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Daily Archives: August 24, 2021

Rabbi’s new book offers spiritual boot camp for High Holidays

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), was looking for ways to keep students and young adults engaged with Judaism and each...

Growth of Jewish Communities Promoted in the Early 20th Century

The headline in the adjoining news clipping is hype. “May” is not “will” or “shall.” Booster describes real estate developers, hucksters and visionaries who wanted to profit from growing communities and increases in real...
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

President Biden has chosen decline

In November 2009, the late Charles Krauthammer gave a seminal speech, titled “Decline Is a Choice.” In it, Krauthammer stated, “The question of whether America is in decline cannot be answered yes or no....
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Bennett can’t have it both ways with Biden

It’s hard to figure out what Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meant when he told his Cabinet on Sunday that in his upcoming visit to the White House, he intends to present U.S. President Joe Biden...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at Ben-Gurion International Airport on June 22, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Bennett says Iran tops agenda on list of priorities to discuss with Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett intends to present an alternative to re-entering the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—when he meets with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday, according...
The broken door of the ark at the Chabad of the Beaches synagogue in Long Beach, N.Y., August 2021. Source: Rabbi Eli Goodman/Twitter.

Police arrest suspect for Chabad vandalism, stolen Torah scrolls remain missing

Authorities arrested a man and charged him with burglary in connection to the vandalism of a Chabad synagogue in Long Beach, N.Y., according to LIHearld.com. On Saturday afternoon, Rabbi Eli Goodman of Chabad of the Beaches...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Egyptian Intelligence Minister Abbas Kamel in Israel on Aug. 18, 2021. Source: Twitter/PMO.

Amid regional upheaval, Egypt and Israel seek to strengthen ties and border security

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi invited Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for an official visit in the coming weeks, which would be the first state visit by an Israeli leader in nearly a decade. The invitation, offered...
Masked Palestinian supporters of Palestinian Islamic Jihad prepare incendiary balloons east of Gaza City to launch across the border fence towards Israel, June 15, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

Palestinians in Gaza continue to send incendiary balloons into Israel

Palestinian activists in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip launched another wave of explosive-laden balloons at Israel on Tuesday. It came after the Israel Defense Forces struck terror targets overnight on Monday in response to incendiary devices that caused multiple fires...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett departs for his first official visit to the United States and with U.S. President Joe Biden, Aug. 24, 2021. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Bennett needs to assure Biden that Israel, US share threats of instability, say Jewish...

The fallout from U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan has taken over news headlines and will likely overshadow the upcoming first in-person meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the...

Palestinian Islamic scholar urges Taliban to declare caliphate, liberate Jerusalem

Palestinian Islamic scholar Sheikh Issam Amira called upon the Taliban to declare a second caliphate and not just an Islamic emirate during an address at the Al-Aqsa mosque. According to the report by the Middle...