Last-Ditch Letter to Obama for Rubashkin Pardon

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced that he had commutated the sentences of 209 individuals and pardoned 64 others. Members of the Orthodox Jewish community were dismayed to see that Sholom Rubashkin’s name was not among those issued clemency, prompting New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch write an open letter to the president in a last-ditch effort for clemency.

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Rabbis Voice Support for Trump Education Nominee

Ahead of Tuesday’s confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate for President-Elect Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Education, Betsy Devos, the Orthodox Union published an op-ed in the Washington Post expressing support for DeVos, who has been a longtime advocate of vouchers and other school choice initiatives.

German Court: Torching Synagogue Justified

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

Picture of the Day: Berlin Shows Solidarity

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin and the local Chabad Shliach, stands in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate last night as the Israeli flag was projected onto it, expressing solidarity with the people of Israel after the terror attack they experienced yesterday in Jerusalem.

Bomb Threats Called In to Jewish Schools Worldwide

Thousands of Jewish students across the United States and the UK are being sent home today amid a flurry of bomb threats that have been leveled against Jewish day schools in Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, California and London.

Putin: Jewish Nation Exists Because it Keeps Torah

“I would like to extend my holiday greetings to you and to all of Russian Jewry. I wish you a happy Chanuka and all of the very best, along with your family and all of the Jews in Russia. I must say that there are very positive developments in Russia. New Synagogues and Jewish Centers are opening up, and I am thankful to you for that. I hope that our joint efforts will continue to thrive and progress.” These were the wishes of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar at a private audience that was granted in honor of Chanuka at the Kremlin office in Moscow.

Obama Snubs Israel As One of Final Moves in Office

The Obama administration on Friday allowed the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as well as Israel and several U.S. senators who urged Washington to use its veto.