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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jewish Thought

American democracy is in danger from ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative’ facts, and is passing laws that seek to place limits on public debate, American historian and author Deborah Lipstadt told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) Monday on the sidelines of the Jerusalem International Book Fair.

“I’m concerned about American democracy,” she said. “I’m concerned when there is an attempt to create doubt about our courts, our media, the [supposedly] lying press, about our voting system – about claims that 2-3 million people voted illegally, of which there is no proof,” Lipstadt said. “That makes me very nervous. When you create doubts in people’s minds about democracy it’s not a good thing for a country. It’s not a good thing for any political system, and

The origins of the Rebbe’s ‘tanks against assimilation’

(Continued from last week)

1974: Tanks Against Assimilation

Though the use of tefillin mobiles continued, they had not yet solidified their places as the vanguard of Chabad’s outreach activities.

On May 15, 1974, in the northern Israeli city of Ma’alot, a Palestinian terror group took hostage 115 Israeli students and their teachers on a field trip. Ultimately, 25 hostages, mostly children, were killed. The news, just months after the bloody

The origins of the Rebbe’s ‘tanks against assimilation’

Hailing a yellow cab, grabbing a slice of pizza after a Yankees game, strolling through Central Park . . . these are some of the indelible parts of a New York City experience. So, too, is the sight of yeshivah students clamoring from a converted RV—better known as the “mitzvah tank”—with tefillin and Shabbat candles in hand as they ask tourists and locals alike: “Excuse me, are you Jewish?”

The mitzvah tanks have become an iconic fixture in New

Over London Rabbi's Stance on Homosexuality 

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the senior rabbi of London’s Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community is receiving his share of bad ink these days. Over the last several weeks he has been vehemently condemned by such prominent rabbis as HaRav David Yosef (the son of HaRav Ovadia Yosef, zt’l) in Israel to Rabbi Eli Mansour, shilta, a leader of Brooklyn’s Syrian community. It should also be noted that Rabbi Dweck is married to Margalit, the granddaughter of HaRav

Shabbat, we know it well.   It’s our holy day of rest, a sign of the covenant between G-d and the Jewish people, and a time to reconnect with our families and communities after a long and busy work week.  It is truly a gift that keeps on giving week after week and many of us couldn’t imagine our lives without it.

Through my work as an educator for MEOR at George Washington University, I have noticed that for those who grew up without Shabbat as a constant in their lives, this new experience