For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins’ N.Y. shul

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein vowing to rebuild on the night a fire at Kehilath Jeshurun caused major damages at his New York synagogue, July 11, 2011. Lookstein, who has guided the modern Orthodox shul since his father’s death in 1979, will be stepping down at the end of this year. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) NEW YORK (JTA) – For the first time in about a century, a rabbi from outside the Lookstein family will lead New York’s storied Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. The Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side voted last week to hire as its new senior rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, read more




What’s next for drip irrigation?

Drip irrigation is a common sight in Israeli fields. Photo by Moshik Brin for Netafim Rain has never been a reliable source of water for agriculture. In ancient China, farmers irrigated their fields by burying water-filled unglazed clay pots among their crops. Since then, the most significant advance in modern agriculture is the drip-irrigation system invented in Israel by Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu in 1959. Drip irrigation increases crop yield, quality and consistency, while using less water per unit of land — benefiting farmers, consumers and the planet. This year, Netafim – read more

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