Home » September 30th, 2010 Entries posted on “September, 2010”

Ed Miliband backs ‘fantastic’ faith schools

Ed Miliband backs 'fantastic' faith schools

Ed Miliband, the new Labour leader, has given his support to faith schools, calling them “fantastic”. During an interview on Radio 5 Live this morning, he said: “Some faith schools – in fact many faith schools – do a fantastic job in our society and many of them also, people don’t often realise, take people […]

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Yeshiva Boys Choir Boys Choir Sukkos 2010

Yeshiva Boys Choir Sukkos 2010

The Yeshiva Boys Choir, led by Eli Gerstner and Yossi Newman, performed to a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn College. TheCoolJew.com was on the scene to catch a few clips of the kids preforming! Read More: @ thecooljew.net

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The Octopus Messiah

The Octopus Messiah

Anyone see Last Comic Standing this summer? Because if you did, you probably caught the incredibly intelligent and funny Myq Kaplan blowing the minds of his audiences. Well now, he is blowing my mind (and hopefully yours) with this animated version of one of his stand up routines. It makes watching stand up all the more exciting […]

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The Colors of Water

The Colors of Water

Water has no color, and yet it contains the rainbow. Transparent and reflective, water reveals the myriad shades of cloud, sky, and light; the rosy glow of dawn, the orange burst of sunset. The soul has no color, and yet it imbibes the flavors, melodies, and histories of humanity. Intangible and sacred, the soul is […]

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The Black Jewish Soul

The Black Jewish Soul

When I think Black Sabbath, I get visions of Ozzy Osbourne in his bat-eating days. But this isn’t about riding the meshuggeneh train. I was already sold on The Idelsohn Society’s Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations because I have a soft spot for anything involving Johnny Mathis (and Danny Kaye, for that matter.) Read […]

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Obama reportedly bargaining with Netanyahu for 60-day freeze extension

The Obama administration reportedly is promising Israel broad security and diplomatic guarantees in exchange for extending a settlement moratorium by 60 days. According to an article posted Wednesday evening by David Makovsky, a senior analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a letter from President Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledges that the United States will:

The Obama administration reportedly is promising Israel broad security and diplomatic guarantees in exchange for extending a settlement moratorium by 60 days. According to an article posted Wednesday evening by David Makovsky, a senior analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a letter from President Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledges […]

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Kosher or Not: Learn the Difference

Kosher or Not: Learn the Difference

A food is considered kosher when it follows strict Jewish Dietary Guidelines. This is indicated by a label or symbol printed on the food package. There are different labels representing a specific agency’s certification that the food has been prepared according to Jewish Dietary Laws. It is important to be familiar with the Jewish Dietary […]

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Jewish Parenting in the 21st Century

Jewish Parenting in the 21st Century

Raising your children in the 21st century can be hard. In this modern world, most parents are busy all the time with their own careers and sometimes neglect the importance of guiding kids and imposing discipline when necessary. Discipline is an important part of child rearing. We set limits on our children’s behavior. We impose […]

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Times Square Bomber Plotted 2nd Attack

Times Square Bomber Plotted 2nd Attack

Prosecutors say the man who admitted trying to bomb Times Square boasted that he thought it would kill at least 40 people and said he planned to detonate a second bomb in New York city two weeks after the first. The government included the details Wednesday in a court filing before Faisal Shahzad is sentenced […]

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Fostering An Interest In Vegetables: Visit A “Vegetable Museum”!

Fostering An Interest In Vegetables: Visit A "Vegetable Museum"!

What about New Zealand horn melon? (Note to my readers from New Zealand: do you eat this?) Let’s face it, most of us, including myself, are really quite uninformed when it comes to all the amazing types of fruits and vegetables that are grown and eaten around the world. Fortunately for us, my mother finds […]

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The Jewish Pork Cookbook

The Jewish Pork Cookbook

I’m a vegetarian, but if I wanted a really great pork recipe, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t head right over to the Israeli cookbook section of my local bookstore. Or to the kosher section, for that matter. There’s actually a law on the books in Israel making it illegal to sell pork (though I know […]

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Chai lifeline does some amazing work

Chai lifeline does some amazing work

I just found out that my friend Akiva Bomzer is one of those responsible for the following video portraying the amazing work that Chai Lifeline does with Camp Simcha a camp for Jewish children battling cancer – I’m going to write more, but this is really a touching video and thought you would like it […]

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Eating Jewish: Plum Kuchen

Eating Jewish: Plum Kuchen

As I walked through the fruit and vegetable section of my local grocery store, I couldn’t help but notice the pile of oval shaped, deep purple Italian plums that were for sale. For weeks I had been buying deliciously juicy peaches and nectarines (of which every bite evoked summer), but it was impossible to ignore […]

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The Universal Sukkah

The Universal Sukkah

Sukkos inevitably gives way to Shmini Atzeres. The parei ha-Chag brought on behalf of the nations of the world give way to a day of intimacy between Hashem and His people alone. The shift between the universal to the particular, between broad concern to Jewish exceptionalism, is a less than remarkable observation. Its treatment by […]

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Netanyahu: I am committed to peace with Palestinians

Some key Muslim states attending US President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, which began Monday, do not intend to focus on Israel’s alleged nuclear capabilities at the conference, despite Israeli concerns to the contrary. The US administration has indicated it hoped the conference would focus on the issue of preventing nuclear materials from ending up in the hands of terrorists. But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled his participation in the meeting at the last minute, with government sources citing fears that Muslim countries would turn Israel into the issue at the conference if he attended.

