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Newsweek Magazine Affirms Female Orthodox Rabbi

Newsweek Magazine Affirms Female Orthodox Rabbi

Now in its fourth year, Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Gary Ginsberg, an executive vice president of Time Warner Inc., list who they think are the 50 most influential rabbis in the U.S. While the yearly ranking is merely based on the opinions of two hollywood moguls and some unscientific criteria, it […]

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Crocheted Hexigon Baby Surprise Sweater: Super Simple, Super Cute!

Crocheted Hexigon Baby Surprise Sweater: Super Simple, Super Cute!

Isn’t this just the sweetest? And guess what, it really is super simple to make, believe me, I’ve already made three of them! This little sweater is made up of just two pieces that magically fold to become sweater halves, with construction inspired by the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Sweater. Read More: @ creativejewishmom.com

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What Makes a Women’s Website?

What Makes a Women’s Website?

Forbes magazine came out this week with a list of the Top 100 Websites for Women, and it got me thinking about what makes a website “for women.” On the list, there are various websites like She Takes on the World, which serves to create a kind of online business and entrepreneurial community for women, […]

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Condolences to Justice Ginsburg

Condolences to Justice Ginsburg

All eyes were on Elena Kagan today, as the nice Jewish girl from New York took the stand for day 2 of her confirmation hearings. And you may have heard the chatter about her cheeky Jew-y comment. When asked by Senator Lindsey Graham where she was on Christmas Day, when the infamous underwear bomber was […]

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Where is G-d?

Where is G-d?

Yesterday at 11 a.m., air raid sirens sounded across the country. Emergency crews went into position, security forces entered a heightened state of readiness and thousands of people made their way to public shelters. It was a chilling scene, as schoolchildren were shepherded to safety, and the innocence of our nation’s youth was disrupted by […]

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Spy ring’s ‘femme fatale’

Spy ring's 'femme fatale'

A ring of 11 Russian moles right out of a Cold War spy novel was smashed yesterday — and among those busted was a flame-haired, 007-worthy beauty who flitted from high-profile parties to top-secret meetings around Manhattan. Russian national Anna Chapman — a 28-year-old divorcee with a masters in economics, an online real-estate business, a […]

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Accused Spies Blended In, but Seemed Short on Secrets

Accused Spies Blended In, but Seemed Short on Secrets

The suspected Russian spy ring rolled up by the F.B.I. this week had everything it needed for world-class espionage: excellent training, cutting-edge gadgetry, deep knowledge of American culture and meticulously constructed cover stories. The only thing missing in more than a decade of operation: actual secrets to send home to Moscow. Read More: @ nytimes.com

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Sarah Palin mocked by reporters caught on open mic after California State University speech

Sarah Palin mocked by reporters caught on open mic after California State University speech

Her speeches generally draw cheers, but Sarah Palin earned jeers for a recent speech in California — from reporters. Several journalists were caught on an open mic mocking the ex-Alaska governor following her remarks at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock last week. Read More: @ nydailynews.com

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Blagojevich Considered Oprah for Senator

Blagojevich Considered Oprah for Senator

Here’s a question you must have thought about a thousand times: would you take a billion dollar cut in pay to be a United States Senator? For a few fleeting days in 2008, Oprah Winfrey was high on Rod Blagojevich’s list of candidates, but he never extended a formal offer. Read More: @ nbcchicago.com

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Netanyahu to Russia: Pressure Hamas to free Shalit

Netanyahu to Russia: Pressure Hamas to free Shalit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asked Russia to exert influence on Hamas to bring about the immediate release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. In talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Netanyahu asked Moscow to take advantage of its relations with the Islamist group to push for a prisoner swap deal […]

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Israel’s Other White Meat

Israel’s Other White Meat

For any kosher law abiding Jew, visiting Israel is an opportunity to eat some of the things that are normally prohibited from eating back at home. What are those things? McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Subway…you know, all those wonderful looking restaurants you pass by every day jealous that you cannot partake in their food’s consumption. […]

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Deconstructing the “Sassy Gay Friend”

Deconstructing the "Sassy Gay Friend"

There’s a long tradition in Judaism of imagining different versions of our favorite stories, from rabbinic midrash to contemporary novels.  Comedy troupe The Second City has thrown their hat into the ring this week with a new Youtube video in their “Sassy Gay Friend” series. Read More: @ jwablog.jwa.org

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We’re All Broken Vessels The 17th of Tammuz

We’re All Broken Vessels – The 17th of Tammuz

The first major tragedy in history was when Adam ate the fruit and internalized confusion. Prior to that sin, confusion was external, but after the sin the confusion was internalized. Man went from an objective reality of true and false to an often confused subjective reality of good and evil. Read More: @ beyondbt.com

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I went to the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco

I went to the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco

The yetzer harah didn’t let me get up for shacharis like I had planned, but he couldn’t stop me from attending the San Francisco gay pride parade no matter how many times he told me to hit the snooze button. I hopped in my car and drove 40 miles up to the city. I got […]

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4 Things Wrong With the iPad

4 Things Wrong With the iPad

People have been asking us what we think of the iPad. Parable: How do you know when you become a really good golfer? You think about the few bad shots you had after every round, instead of the few good shots. Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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Airline Food Fails To Meet Health Standards

