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Two teens raise over $40K for Ukrainians

Aish Gesher students Shmuli Vladimirskiy and Eitan Kastner have raised thousands of dollars, recruited volunteers, sent supplies to Ukrainians in need, and are now helping those that have fled to Israel as well.

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Daf Yomi: A Symphony of Learning

Perhaps not directly participating in this discussion, but clearly addressing the crux of the concern, Rabbi Shraga Simmons, on Aish.com published “5 Reasons Why “Daf Yomi” Electrifies the Jewish World.”

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What to Give your Jewish Neighbors for Christmas

For starters, by getting to know Jewish people they meet, live near or work with. By learning about Jewish beliefs and practices. Websites such as Aish.com and Jewinthecity.com are invaluable guides.

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Lobby to Strengthen Diaspora Launched in Knesset

Rabbi Yehudah Weinberg of the Aish Hatorah yeshiva noted that his father and Aish Hatorah founder Rabbi Noah Weinberg had dedicated his life to the new lobby’s goal, “to try as hard as possible to connect Jews from all the denominations and of all types to Judaism and the Land of Israel.”

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The Hanukkah Story that Jews Need to Learn

Pressure to stamp out “hard-line Judaism” came from the Hellenists—the assimilated Jews. They resented the fact that their lives were made more difficult by a minority of their own people who refused to “give up their old ways.”
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(November 7, 2021 / JNS) Many of us know the themes of the Hanukkah story: pride in being Jewish; the few against the many; the defeat of our enemy; and the rededication of the Jewish Temple. Or perhaps some have only learned of the miracle of the oil, and how it burned continuously for eight days. While these are important themes, there is much more to the Hanukkah story that is at the heart of why we celebrate the holiday, and why it is so relevant today.

Looking at the story of Hanukkah, which happened in the 2nd century BCE, we know that many Jews of that era were assimilated. They wanted it all; they identified as Jews, but didn’t want to affiliate, and they were not studying Torah. Some were culturally Jewish—until that, too, was banned. They, like so many today, certainly would have declared themselves “Jews of a different or no religion.”

These Jews, known as Hellenists, emulated everything Greek culture had to offer. In order to be accepted in the halls of commerce and power, they thought that they had to dissociate themselves from their Jewish brothers. Core Jewish values of justice and morality got in the way of the self-preserving and decadent mores of the conquering Greek culture.

But when the non-Jewish ruling government started to clamp down on religious freedom, life became decidedly uncomfortable for their brethren—observant Jews. Forced to do away with Jewish rituals, including brit milah (circumcision), Jewish names, Shabbat, festivals and Torah study, those who hadn’t assimilated were forced to choose between embracing Greek culture or punishment by death.

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A minority within the religious community that chose to fight this oppression joined the Maccabees and became part of an uprising. They managed a miraculous military defeat, the part of the Hanukkah story that is well known.

The other piece of the story, however, is that the pressure to stamp out “hard-line Judaism” came from the Hellenists—the assimilated Jews. They resented the fact that their lives were made more difficult by a minority of their own people who refused to “give up their old ways.”

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Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks a Year After His Death

JUST ONE year ago, the world lost a different kind of ambassador. This Tuesday, the 20th of Heshvan, marks the first yahrzeit of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of blessed memory. He was an inspiring orator, teacher and spiritual leader to countless individuals from all walks of life, and his loss was felt by people of every race, religion and nationality.

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Rabbi Melvin I. Burg, zt’l, Spiritual Leader Of Ocean Avenue Jewish Center

At the time, none of us knew that this would be his final full day on earth. The Almighty granted him one full day to minister to his beloved congregation as he had lived his life. My father was a soldier in the service of Hashem and he was granted permission to stand at his post one last time by his beloved General. I am forever grateful to the Creator for allowing him such a graceful exit.

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The Aish International CEO: A Conversation with R. Steven Burg

“A CEO trapped in a Rabbi’s body.”

In this frank, honest conversation, Aish HaTorah CEO Steven Burg shares the story of his career. Together with host R. Ari Koretsky, he explores his roots and track the realization of his potential while working for major global Jewish organizations.

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A Young Woman Went to the Doctor, and You Will not Believe What Happened There.

 (Hebrew) “לא ידעתי מה זה בדיוק יהדות”, מספרת ג’יין ל’אש התורה’. “ולמען האמת, הרבה יותר הטריד אותי שלא אוכל להישאר עם החברים.”
A one in a billion chance: What are the chances that the Dr. would find a lump right in the place I had randomly pointed to? I was petrified. How could this happen? It was utterly illogical….

