Posts Tagged ‘Rabbi’

Long Island rabbi threatened after banning Jewish paper from synagogue

Rabbi Kenneth Hain and other leaders of Congregation Beth Sholom in Lawrence, New York, banned the 5 Towns Jewish Times from their synagogue because the newspaper featured a front-page photo of one of its columnists at the January 6 protests in Washington, DC When the paper arrived Friday on Hain’s doorstep, the front page was […]

‘Our Moses’: Delaware rabbi blesses Biden at ceremony on eve of inauguration

JTA — A Delaware rabbi blessed US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, before they left the state for the presidential inauguration, by citing this week’s Torah portion describing the Israelites’ flight from Egypt. Rabbi Michael Beals explained at the farewell ceremony in New Castle the meaning of “bashert,” the Yiddish term for destiny […]

Joe Biden blessed by Delaware rabbi before White House inauguration

A Delaware rabbi blessed President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, before they leave the state to assume the presidency by citing this week’s Torah portion describing the Israelites’ flight from Egypt. Rabbi Michael Beals explained at the farewell ceremony in New Castle the meaning of “bashert,” the Yiddish term for destiny often […]

Meet a rabbi who’s been stationed at the US Capitol since the riots

As Jordan Hersh watched on TV as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building Jan. 6, he had a thought unique to most American rabbis: It might be time to head to his second job. Hersh is a chaplain in the Maryland Army National Guard, the only rabbi in the state’s military […]

Influential Israeli Rabbi Claims COVID Vaccines Could Turn People Into Homosexuals

Rabbi Daniel Asor, a popular rabbi in Israel, has urged his thousands of followers not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, warning them that doing so might “turn them” into homosexuals: Rabbi Daniel Asor’s assertion goes against decrees issued by leading rabbis in Israel and around the world, who have called on ultra-Orthodox society to […]

Rabbi: I never felt as strongly about prayer for government as I did today

 I remember many years ago feeling ambivalent about the prayer for the government recited in synagogues every Shabbat morning. Were we sanctifying the policies of an administration? What of political leaders who would use religious language in pursuit of their particular agendas? I wondered: Isn’t God bigger than that? My feelings have changed as I’ve […]

A Ukrainian chief rabbi endorses siege of US Capitol by Trump supporters

(JTA) — Rabbi Moshe Azman, a prominent Ukrainian cleric with ties to several Trump associates at the heart of last year’s Ukrainegate scandal, endorsed Wednesday’s violent attempt to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win, comparing the clashes to his own country’s recent pro-democracy revolution. Following the storming of the US Capitol by […]

Starting a new job as a rabbi during the pandemic? It’s not easy

When Andrew Pepperstone drove to Kansas in late July to start his new job as rabbi at the Hebrew Congregation of Wichita, it was the first time he’d ever been to the city. “My entire search for a new pulpit job was conducted during COVID-19,” he explained, so all his interactions with the Conservative congregation […]

Prominent rabbi said he didn’t know his ParCare vaccination was illicit

Rabbi Herschel Schachter, a leading Modern Orthodox rabbi who received a COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at a clinic now under investigation for improperly administering the vaccine, said he was led to believe that the vaccination was above board. Schachter and Rabbi Mordecai Willig, both head teachers at Yeshiva University and major authorities on Jewish law, were […]

Rabbi Claims As An Infant He Played ‘Hide-And-Seek’ Among The Stacks Of Corpses At Bergen-Belsen

Like Eva Clarke who claims she was born when her mother was literally in a cart on her way to the gas chambers, Rabbi Joseph Polack is one of the youngest “Holocaust survivors” — and even though he was too young to remember anything about actually being in the camps, he’s written a “memoir” about […]

Former French Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim makes aliyah

Former French Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim made aliyah on Wednesday with his wife to Jerusalem.Last Friday, before Shabbat began, Bernheim wrote on his Facebook public page  that “this Shabbat has a particular flavor” given it was his and his family’s last Shabbat in Paris, adding that “next week, we will be home in Jerusalem.”According to […]

British chief rabbi speaks out on the plight of Uighur Muslims in China

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Rabbi Yaakov Glasman chats with Henry Greener

December 13, 2020 by Henry Greener-The Shtick Read on for article Rabbi Yaakov Glasman of the St Kilda Shule zooms in to tell us about the virtual events that he and so many other congregations and organisations created to keep the community connected over the time of COVID. Rabbi Yaakov Glasman         […]

