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Steps to Becoming a Jewish Scribe

Steps to Becoming a Jewish Scribe

The job of a Jewish Scribe or Sofer is to transcribe Torah scrolls and other religious writings. Becoming a Sofer is not an easy job and requires a lot of extensive training and great skills. A Jewish Scribe must be a God-fearing person and should be faithful to the holiness of the Torah. A Sofer […]

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Living Jewish

Living Jewish

Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Many refer to Judaism as a way of life of Jewish people. Incorporating Judaism in your daily life is a major step. Visit places that are significant to the Jewish religion. Consider visiting Jerusalem and Israel as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington […]

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Becoming a Mohel

Becoming a Mohel

A Mohel is a Jewish person trained to perform the mitzvah of Brit Milah. Becoming a Mohel is a serious job. There is a shortage of trained and qualified Mohelim around the world. To become a Mohel, you need to undergo both religious and surgical trainings. Get a medical training relevant to performing circumcision. File […]

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New Name for Conservative Judaism?

New Name for Conservative Judaism?

It’s not unusual for a company to change names following a high-profile scandal. Philip Morris famously changed to Altria, Blackwater became Xe, ValuJet became AirTran, and Andersen Consulting became Accenture following its involvement in the Enron scandal. Cingular became AT&T, and the WWF became the WWE. I wouldn’t be surprised if BP changed its name after the […]

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Stereotyping Orthodox Jews

Stereotyping Orthodox Jews

Frumster has a pretty good list of labels to stereotype the people on their site, so I decided to throw in my own two cents and give you folks the real definition. Sure it’s negative, cynical, but it’s fun and true, so why not?  These tend to be individuals who are Shabbat and Kosher observant, […]

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The Octopus Against the Dictator

The Octopus Against the Dictator

Normally, in a battle of man vs. animal, I would take man. However, I wouldn’t bet against this animal, especially with its track record. You wouldn’t expect Paul the Octopus to gain too many enemies. But after the German octopus correctly predicted eight consecutive World Cup matches, one Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decided that Paul wasn’t his […]

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Blogging the Institute: The Freedom Riders

Blogging the Institute: The Freedom Riders

Monday night as part of the JWA Summer Institute for Educators, we saw a sneak preview of a newly made documentary, The freedom Riders, which tells the story of the group of black and white young people, who rode south on two buses to deliberately break the segregation laws. The story of the Freedom Riders […]

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Jews of Discomfort

Jews of Discomfort

Judea Pearl, or Reb Yehudah as I call him, is a UCLA professor of computer science, with a strong interest in artificial intelligence. He is the father of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal writer murdered by Pakistani Muslims. No one can forget his last words. “I am Jewish….My father is Jewish, my mother is […]

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Rangel Says No Plea Deal Yet to Ethics Charges

Rangel Says No Plea Deal Yet to Ethics Charges

Veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel said Thursday there’s no deal yet to settle his ethics case and avoid an election-season trial on charges of violating House rules.  Shortly before a special panel was scheduled to meet, Rangel told reporters outside his office, “Until someone tells me there’s a deal, there isn’t.” Rangel’s comments came […]

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McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking “Jewish Money”

McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking "Jewish Money"

Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger for Mike McMahon’s Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing. But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it […]

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Israel refuses to pay medical bills for American-Jewish protester who lost eye

Israel refuses to pay medical bills for American-Jewish protester who lost eye

The Israeli government is refusing to pay the cost of medical care for an American-Jewish activist who lost an eye when Border Police officers fired a tear gas canister at her during a demonstration. Emily Henochowicz, who studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and also holds Israeli citizenship, took part in a […]

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District OKs sale of Hillcrest Elementary

District OKs sale of Hillcrest Elementary

The East Ramapo Board of Education in a 7-1 vote Wednesday approved the sale of the Hillcrest Elementary School to the Congregation Yeshiva Avir Yakov for $3.1 million. The decision came after a more than two-hour executive session held during the school board meeting Wednesday night. Trustee Stephen Price was absent. Read More: @ lohud.com

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Did You Know Locusts Were Kosher?

Did You Know Locusts Were Kosher?

The men behind a unique six-hour eating marathon in Jerusalem want diners to know two things about locusts: First, they taste great stir-fried, and second, they’re kosher. When 240 observant Jews sat down to the 18-course dinner earlier this month, they were served a veritable zoo of animals that were unlikely candidates to be eaten […]

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Is Amar’e Stoudemire Jewish?

Is Amar'e Stoudemire Jewish?

Amar’e Stoudemire’s official Twitter account name is @Amareisreal but it mind as well be Amare Israel. From his Twitter feed we learn that the basketball star is now in Jerusalem, Israel searching for his Jewish heritage. The 2003 Rookie of the Year has apparently learned that he has Jewish roots (born in Lake Wales, Florida […]

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Parshat Eikev: Mind and Heart United

Parshat Eikev: Mind and Heart United

In Parshat Eikev, we read, “Vayaha eikav tishmaun..”- If you will listen to my laws, then I, Hashem will keep the promise I gave to the Avot to bring you blessing. The word “eikev” seems extraneous. The Shem Mishmuel brings a Midrash- one who assembles a light fixture on Shabbat is obligated to bring a […]

