Home » August 31st, 2010 Entries posted on “August, 2010”

Saying Sorry with Social Media

Saying Sorry with Social Media

Last Yom Kippur, I delivered a sermon explaining how Jewish people have begun “doing teshuvah” — seeking repentance from others — through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. A week before Yom Kippur the religion editor of The Detroit Free Press, Niraj Warikoo, called to find out what I’d be speaking about on the […]

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Dancing to the Shofar: Unavoidable

Dancing to the Shofar: Unavoidable

Just in time for it to go viral for the Holydaze, the cartoon Torah geniuses at G-dcast have teamed up with Savannah’s own Jewish Southern hip-hop maestro, Prodezra Beats, to give us a kickin’ new take on the story of Abraham and Isaac. Let the head-bobbing begin: I predict 5771 to be Prodezra Beats’ breakout […]

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How Would You Help Other BTs Transition?

How Would You Help Other BTs Transition?

A fellow BT has been blessed by Hashem with great insight and great financial resources. Looking back at what was missing when he became frum, he has allocated significant funds to provide learning opportunities specifically for BT’s — at this point specifically for BT women who he feels are really under-served! Yes, finally, someone understands […]

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Katrina Plus Five: Carol Wise and granddaughter Zoe Oreck weigh in

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To mark the 5th anniverary of Hurricane Katrina, we got in touch with JWA Board member Carol Wise and her granddaughter Zoe Oreck, two Jewish women who experienced the storm and its aftermath first-hand. Carol Wise has served as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and Chair of the New Orleans Chamber […]

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Jewish Ear Juice

Jewish Ear Juice

So when I read an article in ynet about a Chinese product called Jew’s Ear Juice, I thought to myself, “Who has been stealing my ear juice and smuggling it to China?” But it turns out the drink is made from a black mushroom that looks like an ear. And in China, Judaism is seen […]

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Fasting the Last Minute?

Fasting the Last Minute?

Fasting is not just a Jewish tradition that should be followed. To fast is a humbling act of respect to God.  There are many fast days that you will observe in Judaism. Some fast days last for 25 hours while others last for less than a day only. It is important to prepare for these […]

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How to Dispose a Damaged Torah Properly

How to Dispose a Damaged Torah Properly

The Torah is one of the most sacred objects in the Jewish religion. The highest ideal of all Jews is Torah study. Unlike ordinary books, a damaged Torah cannot just be thrown away. It should be treated with respect and buried in a cemetery. Seek the advice of an expert sofer to determine whether the […]

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How to Live Jewish in a Non-Jewish Community

How to Live Jewish in a Non-Jewish Community

Judaism is a way of life. Being situated in an area where your chance to practice your Jewish orientation is limited should not stop you from upholding your Jewish upbringing. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your Jewish identity. Continue to practice family traditions and customs. Being away from your Jewish roots […]

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J’lem man indicted for aiding Hamas

J'lem man indicted for aiding Hamas

Jerusalem District Court indicted a 22-year-old man with contacting a foreign agent Monday, and charged him for working with Hamas to gather intelligence on Israeli sites. According to the indictment, the Beit Tsafafa resident Ahmad Awad became acquainted with Hamas operatives during a period of academic study in Cyprus in 2008. He was then allegedly […]

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Haredi ‘Gadol’ Does Not Know What A Music CD Is

Haredi 'Gadol' Does Not Know What A Music CD Is

Several years ago, Rabbi Shteinman did not understand how a credit card worked. His grasp of the world around him doesn’t seem to have grown in the ensuing years. Rabbi Shteinman also had nearly a million dollars of charity money stolen from his unguarded home while Rabbi Shteinman was at a meeting in the West […]

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Ministry Demands Israel to Return Rare Torah Thought to Have Been Looted

Ministry Demands Israel to Return Rare Torah Thought to Have Been Looted

Israel should return rare Babylonian Jewish artifacts to Iraq, an official at the Tourism Ministry in Baghdad was quoted as saying Monday. In particular, the Baghdad authorities want back an ancient handwritten scroll, known in Hebrew as a Torah, which contains the core five books of the Jewish Bible on parchment. Iraq once had a […]

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Only in Israel: Lease New or Buy Second-Hand Sheitel

Only in Israel: Lease New or Buy Second-Hand Sheitel

If you wear your hair out, you can go get your hair styled and cut, as often as you want, with a new style. If you wear tichels, hats and snoods, you can also change the colors, the designs and the styles as often as you like. When you wear wigs, changing style costs a […]

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Full Scholarships & No Membership Required for High Holidays

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Rose & Morris Caskey Community Center 50 E Montgomery Ave. Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 phila@aish.com No background or affiliation necessary Become a member of our Shul and be part of our growing community. Members receive free High Holiday seats for their immediate family and reductions on Hebrew School tuitions and facility rentals. Click here to […]

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Why The Jews are hated

Why The Jews are hated

AntiSemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism) is defined by WIKIPEDIA as a preconception against or hostility towards the Jews, often rooted in hatred of their ethnical background, culture, tradition and/or religion. In its extreme form, it “attributes to the Jews an exceptional position among all other civilizations, defames them as an inferior group and denies their being […]

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Moving back to Israel

Moving back to Israel

Israel, The promised land of milk and honey. The Jews from the 19th century came to a puerile land to establish farms and nurture the distant dream of a Jewish homeland, today, one of the reasons why Jewish Professionals are drawn to Israel is more likely because of the world-class Israeli industries. If your mind […]

