Statement from Agudath Israel of America: Beit Shemesh, Israel

Upon consultation with its rabbinic leadership, Agudath Israel of America issued the following statement today. Congregation Toras Chaim of Dallas supports this view: Reports of recent events in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh are deeply disturbing. Violence of any sort, whether physical or verbal, by self-appointed “guardians” of modesty is reprehensible. Such conduct is…

Supreme Court Hears Case to List “Jerusalem, Israel” on Passports

Hamodia (Binyan Magazine), November 19, 2011 The Zivotovskys are Americans who moved to Israel. When their third child was born in Yerushalayim in 2002, they applied for his U.S. passport. They wanted “Israel” listed as his birthplace. The State Department refused, listing only “Jerusalem.” The Zivotofskys sued, and the case has reached the Supreme Court….

Meet the “Rabbi Boxer”

Middleweight Boxer and World Champ hopeful Yuri Foreman came to Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn in 1999 looking to fulfill his vision of the American Dream. After achieving the pinnacle of athletic success in winning the WBA Super Welterweight title in 2009, Foreman is now training to achieve a higher level of connection with his faith….

Hurricane Irene and Halacha

The following is reprinted from the Halacha Hurricane Manual published by Agudath Israel of Florida, based on questions asked to Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Rav Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore. 1.  In case of an impending hurricane predicted to hit on Shabbos, may one leave the radio on? Yes, leave the radio on in a private area…

Baruch Dayan Emmes: Passing Of Hagon Rav Chaim Stein, ZT”L

We regret to inform you of the passing of Hagon Rav Chaim Stein, ZT”L, the Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe Cleveland, who died today. He was close to 100-years-old. Rav Chaim Stein, was the senior Rosh Yeshiva in the United States, and was one of the few remaining links to pre-war Europe, Rav Chaim served as…