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Eating Before Davening

Eating Before Davening

The Gemara teaches us, based on the verse in Vayikra, “Lo tochlu al hadam,” that one may not eat or drink before Shacharit. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch writes that one who does eat is referred to in the verse, “You have cast me behind your back.”   In Hebrew, the word gabecha (back) can be interchangeably […]

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Should Adult Orthodox Men Work or Study Torah?

Should Adult Orthodox Men Work or Study Torah?

The Times reports on a significant Talmudic clash of cultures in Israel. The mainstream secular culture considers it desirable and preferable for adult men to work in materially productive jobs. The Haredi Orthodox culture deems it worthy that adult men (now 60% of them) sit in Yeshivas and (ostensibly) study Torah, which they deem to […]

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God doesn’t care if you wear a black hat

God doesn’t care if you wear a black hat

The RaHaF ZT”L in his sefer nefesh hahesh brings down a story of a man who left his body and went to the beis din sehl mala where he spoke to God about gaining entry into Olam Habah: I saw a long table that was catered by someone I would have never eaten by in […]

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Chuck Norris and a Mezuzah

Chuck Norris and a Mezuzah

A little while ago we told you about Mezuzazine — an amazing little ‘zine about the strange and wonderful commandment from the Torah to put a mezuzah on the doorpost of your house. Today David, the person behind Mezuzazine, sent me this in the email. It’s by far my favorite Chuck Norris Fact, and the […]

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Hamas MP among 6 detained by Israel overnight

Hamas MP among 6 detained by Israel overnight

Israeli forces detained Hamas MP Khalil Ar-Rabai from his home in the southern West Bank town of Yatta on Thursday morning, bringing back up to ten, the number of elected Legislative Council members detained by Israel. Family members of Ar-Rabai said troops surrounded then entered the home, then conducted a search of the building, causing […]

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Women Reform rabbis: Stop the hatred

Women Reform rabbis: Stop the hatred

Dozens of female rabbis belonging to the Reform movement called out against a letter drafted by 27 wives of prominent rabbis calling on Jewish women not to date Arabs, work in places where Arabs are employed or volunteer for National Service with them. In their own letter, the Reform rabbis said the wives’ call was […]

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Iranian Jewish history on show at Beit Hatefutsoth

Iranian Jewish history on show at Beit Hatefutsoth

An exhibition on the Jews of Iran showcasing the community’s 2,700-year-old history and rich heritage opens on Thursday at Beit Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv. The exhibition includes archeological and cultural artifacts, including ancient manuscripts, talismans, carpets and both secular and religious music. The exhibition also includes contemporary artworks by Iranian Jewish artists now living in […]

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Katsav’s lawyers: We’ll appeal ‘unequivocal’ rape verdict

Katsav's lawyers: We'll appeal 'unequivocal' rape verdict

Former President Moshe Katsav’s attorneys are planning to appeal the Tel Aviv District Court’s decision to convict him of rape, sexual assault and other sexual abuses. “Precisely because the verdict was so unequivocal there is room to appeal and to raise the fact that the court ignored the evidence,” attorney Avigdor Feldman told Israel Radio […]

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UN prepares to condemn Jewish life in Judea and Samaria

UN prepares to condemn Jewish life in Judea and Samaria

At the behest of the Palestinian Authority, the UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that condemns Jews for settling in their ancestral lands of Judea and Samaria, and demanding that Israel halt the practice altogether. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters on Wednesday that his government would soon be seeking official UN […]

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Is Benjamin Millepied Jewish?

Is Benjamin Millepied Jewish?

Is Benjamin Millepied Jewish? That seems to be the question of the day. Natalie Portman, who starred in “Black Swan” along with three other Jewish actresses all playing ballerinas (Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey), will marry Benjamin Millepied and have his baby. Perez Hilton broke the news earlier today that not only is […]

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Facebook Is No Friend

Facebook Is No Friend

If Mark Zuckerberg tries to friend me, I will decline. Nothing personal. His vision just doesn’t resonate with me, so why let him into my social network? Zuckerberg, in case your cave isn’t wired, is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. He is 26 years old, and a billionaire for inventing Facebook, where people share […]

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Hazon: You know it’s crunchy when I’m the cleanest dude there

Hazon: You know it’s crunchy when I’m the cleanest dude there

I had the pleasure of attending the Hazon Food Conference this past weekend near Petaluma and I’m sure all of you want to hear about the far left Jewish environmental movement, because it sure was funny, especially when you consider that I was one of the most observant and clean cut people there. Which means […]

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New Year’s On Shabbat

New Year’s On Shabbat

The solar system doesn’t want me to party. It doesn’t want you to party either. If it did, it would somehow avoid putting New Year’s Eve on a Friday night. It’s been worse. I’m sure many of you Shomer Shabbat people remember that the new millennium was brought in on Shabbat. This is also known […]

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Chaveirim & Hatzolah Looking To Borrow SUVs

Chaveirim & Hatzolah Looking To Borrow SUVs

Chaveirim has reached out to YWN to post that their organization along with Hatzolah are looking for people with SUVs in the Brooklyn area, to assist people in need. Chaveirim tells YWN that they are flooded with calls from people who need to get to urgent doctor appointments, chemotherapy, dialysis, parents to their children’s weddings, […]

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Christmas Blizzard of 2010: Mayor Bloomberg defends NYC’s response to winter storm, mass transit

Christmas Blizzard of 2010: Mayor Bloomberg defends NYC's response to winter storm, mass transit

The sixth largest snowstorm in New York history buried the streets in four-foot drifts, brought transit to a halt and spread a strange and wonderful hush over the city. The Blizzard of 2010 dumped between 18 and 24 inches of snow – with 29 inches reported in parts of Staten Island – and winds gusts […]

