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Tent in the desert, illustrative
The Israelites and Midianite women: What really happened in the tent?
By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
WHY WAS Balaam so amazed when he saw the tents in the Israelites’ camp?
Parashat Balak: Loyalty to family and nation
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Democracy, illustrative
Democracy and the Jews: Democracy, its demons and interplay with religion
By MOSHE TARAGIN
MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON, the beloved Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Reflections on the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson
A memorial at the site of the Lietukis Garage massacre of Jewish Men in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Lithuanian lawmakers honor an alleged perpetrator of Holocaust pogrom
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Palace of the Ruzhin dynasty in Sadhora on postcard
Rare file reveals the escape of the Ruzhiner Rebbe from Tsarist Russia
THE PAINTING ‘David Giving Thanks to God After the Death of Goliath’ by Charles Errard.
YouTube series addressing 3,000 of Jewish history premiers June 29
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MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON, the beloved Lubavitcher Rebbe.
100,000 people attended Zoom commemoration for Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
JEWISH MUSICIANS in Russia, 1890: The exiled Jews in the second era of Judaism were perceived by Europeans just as they were by the Edomites.
The age-old question: Is God still with Israel?
‘IT WOULD be mistaken to think that God gives commands that are meaningless.’
Parashat Chukat: Logic and obedience
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
BEIT MEIR Synagogue, named after Rabbi Meir Abuhatzeira.
So many synagogues – Ashdod
By JACOB SOLOMON
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Israeli border policewomen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces a lockdown of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town badly affected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Bnei Brak, Israel April 3, 2020
How has coronavirus impacted the Jewish world?
SOCIALLY DISTANT prayer at the Western Wall on March 15.
Praying for governments with disagreeable policies
By SHLOMO BRODY
WE SEE money-hungry traitors versus a devoted and incorruptible leader. But when the story was unfolding, this was not clear.
Parashat Korach: Which side to choose?
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
CHABAD EMISSARIES engage with IDF soldiers, offering to lay tefillin, at a staging area near the border with Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in July 2014.
Light unto the nations: Chabad’s relationship with Zionism
MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON, the beloved Lubavitcher Rebbe.
A meeting with Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Chabad emissaries (shluchim) attending their annual international conference at Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in Brooklyn in November 2019.
Twenty-six years after his death...the Rebbe’s beat goes on
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Naomi entreating Ruth and Orpah to return to the land of Moab by William Blake, 1795
Our Jewish ancestors: Harlot entrapment, premarital sex and mixed marriage
Israelis hold flags and walk on the walls surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City while celebrating Jerusalem Day on May 21
Reflections on Yom Yerushalayim
By RABBI RAYMOND APPLE
‘TO BE involved in the modern world, ipso facto means to live a life of constant compromising of Orthodoxy’s rigorous norms.’
On modern Orthodoxy
By AHARON E. WEXLER
USING WOOL to prepare the thread for the making of tzitzit.
Parashat Shelah: Reality and tzitzit
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Eduard Shyfrin: I realized that I had to answer certain questions for myself about life and death and God
The meeting of Kabbalah and science
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IS USING ketoret as a mystical means to combat death a hassidic innovation?
Can the incense prayer be used to combat plagues?
By LEVI COOPER
DESERT WANDERINGS: The Jewish Nation’s beginnings.
Parashat Beha'alotcha: A story of humility and sensitivity
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Coronavirus and prayer: Embracing the impact of the virus on all of us
Protesters flee tear gas during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. May 29, 2020.
Jewish history shows the consequences of tolerating police brutality
By HENRY ABRAMSON/JTA
THERE IS one area where I would like to see Israel take a page from the American playbook: legalization of cannabis.
Researchers: Ancient Israelis used cannabis in ceremony
By CELIA JEAN
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Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew” beside an image of a swastika.
Woman arrested in vandalism of Texas synagogue
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
DRESSED IN their Shavuot best in the Northern Negev.
Shavuot: Time for renewal of covenant and unity
‘HAVING CHOSEN God, the Torah is God’s response to us.’ Pictured: The Yanov Torah, rescued from the Holocaust.
The Israeli Har Sinai
By MOSHE TARAGIN
IF THE woman in question is guilty, the bitter waters will have an effect on her body.
