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News and updates about Diaspora

Synagogue turned carpentry workshop to undergo preservation

A Jewish man who loves history visited the city of Illintsi in Ukraine and discovered an ancient synagogue that had been converted into a carpentry workshop over the years. The site is due to undergo preservation.

Synagogue turned carpentry workshop to undergo preservation

My Fellow Rabbis – To the Land of Israel!

The mitzvah of the moment is to awaken your congregations to take immediate steps to begin the process of Aliyah.

My Fellow Rabbis – To the Land of Israel!

Columbia Prof. Shai Davidai:

'Jewish students are strong, they need our back'

Prof. Davidai to Arutz Sheva: “The Jewish students and Jewish community are strong. They are resilient. All they need is us the older generation to come and tell them, ‘Whatever you need, we have your back,’ because they are incredible.”

'Jewish students are strong, they need our back'

Israel and Diaspora Jewry's fates are linked together

Today we see and feel the unity and resilience of mainstream Jewry together with Israel.

Israel and Diaspora Jewry's fates are linked together

'Let my people stay' - in the Diaspora?

Instead of reading the handwriting on the wall, Diaspora Jews are begging Gentile governments for the chance to stay where they are. For Theodore Herzl's birthday.

'Let my people stay' - in the Diaspora?

The failure of Diaspora leadership

Why is it that a notable number of Jewish American youth feel not just an estrangement towards Zionism, but also antipathy? How did Diaspora leaders let this happen?

The failure of Diaspora leadership

The Diaspora Torch:

'For all those that heard the call'

One of the torches this evening honored the many Jewish communities outside of Israel who rushed to help when the war broke out.

'For all those that heard the call'

Herzog:

'We continue to fight for what matters - a free, secure Israel'

President Isaac Herzog sends a message to the Jewish communities of the world of unity and mutual responsibility, and his hope for the swift return of the hostages and of peace.

'We continue to fight for what matters - a free, secure Israel'

The crucial ingredient for Jewish survival

This week, the Chief Rabbi identifies the crucial ingredient for Jewish survival over thousands of years.

The crucial ingredient for Jewish survival

Do you belong?

On the surface, we are just like our neighbors in the Diaspora. But we are not really the same. We don't belong and they ensure we know it.

Do you belong?

IDF spokesman to Jewish diaspora: We are all together, all Jews

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari encouraged Jews around the world in the face of growing warnings of terrorist attacks.

IDF spokesman to Jewish diaspora: We are all together, all Jews

The Sukkah as a parable for the Diaspora - it's only temporary

Eventually, if you try to live in it after the holiday, a sukkah will collapse. Come back inside, come home.

The Sukkah as a parable for the Diaspora - it's only temporary

Diaspora leaders meet Congressman Nick Langworthy

Congressman Nick Langworthy said that his trip to Israel in 2019 with Governor Mike Huckabee and Dr. Joseph Frager was “transformative.”

Diaspora leaders meet Congressman Nick Langworthy

Balak: Welcome back, Diaspora shul-goers

The double parashah which communities in exile will read this week, Chukkat-Balak, can happen only in exile, never in Israel.

Balak: Welcome back, Diaspora shul-goers

European Jewish Association:

'Denouncing Diaspora Minister is reckless and irresponsible'

The European Jewish Association publishes scathing retort to a call for students to 'turn their backs on Minister Chikli'.

'Denouncing Diaspora Minister is reckless and irresponsible'

Office of the UK Chief Rabbi

Naso (Diaspora): Why is peace like a suitcase?

Peace contains everything for a good life.

Naso (Diaspora): Why is peace like a suitcase?

President of Euro. Rabbis:

We have to look at the reality, not everything is bad

Rabbi Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, speaks about relocating to Germany and updates on EU Jewish communities.

We have to look at the reality, not everything is bad

How can it be?

How did this tiny, persecuted dispersed people survive and come home after two thousand years? How did they survive at all? Op-ed.

How can it be?

Purim’s message for us today

Two incidents from which all of us can gleam a bit of understanding about assimilation today and the eternity of Torah.

