Home » January 31st, 2011 Entries posted on “January, 2011”

Factors in Choosing a Mesivta for your Son – Part 1

Factors in Choosing a Mesivta for your Son – Part 1

‘Tis the season for high school applications, acceptances, and choices. For those who feel that they could use some pointers in how to go about making these choices I have put together some ideas which were the result of advice passed along to me, hard-won personal insights, and things I have observed during the tenure […]

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Poor people deserve respect too

Poor people deserve respect too

I was checking out the scene on Pico Boulevard on Saturday night in Los Angeles and I got to talking with this poor Jewish fellow standing out in front of Nagilla Pizza asking for money to pay his medical bills. He seemed like a reasonable enough guy so I gave him $10 and had a […]

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Jew Indeed

Jew Indeed

I used to work as a corporate communications manager for a company that in a previous incarnation, several decades earlier, was said to have had some business ties to the Nazi party. When my position was eliminated, ostensibly due to massive budget cuts, I left the building, stood all alone in the parking lot, looked […]

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Oh Boy! GPS Tagged Photos on Our Samsung Epic 4g Sprint Phone

Oh Boy! GPS Tagged Photos on Our Samsung Epic 4g Sprint Phone

We noticed in Picasa a little push pin icon on our Samsung Epic 4G pictures and then we realized whoa, the phone-camera can do GPS tagging. So we poked around until we found the place to enable the GPS tagging: opened the camera, clicked on the gear, then on the wrench then on GPS, to […]

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Parshat Mishpatim: The Seventh Point

Parshat Mishpatim: The Seventh Point

The eved ivri (Jewish slave) was a rare occurrence during the Temple era and is certainly not relevant today. Why then is it discussed first in this parsha? Chassidut teaches that space consists of six sides, namely: up, down, left, right, front, and back. There is an epicenter within this three dimensional cube, which is […]

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Foreign Ministry Upgrades Warnings to Israelis: Leave Egypt

Foreign Ministry Upgrades Warnings to Israelis: Leave Egypt

Israel’s Foreign Ministry sharpened its warnings to citizens Sunday evening, telling Israelis to cancel any plans to travel to Egypt. Those who are already in the country should leave, said the ministry. Israelis who continue to stay should monitor developments and comply with orders of the authorities. They should especially observe the curfew — from […]

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Haredi world mulls acceptance of civil unions

Haredi world mulls acceptance of civil unions

As the Ashkenazi haredi establishment grapples with senior Sephardi adjudicator Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s recent endorsement of the military conversions, a new initiative is reportedly seeking to galvanize the haredi rabbinic leadership in favor of expanding the option of civil unions in Israel. The rationale behind the notion, first reported Thursday in the haredi weekly Mishpacha, […]

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New start-up: Kosher clothing stores

New start-up: Kosher clothing stores

An extreme ultra-Orthodox body has established a kashrut department supervising clothing stores in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim and Geula neighborhoods.Haredi women have begun supervising businesses in the neighborhoods on behalf of the new department, checking whether the clothes sold in the stores meet the requirements of Jewish Law. The department’s findings will be published across the […]

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Egypt Internet Shut Down by the Government

Egypt Internet Shut Down by the Government

Egypt’s Internet services were shut down by the government of the country early on Friday. The Egypt Internet services were blocked at the country level apparently, and it wasn’t just due to overloaded server, or too many people trying to access websites. Huffington Post reported it was about 12:30 a.m. in Egypt when it was […]

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When in China, don’t forget to enroll for Jewish class

When in China, don't forget to enroll for Jewish class

Back in 1991 Chen Yiyi was, as he puts it, a “bored” law student at Peking University. At the time, China was in the process of formalizing relations with Israel, and the Chinese Education Ministry and Israel’s Foreign Ministry selected his university as the site of China’s first Hebrew course taught by visiting Israeli teachers. […]

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Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck: George Soros, who as a child in Hungary survived the Holocaust by living with a non-Jewish family “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. And George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It […]

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Frusturated Howl of the Jewish Mother

Frusturated Howl of the Jewish Mother

So much rawr-ing in the last few weeks about Amy Chua’s shocking mothering memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother! The explosion began with Chua’s piece in the Washington Post called “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” where she proudly announced her strict parenting regimen of three-hour violin and piano practice sessions, shame-inducing insults and a […]

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Flying Kosher In Frankfurt

Flying Kosher In Frankfurt

Flying is the worst, right? I mean, except for being able to fly across the world in a matter of hours, it’s still not a fun experience. That is especially truly if you have a long lay over or if you’re flight is delayed. Usually, what I do is walk aimlessly around the airport for […]

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Dvar Torah Mishpatim: Chukim, Chukim and More Chukim

For a really long time, now, I’ve had a special fondness for Mishpatim. That’s why, in 8th grade, when Assistant Principal Rabbi Binyomin Yablok asked that each male student pick a parsha to lein (for, without motivation, it was really just the same Lubavitch guy who leined every week), I picked Mishpatim. Little did anyone […]

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UNESCO head marks Holocaust Day in Paris

UNESCO head marks Holocaust Day in Paris

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova marks International Holocaust Commemoration Day by laying a wreath to Holocaust victims at the Paris Shoah Memorial on Wednesday. At the memorial, accompanied by her Deputy Director-General Getachew Engida (Ethiopia, center), Assistant Director General Eric Falt (France, second from left) and her diplomatic adviser Dr. Graciela Samuels (Israel, right), Bokova pledged […]

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Yad Vashem and Google partner to preserve and share Holocaust archives

