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Two others in critical condition as attacks continue on Friday
Thousands of mourners from across Israel gathered in Jerusalem and Ashkelon Friday at the funerals of two Israeli soldiers killed in a terrorist shooting on Thursday in the central West Bank. Another soldier wounded in the attack remains in critical condi...
A new articulation of the Rebbe’s teachings on humanity’s collective mission
Is the created world as we know it essentially broken and bad from start to finish, or is it fundamentally beautiful and good from beginning to end? Should we aspire to make the planet a better place, solving one big problem at a time, or should we focus ...
Gunman bursts into Sabbath-morning services and opens fire
A gunman shouting anti-Semitic epithets burst into Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., and opened fire during Shabbat-morning services, killing at least 11. Six people were wounded, four of them police officers res...
Learning how to live in the world with G-d
Here are five simple principles embodied by five verses from the Torah, each beginning with another letter of the word teshuvah, “return” or “repentance.”
Colel Chabad establishes a fund to help victims
Families were left homeless on Sunday in Safed, Israel, as raging brush fires fueled by sweltering midsummer temperatures and high winds swept through a neighborhood on the northern edge of the historic spiritual center in Israel’s Galilee. Residents were...
Tikkun Olam, For Real
What’s needed is an ideology that explains why raising a Jewish family is just as crucial to tikkun olam as your contribution to society at large.
Dear Friend, In my wonderfully multi-cultural Jerusalem neighborhood, there are more than 100 synagogues, each founded by Jewish immigrants from different parts of the world, each with their own unique customs. In the century-old Iraqi shul downstairs fro...
Some blazes said to be the work of arson and terror
JERUSALEM—Residents began to return home after raging fires swept through Israel yesterday, and they witnessed the aftermath of blazes that destroyed and damaged homes, businesses, houses of study and property, and injured more than 100 people. At least 7...
Question: I’m not a Cubs’ fan, but I was pretty amazed that they finally won the World Series after 108 years. As a Jew, I’m curious: What does the Torah say about the “Cubs’ curse”? Is it real? And if the curse was real, how did they end it? A fan of Tor...
Gunman opened fire from car near light-rail stations; he was pursued and killed by police
A gunman opened fire from a car while driving by the Ammunition Hill and Shimon Hatzadik light-rail stations in Jerusalem, killing two and wounding six. The terrorist was shot and killed by police as he fled toward the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighbood. The ...
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