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Dave Matthews to Play Kol Nidrei

Dave Matthews to Play Kol Nidrei

In his song “Leave Me Praying,” Dave Matthews sings, “And then I will tell my son and my daughters to hold it so dear.” But I don’t think the singer-songwriter is talking about Yom Kippur that the next generation should hold dear. And in Chicago this Yom Kippur, many young Jews will not be singing […]

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Nice Jewish Boy Kicks Fundamentalist Christian Tuchus

Nice Jewish Boy Kicks Fundamentalist Christian Tuchus

The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, is best known for their charming “God Hates Fags” campaign, but apparently they needed to spice things up with a new target and a vacation: They brought their moronic minions out to the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles this week, where a reporter named “Brick Stone” confounded even […]

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Madoff Music

Madoff Music

Yeah? You thought were done with Bernie Madoff? Well think again! Because we are only getting started. This week, Six Points announced its fellows for 2010. And let me tell you, they do not disappoint. To prove this, you have to look no further than the project of Alicia Jo Rabins, of Girls in Trouble […]

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The California Governor’s Race, Rebbi and Antoninus, and Israeli Ingenuity

The California Governor’s Race, Rebbi and Antoninus, and Israeli Ingenuity

California voters face an unusual choice in the coming gubernatorial election. Interestingly, a recent Daf holds the key to the way frum voters are likely to go. Elections are often a choice between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. (Too often, unfortunately, that should be spelled tweedle-dumb.) The two candidates in this election could not be more different, […]

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Sharing the stories of Katrina’s Jewish Voices

Sharing the stories of Katrina's Jewish Voices

This weekend we lead up to the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans on the morning of August 29th, 2005 killing more than 1,700 people and displacing hundreds of thousands. The media is marking this occasion: The Today Show is live from New Orleans this morning; the Hurricane is a “Times Topic” […]

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Bat Mitzvah Invites – When to Send

Bat Mitzvah Invites – When to Send

The bat mitzvah celebration is a monumental occasion in the Jewish girl’s life that should be a memorable, precious experience for her and her family. When sending out bat mitzvah invites, it is important that all family and close friends are included in the celebration of the special girl’s coming-of-age. As with all milestone ceremonies […]

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‘All Jews share a certain gene’: German banker sparks outrage with ‘stupid’ comments

'All Jews share a certain gene': German banker sparks outrage with 'stupid' comments

A leading member of Germany’s central bank has caused outrage by claiming that Jews are identified by a particular gene. Thilo Sarrazin, who is on the board of the the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, said in a newspaper interview: ‘All Jews share a certain gene. Basques (Spanish separatists) have particular genes, that distinguishes them from others.’ […]

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One Million Jews in Russia

One Million Jews in Russia

Russia’s Jewish population is at about one million, says the FJC President, Alexander Boroda. Speaking on a Moscow radio program, he justified this figure despite a census that puts the number at around 270,000.  Communism has produced generations of Russian Jews who know little if anything, about Judaism and their heritage. It is only in the […]

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Rabbi’s ‘offensive’ remarks harm peace efforts

Rabbi's 'offensive' remarks harm peace efforts

The United States on Sunday condemned remarks by the spiritual leader of Israel’s leading ultra-Orthodox party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who said the Palestinians should “perish”. “We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,” U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley. “These remarks are not only deeply offensive, but incitement such as this […]

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PM distances himself from Yosef’s rant

PM distances himself from Yosef’s rant

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rushed on Sunday evening to distance himself and his government from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s death wish for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people, after the flood of angry Palestinian reactions to the comments. “These words do not reflect the approach of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, nor the position […]

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Bat Mitzvah Invitations Wording – Where to Begin

Bat Mitzvah Invitations Wording – Where to Begin

Choosing the invitations for a Jewish girl’s bat mitzvah is a fun yet important part of the list of things to do for the ceremony and party that follows. It is important that the bat mitzvah invitations wording not only gives all the pertinent details and necessary information, but that the desired tone is achieved […]

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Black and Jewish, and Seeing No Contradiction

Black and Jewish, and Seeing No Contradiction

In yeshivas, they are sometimes taunted as “monkeys” or with the Yiddish epithet for blacks. At synagogues and kosher restaurants, they engender blank stares. And dating can be awkward: their numbers are so small, friends will often share at least some romantic history with the same man or woman, and matchmakers always pair them with […]

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Dating Jewish

Dating Jewish

Dating a Jewish or someone from another religion can be a difficult and very challenging situation, even when the couple is deeply in love. Religion plays an important role in relationships, even if we don’t want to, the differences in opinions in faith will always come out because it is through religion that we create our […]

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Kabbalah! Cult or religion?

Taking the "Rihanna" approach to Jewish Orthodox sexuality

During the 6th and 13th century, the Jews in some parts in Europe developed kabbalah. With it’s less than two dozens spelling, Kabbalah or Qabalah to some, from the Hebrew letters qof-bet-lamed means to “receive” or to “accept”. According to tradition, when man received the written law (the 10 commandments) from god, it was said […]

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Jewish Comedy

Jewish Comedy

Humor is a part of every culture and religion including Judaism over the last century. In the United States and Canada, it started with Vaudeville, (Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Each performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together […]

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