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Vote for Jewish Journalism Awards

For the first time, the American Jewish Press Association is allowing voting for three Rockower Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The three categories are: Editorial Writing Feature Writing Multi-Media Story The general public may now vote (1 vote per IP address). Please take a look and vote. Note that Jewish Action, on whose editorial board I serve, has an article ...

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American Jews and Hebrew-A Case of Active Resistance American Jews and Hebrew–A Case of Active Resistance It’s not that American Jews can’t learn Hebrew-they actively won’t. Michael Weingrad argues that the psychological history of immigration is the reason why. Oldest US synagogue to remain in hands of congregants Oldest US synagogue to remain in hands of congregants PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ...

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Symposium on Masorah

Beginning this week, Torah Musings will be hosting a symposium on the subject of Masorah. What is it? Why is it necessary? How does it relate to halakhic innovation?  Contributions will address the issues from the perspectives of: Philosophy Halakhah History Theology As with last year’s symposium on Open Orthodoxy, this symposium will published as a free, printable PDF after ...

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Gordimer: Saying It Loudly and Frequently Does Not Make It True Saying It Loudly and Frequently Does Not Make It True: The Tablet Article on PORAT Apparently, it is believed that an aggressive PR blitz with pretty much the same information over and over again is the most effective way to convince people that something is good and true. That’s ...

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WSJ: The Improbable Happiness of Israelis The Improbable Happiness of Israelis Avinoam Bar-Yosef writes that global surveys find Israel high on happiness and life-satisfaction rankings—despite threats all around. R Maryles: What is Modern Orthodoxy? Emes Ve-Emunah: What is Modern Orthodoxy? My outlook on Judaism is based mostly on the teachings of my primary Rebbe, Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik from whom I ...

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New Beis Yitzchak published in memory of Rav Lichtenstein YUTorah Online – Beis Yitzchak Volume 47 (Editor Beis Yitzchak) Personalities – Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, Gemara – General, Halacha – General… Diament: Will The Supreme Court Let Faith Make Children Unsafe? Will The Supreme Court Let Faith Make Children Unsafe? Should all children’s playgrounds be made as safe as possible, or ...

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A Curtain Call for the ‘Hasidic Hendrix’ A Curtain Call for the ‘Hasidic Hendrix’ A tribute to “the Hasidic Hendrix.” The Remarkable Story Behind the Picture of the Aish Kodesh, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira The Remarkable Story Behind the Picture of the Aish Kodesh, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira Some editions of Chovat Hatalmidim, a volume authored by the Piasecznier Rebbe, ...

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