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More than 19,000 Jews move to Israel in 2010

More than 19,000 Jews move to Israel in 2010

Israeli officials say more than 19,000 Jewish immigrants came to Israel in 2010, a 16 percent increase over last year. The Jewish Agency handles immigration to Israel. It said in a statement Tuesday that about 7,700 immigrants came from the former Soviet Union. About half that many came from North America. Others came from France, […]

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Rebbetzins: Women, stay away from Arab men

Rebbetzins: Women, stay away from Arab men

Twenty-seven rabbis’ wives signed a letter distributed by the Lehava organization calling upon Jewish women not to date Arab men, not to work in places where Arabs are employed and not to volunteer for national service with them. The rebbetzins’ letter states, “There are quite a few Arab workers who give themselves Hebrew names. Yusef […]

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Israeli companies to help build first modern Palestinian city

Israeli companies to help build first modern Palestinian city

About 20 Israeli suppliers will help build the first modern Palestinian city in the West Bank but only after promising they will not use products or services from Israeli settlements, the project’s developer said Tuesday. The announcement angered Israeli residents of the West Bank, who accused the suppliers of caving in to an international boycott […]

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Is Justin Bieber Jewish?

Is Justin Bieber Jewish?

Is Justin Bieber Jewish? Is Natalie Portman’s fiancee, Benjamin Millepied, Jewish? Based on my Web research, neither one is Jewish. However, there are many people wondering these questions and doing what curious people do in the Digital Age — turning to Google. There are two components to blogging I enjoy most. First, I love writing. […]

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A Wovel is 10 times easier than a snow shovel

A Wovel is 10 times easier than a snow shovel

Like Albert Einstein, like Isaac Newton, like Thomas Edison, Mark Noonan had an idea…. The Wovel (rhymes with shovel), looks like one of those high-wheeled 19th-century bicycles incongruously transported to that pile of snow in the driveway. It relies on two simple principles of physics, the wheel and the lever, to revolutionize the humble art […]

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A Year-End List You Can Dance To

A Year-End List You Can Dance To

I tend to shy away from the inevitable lists that appear that last week of the year on websites since they activate a neurosis that I must read every single one of them to catch up on all that I’ve missed before I can start the new year, which might put me way into March. […]

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Kiddush Hashems of the week

Kiddush Hashems of the week

It may sound strange, but Shmarya Rosenberg of Failed Messiah deserves credit for helping me come up with the idea for this hopefully weekly post. you see he has this weekly piece on the Heeb Magazine Blog where he does a roundup of all the Jews making chillul hashem’s that week . like a crime […]

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A Modest Proposal—Avoid Travel

A Modest Proposal—Avoid Travel

Yesterday morning I was at airport at five in the morning. After a grueling security line, I was instructed to walk through the infamous backscatter. I asked for a pat down instead, and was then subjected to…well, I don’t know what to call it. Something between a physical and a third date. The woman who—what […]

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YU launches Hebrew mentoring workshop

YU launches Hebrew mentoring workshop

Yeshiva University announced recently that seven honors students from the Yeshiva University high schools will be participating in a new independent study Hebrew literature course in which they will be mentored by a renowned Israeli author with the goal of developing their Hebrew-language creative writing skills. Entitled “Meet the Israeli Author,” the workshop is the […]

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From Gangsta-Rapper to a Representative of the Jewish People

From Gangsta-Rapper to a Representative of the Jewish People

Belize-born, Brooklyn-raised, rap artist known as SHYNE is in Israel, he has adopted a Hebrew name, Moshe Levy, and a very Jewish traditional look. During the past few months Levy has been learning Torah and reaching out to Jewish young boys and girls who need support and strengthening. Now SHYNE is preparing his new musical […]

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UAE asked US for help in Mabhouh investigation

UAE asked US for help in Mabhouh investigation

Two US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower WikiLeaks give insight into how US officials followed the investigation into the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January of this year. A cable from the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi from February 24, 2010 describes UAE officials requesting US help in the investigation of […]

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‘Jewish WikiLeaks’ goes live in Jerusalem

'Jewish WikiLeaks' goes live in Jerusalem

“A breakthrough in journalism research,” the director of the National Library of Israel, Oren Weinberg, called the institution’s project to scan and upload to the Internet hundreds of thousands of pages from Jewish newspapers from the 19th century to the present. Historical Jewish Press, whose official launch was on Monday, is a joint initiative of […]

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Researchers Claim to have Found Graves of the Tribes

Researchers Claim to have Found Graves of the Tribes

After years of researching documentation, Yossi Hertzberg and Israel Stepansky are convinced that they know where Reuven, Shimon, Levi and Dina — the children of Jacob are buried. Adi Hasmonai and Moshe David Ahikam 26/12/2010 7:47 A pair of scholars are convinced that the graves were located on the Arbel — Jacob’s children – Reuben, […]

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What do Chinese think of Jews?

Jews in China

With China all the rage in the news as an up and coming power both politically and economically, the obvious question is – what do the Chinese think of the Jews? We’ve stumbled upon an interesting video that takes a look… A New York Jew in China – What Do Chinese People Think of Jews? […]

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Israeli Made Bullet Proof Vest

Israeli Made Bullet Proof Vest

Didn’t get the gift you wanted for the holidays? On Amazon, here is a concealed BulletProof Vest Personal Body Armor, V.I.P Style Protection Level 3A, light weight, only 4.85lbs / 2.2Kg. This is a top quality level 3A NIJ 01.01.04 with features especially designed for VIPs at risk – like the controversial Talmudic readers of […]

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