Category: Orthodox

Israel, Media Bias, Orthodox

Arabs Once Again Falsely Claim Settlers Chop Down Trees on Shabbos

Screenshot of archived photo of chopped down trees in Mugheer

Popular blogger Elder of Ziyon notes that the Arab media has “dozens of stories” regarding Jewish settlers allegedly chopping down 40 olive trees in Al Mughayir, not far from Ramallah. The problem is that the story cannot possibly be true, since the settlers in question are Orthodox Jews, who are forbidden to chop trees (their …

Israel, Orthodox

Israeli Man Traveled, Knowing He Had Corona

Beitar Illit (photo credit: Yoninah)

In the pantheon of stories that make frum yidden look bad, a man who works as a mashgiach (kashrut supervisor), flew from Newark, New Jersey to Israel, knowing he was infected with COVID-19. He did it because he doesn’t have health insurance in the States. As a result of his actions, the man lost his …

Israel, Orthodox

COVID-19: Notable Jewish Deaths

Rabbi Masud Tubul and Aryeh Even, early Jewish victims of the novel coronavirus

The first (may it be the last) death in Israel due to the novel corona virus, is 88-year-old Aryeh Even, of Jerusalem. Even was a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who died in Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Hospital. The family released a statement: “We are sad we weren’t allowed to be at his side in his last moments.” …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Scary Non-News Story if You’re Jewish

Toulouse Massacre Victims

So this got absolutely no play in the mainstream media, but blogger Elder of Ziyon had it. Two men “of foreign background” claiming to be repairmen, tried to enter a Jewish school called Yeshiva Darchei HaTorah in Toronto, Canada, and if the men hadn’t been spotted, checked out, and turned away, one shudders to think …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Poway Suspect Will Stand Trial

Lori Kaye

A California judge has ordered John T. Earnest to stand trial for the murder of 60-year-old Lori Kaye and the attempted murder of others present on that fateful day at the Chabad synagogue in Poway. During the September 19 hearing, the 911 recording was publicly aired for the first time. Surveillance footage of the shooting …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Why Doesn’t DeBlasio Do More about Antisemitic Attacks?

Paving stone used to attack Rabbi Avraham Gopin

This week, the opinion columns were flying thick and fast as the world rushed to condemn Mayor DeBlasio for not doing enough about antisemitic attacks in New York. The attack that seemed to make the journalists reach their boiling point, was the one in which Rabbi Gopin was beaten with a paving stone. A 64 …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Another Antisemitic Attack in New York

Screenshot of tweet regarding Jewish man assaulted in Crown Heights

According to Algemeiner, “More than 160 antisemitic hate crimes were documented by the NYPD in 2018, an increase of almost 25 percent over the previous year,” and now there’s been another attack on a Jewish man, this time on a Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. (I leave it to you to consider: is 19 …

Education, Intermarriage, Israel, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Should Israel Pay For Jewish Education in America?

American Jewish classroom

According to a report on the first conference of North American Jewish school principals that recently took place in Jerusalem, Jewish leaders from the U.S. and Canada asked the Israeli government to subsidize tuition to Jewish schools. As anyone who tries to keep a Torah-observant lifestyle in the United States knows, tuition has become so …

Orthodox

Orthodox, Reform, Conservative Agree to Disapprove of Separating Migrant Families

By Jonathan McIntosh [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

The Orthodox Union (OU), the organization representing America’s Modern Orthodox community, signed onto a letter signed by another 26 Jewish organizations opposing the separation of migrants from their children. That makes it a rare case of Jewish harmony in which all three major branches of Judaism agree on an important issue. Hmmm. The issue in …