Purim’s message for us today

Conference of Presidents CEO:

Israel must continue to engage with US Jews to ensure unity

William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents, speaks about a unifying consensus around judicial reform.

Israel must continue to engage with US Jews to ensure unity

Iran planning hit squads to assassinate diaspora Jews

French journalist details Iran’s “mapping” of high-level global Jewish targets in event of Israeli attack on nuclear program.

Iran planning hit squads to assassinate diaspora Jews

The Diaspora schools project

This is not a second Holocaust.  It has another name:  Assimilation. Our numbers in the Diaspora are getting smaller and smaller. Op-ed.

The Diaspora schools project

The Parsha and Current Events: Be on the winning side!

It is not easy to be a Jacob in a world of Esaus but it is the Jacobs who will survive and guarantee the eternal existence of Am Yisrael.

The Parsha and Current Events: Be on the winning side!

Vayetze: Appeasement vs. Confrontation

Jacob has a dual mode of action. In the galut, the Jewish people made use of one, but in their own land, they can choose the other.

Vayetze: Appeasement vs. Confrontation

Esau hates Jacob

It is axiomatic, says the Talmud, that Esau hates Jacob. That has not changed.

Esau hates Jacob

Diaspora Blues

They didn’t want Netanyahu. Now that they have him, they want him to govern in the opposite manner from which he pledged to govern. Op-ed.

Diaspora Blues

Op-ed:

Israeli corruption law must be the same for all politicians

Charges that Diaspora Min. funds were misappropriated should be treated the same as the accusations against Benjamin Netanyahu. Op-ed.

Israeli corruption law must be the same for all politicians

No Torah in the Diaspora? How can it be?

When Am Yisrael is scattered and out of its place, then the Name of G-d, which is the Torah, cannot come to full expression in this world

No Torah in the Diaspora? How can it be?

Celebrating the connection to Jewish Diaspora

“We're giving focus on what it means to be part of a global Jewish community, what it means to be an Israeli citizen of that community."

Celebrating the connection to Jewish Diaspora

Diaspora Week to celebrate Israel's ties with global Jewry

'World Jewry is our flesh and blood, the bonds between us are more important than ever,' Diaspora Min. Nachman Shai says.

Diaspora Week to celebrate Israel's ties with global Jewry

Yankelevich: Jewish Agency should lead relations with Diaspora

Former Diaspora Minister Omer Yankelevich: "The Jewish Agency is better suited to be the leading factor in connection with Diaspora Jewry."

Yankelevich: Jewish Agency should lead relations with Diaspora

A new head for the Jewish Agency

Today’s post-Zionist orientation is an acceptance and even legitimization of the Exile. We need a new head with "a new head." Op-ed.

A new head for the Jewish Agency

We need Israel Outreach

Religious Diaspora Jews lack the national identity of secular Israeli Jews and many religious Jews of Israel also lack that identity. Op-ed.

We need Israel Outreach

'The right to enter Israel is the birthright of every Jew'

The Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, says that Israel's travel ban has been traumatic for Diaspora Jews.

'The right to enter Israel is the birthright of every Jew'

Survey: Israel's Covid policies hurt ties with Diaspora Jewry

Survey reveals that 80% of Israelis are concerned about growing antisemitism worldwide.

Survey: Israel's Covid policies hurt ties with Diaspora Jewry

At Least Let My People In

Visits to Israel are desperately needed for Diaspora Jews of all streams, no matter what their level of affiliation. Opinion.

At Least Let My People In

"Generational damage"

Miss Universe is ok but visiting Jews are not?

Rabbi Elchanan Poupko questions why Israel is not allowing American Jews to enter but makes exceptions for events such as Miss Universe.

Miss Universe is ok but visiting Jews are not?

The halakhot of V’tein Tal U’Matar

In Israel we began saying the prayer for rain in the Silent Prayer weeks before it is said in the Diaspora.. What happens if we forget?

The halakhot  of V’tein Tal U’Matar

Spiritual Effects of Diaspora

The Spiritual Effects of Diaspora (VaEtchanan)

In a 3-minute video, Baruch Gordon connects the centrality of the Land of Israel to the weekly Torah reading of VaEtchanan.

