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What Are Shmittah and Yovel?

Dear Jew in the City- What are shmittah and yovel? Thank you, Shira Dear Shira- Thanks for your question, which I assume was inspired by the fact that this year (Hebrew year 5782) is a shmittah year. Shmittah is a rest for the land of Israel once every seven years, just as Shabbos is a […]

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s New York Yom Tov

Due to his address to the United Nations General Assembly last week, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spent part of the Sukkos holiday in New York City. He was happy to pray at the legendary Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, also known as KJ. The 149-year-old Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper East Side is a favorite […]

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Orthodox Jewish Debut Author Wins Multiple Awards For His Work

Cleveland-born physician Ira Mosen recently made aliyah with his family and is proud to serve patients from any background, but it is his new job as an acclaimed debut author with a breakout novel about Israel that truly breaks down barriers. His book, First Among Nations, puts an ultra-Orthodox Jew, a secular Jew and an […]

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Israel’s Prime Minister Spends Impromptu Shabbos in D.C.

A surprise extended stay in Washington DC due to President Biden attending to the crisis in Afghanistan led to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s team scrambling to make accommodations for his Shabbos observance in the U.S. Capital. He, along with the large contingent of security, staff and journalists with whom he was traveling, made impromptu plans […]

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Nissim Black Returns to New York For Musical Tour

Nissim Black, the former gangsta rapper who is now an Orthodox Jewish father of six in Beit Shemesh, Israel, returned to New York last week to headline concerts in Passaic, NJ and at the Israeli Consulate in New York. Along his journey, he has taken rap music and imbued it with spirituality, bringing his creative […]

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Should We Give Up On Self-Hating Jews?

Dear Jew in the City- When it comes to supporting Israel or speaking out against antisemitism, I see some Jews who seem to be throwing us under the bus. On the one hand we are supposed to focus on Jewish unity, and on the other, four-fifths of the Jewish nation didn’t make it out of […]

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