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Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski with (to his left) Rabbi Shais Taub, both of whom worked with Jews in the Chassidic community, in addition to others who struggle with addiction, May 8, 2011. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Rabbi Abraham Twerski, psychologist, author and Torah scholar, dies at age 90

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, a renowned psychologist, author and Torah scholar, passed away yesterday in Israel at the age of 90. Twerski, proudly identified as Chassidic, was strongly involved with the Chabad-Lubavitch community. A Wisconsin native, he...
Medical equipment lent out by Yad Sarah. Credit: Courtesy.

Yad Sarah inspires start of medical equipment-lending outlet in Connecticut

Yad Sarah announces the benefit of Wheel It Forward, a Connecticut-based not-for-profit organization that offers a convenient destination for anyone to easily borrow or donate durable medical equipment. Like Yad Sarah’s lending centers, Wheel It...
Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

For Obama, Israel was ‘No Promised Land’

Barack Obama was one of the least qualified presidents when it came to knowledge of foreign policy, and that ignorance was reflected in his policymaking. This was especially true in the Middle East, where...
Ashraf Jabari attends the Moreshet Conference of the “Besheva” group, on Feb. 12, 2017. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Meet Ashraf Jabari: The Palestinian populist

With a mask resting below his mouth, which just took in its third or fourth cigarette of the last hour, Palestinian reformer and businessman Asharf Jabari said he hasn’t received the COVID vaccine yet....
Vicky Tiferet, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah, was appointed as head of the organization’s Emek HaHula chapter, becoming the first woman in the organization to hold such a post, January 2021. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Decorated EMT becomes first female head of United Hatzalah chapter

Vicky Tiferet, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah in the northern Israeli town of Moshav Yuval, was appointed last week as head of the organization’s Emek HaHula chapter, becoming the first woman in the...
The state capitol of Arkansas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Arkansas lawmakers consider bill to mandate Holocaust education in public schools

Lawmakers in Arkansas have introduced a bill that would mandate Holocaust education to be taught in all public schools starting with the 2021-22 school year. The move comes a few months after a report by the...
More than 170 entertainment industry leaders signed on to a unity statement on Feb. 1 after launching the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (BJEA). Credit: Courtesy.

170 celebs, execs to launch new ‘Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance’

More than 170 entertainment industry leaders released a unity statement on Feb. 1 after launching the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (BJEA), a joint initiative by black and Jewish entertainment industry professionals devoted to countering racism and anti-Semitism.  In...
Nikola Selaković speaks to the press on March 12, 2014, prior to his current position as Serbia's foreign minister. Source: Screenshot.

Serbia ‘not happy’ with Israel’s recognition of Kosovo

Serbia expressed displeasure on Tuesday with Israel’s establishment of diplomatic relations with Kosovo, which took place via a Zoom ceremony the day before. Kosovo is a former Serbian province and not recognized as a state by Belgrade,...
Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz speaks at a conference in Tel Aviv on Feb. 21, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Blinken says Iran’s breakout time ‘matter of weeks,’ Israel’s energy minister disagrees

Contrary to U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s assessment that Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon in “a matter of weeks,” Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday that...
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs (center) lead a formation of Royal Air Force F-35B Lightnings (left) and Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning IIs (right) during Exercise Tri-Lightning over the Mediterranean Sea on June 25, 2019. Photo: Staff Sgt. Keifer Bowes/U.S. Air Force.

UAE confident of F-35 deal, despite Biden administration hold on arms sales

The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, said on Monday that he was confident the pending sale of F-35 jets would go through after the Biden administration concludes its review of...