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Hasidic Jews and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism – ThoughtCo

| September 26, 2017

by Lisa Katz Updated September 20, 2017 In general, Orthodox Jews are followers who believe in a fairly strict observance of the rules and teachings of the Torah, as compared to the more liberal practices of members of modern Reform Judaism. Within the group known as Orthodox Jews, however, there are degrees of conservatism

Touro Synagogue History

| September 22, 2017

Origins First Jews in Newport. The small but growing colony of Newport, Rhode Island received its first Jewish residents in the 17th century, possibly as early as 1658. The earliest known Jewish settlers arrived from Barbados, where a Jewish community had existed since the 1620s

Is Zionism "Creepy"? The Question at the Heart of a Social-Media Controversy Deserves an Answer – Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

| August 19, 2017

This article was originally published here on on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Is Zionism creepy?

Synagogue Beth Judah Symbol of Changing Times – Cape May County Herald

| August 19, 2017

WILDWOOD As the only active synagogue in Cape May County, Congregation Beth Judah in Wildwood, knows what it takes to not only survive changing trends in worship but to thrive. As President Karen Burke explained, We are really focusing on our connection to the community

From Rhode Island To South Carolina, 11 Synagogues Whose Architecture Can Wow – Jewish Week

| August 18, 2017

Like a lot of Reagan-era children, I was schlepped to a succession of suburban postwar temples. They all had magnificent cantors, lively services and prosaic 1960s and 70s architecture, which to my youthful eyes paled in grandeur next to my friends grand churches.

Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism – HuffPost

| August 17, 2017

I spent the last week in Basel, Switzerland where in 1897 Theodor Herzl officially inaugurated the Zionist movement when he convened the First Zionist Congress. One of the first places I visited was the Three Kings Hotel. It was Herzls home while in Basel and I wanted to see the balcony from where he posed looking over the Rhine, ostensibly thinking about the millions of Jews suffering under pogroms in Europe and who would need the refuge he would describe in his manifesto, called (in German) Der Judenstaat or the Jewish State.

Why you see swastikas in America but not Germany – Vox

| August 16, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed horror at the racist marches that roiled Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend. It is racist, far-right violence, and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens, she said on German television Monday. She might have added that such a thing wouldnt have happened in todays Germany because its illegal.

A Living Symbol of Israel’s Return to Jerusalem, Hurva Synagogue Stands Proud in Old City – Breaking Israel News

| August 16, 2017

Raise a shout together, O ruins of Yerushalayim! For Hashem will comfort His people, Will redeem Yerushalayim. Isaiah 52:9 (The Israel Bible) The Hurva Synagogue in the Old Citys Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem. Inset: After its destruction in 1967.

From The Courthouse To The Big Screen, The Story Of The Ten Commandments In America – Jewish Week

| August 16, 2017

Historically, religiously and socially, our relationship to the Ten Commandments is complicated.

Is Zionism creepy? The question at the heart of a social-media controversy deserves an answer – Salon

| August 13, 2017

Is Zionism creepy? It is a strange question, prompted by the recent controversy surrounding Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.In early July, Sarsour addressed the annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America, during which she is alleged to have advocated violentjihad.She did not, but her many online detractors nevertheless used the speech to reiterate their claims that Sarsour sympathizes with terrorists, is an anti-Semite, and is hostile to Israel.

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