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Weird anti-vaxx rally

The weirdest part of the Orthodox anti-vaccine conference was probably when the emcee, a rabbi wearing a black hat and white beard, quoted the Gospel of Luke. “Father, forgive them, for they …

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What we know about Orthodox vaccination rates

New York City’s info page on an ongoing measles outbreak could not be clearer: “Most of these cases have involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community,” it says. But less …

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City closes 10th Jewish school

New York City on Tuesday closed the United Talmudical Academy’s Central Boys Division, a Satmar school in Williamsburg, for violating city orders regarding vaccines and vaccination records. It …

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Grandmother’s plea: Vaccinate!

Mindy Engelberg of Woodsburgh submitted this story in the hope that the suffering of her grandson and his family may spare others in our community. The last day of Yom Tov …


Top grads at NSHA

North Shore Hebrew Academy Valedicatorian Dalia Etessami made the most of her high school experience by participating in a variety of activities: she was president of the National Honor Society, …


Rabbi at Normandy, 75 years after D-Day

Seventy-five years ago this week, Normandy was the site of one of the largest military invasions ever staged — D-Day, June 6, 1944. It marked the turning point of World War II as 156,000 …


YU undergrads receive their degrees at MSG

More than 600 students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools were presented with their degrees at YU’s 88th commencement exercises, held in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square …


HANC’s vals and sal

The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County announced its Class of 2019 valedictorians and salutatorian. Valedictorian David Reitano is an academic star.  A member of the National Honor Society, …


In France, a Jewish philosopher lives in fear

As a French celebrity philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut (pictured) belongs to a tiny group of VIPs who get to lead normal, paparazzi-free lives despite having film star-like …


608 degrees awarded by Touro at Lincoln Center

Graduating seniors at Touro’s Lander Colleges marched into Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall for the school’s 45th commencement. In all, 608 graduates were awarded baccalaureate …

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    As a country, two things we have learned from Barack Obama are that if things are going lousy, blame the previous administration, and if your successor fixes your mistakes, take credit for …

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Life and death are in the power of speech

What is the Jewish stance on cursing and curse words? Researchers have found that about 0.7 percent of a typical American’s speech is made up of swear words. …


Beyond final encore: What culture brings to Jerusalem

Established in 1961 as a classical music festival in Caesarea, the Israel Festival, now in its 58th year and which runs this year from May 30 to June 15, was “relocated” to Jerusalem in …