Trial by ordeal: The ritual used to test women accused of adultery
By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
AN AMERICAN synagogue sanctuary adorned with greenery in honor of Shavuot.
Shavuot 5780: A holiday of process
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
‘MOSES WITH the Ten Commandments,’ Philippe de Champaigne, 1648: Why not read them every day?
Whatever happened to the Ten Commandments?
THE MISHNA describes people presenting their first fruits with the fanfare of a majestic parade through the streets of Jerusalem.
Israel and the Diaspora share a new song for Shavuot
By ILANA FODIMAN-SILVERMAN
A CANDIDATE for conversion, having successfully passed, tearfully recites the ‘Shema’ prayer.
The state of conversion in Israel
By SHERYL ABBEY
YAEL BELENKY, manager at Giyur K’Halacha
The Giyur K’Halacha option
By SHERYL ABBEY
FORMER JEWISH Agency chairmain Natan Sharansky speaks at an ITIM Annual Conversion Conference with Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch (to his right) and Farber (to his far right).
In Ruth’s footsteps: Israeli converts tell their stories
By SHERYL ABBEY
Rabbi Wintroub's letter to Rabbi Kook, 1929.
1929 letter to Rabbi Kook over Jewish ownership of Western Wall discovered
By LEON SVERDLOV
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THE MANAGEMENT team at Anchor Steel and Conveyor Company, 1965
The takeover of the Levites and emergence of a Jewish elite
THE POWER of tzitzit: A haredi man gets dressed after immersing in a mikveh  near a water spring in Bat Ayin
Parashat Bamidbar: The book of the holy nation
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
WOMEN PRAY at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood
May a woman be a leader in the Orthodox Jewish community?
By Rivkah Lambert Adler
‘IT IS the text that brought the people into being.’
Torah: The unavoidable and disturbing text
‘Moses the Prophet’ by artist Arthur Szyk, 1918
Shavuot in American history
By DAVID GEFFEN
TPOH Co-Chair Peggy Shapiro presents Rabbi Weissberg an award at its 2019 Gala
Rabbi Victor H. Weissberg: A legacy of Jewish life
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Jews keeping up with traditions despite coronavirus outbreak
By ILANA BELFER/ JTA
Baruch Hashem Messianic Synagogue in Dallas, Texas
Orthodox rabbis are increasingly split over safety of communal prayer
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
ORTHODOX Jews in prayer
Zoom Judaism helps us in crisis - Opinion
By AVIGAYIL HALPERN/ JTA
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Orthodox Jews of the Satmar Hasidim celebrate Lag BaOmer in the village of Kiryas Joel
The message of Lag Ba'omer is that we can recreate the world anew
MEN OBSERVE social distance during a morning prayer in Meron on May 1.
Introducing Jewish Law live: Halachic discourse in time of coronavirus
By SHLOMO BRODY
COLLECTING ONIONS in a field in the Judean Valley. The farmer must let his fields lay fallow during the shmita year.
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: Humility as a condition for Torah
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Rabbi Tovia Singer
Tovia Singer: Gospel channel targets vulnerable Jews in attempt to convert
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An Orthodox Jewish man wears a mask while talking on a cellphone in the Orthodox Jewish community of the Borough Park neighborhood during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., April 30, 2020.
Minyanim in our community a dangerous violation of Jewish law - comment
By RABBI HERSHEL BILLET/JTA
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After a year of trial-and-error, the Hebrews built a Tabernacle – so that God could dwell within them
Parashat Emor: A life of ‘kiddush Hashem’ – sanctifying the Name of God
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
AN EMBROIDERED hallah cover: ‘So it’s not proper to embarrass the inanimate bread, but your wife you can humiliate?!’
Do we worship Hashem or Halacha?
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Almond trees blossom on the Golan Heights
Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Partnership, faith and humility
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Then-Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper (right) looks at a Bible with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, 2014
Who wrote the Bible?
By MARTIN LOCKSHIN
Non-Jews employed sacrifice in an effort to transcend to a higher state, including by consuming the 'lifeblood' of animals
Animal sacrifice in Judaism: From spiritual ecstasy to self-perfection
By JACOB DALLAL
Non-Jews employed sacrifice in an effort to transcend to a higher state, including by consuming the 'lifeblood' of animals
Animal sacrifice in Judaism: From spiritual ecstasy to self-perfection
By JACOB DALLAL
Avigdor Kahalani.