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Silly Season Is Here Again

Silly Season Is Here Again

It’s silly season again in the Jewish world. In other words, yet another fight has broken out over conversions in Israel, and ostensibly smart people have taken to saying some truly risible things. In one corner, we find David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Congress, reviving an old chestnut, one I’d thought had […]

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Some frummies think a BT spouse will be better in bed

Some frummies think a BT spouse will be better in bed

The first time I heard this one, I was talking to a girl whom I was dating, she told me that her Rabbis wife had told her that she had specifically looked for a Baal Teshuva when getting married so he would know how to please her in bed. I didn’t think much about it […]

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Israel Won’t Solve Your Problems: Contemporary Fiction Edition

Israel Won’t Solve Your Problems: Contemporary Fiction Edition

I have a friend who’s Indian, but who hates reading Jhumpa Lahiri and Monica Ali, women who are celebrated for writing about the lives of the Indian and Bengali immigrants. “It’s all spices and saris,” my friend complained to me once. I happen to disagree–I think Lahiri is the finest writer of our time–but I […]

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Pentagon focusing on ‘main suspect’ in Afghanistan leak

Pentagon focusing on 'main suspect' in Afghanistan leak

The Pentagon is focusing on jailed Army Pfc. Bradley Manning as the main suspect in the leak of tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents related to the war in Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon official told CNN Wednesday. Manning, 22, is believed to have accessed a worldwide military classified internet and e-mail system to […]

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Hospital worker stole rings off body

Hospital worker stole rings off body

During 53 years of marriage, Dolores Yukness of west suburban Lombard almost never removed the rings from her left hand. But earlier this month, after she died at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, an emergency-room worker allegedly slipped off the rings and sold them, police said. That worker, Frederick Tapley, 36, of Romeoville, […]

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Netanyahu, Abdullah discuss rail cooperation

Netanyahu, Abdullah discuss rail cooperation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that his secret meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II was “very good”. He said ideas for cooperation in the field of transportation were raised in the meeting, and added that the Jordanian king has no reason to object to a railroad track that links Eilat, Aqaba and Ashdod. […]

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Town is Ready For Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

Town is Ready For Chelsea Clinton's Wedding

Never mind that details about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding are being held as closely as state secrets. The postcard-pretty New York town of Rhinebeck is ready. Signs congratulating the 30-year-old former first daughter are posted on shop windows in the Hudson Valley town. Residents are talking to TV crews, and officials are bracing for crowds. Read […]

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IDF prepares to demolish yeshiva at West Bank settlement Yitzhar

IDF prepares to demolish yeshiva at West Bank settlement Yitzhar

The military is preparing to demolish a Jewish seminary building at the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar after residents lost an appeal against its destruction, Army Radio reported Wednesday. Military sources said that army prosecutors had turned down an appeal against plans to raze the yeshiva, which the government has ruled illegal, in response to […]

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Make this Shabbat More Meaningful by Learning the Parsha- Two Great Classes on Parshat Eikev!

Make this Shabbat More Meaningful by Learning the Parsha- Two Great Classes on Parshat Eikev!

Every week Naaleh.com features Parsha classes to help you prepare for Shabbat. Isn’t is great knowing what the parsha in talking about while listening to the  Torah reading? Check out this week’s parsha, Parshat Eikev: Read More: @ naalehupdate.wordpress.com

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Rejected By The Community

Rejected By The Community

I am not sure if I’ve come to the right place, but I suppose I’ve got nothing to lose. I am a Ba’al Teshuva of over a year and I am encountering issues/problems that are not ordinary. With Hashem’s help, I was able to get custody of my daughter and pull her out of a […]

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Netilat Yadayim – The Jewish Ceremonial Washing of the Hands

Netilat Yadayim - The Jewish Ceremonial Washing of the Hands

Netilat Yadayim is a traditional washing of the hands with a cup. This practice is commonly observed in Orthodox Judaism. Netilat Yadayim is usually done upon rising in the morning and before eating challah. Netilat Yadayim is a ceremonial cleansing. Your hands should already be clean before doing this ritual. Fill a large cup with […]

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Will the yeshiva world ever quit smoking?

Will the yeshiva world ever quit smoking?

The walls in my yeshiva dorm were painted white, thus one of the favorite places to stash cigarettes was to tape them outside of the package to the wall. It was a strange practice, made even stranger when those same folks would take the cigarette off the wall, tuck it behind their ear and tell […]

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Tu B’Av and the Question of Gendered Rituals

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Yesterday marked Tu B’Av, the 15th day of the month of Av, a minor Jewish holiday that Wikipedia tells me has become a Jewish equivalent to Valentine’s Day, in that it is an auspicious day for holding weddings and perhaps meeting a romantic partner. The part about weddings makes sense: Tu B’Av comes only 6 […]

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Roadkill Beer

Roadkill Beer

I ask you all to keep an open mind with this one. Have you heard this story about BrewDog, the Scottish brewing company that has created a beer with a 55% alcohol level? Impressive. But that’s not what I want you to keep an open mind about. Because it isn’t so much the alcohol level […]

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Continental tests ‘self-boarding’ at Houston airport

Continental tests 'self-boarding' at Houston airport

Boarding a plane without an agent to inspect or take your pass has arrived in the USA. Continental Airlines has confirmed it’s testing the procedure at a gate at its hub in Houston Intercontinental. It’s the first experiment at what’s called “self-boarding” in the U.S. In self-boarding, passengers — much like customers of the New […]

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