After meeting with US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Caesarea on Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he and his government are committed to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinian leadership. “There are many obstacles on the road to peace,” the prime minister said before meeting with Mitchell. “There are many skeptics. […]

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Kosher Labeling: How to Make Your Product Kosher Certified

Kosher Labeling: How to Make Your Product Kosher Certified

It is a commandment in Judaism to ensure that everything we eat is according to the Jewish Dietary Guidelines. Kosher labeling is one way to determine whether the food we will buy is kosher or not. For your food products to be kosher, you will have to obtain a kosher certification from a Kosher Certification […]

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Trust: A Key Ingredient to a Lasting Marriage

Trust: A Key Ingredient to a Lasting Marriage

Trusting your partner is one of the most important ingredients of marriage. It is like strong glue that holds a couple together despite great adversities. Aside from love, trust is one of the most important foundations of a successful marriage. The key to creating a relationship built on trust is to continuously make an effort […]

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Israelis harshly treated Us Claim Jewish boat activists

Israelis harshly treated Us Claim Jewish boat activists

Jewish activists who sought to defy Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza say they were treated harshly when soldiers seized their vessel. Itamar Shapira said Wednesday that his brother, Yonatan, a former Israeli air force pilot, was shocked with a Taser gun while passively resisting arrest by sitting down and embracing another passenger. Shapira said the […]

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Murder rising at alarming rate, sending waves of fear throughout NYC’s most dangerous neighborhoods

Murder rising at alarming rate, sending waves of fear throughout NYC's most dangerous neighborhoods

The number of people wounded or killed by gunfire is up citywide, sending waves of fear through some of New York’s most dangerous neighborhoods. NYPD statistics through the first nine months of the year show the number of murders has climbed 13.2% from the same period last year. There were 341 murders at this point last year […]

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Al Qaeda plotters at large in UK after ‘Mumbai-style’ massacre across Europe is foiled

India court convicts main Mumbai terror attack suspect

Islamic extremists who plotted to launch murderous Mumbai-style attacks in British cities remain at large in the UK, it emerged today. Intelligence sources have revealed that militants based in Pakistan, thought to be linked to al Qaeda, were planning simultaneous strikes on London and other European cities. Read more: @ dailymail.co.uk

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Easy to Prepare Stuffed Cabbage for Sukkot

Easy to Prepare Stuffed Cabbage for Sukkot

Sukkot is all about stuffed food and what could be better than preparing a homemade stuffed cabbage. It is also a custom to serve stuffed cabbage during Simchat Torah since the shape of the stuffed cabbage is similar to the Torah scrolls. Here’s a simple stuffed cabbage recipe which is easy to make. You will […]

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Lighting a Yahrzeit Candle

Lighting a Yahrzeit Candle

It is part of Jewish custom to light a Yahrzeit candle for 24 hours during the death anniversary of a loved one.  This candle is also called a “memorial candle” and we light this in remembrance of the life that our loved one lived here on earth. We also light the Yahrzeit candle during Shivah […]

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Vice PM: Settlement freeze was a mistake

Vice PM: Settlement freeze was a mistake

As the 10-month settlement freeze expired at midnight, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom toured the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday and called the prime minister’s initial decision to freeze the settlements a “mistake.” Speaking at Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, Shalom responded to the Palestinian request to extend the settlement moratorium by three months, […]

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The Kiddush Blessing

The Kiddush Blessing

A Kiddush is a blessing recited over wine.  Reciting Kiddush during Passover and Jewish holidays is a commandment from the Torah. Here’s how to recite the Kiddush: Perform the Kadeish (blessings and the first cup of wine). Fill each other’s cups at the Seder table. The goblet should be filled with at least 80 ml […]

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The Ten Plagues of Egypt

The Ten Plagues of Egypt

It is part of Jewish tradition to tell the story of the Ten Plagues of Egypt during Passover Seder. The Ten Plagues of Egypt (Eser Ha-Makot) refer to the ten calamities (blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the killing of the firstborn) imposed upon Egypt by God as told in […]

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Apple and Archaeology: iPad at Pompeii

Apple and Archaeology: iPad at Pompeii

As an example of what amazing things iPad can do, Apple assembled an account of how this game-changing revolutionary tool helps archaeologists at Pompeii. For Dr. Steven Ellis, who directs the University of Cincinnati’s archaeological excavations at Pompeii, perhaps the most significant discovery at the site this year was iPad. Ellis credits the introduction of […]

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Sukkos Thoughts

Sukkos Thoughts

Every Shabbos Chol Hamoed Succos we read the Haftorah (Yechezkel, Chapter 38) about the final confrontation at the end of days between Gog and the nation of Israel. How does Succos connect with Gog, Magog and the end of days? It is ironic to note that after the exodus from Egypt, while travelling in the […]

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ChavuWha?

ChavuWha?

Apparently I wasn’t the only one fed up after the High Holidays, because I received a nice “feelout” email a couple of weeks ago from Dan Chapman, who took it upon himself to invite anyone who wanted to come to a Shabbat gathering at his home to discuss the possible formation of a Savannah chavurah. […]

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Can you be frum and liberal?

Can you be frum and liberal?

Whenever I talk to left wing Jews they always elicit some sort of shock when I tell them that finding a frum liberal is next to impossible. I’m not talking about modern orthodox Jews here, I’m talking about right of modern, black hat – wig wearing Jews who overwhelmingly tend to be right wing, far […]

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A Sukkah of One’s Own

A Sukkah of One’s Own

Jeremy looked out the window to the office and announced it wasn’t raining. “There are a few people with umbrellas,” he said. “But, just, the wimpy ones — you know?” It was 1:15, a little more than halfway through the day. I decided it was time to make my move. So I jumped out to […]

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