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Jewish men pray at the entrance to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem on the holiday of Hoshana Raba, Oct. 11, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

In first, Israeli court backs ‘silent’ Jewish prayer on Temple Mount

Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Bilha Yahalom ruled on Wednesday that the silent prayer of Jews on the Temple Mount is allowed, saying it cannot be deemed a “criminal act.” The ruling was the first by...

Music for Yom Kippur: Kol Nidrei, The History of a Song and a Prayer

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Kol Nidrei is an Aramaic phrase which means far more than its literal translation, “All Vows.” This statement of annulment of vows has become such a dominant part of the Jewish religious psyche that it...
A Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, on Aug. 21, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Bahrain celebrates first bar mitzvah in 16 years

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The first bar mitzvah in Bahrain in 16 years was held over the weekend at the House of Ten Commandments, the oldest and only operational synagogue in a Gulf Cooperation Council country. The bar mitzvah...
A statue of Alexander Hamilton in Paterson, N.J. Credit: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.

Historian claims founding father Alexander Hamilton had Jewish upbringing

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A historian is claiming that Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first Treasury Secretary who was instrumental in the ratification of the Constitution and whose popularity has risen in recent years due to the musical “Hamilton,”...
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attend a tree planting ceremony in Israel, Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israeli president to Prince Charles: Let critically ill child come to Israel for treatment

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appealed to England’s Prince Charles on Tuesday to allow a critically ill child to be brought to Israel for medical treatment. In May, a British court ruled that Alta Fixler,...
Rabbi Zsolt Balla. Source: Screenshot.

German military to get chief rabbi for first time in 100 years

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For the first time since World War I, the German military is set to appoint a chief rabbi. The move, an initiative of German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is designed both to serve the...
Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar. Source: Screenshot.

The Jewish woman to whom the stones spoke

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Everything in Israel is about politics. But nothing is more intensely political than archeology. That’s because the moment you stick a shovel in the earth of a place like Jerusalem and start digging, you...

Rabbanut requires kosher restaurants to rename their lamb and asado bacon to ‘facon’

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Crave Gourmet Street Food, a kosher restaurant in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market, told its customers last month that it would be changing the name of its famous lamb bacon to “facon” in accordance with...
San Francisco's Frena Bakery. Source: Google Maps screenshot.

San Francisco’s only kosher bakery praised for hiring former prisoners

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The sole kosher bakery in San Francisco has made headlines for hiring formerly incarcerated employees. The nickname for Isaac Yosef’s Frena Bakery is the “Lifer Bakery.” Yosef has hired more than 25 ex-prisoners at his bakery...
Cole and Ella Emhoff, stepchildren of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, attend the 59th presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.

How many American Jews are there, and does it really matter?

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This past weekend, the White House Passover seder was hosted by America’s Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born lawyer is the first Jew to be a spouse of a vice president, as well...