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Becoming True Partners in Torah

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For over 22 years, Jews of little or no Torah background, and those who grew up in religious homes and attended yeshiva day schools, have found common ground sitting opposite one another at a table, or sitting, thousands of miles apart, at one end of a telephone.

Partners in Torah is an organization that has matched...

May Another Force Be With You

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Far be it for us to rain on all the enthusiasm for this latest Star Wars experience, but the buzz for this movie is extending beyond the walls of the cinema–it seems like droids and lightsabers are showing up on clothing, toys and school supplies. The characters are sure to be a hit when it's time to think about Purim costumes.

Many of us have seen the film or have ordered tickets way in advance of, let’s say, our annual December 25 dining session at Kai Fan in Riverdale or Eden Wok in New Rochelle. Chinese food and a movie seems like a great choice for this Friday.

However, we wish to remind everyone that, in the mail, perhaps more than your fair share of charitable reminders are...

The Administration Doesn’t Have a Prayer

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“God Isn’t Fixing This.”

That was the controversial front-page headline of the New York Daily News a week ago.

The theme of the message was to take on largely Republican presidential candidates who urge Americans to keep the families and victims of terrorism in our prayers.

Our question: Why shouldn’t we keep the victims of terrorism in our prayers? As Jews, our prayers are the spiritual oxygen we breathe. Often, we recite various chapters of Tehillim to bring healing to a community member who is seriously ill, or for Hashem’s protection and favor for our brothers and sisters in Israel, or even for those in the IDF who protect our Holy Land. Prayer brings us together as a...

Finding Thankfulness During Tough Times

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This has been one of the most difficult times in recent memory for the world’s Jewish community and the world in general. Many of us are directly connected through family or friendships with

victims of Palestinian terror. Some
have close connections with Parisian Jews.

The recent terror touches us all even closer, even if we aren’t related or if we’ve never met any of the victims. We all know an Ezra Schwartz, a young Sharon, Massachusetts man, learning in a yeshiva, murdered by a terrorist in Israel. We also know a Hadar Buchris, a stabbing victim on Sunday, just starting out her young adult life in Israel.

If one Israeli is attacked, it’s as if we all are. If freedoms are...

#BDSfail: American BDS Advocates Visit Israel, Take Selfies, Use Amenities

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(israellycool) Anti-Israel nincompoops of the day: On Tuesday, November 10, at 11:30 am, Jewish Americans CODEPINK activists, Ariel Gold, of Ithaca, NY, and Ariel Vegosen, of Oakland, CA, unfurled a banner near the Kotel (Western Wall) reading, “American Jews support BDS.” Representing the women’s peace organization Code Pink, the activists’ goal was to express Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as a nonviolent strategy to bring about a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Because nothing says “boycott Israel” like getting on a plane and traveling to Israel. And we suppose while in Israel...

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