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Orthodox Jewish Man Killed In Possible Hate Crime in Baltimore

An Chabad Hasidic Israeli man who was visiting Baltimore to attend the wedding of a cousin was shot and killed on Sunday night. Efraim Gordon, z’l, worked in IT and was 31 years old. According to the Baltimore Police Department, the motive appeared to be an attempted robbery, but he family of the victim told COLlive […]

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Why Do Orthodox Jews Rock When They Pray?

Dear JITC- Why do Orthodox Jews rock when they pray? Thanks, Shawn Dear Shawn- Yes, Orthodox Jews rock. We rock so hard. The swaying to which you refer is called shuckeling, from the Yiddish word shuckelen meaning to shake. While a widespread – though not universal – practice (it’s not the practice of Sefardim, for example), its […]

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Tens of Thousands of Anti-Semitic Tweets Follow Meron Tragedy

After news site Al Jazeera reported on the tragedy in Meron, 30,000 people commented on Twitter within the first six hours of the news being tweeted. Unfortunately, more than a third of the comments were either making fun of what happened or praising the fact that Jews had died. Investigative journalist David Collier was sad […]

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