Rabbi Schwartz, leader of Orthodox rabbinical courts, dies at 95

Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, a longtime judge in Orthodox rabbinical courts and a leading authority in Jewish law, died Thursday. He was 95. Schwartz served as the lead judge for the Beth Din of America, one of the major Jewish courts in the United States, for nearly 30 years. He also led the court of […]

Large crowds gather for Hasidic rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn

Large crowds gathered Monday afternoon for the funeral of a beloved Hasidic rabbi in Williamsburg, home to the Satmar Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Thousands gathered at the funeral, according to the New York Post, and most did not wear masks. The funeral took place at the same synagogue where a massive wedding expected to draw […]

‘We are not Americans,’ says Satmar grand rabbi

The Grand Rabbi of the Satmar Hassidim community of Williamsburg, New York, Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum, has said that his hassidim should not consider themselves as American but rather as Jews in exile. The rabbi made his remarks on Sunday night during an annual commemorative event for the rescue of Satmar founder Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum from the Nazis […]

Prince Charles calls Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ‘a light unto this nation’ at ceremony marking 30 days since chief rabbi’s death

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Prince Charles at 30 days ceremony: Rabbi Sacks ‘a light unto this nation’

Prince Charles of the United Kingdom called former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks a “light unto this nation” at a tribute marking the end of Judaism’s 30 days of mourning since Sacks’ death. Charles, whose title is the Prince of Wales, eulogized Sacks, who died at 72 on Nov. 7, on a prerecorded video broadcast […]

Recordings reveal convicted sex offender Rabbi Berland and associate admitting to fraud

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The Tallest Rabbi I’ve Ever Known

Rabbi Yehuda Ferris is the tallest rabbi I’ve ever known. Not because he’s six foot three with an Abraham Lincoln-esque black coat and physique, but because the older I get, the taller this man of character grows in my mind. One of the most transformative character traits is the ability to express gratitude. In the […]

‘Beyond Horrifying’: New Jersey Cops Investigate Dead Pig Placed Outside Rabbi’s Home During Shabbat

The town of Lakewood, New Jersey. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Police in New Jersey are investigating an apparent hate crime after the carcass of a dead pig was left on the doorstep of a rabbi’s home in the town of Lakewood. The sinister incident occurred this past Saturday, as the local Jewish community was observing Shabbat. […]

Dead pig found outside rabbi’s door in heavily Orthodox New Jersey town

A dead pig’s body was found outside the door of a rabbi in the heavily Orthodox township of Lakewood, New Jersey. The body was found on Shabbat, according to The Lakewood Scoop, and the local police department is treating the incident as a bias crime. Pigs are seen as the quintessentially unkosher animal and have […]

Jewish organizations produce video tribute in memory of Rabbi Sacks

Three leading Jewish organizations have produced a video tribute in memory of the former Chief Rabbi of the UK, Lord Johnathan Sacks – released on Sunday.The Orthodox Union, Rabbinical Council of America and Yeshiva University focused on Sacks’ teachings, impact and influence for the 22-minute video, which features commentary from political leaders, communal officials, rabbis, educators […]

New Jersey rabbi finds pig’s corpse at his doorstep

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Catholic cardinal condemns antisemitic attack on rabbi in Vienna

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn condemned Friday an antisemitic attack on a rabbi in the Austrian capital of Vienna, as reported by the Catholic News Agency.In a statement on his Twitter in German, the cardinal said “I am dismayed by yesterday’s attack on a rabbi in the middle of Vienna. I assure our fellow Jewish citizens of […]

Woman threatens rabbi with a knife on street in Vienna, steals his kippah

An unidentified woman stole the kippah of a rabbi whom she threatened with a knife on a street in the Austrian capital of Vienna, police said. The woman fled the scene of Thursday’s incident in Vienna’s 3rd district, the OE24 website reported. The assault happened after several minutes in which the woman shouted antisemitic slogans […]

Minister condemns ‘attack on Jewish life’ after Vienna rabbi attacked at knifepoint

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Woman Screaming ‘Slaughter the Jews’ Attacks Rabbi in Central Vienna as Onlookers Stand By

A police line is seen in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Lisi Niesner. A woman screaming “Slaughter the Jews” attacked a rabbi in broad daylight on a Vienna street on Thursday afternoon as passersby reportedly looked the other way. The attack occurred at 4pm in the Austrian capital’s Third District. The woman, […]

The rabbi hijacked by Virginia to keep America’s ‘racial purity law’ alive

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Rabbi who backed far-right group to head Trump Mideast investment fund

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