A Rare 1860 Reform Siddur

Photo Credit: Jewish Press I just acquired a pair of extraordinarily rare prayer books published in New York in 1860 that offer insight on the wave of change that overcame American Jewry at this time. Titled Seder Tephilah: The Order of Prayer for Divine Service, and based on Leo Merzbacher’s German siddurim, it was the […]

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The United States: The Next Decade

Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Guerra President Donald J. Trump {Originally posted to the BESA website} “Trumpism” Advertisement ‘); _avp.push({ tagid: article_top_ad_tagid, alias: ‘/’, type: ‘banner’, zid: ThisAdID, pid: 16, onscroll: 0 }); Trumpism is a phenomenon of unprecedented populist presidential behavior. Trump is the least presidential president in modern history. […]

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Iranian-Backed Militiamen Warn Iraqi Military Personnel, ‘Stay Away From Americans’

Photo Credit: Peter Rimar / Wikimedia Sign in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Iraq (April 2004) The Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah militia has warned Iraqi military personnel to stay away from Americans, beginning on Sunday evening. The militia told the Iraqis to remain at a minimum distance of one kilometer from US personnel stationed in Iraq, beginning from […]

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Report: Strikes on Iranian Militias, Iranian Missile Warehouses at Syria-Iraq Border

Photo Credit: IAF Israeli, US and UK F-35 participate in the Tri-Lightning joint exercise. June 2019 Air strikes reportedly targeted Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) forces at Suwayyah and Hiri, near Abukamal at the Iraq-Syria border late Saturday night. There are unconfirmed reports of several dead and others wounded after […]

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Living In Mitzrayim

Photo Credit: Jewish Press In this week’s parsha, Yaakov Avinu and his family migrated to Mitzrayim, and remained there for many years. The Gemara in Kiddushin 82a says that Avraham Avinu kept the entire Torah, even the mitzvos that may not have applied. The meforshim assume that this was the practice of the other Avos […]

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Following Monsey Attack, Congress Members to Help Synagogues, Nonprofits Apply for NSGP Funding

Photo Credit: Office of Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.). New York Democratic Reps. Max Rose, Jerrold Nadler, Yvette Clarke, Eliot Engel, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, Nita Lowey, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, and Nydia Velázquez address a press conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York follows a rising trend […]

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Monsey Machete Attack Suspect Grafton E. Thomas Indicted in Rockland County

Photo Credit: Google Maps Rabbi Rottenberg’s Shul on Monsey, NY The Monsey machete attack suspect Grafton E. Thomas was indicted Friday before a Rockland County Grand Jury. The charge sheet included: six counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault, three counts of attempted assault, and two counts of burglary. Advertisement ‘); _avp.push({ tagid: article_top_ad_tagid, […]

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