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September 1, 2020 4:08 pm

New Sharansky Book Discloses Strains Between Netanyahu, US Jews

“Liberal American Jews really don’t like Israel,” a frustrated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told then-Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky in 2015, according to an account...

November 3, 2016 6:36 am

Reflections on the Death of a Parent

A very good friend of mine recently lost his father. Naturally, this brought back thoughts of when my mother, Penny Waga, died in 2013. It also reminded...

October 5, 2016 7:09 am

Telling Our Children the Story of Russian Jewry

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC, has written a touching and powerful new children’s book, An Extra Seat. This easy-to-read picture...

July 27, 2016 12:40 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Prominent American Rabbi Calls On Pope Francis to Remove Catholic Church From World’s ‘Largest Jewish Cemetery’ in Auschwitz-Birkenau

A prominent American rabbi is urging the Pope to remove a Catholic church from the site of the “largest Jewish cemetery in the world,” The Algemeiner has learned....

September 21, 2015 6:17 am

Kol Nidre and the White Fire of the Iran-Deal Discourse - The High Holidays are here, reaching their crescendo with Yom Kippur’s Kol Nidre prayer, made famous by Al Jolson and Neil Diamond in “The Jazz...

July 8, 2015 6:36 pm

Kaddish for the Victims of Charleston

My father died a few weeks ago. The hardest part of the shiva (mourning period) was when it ended. Friends and family were, by and...

February 20, 2015 10:37 am

Memoirs of a Soviet Jewish Activist (REVIEW)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the mass immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union to Israel. To commemorate the anniversary, longtime activist Rabbi Avi...

January 20, 2015 7:06 pm

You Are Not Alone: Our Solidarity Mission to Paris

"A fire is burning," Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky declared to European Jewry during the 1930s. Too few heeded his cry. As I left Paris after a solidarity...

December 25, 2014 1:15 pm

Where Are the Jewish Liberals Marching For Decency?

A few weeks ago, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Observer entitled "B'nai Jeshurun: Do Jewish Lives Also Matter?" I noted that "high-profile Upper West Side...

November 12, 2014 12:55 pm

An Amazing Movie: ‘Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss’

A packed house attended the screening of "Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss" on Saturday night at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. It was a touching, beautiful movie that...

October 20, 2014 2:50 pm

Lessons to Learn From Rabbi Barry Freundel

The arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel, spiritual leader of the Kesher Israel congregation in Washington, DC, is an event which should prompt soul-searching in the Orthodox Jewish...

February 6, 2014 4:50 pm

Ban Orthodox Rabbinic Pedophiles – Not Rabbi Avi Weiss

There's an ongoing debate within the Jewish Modern Orthodox community about where its parameters lie. The most recent flare-up occurred after the Israeli Chief Rabbinate...

January 17, 2014 5:26 pm

RCA Says it Has Reached ‘Historic’ Deal With Israeli Rabbinate - The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) announced that it has reached a "historic" deal with the Israeli Rabbinate on determining the "Jewishness"...

October 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Put an End to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly

It's painful to have one's rabbinic credentials challenged by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. But that's exactly what's happened to me. In truth, it's much more...


Palestinian Prime Minister Announces New Reform Package

Newly installed Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa announced a package of reforms on Tuesday aimed at strengthening the Palestinian Authority (PA) amid increased global pressure for a revival of political...


Israeli Hostage Families Make Passover Plea for Return of Missing Loved One...

Relatives of Israeli hostages held in Gaza will mark the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover, a week-long festival that...

Middle East

Drone, Rocket Attacks Targeted US Forces in Iraq, US Officials Say

US forces in Iraq and Syria faced two separate rocket and explosive drone attacks in less than 24 hours, Iraqi security sources and US officials told Reuters on Monday, the...

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