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Torah has good advice for picking judges

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO — In this week’s parasha, Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro, learns about the miraculous Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Moses’ wife and children had been staying with him in Midian and Yitro brings them to reunite with Moses in the wilderness. While visiting, Yitro notices all of the Israelites coming […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Yitro

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — After the Jews, had settled peacefully into their wilderness encampment, Yitro, Moshe’s father in law, brought Zipporah, Moshe’s wife and two sons from Midyan, to be reunited with their husband and father. Moshe and all the leaders hosted Yitro to a joyous celebratory meal in which they praised […]

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Court upholds airport’s punishment of Orthodox employee who observed Passover; appeal is expected

(c) Edwin Black WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit surprisingly rejected the appeal of Susan Abeles, a Washington D.C. Orthodox Jew, who was punished by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) because she took off work for the last two days of Passover 2013, as she […]

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Anti-Semite vandalizes Chicago Loop Synagogue

Chicago Police are investigating an attack on the Chicago Loop Synagogue. The synagogue’s surveillance cameras show a dark-clothed man wearing a mask exit a dark vehicle, plaster swastika stickers on the synagogue’s front door, smash the synagogue’s front windows with a metal object, then run back to his car. Construction workers working nearby noticed the […]

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Viral rabbi captures hearts of online ‘congregation’ via social media

All that Meir Kay wants from his audience is a smile. But the millions of YouTube hits don’t hurt, too By Lisa Klug NEW YORK — While Americans are still digesting the presidential inauguration, the new administration, and the Women’s Marches across the country, one of their brethren is putting his focus elsewhere. With a […]

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Current Lord Balfour proud of great- grandpa’s declaration favoring national homeland for the Jews

WINDSOR, England (Press Release) – A century after the U.K. declared its support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Israel, the current Lord Balfour expressed pride in his great-grandfather’s “humanitarian act,” as Jewish leaders from around the world and some 700 Russian-speaking Jews from 18 European countries gathered in […]

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Hundreds fete retiring Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Congregants, rabbis, representatives of Jewish agencies and organizations, staff, family, and friends feted Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal on Saturday evening, Feb. 4, to mark his retirement after 29 years service to Tifereth Israel Synagogue and the community. A catered dinner for several hundred in the Conservative congregation’s social hall […]

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Stranger whom we welcome should be friendly

By Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort  CARLSBAD, California — We are in the midst of the story of the Exodus of our people, the Jewish people, from Egyptian servitude. This part of our collective history is rich in lessons that apply to our lives today. Many people mistakenly believe that the Torah is filled with ancient wisdom […]

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S.D. Jews rally for refugees, immigrants

  By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California – Four rabbis, three heads of Jewish organizations, and two elected officials urged opposition to President Trump’s seven-nation travel ban at a standing room only rally of more than 500 Jewish community members and friends at Congregation Beth El on Thursday night. Speakers included State Assemblyman Todd […]

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ZOA: Torah justifies Trump’s seven- country travel ban

By Morton A. Klein and Elizabeth Berney, Esq. NEW YORK — The left’s confusion about what constitutes “morality” compels us to explain why President Trump’s executive order titled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” is a moral act, and why the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has been speaking out […]

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City Council declares Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The City Council has declared January 31, 2017 as “Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day in San Diego.” A resolution prepared by Councilman Scott Sherman — in whose district Tifereth Israel Synagogue is situated — commended the Conservative rabbi for 29 years of service as the congregation’s spiritual leader. It noted that the […]

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Israeli Consul General: U.S. Embassy should be moved

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Neither the United States nor Israel should be intimidated by Palestinian predictions of violence if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on his pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Sam Gundwerg, Israel’s consul general in Los Angeles, said Monday during a San Diego […]

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It’s a strange time to be a Jew

Eliezer Lawrence “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” Thus said Hillel the Elder in Ethics of our Fathers 1:14, and his words could not be more resonant. As my friends and I drove home from the […]

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Students plant olive tree for Tu B’Shevat

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