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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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OU and RCA Direct Efforts to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims in Houston

(Courtesy of OU/RCA) The object in the photo was obscured by murky waters but was nonetheless identifiable to any Orthodox Jew—it was an Artscroll siddur, submerged and floating aimlessly in a synagogue sanctuary that is unlikely to host a prayer service anytime soon.

This image from the

Nachum Segal Network and OU Partner in Hurricane Harvey Relief and Awareness in Houston

NEW YORK – Top Jewish radio personality Nachum Segal and the Nachum Segal Network have partnered with the Orthodox Union to travel and broadcast next week live from Houston in their efforts to keep the global Jewish community updated on the needs and rebuilding efforts of the Jewish Community in Houston. Segal will be in Houston from Wednesday, September

Hamas Leader Says Relations With Iran ‘Fantastic,’ Vows to Liberate ‘Palestine’

(JNS.org) Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas terror group’s recently elected political leader in Gaza, said Monday that his organization has fully restored relations with Iran and is making preparations for the next war with Israel.

Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” of

At Samaria Ceremony, Netanyahu Vows to Never Again ‘Uproot’ Settlements

(JNS.org) While attending a special ceremony Monday evening marking 50 years since the Six-Day War and Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to never again “uproot” settlements.

The “Lights of the Jubilee” event, organized by the Samaria

New Project Introduces Israel to Popular Bloggers Around the World

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An innovative project seeks to change Israel’s international image, one blogger at a time, as part of the StandWithUs organization’s fellowship program.

As part of the initiative, 26 students at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya have made it their

Israel Sends Aid to Flood-Battered Texas

Two teams of Israeli aid experts are on their way to Texas to provide vital relief and psychosocial support to the thousands of people who have lost everything in the catastrophic Tropical Storm Harvey.

The storm, which first hit Texas on Sunday and continues to plague the beleaguered state with

In Effort to Revive Peace Talks, US Asks PA to Halt Diplomatic Offensive Against Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Ramallah on Thursday to freeze diplomatic initiatives against Israel for a period of some four months, in exchange for an American commitment to submit a comprehensive diplomatic plan within that

The Underwater Tanach Verse?

I definitely expected, during my gap year in Israel, to study Jewish texts and to deepen my connection to Judaism while learning in yeshiva. I didn’t expect to hear a short Tanach class while underwater, of all places.

During Sukkot break, I traveled south to the resort city of Eilat

The ‘Summer Vacation Yeshiva’ That Has Transformed Secular Youth Into Bnei Yeshiva

When Israel’s leading secular news channel decides to devote an entire segment of its news coverage to a story that decries your organization’s efforts to promote teshuva among youth, you know you are being successful. That is exactly what transpired last week, when Israel’s Channel 2 broadcast an “expose” on Acheinu’s

Greenblatt, Kushner Go to Israel for Talks

Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner will arrive in Israel Wednesday ahead of talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials Thursday.

The visit, which takes place as part of a swing through the

Year in Israel, for Beginners

A year ago at this time, I was preparing for the next stage of my life: a stage that was so different from anything I’d ever done before that I had no idea what to expect. It wasn’t the step I’d always figured I’d be taking right after high school. No, this was very different. I was going to Israel for the year.

Netanyahu Tells Putin: Iranian Presence in Syria Threatens Israel and Entire World

(Ilan Evyatar/TPS) Iran’s growing presence in Syria constitutes a threat not just to Israel, but to the entire world, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two leaders met in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday.

“Iran makes huge