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Quick and Easy to Make Hanukkah Dough Balls

Quick and Easy to Make Hanukkah Dough Balls

Celebrate Hanukkah with these special dough balls that your family is sure to enjoy. Serve it together with other traditional foods of the season like latkes, sufganiyot, blintzes and fritters. Here’s an easy to make Hanukkah dough ball recipe: Prepare the following for this dough ball recipe: a cup of apple juice, four ounces of […]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Past

Hanukkah: Remembering the Past

The annual festival of the Jewish people Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and popular events in the Jewish culture. The festival is celebrated for eight straight days in December or late November as per the Gregorian calendar which begins on 25th of the month of Kislev, […]

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Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

Aside from the story of Judah Maccabees, the rededication of the temple and the miracle of the oil, a lesser known story tell of charming and beautiful widow, Judith. She was the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, father of the Hasmonean family who saved her village town of Bethulia, in the land of Judea […]

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

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1098 Information about the Jews in Poland has began to be publicize in Polish chronicles 1170 Warsaw Jews administered the Polish mint. Many coins had Hebrew inscriptions. 1203 Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia. 1264 The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by […]

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants. 1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the […]

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Is Orthodox Judaism Apocalyptic?

Is Orthodox Judaism Apocalyptic?

Is Orthodox Judaism Apocalyptic? Yes, to some degree, it is. I originally wrote an essay in 1987 to analyze and characterize some of the darker clouds that I started to see on the horizon within Orthodox Judaism. I posted it with revisions that I made in 1994, taking account of Rabbi H. Schachter’s responsum regarding […]

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The Batsh*t Logic of a Southern Halloween

The Batsh*t Logic of a Southern Halloween

Oh fer froop’s sake: Since October 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the City of Savannah has taken it upon itself to change Halloween to Saturday, apparently to accommodate the complaints of a few idiots who want to have their religion and their candy, too. Chatham County Commissioner (I’m almost positive this isn’t even […]

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Bais Yaakov expels 9 girls for using non-kosher cell phones

Bais Yaakov expels 9 girls for using non-kosher cell phones

BJJ is known as the top seminary, what this means is beyond me, but in the frum world, girls who go to the top seminaries get the top shidduchim. I always found seminary to be a little hypocritical considering the fact that women aren’t supposed to learn torah, if this is the case, what exactly […]

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Jewish women: Leaders but not heroes

Jewish women: Leaders but not heroes

A sharp piece by Shannon Sarna and Ruthie Warshenbrot take the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to task for the announcement that all five Jewish Community Heroes finalists are men. They wrote: More than half of the 2010 Slingshot organizations are headed by women. More than half of the 2009 Avi Chai Fellows (“the […]

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Secular Music

Secular Music

Question: I grew up listening to secular music (rock, among other genres) and I still enjoy it. I can’t stand most of the modern Jewish music available.  Do I need to deprive myself of listening to what I like? Answer: I understand what you mean about modern Jewish music, but there’s a lot more out […]

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Ban Ki-moon concerned over armed Hizbullah in Lebanon

Ban Ki-moon concerned over armed Hizbullah in Lebanon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released Wednesday that he is concerned about Hizbullah in Lebanon having weapons and he believes the group should lay down its arms. Ban said that both local and foreign militias, that are not subject to government control, are active in Lebanon. The UN chief added that only […]

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Hezbollah calls for boycott of UN tribunal

Hezbollah calls for boycott of UN tribunal

The leader of Hezbollah called Thursday on all Lebanese to boycott the U.N. tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of a former prime minister, saying all information gathered by the team was being sent to Israel. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke Thursday, a day after a crowd of women attacked two U.N. investigators and a Lebanese interpreter […]

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Rabbi Ovadia: Selling homes to non-Jews prohibited

Rabbi Ovadia : Selling homes to non-Jews prohibited

Selling a house or land in Israel to anyone who is not Jewish is forbidden, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said during a Thursday morning halacha lesson. The rabbi cited the halacha as saying that the property should be sold to a Jewish buyer, even if he offers a lesser amount for it. Dozens […]

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No yarmulkes allowed in Jordan

No yarmulkes allowed in Jordan

It has been a while since Israelis entering Jordan were first required to deposit items of a Jewish-religious nature in order to cross the border for “security reasons.” Most recently, Israelis have been asked to removes their yarmulkes. An Israeli businessman who visits Jordan often was amazed when he was asked to leave his yarmulkes […]

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Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys ahead of Jack and Harry

Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys ahead of Jack and Harry

Mohammed has become the most popular name for newborn boys in Britain. It shot up from third the previous year, overtaking Jack, which had topped the list for the past 14 years but was relegated to third spot. Olivia topped the list for little girls for the second year in a row, behind Ruby and […]

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Surprise Accomplished

Surprise Accomplished

Last post I had to get all furtive about why I’ve been a slow Yenta because there was a VERY BIG SECRET at stake. You should know by now that beguilement is NOT my strong suit (unlike loquaciousness, kvetching and tailored linen in a size 6, which ARE my strong suits) and it was terribly […]

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Was Abbie Hoffman Jewish and the first to say, “Sacred Cows Make the Tastiest Hamburgers”?