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem and Google have announced a partnership to put the world’s largest collection of Holocaust documents onto the Internet in order to preserve and access these archives. The announcement came Wednesday, on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27 marking the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination […]

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Report: Hamas leaders to discuss Shalit deal proposal in Syria

Report: Hamas leaders to discuss Shalit deal proposal in Syria

A delegation of Hamas strongmen is set to discuss the latest proposal for a Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal with organization political chiefs in Damascus, the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat reported on Friday. Earlier this month, Al-Hayat reported that the German Shalit talks mediator Gerhard Conrad concluded a two-day visit to the Gaza Strip where he […]

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US urges Israel to purchase American-made fire trucks

US urges Israel to purchase American-made fire trucks

Americans want a piece of the multi million shekel pie that the State is expected to invest in the next year for the purchase of new fire trucks. Ynet learned that the US embassy in Tel Aviv has approached the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor with a complaint over the fact that there seems […]

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Hamodia Regrets Omitting Chabad

Hamodia Regrets Omitting Chabad

A heated discussion in the comments of leading community news service COLlive.com has led the Jewish Orthodox daily Hamodia to publish a clarification. Chabad readers were furious over an apparent omission of Chabad’s crucial role in the building of the Jewish communities in North Miami Beach, Portland, Las Vegas and other cities. What sparked the […]

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Jewish Hockey Player Claims Anti-Semitism, Now a Senator

Jewish Hockey Player Claims Anti-Semitism, Now a Senator

jThere would probably be more anti-Semitism in the National Hockey League if there were only more Jewish players. TMZ reports that the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks are being accused of abusing Jewish Player Jason Bailey. The 23-year-old was a 3rd round draft pick in 2005 and he “claims from the moment the Ducks assigned him to […]

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Frum Satire fan meetup in LA this coming Saturday night

Frum Satire fan meetup in LA this coming Saturday night

So I decided on a whim to venture down to LA for shabbos and I figured on doing a meetup because it’s too soon of a decision to do a show. After much fussing of where to meet, I have decided on Nagilla Pizza in the Pico Hood at 9pm this coming Saturday night January […]

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The Sway Machinery Play Michael Jackson

The Sway Machinery Play Michael Jackson

The Sway Machinery’s new album House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1 won’t be out for another few weeks (who are they? check out our interview with the band) but this is too good not to share. The band, who recently returned from recording their new album in Africa, plays “Billie Jean” live in Mali. It’s […]

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Uncle Miltie and the Gang, Part II

Uncle Miltie and the Gang, Part II

At the temple, right after the ceremony, a man walked up to his new brother-in-law, a man he despised, and said, “May a child be named after you. Soon.” In the last “License to Kvell” I shared a little historical perspective on Jewish comics and Jewish comedy. We left off somewhere around the early 20th […]

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StarTribune: Beware of the Dangers of Road Rage Even in Winter

StarTribune: Beware of the Dangers of Road Rage Even in Winter

We usually think of road rage as a scourge of the summer months. Not so reports the Star Tribune. Raging driver cuts off, blocks another, allegedly pulls gun Minneapolis police on Wednesday were investigating a driver’s complaint that when he asked another motorist to move his car, the man pulled a gun on him and […]

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Memorial built at site of Auschwitz oven builders

Memorial built at site of Auschwitz oven builders

A memorial site and educational center to open this week on International Holocaust Remembrance Day documents the role played by a German maker of crematoria in the mass execution of Europe’s Jews and others. Hitler’s top men dreamed up the horrors of the Holocaust, but without the support of German engineers and industrialists like Topf […]

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Court: Does rabbinic ordination equal academic degree

Court: Does rabbinic ordination equal academic degree

After a preliminary hearing on Tuesday determined that the issue should be handled in the courts, the Jerusalem Labor Court will be deciding over the next few months whether rabbinic ordination should be recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, vis-à-vis the Civil Service Commission’s prerequisites for the position of a supervisor in the haredi […]

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World’s largest collection of Holocaust documents goes digital

World's largest collection of Holocaust documents goes digital

The world’s largest collection of Holocaust documents is going digital. Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, is teaming up with Google to make its photographs and documents interactive and searchable on the Internet. The first 130,000 photos hit the web Wednesday. Although much of Yad Vashem’s archive was already available through its formidable website, the new […]

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Hikind Decries Appointment Of Pro Suicide Bomber Professor to Brooklyn College

Hikind Decries Appointment Of Pro Suicide Bomber Professor to Brooklyn College

In a letter to Brooklyn College President Dr. Karen L. Gould, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) decried the recent appointment of Adjunct Professor Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton who was hired to teach a Politics of the Middle East graduate course this spring at the College. Several concerned Brooklyn College political science graduate students, including Dina Kupfer, contacted […]

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Jewish group complains to EU presidency about Hungary’s far-right

Jewish group complains to EU presidency about Hungary's far-right

Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik was singled out for criticism at a meeting between a leading Jewish lobby group and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose country holds the European Union presidency, officials said Wednesday. European Jewish Congress (EJC) president Moshe Kantor raised his concerns with Orban in Brussels on Tuesday, on the occasion of Holocaust […]

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Jon Stewart Can Only Go Shofar

Jon Stewart Can Only Go Shofar

Last night, Jon Stewart decided to blow a shofar on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” to alert his viewers to some breaking news (Keith Olbermann leaving MSNBC). He called it a News Shofar and announced “Something happened!” but never actually blew the shofar.  Instead he just put the shofar to his mouth and kept […]

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