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Shiva Shifts Toward Shorter and Livelier Jewish Mourning for Dead

By Rukhl Schaechter

Shiva Shifts Toward Shorter and Livelier Jewish Mourning for Dead
Shiva used to be a strictly choreographed week of mourning. Many families now wrap things up in three days, with catered deli food, some smiles and little solemn prayer.Read More


Rapping About ‘My Yiddishe Mame’

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A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here Read More


How Deb Tambor's Life Ended — and Started Firestorm in Hasidic New Square

By Rukhl Schaechter

How Deb Tambor's Life Ended — and Started Firestorm in Hasidic New Square
Deb Tambor’s boyfriend recounts finding the ex-Hasidic woman’s dead body surrounded by empty bottles of prescription pills. Her apparent suicide sparked a firestorm for family and friends.Read More


Young Philadelphians Volunteer in Israeli Partner City Netivot

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Young Philadelphians Volunteer in Israeli Partner City Netivot
Partnerships between American and Israeli cities are common. But few are as strong as Philadelphia and Netivot, which recently hosted 15 student volunteers.Read More


Chabad Rabbi Shot in Dagestan Taken to Israel for Treatment

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Chabad Rabbi Shot in Dagestan Taken to Israel for Treatment
The Foverts has learned that Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, the Chabad emissary who was critically wounded in the southern Russian Republic of Dagestan, was brought Thursday to Israel for medical treatment, according to the chief rabbi of the Russian military, Aharon Gurevich.Read More






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