Jews rally around woman arrested for praying at Western Wall

JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday (Oct. 22) to protest the arrest and incarceration of an Israeli feminist as she was leading 250 American Jewish women in prayer at the Western Wall. By Michele Chabin.

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Seven years after Katrina, New Orleans Jews wander no more

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Three days before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that flooded their synagogue and two days before Hurricane Isaac hit landfall in Louisiana, the wandering Jews of Congregation Beth Israel are finally home. By Bruce Nolan.

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Orthodox Jews use smartphones, websites to complete Talmud cycle

(RNS) As 150,000 Orthodox Jews in North America celebrate the completion of a seven-year Talmud study program August 1, it’s easier than ever to study scripture, with the advent of websites, podcasts and smartphone apps. By Chris Lisee.

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Jews worry about Purim’s endorsement of alcohol

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(RNS) Too many times, Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb has seen the high cost of Purim's darker side, the “ugly and despicable behavior” of young yeshiva students who drink to excess on a day that is equal parts Halloween and Fat Tuesday. By Meredith A. Bennett-Smith.

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