The Current Crisis: “Even in Laughter, the Heart Can Ache”...

Jun 21, 2015 by

On June 18, in Tiberius, on the shores of the Kinneret, the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish was set on fire, and graffiti, consisting of a passage from the Siddur, asking that “the worshippers of idols be destroyed” was found scrawled on the walls, in Hebrew. No one was hurt. For reasons that might make sense to those who poisoned Socrates, Israeli officials immediately assumed the desecration was the work of right-wing Jewish teenagers from Judea or Samaria, and 16 such individuals were promptly arrested. According to police sources, the young people had been hiking in the region and were arrested several miles from the church. There was just one problem: absolutely no evidence linked any of those arrested with the crime, and, after a few hours, the suspects were all...

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The Biale Rebbe to Visit Passaic and West Orange: His Followers Expect Miracles...

Jun 16, 2015 by

In the year since the Biale Rebbe’s last visit to New Jersey, there have been dozens of stories that followers of the Rebbe—and even some former skeptics—believe were miracles that resulted from his blessings. The Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Menachem Rabinowicz, will be in Passaic from Tuesday, Junbe 30 through Friday, July 3 and in West Orange from Friday, July 3 until Tuesday, July 7. During that time literally hundreds of people will make appointments and some will stand on line for the opportunity to see him and receive advice. Some will be content merely to see his smile. Known as the Rebbe of Biale Bnei Brak, Rabbi Rabinowicz is a son of the former Biale Rebbe, Rabbi Dovid Matisyohu Rabinowicz, z”tl. After his father’s death, Rabbi Yaakov Menachem Rabinowicz, long recognized as a scholar...

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Christians Beheaded and Burned Alive by Muslim Terrorists; If “Never Again” Means Anything, Wear Something Orange and Take Action...

May 31, 2015 by

Ten years ago, supporters of the Jewish state, in Israel and abroad, wore orange to show solidarity with the 10,000 Jewish residents of Gush Katif who were evicted from their communities. This year, in a project initiated by The Jewish Voice and Opinion, Jews are being asked to join other men and women of all faiths in wearing orange as a sign of support for the persecuted Christian communities in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. According to Rev Frank Karwacki of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, PA, orange was selected because it represents the jumpsuits captives of the Muslim terrorist group Islamic State are forced to wear, especially just before beheadings. “We hope to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians by encouraging people...

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Settling a Kashruth Dispute on Cedar Lane in a Menschlik Way...

Apr 17, 2014 by

After several weeks of dissension, the issue of Ima’s kosher restaurant on Cedar Lane in Teaneck may finally be settling down. All it will take is a meeting between the rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County on one hand and the Brooklyn-based OK laboratories on the other. The meeting is scheduled for mid-December at the Englewood office of The Jewish Voice and Opinion. At issue is who determines whether a restaurant is sufficiently kosher for the community to patronize it. Should it be the local non-profit vaad comprised of resident, often beloved rabbis in the community; or, rather, a large, well-known, and internationally respected kashruth agency. Who makes the decision whether the owner of the restaurant is sufficiently reliable? Caught in the middle of the dispute is Ofira Zaken, who last spring...

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Discovery of Buried Mikveh Prompts an Historical Overview of Baltimore’s Orthodox History...

Apr 14, 2011 by

The report last month that a 166-year-old mikveh, dating from, at the latest, 1845, had been uncovered under the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore, had deep resonance for The Jewish Voice and Opinion’s observer, social critic, and demographic analyst Catriel Sugarman. Mr. Sugarman, who authors The Jewish Voice’s periodic “Catriel’s Notebook” feature, was the last bar mitzvah ever celebrated in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.   “The year was 1957, when Sputnik was shot into space,” said Mr. Sugarman. His late grandfather, HaRav Dovid Pattashnick, was the last spiritual leader of the congregation, the venerable Shomrei Mishmeres HaKodesh. Deep Ties A Greek Revival-style building, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the first shul building erected in Maryland and the third oldest Jewish house of worship...

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Englewood’s New Charter School Already Filled...

Mar 17, 2011 by

Among the 23 charter schools approved by Governor Chris Christie to open this September is the Shalom Academy Charter School (SACS), a Hebrew immersion school that is intended to service children primarily from Englewood and Teaneck.   Its mission, according to founder Raphael Bachrach, a member of the Englewood-Orthodox community who has been shepherding the concept of a Hebrew-immersion charter school for more than four years, is to produce students who are proficient in Hebrew language. By the end of February, just after its first application deadline, virtually all 160 spots in grades K-5 were filled. The school, which will be located on Williams Street in Englewood, will add a grade each year so that, in three years, it will offer classes in grades K-8 for about 240 students. Parental Choice A charter school...

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