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Rabbi Glatt at Achiezer: Before illness, get a posek

In a health care emergency, everyone needs a posek — and the time to select one is before anyone gets sick. That was a point made repeatedly by Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD, during a panel on …

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Facing loved one’s illness: Get help (and Medicaid)

Several speakers at Sunday’s Achiezer Jewish Healthcare Conference & Expo agreed on this point: When dealing with a loved one’s serious illness, don’t face it alone. Get …

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Achiezer Jewish Health Conference & Expo at TWA Hotel

Achiezer drew several hundred people to its Jewish Healthcare Conference & Expo on Sunday in the new TWA Hotel at JFK. Achiezer President Boruch Ber Bender (pictured wecoming to the event his …


Citi Field to greet 2,500 at 'Torah NY'

More than 2,500 people are expected at Citi Field on Sunday, Sept. 22, but not for a baseball game. Instead, the indoor space at the home of the Mets will be transformed into a hall of Torah …

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Rice meets Dayan in NY

South Shore Rep. Kathleen Rice met with Ambassador Dani Dayan, the Consul General of Israel in New York, at the Israel Consulate in Manhattan. They’re pictured in front of an Israel flag that …


After attacks, Crown Heights parties together

At the end of August, the New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force investigated an alleged anti-Semitic attack near Brower Park in Crown Heights. Someone had allegedly thrown a block of ice …

Anti-Semitism charges sometimes just a weapon

Late last month, a reporter for Bloomberg Law called the U.S. Department of Labor for comment about a recently hired staffer who had riffed on Facebook about excessive Jewish …


Trump’s ‘traitor’ quip tips Zeldin

WASHINGTON — Of the many Jews unsettled by President Donald Trump’s claim that voting for Democrats would demonstrate “disloyalty” to Israel and to other Jews, Lee Zeldin …


Critics deny Jerusalem’s past and future

Its critics have accused Israel of a lot of terrible things over the course of its 71 years, but the New York Times has now added one more to the list that will particularly resonate with …

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Bipartisan Hadassah targets younger women

A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle — one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer’s name — the women’s Zionist organization is …


Here’s how Israeli elections work (if they work)

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Israelis will head to the polls for their second national election in just six months. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau’s inability to form a majority coalition following …

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‘Walking Dead’ zombies attack my synagogue

A lone rabbi lights a Havdalah candle in an empty synagogue. He says the blessing over the wine, the spices, and the braided candle. Then zombies begin banging …


Where Jewish reps stand on impeaching Trump

Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, 134 have said that they are for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Here’s where the 25 Jewish Democrats in the stand. It is …


Campus anti-Semitism up

The number of Israel-related, anti-Semitic incidents against Jewish students on campuses increased 70 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to a report published on Tuesday by the nonprofit watchdog …


Uniting around a Big Judaism

When you feel under attack, you’re not inclined to think big. You’re more consumed with immediate threats. The Jewish world these days is feeling under attack. Whether it’s …

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In frum Brooklyn, assaults are all too familiar

As he talks about the recent string of attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, Yosef Rapaport points to a small scar above his right eye. It’s the remnant of an anti-Semitic attack he …

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Jewish journey of Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz

When Sarah Hurwitz was working as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and later as head speechwriter for Michelle Obama, she often was assumed to be a good source of knowledge about …


Upset over HBO series on slaying that followed killing of 3 Israeli boys

“I’ve been kidnapped,” a voice can be heard saying in Hebrew in the opening of a new HBO series about the lead-up to the 2014 Gaza War. It’s Gilad Shaer, a 16-year-old …

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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 …