Met Council breakfast hears survivor

As with everything in the Jewish world post-Oct. 7, this year’s pre-parade Met Council legislative breakfast in Manhattan had a much different feel. The event featured the haunting …


FIDF honors 5 Towns attorney Ben Brafman

More than 400 supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces honored Lawrence resident Benjamin Brafman, a nationally-acclaimed defense attorney, at group’s 2024 Five Towns and Greater …

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Bernard-Henri Lévy: Post-Oct. 7, Israel is alone

There are few men who feel the pain of distant upheavals as acutely as Bernard-Henri Lévy, 75, a French philosopher, filmmaker and public intellectual. Born to a wealthy Sephardic family …

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Celebrating Jerusalem

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim celebrated Yom Yerushalayim (28 Iyar) at the Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor. Ateret Cohanim (formerly the Jerusalem Reclamation Project) has been working since 1977 …

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Happily preparing special dishes for Shavuot

Shavuot is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, it is an excuse for making cheesecake and blintzes and my kids favorite mac and cheese, but it is also a day to reflect on Judaism and what receiving the …


Thinking of hostages with peanut butter cookies

As we prepare for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, I can’t help but think that we are at another holiday without our brothers and sisters home. The hostages remain in my thoughts each and every …

Five Towns Fundraiser

Sunday 5K in 5 Towns will aid IDF wounded

Five Israeli Defense Force soldiers who fought in the war launched by Hamas on Oct. 7 have stories to tell. Four of them — all except Lt. Eden Ram, 21, from Jerusalem — will be …

Global Focus

Pro-Hamas events: Different and more dangerous

Over the last eight months, Jewish communities around the world have been both intimidated and repulsed by the surge in pro-Hamas demonstrations. We’ve all seen the signs and heard the …

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Israel urged to prep for influx of European Jews

As hundreds of Jews descended on Amsterdam for an “emergency summit” on Monday, the chairman of the European Jewish Association called on Israel to prepare for a mass influx of immigrants …

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Does Biden reject Israel’s right to self-defense?

The most basic function of all governments is to provide for the collective defense of the governed. The most basic foundation of sovereignty is a state’s right to defend its country from …

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An Indiana farmer cares for red heifers in Israel

SHILOH — When a small conference was held this spring in Israel’s biblical heartland on the laws related to the red heifer, both Hamas and Hezbollah posted the ad for the event on their …


Shavuot’s tableau of riches, from table to Torah

Shavuot, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, June 11, is rooted (like Pesach) in the agricultural season (originally, the beginning of the wheat harvest). Before the fall of the Temple, …


Think different: Pie-in-sky Father’s Day Shabbat

Every year, it’s the same standard setup: brunch for Mother’s Day and a barbecue for Father’s Day. But why fight the Sunday-morning breakfast crowd? And why sweat on a hot June day, …

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10 pro-Palestinian lies told by ‘useful idiots’

A nybody who’s been to college can understand the allure of a wild party on the quad: Everybody singing together, wearing cool costumes and flipping off the establishment. Unfortunately, …

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What I brought back from my 3 weeks in Israel

Our three-week visit to Israel was an exhausting but inspiring amalgam of activities focused on post-Oct. 7 solidarity with soldiers, hostages’ families and the wounded. We also enjoyed time …


After city lived with 275 years of ghosts, Jewish Charleston is bullish on its future

A third of the way into an hour-and-a-half tour of Charleston’s Jewish historic Coming Street Cemetery on an overcast afternoon in April, Anita Rosenberg admits believing in ghosts. The …

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