Remembering the stories of Israel's military heroes on Independence Day
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - Alexei Bychenko of Israel carries the national flag.
After 72 years, Israel's Declaration of Independence still stands
By JANE BIRAN
WILL THE bonds with the Diaspora break?
The 5 million members of the Palestinian Jewish Diaspora
‘TODAY THE State of Israel’s identification with Jewish nationhood is under attack from all sides.’
What does ‘a Jewish state’ mean?
INDEPENDENCE DAY Flags.
Remembering why we are in Israel on the 72nd Independence Day
A Sabra sports car.
Remembering the surprising history of Israeliana
President Harry Truman: The first to recognize the Jewish state.
Israel's Independence Day through American eyes
By DAVID GEFFEN
Members of 2 SAS on parade for an inspection by Gen. Montgomery, following their successful participation in the capture, behind enemy lines, of the port of Termoli in Italy. On the left is Maj. E. Scratchley DSO, commanding the SAS detachment, while on the right is Capt. Roy Farran holding a German
A murder-mystery story from the British Mandate era
President Reuven Rivlin with members of the Our Common Destiny Forum at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
Our Common Destiny: The ties that bind Israel and the Diaspora
Celebrating Passover in New York with Israeli wine.
The changing face and focus of Zionism 72 years after Israeli independence
Naomi Stuchiner, the founder of Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana.
Meet Naomi Stuchiner winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement
Noam: Teaching on Zoom is difficult and requires more effort than teaching in the classroom.
Meet Prof. Noam Vered, the 1st woman to win the Israel Prize for Talmud
By LINDA GRADSTEIN
Diaspo President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi host a Zoom call with lone soldiers in Israel and around the world on April 7, instead of hosting them at the President’s Residence as in previous years.
Rivlin's telediplomacy during the coronavirus pandemic
Maj. A, who usually researches Iran’s nuclear project, stands outside the National Coronavirus Information Center.
IDF intelligence’s constant eye on coronavirus and Iran
The Israeli flag is displayed on the Tel Aviv municipality building on Rabin Square, as Israel celebrates it's 72th Independence Day under lockdown due to the Coronavirus. April 28, 2020
Israel still stands strongly on 72nd Independence Day
An Israeli rabbi walks alongside the body of Eliahu Bakshi-Doron, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, who died from complications of the coronavirus
Burial societies, funeral homes are busy. Cremation isn’t the answer.
By RABBI SHLOMO BRODY/JTA
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brazil
'Final moments' prayer uploaded online for isolated coronavirus patients
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
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Clock
Iyar: Making days count‏
By DEVORAH KUR
Limited priestly blessing takes place during Passover at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, April 12, 2020
Is the coronavirus revolutionizing the way Jews pray?
By YOEL COHEN
A mikveh [ritual bath]
Our proximity to holiness requires our utmost caution
By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
LEPROSY, PLATE LXX from Prince Albert Morrow, 1889
Parashat Tazria-Metzora: What benefit is there to quarantine?
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Kaddish
How the Kaddish prayer can bridge two worlds together
By ZALMAN EISENSTOCK
Shacharit sevice takes place over Zoom
Synagogues are planning for a socially distanced High Holidays
By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
A Tango in Auschwitz
A Tango in Auschwitz - a song of optimism sung in the Nazi camps
By AMIT NAOR / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
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After a year of trial-and-error, the Hebrews built a Tabernacle – so that God could dwell within them
Inauguration of the Tabernacle first step in evolution of Judaism
THIS IS a good time for strengthening deep family relationships: Gedalyahu family, 1948, Petah Tikva
Parashat Shmini: Clarity and lucidity of a spiritual leader
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Prayer at the Western Wall, Jerusalem
Praying for everybody during coronavirus, Jews and non-Jews
By MOSHE TARAGIN
Cantor Israel Nachman
Cantor- the messenger of prayers: Israel Nachman on the joys of hazzanut
By BASIA MONKA
THE BOSKOVICE Torah scroll resides today in Congregation Brith Sholom in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Torah scroll of Boskovice finds a new home in Pennsylvania
By CHARLES TICHO
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