Friday, August 14, 2020


‘I Am a Palestinian Jew’

Part I

It was 12:15 a.m., Friday night. I sat with 20-year-old Moishe F. in a hole-in-the-wall shul in the heart of Mea Shearim, discussing our different upbringings and worldviews before he would return to Boro Park to marry a girl whom he had only met for three hours and hadn’t spoken to since Rosh


Eight AMIT Educators Among Education Ministry’s ‘Teachers of the Century’

(Courtesy of AMIT) Eight AMIT educators are among the education ministry’s religious-education administration list of this year’s “teachers of the century.” All of the teachers and principals selected for this distinction were recognized for their groundbreaking


A Bad Time to Fight Evil?

Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani drenched country after country in blood, including Jewish and American blood, and the United States let him get away with it—until it didn’t.

It’s possible that the killing of Iran’s top military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani by U.S. forces


Netanyahu: Israel Will Deal ‘A Crushing Blow’ to Its Enemies if Attacked

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel’s enemies will be “dealt a crushing blow” if they attempt to attack it.

The prime minister commented, “Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of countless innocent people over the past few decades. He


Ukrainian Airliner Goes Down In Tehran, Killing 176

(JNS) A Ukranian Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday, January 8, killing all 176 people aboard. Though a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry claimed that the crash was caused by “technical difficulties,” at least two


Pompeo: US ‘Disavowing’ Hansell Memorandum

(JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the United States is “disavowing” the 1978 Hansell Memorandum, a State Department memo that claimed Israeli settlements violate international law.

In a video statement


Iranian Parliament Approves Bill Labeling US Military, Pentagon as Terror Groups

(JNS) The Iranian parliament approved a bill this week to designate the entire U.S. military and Pentagon as terrorist entities following last week’s U.S. elimination of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Lawmakers also backed a motion allocating $220 million to the Quds Force to avenge Soleimani’s death.


Gila Allen Is Making Memories at MMY

After graduating from Bruriah High School, Gila Allen, from Edison, is now learning at MMY (Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim) as part of her gap year. During her first semester at seminary, she has fostered new connections with both her fellow students and attentive faculty and has delved deep into the teachings of Rav


Ohr Torah Stone Launches Jewish Education Grants

(Courtesy of Ohr Torah Stone) Ohr Torah Stone (OTS), the modern Orthodox network of 27 institutions that are transforming Jewish living, learning and leadership worldwide, has launched its first Jewish education grant program to help strengthen seven small European communities in Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; Oslo, Norway; and Warsaw,


Wiesel Family— Teaneck, New Jersey

In 2016, Effie and Ruchie Wiesel of Teaneck, and their three daughters, Doreet, 19; Nava, 18; and Liat, 14, made aliyah. They began their new life in Israel in the Galilee village of Moreshet, a less obvious choice for American olim, as there are fewer English speakers living there than in other popular aliyah destinations. Even


Jodi Fishbein— Livingston, New Jersey

Fishbein, 20, made aliyah in December 2017. She is in her second year of national service and works as a ghost writer/translator for the foreign ministry—which she describes as a “lifelong dream.” Fishbein grew up in a very Zionist house and was motivated by the ability to actively advocate on behalf of Israel at the


Rabbi Avi and Leah Herzog—Fair Lawn, New Jersey

The Herzogs made aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh last summer after years of working in local Jewish education in New Jersey. Leah was a Judaic studies teacher at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck for 13 years, while also serving as director of Israel guidance. Rabbi Avi Herzog was a lifelong educator teaching at