The Satmar chasidim are the Boo Radleys of our town. Like that character in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” they scare the neighbors and frighten the horses. They hide but don’t seek. They’re quaint but not cute. In a narcissistic city, they refuse to flatter. Jewish families visit Williamsburg, Va., but not Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They don’t [...]
‘ISRAEL INSIDE, How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference’, tells the story of a flourishing, productive and caring society. Sidestepping the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence, the film highlights the spirit of the people of Israel, which has brought this tiny country to the forefront of world innovation and progress.
There’s a trend that is gaining momentum of disenchanted Jewish bloggers sharing their bitterness all over the internet. Now what’s a blog for, if not honesty? I don’t want candy coated writing. It’s nauseous. And I don’t want superficial, I want fresh and I want real. Not only that but people love that kind of [...]
This article lists some notable Baalei Teshuva, Jews who may or may not have been raised in Orthodox Jewish households but at one time did not practice Orthodox Judaism and then later took up or returned to Orthodox practices. This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Shmuel Yosef Agnon, a Nobel Prize [...]
ZAKA Search & Rescue is Israel’s premiere humanitarian organization, U.N.-recognized, and with 1500+ volunteers in Israel and around the world. ZAKA: It’s all about LIFE Since its establishment in 1995, ZAKA has become world renowned for its humanitarian efforts. In 2003 a British Member of Parliament recommended that ZAKA be nominated for the Nobel Peace [...]
CNN Elizabeth Cohen interviews makeshift medical tent personnel on January 18, 2010. Asking Harvard Medical Dr. Jennifer Furin, “Have the American’s set up a field hosptial?” “Currently, not yet.” Cohen: “The Israeli’s came from the other side of the world…” Furin: “It’s a frustrating thing that I really can’t explain…” As news of the earthquake [...]
The Jewish world mourns the passing of Mrs. Chaya Hammer, who passed away Nisan 10, 5770, March 25, 2010, 30 days before her 100th birthday. The Clara Hammer Chicken Fund continues to feed over 250 needy families and brings them Shabbat and Holiday joy. Clara Hammer Chicken Fund P.O.B. 18602 Jerusalem 91185 Israel Credits to [...]
Non-Jews came to Jerusalem to take vows to follow the Sheva Mitzvot Benai Noach, and some Arabs talk of joining the Jewish people. As seen on Arutz Sheva. The Seven Laws of Noah (Sheva mitzvot B’nei Noach) form the major part of the Noachide Laws, or Noahide Code. This code is a set of moral [...]