The Spiritual Effects of Diaspora (VaEtchanan)

The experience of Jewish children in diaspora schools

Have diaspora public schools ever been good for Jewish children? Are they today? Op-ed.

The experience of Jewish children in diaspora schools

Connecting communities between Israel and the Diaspora

Arutz Sheva speaks to Noa Lewis of the Connecting Communities project as well as two rabbis whose communities now share a connection.

Connecting communities between Israel and the Diaspora

How did Diaspora communities survive Covid-19?

Arutz Sheva talks with Rabbi Shalom Axelrod of Young Israel of Woodmere and Rabbi Jaron Engelmayer, Chief Rabbi of Vienna.

How did Diaspora communities survive Covid-19?

Israel and Diaspora deficient in knowledge about each other

Survey by American Jewish Committee finds that both communities would like to learn more about each other but suffer from lack of education.

Israel and Diaspora deficient in knowledge about each other

Will new government will affect Jewish Diaspora?

Dr. Shmuel Katz, co-founder of Stand With Us, talks with Arutz Sheva about how the new government will affect both the Diaspora and Israel.

Will new government will affect Jewish Diaspora?

Arutz Sheva administration meets officials in NY

Team meets with Ambassador Erdan, heads of Rabbinical Alliance of America, YU President and more.

Arutz Sheva administration meets officials in NY

Time to sober up

This growing inability to know good from evil keeps increasing numbers of people from recognizing the threats looming before them. Op-ed

Time to sober up

Open your eyes!

The parsha and current events. Jethro, Isaiah and the Jews of the Diaspora who criticize Israel's religious level.

Open your eyes!

The Israel lobby is good for America

The Israel lobby plays a postiive domestic role in the US in addition to benefitting Israel.directly. Opinion.

The Israel lobby is good for America

Pollard and the great Jewish divide

Israelis celebrated the Pollards’ arrival. In contrast, US Jews bristled both at the news and the joy with which Israelis greeted them.Op-ed

Pollard and the great Jewish divide

Diaspora Judaism

The greatest miracle of history is the survival of diaspora Judaism. The greatest question is where it is headed today.

Diaspora Judaism

The struggle for power in the Jewish identity

How does the conflict between Yehuda and Yosef echo through history and play out in the State of Israel today?

The struggle for power in the Jewish identity

Gantz: Health crisis to be followed by social crisis

Gantz speaks at launch of 'Declaration of Our Common Destiny'. “Miracles don’t land on planes. Crisis must be taken on by worthy leadership"

Gantz: Health crisis to be followed by social crisis

MK Friedman: We will not give up on Jewish Diaspora

Watch: MK Tehila Friedman (Blue and White) spoke during a special Knesset session on strengthening connections with Jewish Diaspora

MK Friedman: We will not give up on Jewish Diaspora

'We are bringing hope and blessing to the people of Israel'

Netanyahu lights first Hanukkah candle via Zoom with WZO and representatives of Diaspora Jewish communities.

'We are bringing hope and blessing to the people of Israel'

Is this holiday seven, eight or nine days long?

Understanding the source of the difference in holiday observance in the Diaspora and Israel.

Is this holiday seven, eight or nine days long?

Self-reflection: Israel and American Jewry relationship

Israel is a strong nation that can help and support the Jewish communities overseas. Opinion.

Self-reflection: Israel and American Jewry relationship

One true Torah, not two

Vital parts of Torah and Jewish life are Jewish policemen, judges, kings, priestly tithes, cities of refuge, prophecy, an army - in Israel.

One true Torah, not two

Life in the exile is a holding pattern: A brand new oleh speaks

In the Diaspora, we are not building as much as trying not to fall off a spiritual and physical ledge. Op-ed.

Life in the exile is a holding pattern: A brand new oleh speaks

Life is in the power of the tongue

Vows can be a way to a life full of sanctity.

Life is in the power of the tongue

Sorry, Caroline, you missed the mark on this one

There is something critical missing from your plan, Caroline, and that lack dooms it to failure. Opinion.

Sorry, Caroline, you missed the mark on this one