Airline Food Fails To Meet Health Standards

Many Americans fear for their safety while flying, scared of the possibility of something going wrong with the plane’s maintenance. It turns out, however, the biggest safety issue you face while flying could be the food served by the airlines. Read More: @ wcbstv.com

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Former Vice President Gore Visits San Diego

Former Vice President Gore Visits San Diego

The San Diego Convention Center was packed with more than 11,000 human resource professionals as former Vice President Al Gore made a rare public appearance Monday. Little has been seen of Gore in the past several weeks since confirmed reports of a split with his wife, Tipper. Read More: @ 10news.com

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Israeli Arabs ‘inspired by global jihad’ charged with taxi driver murder

Israeli Arabs 'inspired by global jihad' charged with taxi driver murder

Israel Police said Monday that three Israeli Arabs inspired by global jihad have been indicted for the 2009 murder of a taxi driver from Nazareth. The announcement came after a gag order on details of the case was lifted. Read More: @ haaretz.com

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Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia Dies

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia Dies

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday. He was 92. A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in […]

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Rav Yaakov Yosef Hospitalized With Cardiac Incident

Rav Yaakov Yosef Hospitalized With Cardiac Incident

Channel 2 correspondent Uri Revach reports that HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Yosef has suffered a cardiac incident and is admitted to Shaare Zedek Hospital since Sunday. The rav is admitted to the cardiology unit and is conscious and alert, speaking with those around him, and undergoing diagnostic tests. Read More: @ theyeshivaworld.com

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How to Behave Inside the Jewish Synagogue

How to Behave Inside the Jewish Synagogue

Learning how to behave properly when inside the Jewish house of prayer and worship is very essential especially if it is your first time inside the synagogue. Dressing for a prayer service in the synagogue is the same as dressing up for other churches. Wear a nice formal dress. Men should wear their yarmulke (skullcap). Married women […]

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How to Properly Affix a Mezuzah

How to Properly Affix a Mezuzah

In the Torah, God commands Jews to hang a mezuzot on doorposts. Two portions of Torah are written on the parchment.These are Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) and Vehaya (Deuteronomy 11:13-21). The Shema is a reminder of God’s presence  in our lives and of our responsibility to keep God’s commandments in our hearts. Vehaya serves as an assurance of […]

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How to Put On the Yarmulke Properly

How to Put On the Yarmulke Properly

A yarmulke (skullcap), also known as kippah is a piece of cloth worn by observant Jews, often by men. Yarmulke is worn during prayer as a sign of respect to God. The yarmulke is one of the most important symbols of the Jewsih faith, thus, should be worn properly. Yarmulke should be worn during Shabbat […]

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How to Participate in the Celebration of Simchat Torah

How to Participate in the Celebration of Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the conclusion of the annual reading of Torah. Simchat Torah is a Hebrew term which means “Rejoicing of the Torah.” Services for Simchat Torah begins with the Ma’ariv service or evening service. Torah scrolls are removed from the ark. Members of the congregation march around the synagogue in a ceremony called […]

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How to Locate a Local Synagogue

How to Locate a Local Synagogue

A synagogue is a Jewish house of prayer. The synagogue is also a beit midrash (house of study). Synagogues have libraries where members of the Jewish community come to study. Many religious and non- religious activities are also held in synagogues. Finding a local synagogue is easy when you know where to start your search. With the […]

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Rules in Sitting Shiva

Rules in Sitting Shiva

Sitting Shiva is a week-long period of mourning after a Jewish relative has passed away.  The goal of sitting shiva is to comfort the bereaved and to honor the deceased. Mourners are considered Nihum Avelim (comforting mourners) after returning from the funeral. A shiva should be done in the house of the deceased. If possible, […]

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Gift Giving Ideas

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Gift Giving Ideas

Like birthdays and other celebrations, a Bar ot Bat Mitzvah is an occasion to give gifts. Religious books, gift certificates or money are some of the most common gifts given to the celebrant.  Choose gifts that are appropriate for a 13 year old boy or a 12 year old girl. Giving money to the celebrant as a […]

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Guest Etiquette on Bar Mitzvah

Guest Etiquette on Bar Mitzvah

Have you  been invited to a Bar Mitzvah? If it is your first time to attend one, it is very important to learn about the proper Bar Mitzvah etiquette. Maintaining proper decorum when attending such occasion will make a good impression on your host and will spare you from embarrassment. The most important part of Bar Mitzvah is […]

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How to Wear a Tallit Properly

How to Wear a Tallit Properly

A tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl worn during Shacharit, Shabbat, and Jewish holidays.  The tallit is usually made of wool or silk and is knotted on its four corners in accordance with the commandments of the Torah . The Jewish prayer shawl is an important symbol of Judaism and should be worn properly according […]

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Leona Helmsley’s Gift to Disabled IDF Vets

Leona Helmsley's Gift to Disabled IDF Vets

When Leona Helmsley, the NYC hotel operator and real estate investor known as “The Queen of Mean,” died she was mostly talked about as a billionaire who donated a large portion of her fortune to her dog. However, her Charitable Trust (The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust) has recently announced grants totaling […]

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