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A Week to Remember in Israel

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What a week.

It’s not lost on us, during this time when we celebrate the hard-won, much-prayed-for 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, that Donald Trump, the president of the world’s most powerful nation, would pray at the Kotel, the iconic symbol of that reunification. He is the first sitting president...

OHEL OXC—What a Day!

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To me, a former professional fundraiser turned publisher, one of the most fascinating developments in the connected worlds of philanthropy, tzedakah and chesed is the significant growth in “extreme” events or “endurance fundraising,” as some like to call it.

While dinners and traditional fundraisers still work, it’s clear that they aren’t enough anymore. Today, instead of asking donors to just write a check, the donors themselves volunteer to undergo some monumental physical challenge such as climbing Mt. Everest, rowing across the Atlantic, skydiving over Russia or more commonly for us in the Jewish fundraising scene, competing in triathlons or weeklong cycling events in a...

Can Jerusalem Be Fired? Marking Lag B’Omer in 2017

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This is the time we remember Rabbi Akiva and his students and the teachings of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar and the fourth most mentioned sage of the Mishnah.

Rabbi Shimon could never forget the terrible sight of his beloved master and teacher, Rabbi Akiva, being tortured to death by the Roman executioners.

According to the Bnei Yissachar, on the day of his death, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said, “Now it is my desire to reveal secrets... The day will not go to its place like any other, for this entire day stands within my domain…” Daylight was miraculously extended until he had completed his final teaching and died. As such, the custom of lighting fires on his...

Making the Holocaust Matter

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For all of those people who looked to criticize President Donald Trump for not mentioning the Jews during International Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this year, we strongly feel this can be put behind us now.

Indeed, President Trump’s words this week at both the World Jewish Congress and the annual Days of Remembrance commemoration in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Yom HaShoah made it abundantly clear that the intent of the Holocaust was the annihilation of the Jews.

Trump said, “The Nazis massacred six million Jews. Two of every three Jews in Europe were murdered in the genocide. Millions more innocent people were imprisoned and...

A Chag Pesach Kasher V’Sameach

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We know there’s a great deal happening in this complicated world.

Approaching Passover, we want to thank you for opening these pages, patronizing our loyal advertisers and seeing your synagogues, schools, sports teams, Jewish leaders, Jewish organizations and, most importantly, yourselves from the front page all the way through The Jewish Link.

We’ve spent the year with you since last Pesach experiencing news and events as wide-ranging as the nation’s presidential election to stories covering acts of chesed from organizations like SINAI Schools, Project Ezrah, Tomchei Shabbos, Renewal, Chai Lifeline and countless others.

Sometimes the news has been difficult, such as the spike in...
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