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Challah bake Oct. 26 will ready Shabbat San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Shabbat San Diego will be celebrating its fourth year of inclusive, uplifting, spiritually inspirational activities beginning October 26 through October 28. While the San Diego Jewish community will participate together, they will be connected to more than two million others globally from 90 countries also celebrating International Unity Shabbat.   Michelle Lyons, […]

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Talmud as seen by a political scientist

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — For something like 15 years, I’ve been studying Talmud Shabbat mornings for an hour or so with a religious (i.e., Orthodox) neighbor. We’ve been friends for more than 40 years, since we were both at the University of Wisconsin. I’ve commented several times, perhaps not to his delight, and to other […]

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A photographic guide to 180 of NY’s most beautiful historic Orthodox synagogues

NEW YORK — To sit on a polished wooden pew in the upstairs sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue is to take a seat alongside history. Built in 1887, the synagogue, which is also a museum, is one of 180 Orthodox houses of worship featured in Michael Weinstein’s new book “ Ten Times Chai: 180 […]

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Novel ideas needed for Simchat Torah

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — Simchat Torah is a relatively new holiday. Nowhere is it mentioned in the Talmud; nor is it mentioned in Maimonides or the Tur Shulchan Aruch. But it is explicitly mentioned in the Zohar,[1] a work that dates back to about 1270—although it is a holiday that […]

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Delayed El Al flight forces passengers to violate Jewish holiday

An El Al flight that took off from Paris landed in Israel minutes before the Shemini Atzeret holiday began, forcing passengers to violate the holiday, Behadrei Haredim reported. Among the passengers was Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. According to the report, the plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport at 18:04, while the sunset in Tel Aviv […]

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Jewish prisoners in Michigan sue for kosher meals

Jewish prisoners in Michigan are seeking class-action status in a federal lawsuit that claims they are being denied kosher meals. The lawsuit filed Monday in US District Court in Flint against the Michigan Department of Corrections claims there are 50 to 100 Jewish prisoners approved to get kosher meals and that requests to receive them […]

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Bennett pushes for more Orthodoxy in public schools

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–If you decide to look up the word that appears often nowadays in the Hebrew press, הדתה (hadata), you’re not likely to find it in standard dictionaries. It’s obviously connected to the word dat (דת), a Persian term which entered the Hebrew language to mean “religion.” The derivative can perhaps be […]

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Over a million Jews worldwide gear up for ‘Shabbat Project’

A kosher Shabbat dinner at a backpacker”s lodge in Dalat, Vietnam a 9,000 women-strong challah-baking event in Buenos Aires a glow-in-the-dark challah event in Costa Rica a binational gathering on the Mexican-US border a dinner for 1,000 Israelis in a shipping hanger in Tel Aviv and a Shabbat kept in full on the slopes of […]

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Haredi billionaire: Open Orthodox members are ‘fake Jews’

One of the haredi world”s most prominent businessmen and a prolific philanthropist, Shlomo Rechnitz, explained his opposition to liberal religious movements, including “Open Orthodoxy”, during a gathering at the Mir Yeshiva during the Sukkot holiday. The term “Open Orthodoxy” was popularized by Rabbi Avi Weiss, founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, to promote “greater inclusivity” in […]

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Thousands of Israel supporters throng Jerusalem for Sukkot march

Tens of thousands of people from Israel and around the world marched in Jerusalem on Tuesday to mark the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The Jerusalem March, which each year is attended by thousands of pro-Israel supporters, passed through the heart of the capital, leading to road closures and snarling traffic. Get The Times of Israel’s […]

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Rabbi warns of danger from the Left

Editor’s Note: The following sermon was delivered during the recent High Holy Days by Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim of Atlanta, Georgia By Rabbi Shalom Lewis The words I am about to share will be riddled with controversy. Some will squirm in their seats and I will squirm here on the bima but […]

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Rabbis welcome US directives on religious liberty

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) today welcomed a series of directives from the Trump Administration to protect religious freedom and the rights of unborn children able to feel pain. Late last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, and the Office of Management and Budget all […]

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Menasce Synagogue on Heritage List

Alexandria’s Menasce Synagogue has been placed on Egypt’s Heritage List, reports Nevine El-Aref Alexandria’s Menasce Synagogue The Menasce Synagogue is located in Mansheya Square in central Alexandria, its simple architectural style and façade being complemented by decorated arcaded widows. This week, more than 100 years after it was built, the synagogue has been added to […]

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to step down from education network he founded

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin will step down from running the network of liberal Orthodox schools and seminaries he founded. The Israeli-American leader will retire in July 2018 as chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, a network of educational institutions that has pushed the limits of traditional Jewish law to be more inclusive of women and converts. Rabbi […]

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