deli Owner, 94

Lili Markowitz, the matriarch of Factor’s Famous Deli, died Sept. 26. She was 94. Her death was announced on the Facebook page of the popular Pico...

Are the Proud Boys Anti-Semitic? Your Primer on the Far-Right Group Trump Told to ‘Stand Back and Stand By’

The Proud Boys, is a far-right, “western chauvinist” fraternal organization that supports Trump and has engaged in street violence.

150-Year-Old Time Capsule Found in a Wall of Oldest Synagogue in British City

Construction workers at the site of a former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Manchester, England, found a time capsule from the 1870s.

Obituaries: Sept. 11, 2020

Florence Baum died Aug. 16 at 101. Survived by sons Barry, Sam. Mount Sinai Martin Berkowtiz died Aug. 19 at 91. Survived by daughter Julia Lynn; son Cliff...

UAE-Israel Pact: Sacrificing Substance for Ceremony?

The Israel-UAE agreement is merely a prop in the choreography for a much bigger drama.

Garcetti Says Water, Power Will Be Turned Off From Places Holding Large Gatherings

A shooting had occurred during the party, resulting in one dead.

The Lobster Effect: Don’t Pull Each ‘Other’ Down

This is why, in my heart, I want to support every other “other,” because I know what it is to be one.

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins – Thoughts on the Shabbat Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim)

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins Thoughts on the Sabbath Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim) Well-being is within your reach. We’ve all had...

NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage Laying off 40% of Staff Due to Financial Crisis Caused by Coronavirus

(JTA) — The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York is laying off about 40 percent of its staff in order to weather the...

Netanyahu Fumes Over Coronavirus Cabinet Meeting Leaks

The prime minister called for an investigation into the leak.

The Greater Part of Valor – Thoughts on Torah Portion Shelach Lekha

The Greater Part of Valor Thoughts on Torah Portion Shelach Lekha 2020 (adapted from 2019) All Ohr HaTorah regulars know about my little bit of a...

Chaos, Moping and Mopping – Comments on Torah Portion Beha’alotekha

Chaos, Moping and Mopping 2020 (adapted from 2019) B’ha’alotekha The brilliance of the Torah as “Literary Philosophic-Psychology” is evident in this week’s Torah portion, “Be’ha’aloteka.” We...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Rabbis Siegel, Shapiro, Gardner, Cooper, Borovitz, Feigelson on Parshat Naso

This Week's Torah Portion- Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)- begins with the completion of the head count of the people of Israel. God then gives Moses...

Iran Law to Ban the Use of Israeli Technology

Iran has lowered the boom on Israeli high-tech. A bill passed last week on “confronting the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and...

Republican Jewish Coalition Will Support Primary Challenger to Rep. Steve King of Iowa

(JTA) — The political action committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition is supporting a primary challenger to Rep. Steve King of Iowa, whose record...

Jewish Women’s Network Regroups Online to Boost Their Outlooks and Businesses

When Helena Baker launched the Jewish Women’s Global Network last October, she had no idea how her networking-based program would transform in the wake...

Fauci to Orthodox Jews: Pray For Me

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who directs infectious disease research for the federal government, advised Orthodox Jews to phase in communal prayer as local governments lift...

Thoughts on Torah Portions Acharei Mot – Kedoshim – “Be Holy”

    Thoughts on Torah Portion Acharei Mot – Kedoshim – “Be Holy” “Be holy,” begins one the combined Torah Portions for today. “All right,” I might...

Holocaust Remembrance Week Sees Storm of Online Posts Tying Jews to COVID-19

During the week of April 16-23 that marked both Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 20-21) and Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, a number of anti-Semitic online vitriol...

Fear and The Remedy – Thoughts on Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

Fear and the Remedy Thoughts on Torah portion Tazria-Metzora Rabbi Mordecai Finley - Ohr HaTorah Synagogue - Mar Vista This week’s Torah portion is about mass fear,...

Can The UK Labour Party Win Back Jews While Working With Corbyn Allies?

To many British Jews, the election of Keir Starmer as leader of the Labour Party this month has been greeted Las an end to...

Accused Monsey Stabber Not Mentally Fit to Stand Trial, Federal Judge Rules

The suspect in a stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, that left an elderly man dead has been deemed not...

Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem Neighborhoods Put Under Lockdown

Several Jerusalem neighborhoods went into full lockdown on Sunday afternoon following a late-night Security Cabinet meeting. The lockdown primarily focuses on ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods with...

Debra Messing, Chrissy Metz and Emmy Rossum Hold Social Justice Seder

Jewish celebrities are teaming up to hold an online "social justice Seder" this Thursday night. The Passover celebration, called "This Year Together – A Digital...

Two Los Angeles Synagogues Team Up To Create COVID-19 Buddy System for Elderly

It is a frightening time to be an older adult because people older than 60 represent 45% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, 53% of intensive care unit admissions and 80% of deaths.

Pakistan Court Overturns Murder Conviction of Daniel Pearl’s Kidnapper, Will Free in Days

(JTA) — A court in Pakistan has overturned the murder conviction and death sentence of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl’s killer, who is expected to...

Israelis and Palestinians Cooperating to Fight Virus in Arab-Controlled Areas

Israeli and Palestinian Authority medical teams have been working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Arab-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, according to...

Netanyahu’s Criminal Trial Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criminal trial will be postponed until May due to emergency measures taken to combat the coronavirus. The trial was originally scheduled...

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