Two teens raise over $40K for Ukrainians

Two teens raise over $40K for Ukrainians

Aish Gesher students Shmuli Vladimirskiy and Eitan Kastner have raised thousands of dollars, recruited volunteers, sent supplies to Ukrainians in…
Daf Yomi: A Symphony of Learning

Daf Yomi: A Symphony of Learning

Perhaps not directly participating in this discussion, but clearly addressing the crux of the concern, Rabbi Shraga Simmons, on Aish.com…
What to Give your Jewish Neighbors for Christmas

What to Give your Jewish Neighbors for Christmas

For starters, by getting to know Jewish people they meet, live near or work with. By learning about Jewish beliefs…
Lobby to Strengthen Diaspora Launched in Knesset

Lobby to Strengthen Diaspora Launched in Knesset

Rabbi Yehudah Weinberg of the Aish Hatorah yeshiva noted that his father and Aish Hatorah founder Rabbi Noah Weinberg had…
Aish Celebrates Chanukah with 200 YPs at ‘White Party’

Aish Celebrates Chanukah with 200 YPs at ‘White...

Aish Young Professionals hosted London’s first ever Chanukah en Blance in a studio converted beautifully into a magnificent white wonder…
Jewish Teens Create World’s Largest LEGO Dreidel for Good Cause

Jewish Teens Create World’s Largest LEGO Dreidel for...

Sunday night marks the eighth night of Chanukah, and Denver-area Jewish teens are celebrating in a unique way at the…
Rabbi Burg Hannuka 2021 on "American Agenda"

Rabbi Burg Hannuka 2021 on "American Agenda"

Rabbi Burg explains the importance and relevance of Hannukah on Newsmax.
Do the special Israel-Diaspora ties go both ways?

Do the special Israel-Diaspora ties go both ways?

Israel’s poor handling of the pandemic has created a rift between Israel and its 'extended family' abroad.
Jamie Geller interviewed on "Behind the Bima" podcast

Jamie Geller interviewed on "Behind the Bima" podcast

Aish's CMO joins the hosts of Behind the Bima to discuss her personal journey, her kosher food media empire, and…
The Hanukkah Story that Jews Need to Learn

The Hanukkah Story that Jews Need to Learn

Pressure to stamp out “hard-line Judaism” came from the Hellenists—the assimilated Jews. They resented the fact that their lives were…
The Case for Operational Support

The Case for Operational Support

When the Mayberg Foundation was recently approached for a major programmatic gift to Aish, we considered the various “exciting” programs…
Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks a Year After His Death

Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks a Year After His...

JUST ONE year ago, the world lost a different kind of ambassador. This Tuesday, the 20th of Heshvan, marks the…
Rabbi Melvin I. Burg, zt’l, Spiritual Leader Of Ocean Avenue Jewish Center

Rabbi Melvin I. Burg, zt’l, Spiritual Leader Of...

At the time, none of us knew that this would be his final full day on earth. The Almighty granted…
The Aish International CEO: A Conversation with R. Steven Burg

The Aish International CEO: A Conversation with R....

“A CEO trapped in a Rabbi’s body.” In this frank, honest conversation, Aish HaTorah CEO Steven Burg shares the story…
Why we need to care about the Jewish Agency

Why we need to care about the Jewish...

Much of the Jewish world doesn’t fully understand the critical role the Jewish Agency plays in programs like Birthright and…
Lifting the Veil: Meet Dorothy Tiano Melvin

Lifting the Veil: Meet Dorothy Tiano Melvin

“DOROTHY’S FIRST trip to Israel was an Aish mission in the fall of 2004…”
Saturday to Shabbos Interview with Jamie Geller

Saturday to Shabbos Interview with Jamie Geller

“Jamie Geller’s journey to Jewish observance began when she was still making a name for herself as a celebrated and…
Israel Vai “Defender seus direitos sobre Jerusalém” Contra as Mentiras do Hamas

Israel Vai “Defender seus direitos sobre Jerusalém” Contra...

(Portuguese) Ambassador Erdan “spoke while standing on the roof of the Aish Hatorah World Center, with its impressive view of…
Avi Kroll: Volunteering is as Fun as Playing Ball

Avi Kroll: Volunteering is as Fun as Playing...

“Kroll and his Aish Gesher classmates first visited the home to celebrate Hanukkah in a party that included food, prizes…
A Young Woman Went to the Doctor, and You Will not Believe What Happened There.

A Young Woman Went to the Doctor, and...

 (Hebrew) "לא ידעתי מה זה בדיוק יהדות", מספרת ג'יין ל'אש התורה'. "ולמען האמת, הרבה יותר הטריד אותי שלא אוכל להישאר…
Ambassadors Tour Israel to Better Comprehend its Many Security Challenges

Ambassadors Tour Israel to Better Comprehend its Many...

"Ambassador Erdan has shown consistent friendship and support to Aish for many years through several of his government positions. It's…