Was Abbie Hoffman Jewish and the first to say, "Sacred Cows Make the Tastiest Hamburgers"?

Was Abbie Hoffman the first to say, “Sacred Cows Make the Tastiest Hamburgers”? Probably not. Some quotations repositories attribute the saying to Mark Twain. Discussions of that attribution point out that the terms “hamburger” and “sacred cow” were not current during Twain’s lifetime. Other sources trace the quip back to 1971. The Times reports that […]

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40 more challot for the girl with big hips

40 more challot for the girl with big hips

I started to read this in the shul bulletin and sighed. We have many very spiritual folks in our shul, and one single young lady — a very special girl, with great talent in fabric arts, sheitel making, and I’m told she has a great voice too. But she’s not very attractive. You could say […]

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What Taylor Swift Can Teach Us About Accepting Apologies

What Taylor Swift Can Teach Us About Accepting Apologies

I bought Taylor Swift’s new album on Monday night and have been listening to it on repeat since then. (Be quiet, haters. It’s really good!) I’ve been a Swiftie since the first time I heard one of her songs on the radio, which was, fittingly, while driving into Nashville for the first time. You may […]

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Eating Jewish: Babka

Eating Jewish: Babka

With all the delicious desserts that are part of the Ashkenazi culinary repertoire it’s hard to choose a favorite, but I think that after trying many of them I can safely say that babka is my favorite. My love for babka only developed relatively recently but it’s a strong one. I owe my introduction to […]

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City Council Approves The ‘Culver El’ Project In Boro Park

City Council Approves The 'Culver El' Project In Boro Park

Today’s City Council approval of the Culver El project marks the end of a 5-year long effort to make this desperately needed affordable housing project a reality. Low and middle income families across this City desperately need safe, affordable housing options. Boro Park, in particular, has a significant need for affordable housing. The 68 units […]

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Judge denies new trial for Rubashkin

Judge denies new trial for Rubashkin

A judge has denied a motion for a new trial for a former kosher meatpacking plant executive convicted of financial fraud following an immigration raid on the Iowa plant. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade issued her ruling Wednesday, rejecting Sholom Rubashkin’s motion for a new trial. Rubashkin was convicted on 86 federal financial […]

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Beis Yaakov Expells 9 Girls for “non-kosher” cellphones

Beis Yaakov Expells 9 Girls for "non-kosher" cellphones

Nine students from the Beis Yaakov Yerushalayim (BJJ) Jerusalem High School were expelled because they own “non-kosher” cell phones. Mynet, the regional ynet website reported as follows (roughly translated by Jameel). The story began in the twelfth grade class this week, when a student suddenly jumped up excitedly and announced that her friend got engaged. […]

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Kashrus Alert: Canadian Children’s Tylenol Not Kosher

Kashrus Alert: Canadian Children’s Tylenol Not Kosher

New Square Kashrus Council has advised that grape flavored children’s liquid Tylenol that is made in Canada is not kosher and should not be used.  The product contains a substantial amount of glycerin produced from non-kosher sources and should not be used.  This product affects only the grape flavored children’s Tylenol that was produced in […]

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British chief rabbi’s song gets million hits on YouTube

British chief rabbi's song gets million hits on YouTube

A video recording of “Oseh Shalom” by Britain’s Chief Rabbi, recorded to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, has just passed 1 million hits on YouTube. The recording features Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with soloist chazzans Jonny Turgel, Shimon Craimer and Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld along with the Shabbaton Choir and children […]

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Kosher Wine for Hanukkah

Kosher Wine for Hanukkah

A Hanukkah party is not complete without wine. Although Hanukkah is not a drinking holiday, many Jewish families celebrate this holiday with vintage reds or fruity whites. If you want to make sure that the wine is kosher, buy wines from Israel. As much as possible, order wines directly from a kosher winery. If you […]

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Finding a Judaica Store Selling Hanukkah Gift Items

Finding a Judaica Store Selling Hanukkah Gift Items

Hanukkah is a time of gift-giving and those who want to stick to Jewish traditions choose to give Jewish items bought from Judaica stores. Looking for the perfect Jewish gift can be difficult especially if you do not have any idea where to buy one. If you are new in a place get directions to […]

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Hanukkah Party Favors

Hanukkah Party Favors

Hanukkah is a great time to host a party for your family and friends. A Hanukkah party won’t be complete without party favors. Party favors make great gifts for Hanukkah. No matter how simple or grand your Hanukkah party is, your guests will surely remember this event with your unique and memorable party token. Different […]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with […]

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Hanukkah Gift Giving

Hanukkah Gift Giving

Hanukkah gets a lot of attention, and has become so centered and almost focused around gifts. Many Jews have expanded the gelt giving tradition to a gift giving tradition, especially because of its timing and proximity around Christmas season. Gift giving is a well kept tradition in Christmas and celebrating it without gifts is like […]

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