Thursday, July 09, 2020


Israel’s Farmers Need Help to Complete ‘Eighth Year’ of Shmitah Cycle

Many people assume that Shmitah, the Torah-mandated sabbatical year during which planting, harvesting and other agricultural activities are prohibited in the Land of Israel, is a 12 month endeavor, beginning with Rosh Hashanah of the seventh year and concluding with Rosh Hashanah of the eighth

Jews of Russia’s Volga Region Gather to Rededicate Synagogue

In Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, the largest Jewish event of the year is about to begin, this September 3–6, drawing hundreds of Jews from throughout the greater Volga and Urals area, including Kazan, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg—which together comprise the third-largest Jewish

Understanding the ‘Lone Wolf Terrorism’ in Israel

There was an interesting twist to news media coverage of the most recent Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis.

The stabbings, car-rammings and other Arab attacks were “isolated” incidents, the Associated Press declared. New York Times correspondent Diaa Hadid emphasized, in the second

NY and CT Leaders Divided on Iran Deal

Members of Congress still have about three weeks remaining, until September 17, to consider their votes on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement made among the P5+1. Some elected officials have already come out strongly with how they plan to vote, while others have been reticent about stating a

World News Briefs

Matisyahu Faces Down BDS and Rocks Spanish Festival

( An American Jewish musician, who was controversially bared from a reggae festival in Spain before being invited back to play, performed to catcalls from some pro-Palestinian protesters on Sunday, though the

Congressman Eliot Engel Discusses Freedom of Religion in Kosovo

Congressman Eliot Engel visited the Kosovo Foreign Ministry in late June to discuss freedom of religion with Christian, Muslim and Jewish community leaders. The group, InterFaith Kosovo, is the inspiration of Deputy Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi. Together with Congressman Engel, these community leaders discussed their

New Circumstances Demand New Halachic Views: A Response to Rabbi Mordechai Willig

The recent piece (“Trampled Laws,” originally published by and reprinted by the Jewish Link of NJ on August 13, 2013) by Rabbi Mordechai Willig, which lamented Open Orthodoxy and traced its rise back to the revolution in women’s Torah study over the past decades, is worthy of serious thought from numerous perspectives.

Student Conference Imparts Fearlessness, Solidarity to Young Pro-Israel Leaders

On a hot mid-August day in Boston, when many of the city’s tens of thousands of college students had yet to arrive in their parents’ SUVs and U-Haul trucks, more than 60 pro-Israel student leaders from across North America huddled together in a hotel.

While most people their age might be holding down

Over 100 Charedi American Rabbis Urge Communities to Report Child Abuse to Civil Authorities

One-hundred-and-eight prominent Charedi rabbis and Jewish educators from across the United States have contributed their signatures to a kol koreh (public pronouncement) affirming the Biblical halachic obligation of all Jews to immediately report and notify secular law enforcement when a reasonable suspicion of child abuse exists

Will President Obama’s Administration Negotiate a Safe Deal With Iran?

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently took the podium at a Jerusalem Post conference in New York to defend President Obama’s plans for a nuclear agreement with Iran. He told the crowd that President Obama would reinstate sanctions on Iran if the regime failed to live up to its commitments under the agreement currently being

World News Briefs

Israel-Linked Computer Virus Used to Hack Hotels Hosting Iran Talks

( An Israel-linked computer virus was purportedly found on computers at three luxury European hotels that have hosted negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. According to the report in the

Will Erdogan’s Election Setback Spell Change for Turkey and Its Ties With Israel?

A political upheaval is seemingly under way in Turkey, as the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan experienced a significant setback in the country’s June 7 parliamentary election. What does this mean for the country’s future as well as its relationship with the West and Israel?


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