Home » February 28th, 2011 Entries posted on “February, 2011”

“It’s up to us to save ourselves”

"It's up to us to save ourselves"

Yesterday, Rabbi Jill Jacobs published an op-ed at ReligionDispatches.org that connects the labor struggles of the past with those of the present, using the words of labor organizer Rose Schneiderman to inspire us today. An excerpt from “It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves”: What Wisconsin is Teaching Us: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is […]

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You’re Covered: God’s Presence is Closer Than You Think

You’re Covered: God’s Presence is Closer Than You Think

With four kids, ages seven and under, my husband and I have been exhausted for basically seven years straight. We’ve found that the best way to manage our sleep deprivation is by taking shifts and fortunately, the division of labor comes naturally in our house. When darkness falls on nights that he has nothing in […]

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Rabbi, how do you like my glasses?

Rabbi, how do you like my glasses?

Leaders of the Vizhnitz Hasidism have issued new instructions in regards to the purchase of eyeglasses, as part of their attempt to combat modernization. In a special sermon to the young yeshiva students of the Hasidic dynasty, considered one of the biggest in the haredi sector, Rabbi Israel Hager, the successor of the Vizhnitz Hasidism’s […]

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Chilean Miners: Just Like the Jews, We Kept Our Faith

Chilean Miners: Just Like the Jews, We Kept Our Faith

It was right before noon when the visitors to the Western Wall heard a loud sound of joy,  which is quite unusual for the holy place of prayer, the only vestige of the Holy Temple complex,  destroyed in 70 C.E. by the Roman Legion and considered Judaism’s most sacred site. The jubilant cries came from […]

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Polish FM to Haaretz: Nazi Germany carried out the Holocaust against our will

Polish FM to Haaretz: Nazi Germany carried out the Holocaust against our will

It is often said about Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski that the story of his life could supply the material for a number of films. The first would likely be a melodrama with elements of an action movie. The foreign minister, who largely symbolizes the new Poland, was already active in the Solidarity movement as […]

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Meat the Mets! Lawyer has delicate question for case’s higher authority

Meat the Mets! Lawyer has delicate question for case's higher authority

A Federal judge’s Amazin’ apparel caused some consternation Friday during a hearing on whether kosher hot dogs can be sold at Citi Field on the Jewish Sabbath. The lawyer for the vendor that has been barred from slinging rabbi-approved franks from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday had a delicate question for the case’s higher authority. “Your […]

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Qaddafi Crushed the Graves in the Jewish Cemetery

Qaddafi Crushed the Graves in the Jewish Cemetery

As the violent protests in Libya continue, Israel National News TV visited the Libyan Jewry Heritage Center in Israel to hear the feelings of those Jews who came from Libya. “My feeling is not good,” said Meir Kachlon, Chairman of the World Organization of Libyan Jews. “The people that I knew are ruled by a cruel […]

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Media Matters: Glenn Beck says Reform Rabbis are like Radicalized Islam

Media Matters: Glenn Beck says Reform Rabbis are like Radicalized Islam

Glenn Beck says that Reform rabbis are like radicalized Islam because they took out an ad asking for his termination. (a) Glenn Beck, come to my local synagogue where an Orthodox rabbi talks radical right wing politics every week. (b) Have you lost your mind making such comparisons? No wait, obviously you have. Here is […]

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Congratulations, Mr. Mayor

Congratulations, Mr. Mayor

Mucho mazel to Rahm Emanuel on his victory in Chicago! In spite of an attempt to render his run ineligible by some who questioned his ChiTown residency (to whom I’m sure he would have flipped his right middle finger, if he had one), the former Official Presidential Foulmouth soared into office with 55% of the […]

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My frum-porn arrived in the mail

My frum-porn arrived in the mail

It’s a magazine with shiny pages and vibrant picture.  And it’s total frummy-porn goodness.  But there’s no skin, and hardly any pictures of people.  Confused?  It’s the Annual Shnorah Chinese Raffle Catalog. Porn for frummies.  Beautiful images of highly desirable, but largely unattainable objects of desire that are stapled into a simple magazine meant to tease me […]

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The personal is political: Rep. Jackie Speier tells her abortion story

The personal is political: Rep. Jackie Speier tells her abortion story

Being pro-choice means a lot of things: Above all else, it means supporting a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body during pregnancy, abortion included. But because the stigma surrounding abortion is still so, well, stigmatized, “being pro-choice” is often just an amorphous concept (albeit a powerful one) without real faces or stories […]

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Religious gays offered conversion therapy

Religious gays offered 'conversion therapy

For years, organizations for homosexuals have refused to acknowledge the possibility of changing a person’s sexual inclination. A newly established association of religious gays and lesbians is now giving those psychological “conversion therapies” a chance.Moreover, the association even plans to subsidize these treatments for its disadvantaged members who cannot afford to pay for them. The […]

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U.S. judge dismisses defamation lawsuit by former AIPAC official

U.S. judge dismisses defamation lawsuit by former AIPAC official

A Washington D.C. Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, on Wednesday, for allegedly defaming its former foreign policy boss when they publicly attributed their firing of him to what they described as his sub-standard performance. Judge Erik Christian determined that the comments about Steve Rosen made by […]

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange WILL be extradited to Sweden to face sex attack allegations, judge rules

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange WILL be extradited to Sweden to face sex attack allegations, judge rules

The founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, will be extradited to Sweden to answer sex attack allegations, a judge has ruled. The 39-year-old Australian is accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another during a week-long visit to Stockholm in August. He denies any wrongdoing and has sought to fight the case on […]

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iYarzheit: Jewish Technology to Remember

iYarzheit: Jewish Technology to Remember

The latest bit of Jewish technology to help the absent-minded was born of a need for compassion: meet the iYarzheit. Created by a South African-born immigrant to Sydney, Australia, the application calculates, stores and reminds users of the anniversaries of the deaths of friends and relatives. Especially helpful for busy business people and those whose […]

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Lincoln Tunnel smashup: Motorcycle slams into 3 buses, dozens hurt, commute snarled

Lincoln Tunnel smashup: Motorcycle slams into 3 buses, dozens hurt, commute snarled

A chain-reaction wreck involving a motorcycle and three buses in the Lincoln Tunnel injured 53 people and snarled the Thursday morning commute. The motorcyclist was critically injured when he was sandwiched between two of the buses, an NYPD source said. The wreck happened in the Manhattan-bound lanes of the tunnel’s center tube shortly before 7:30 […]

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Help! My Child Hates Reading!

Help! My Child Hates Reading!

Question: My daughter is a wonderful girl, does fine in school, and helps a lot around the house.  The problem is that she hates reading. She’d rather sit on the couch and do nothing. She loves going shopping, which also concerns me. I try to explain that we only go shopping when there is something […]

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How the word shiksa was invented

How the word shiksa was invented

This was a recent comment on my ever expanding glossary located at the top of this page… Didn’t you know that the word “shiksa” was created by some old horny Jews who, upon seeing a shapely gentile female, would declare in Yiddish “shik sa tzu mir!” (Send her to me!) The phrase was eventually shortened […]

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Eating Jewish: Montreal Smoked Meat

Eating Jewish: Montreal Smoked Meat

The debate over the smoked meat of Montreal and the pastrami of New York continues to elicit strong opinions, with ardent supporters on each side. A quick search on Google reveals numerous magazine articles and blog posts comparing the two. However, I should mention from the outset that I’m not here to do that or […]

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Why I Suddenly Understand Queen Esther

Why I Suddenly Understand Queen Esther

Sometimes I wonder what I would write about if I wasn’t Jewish and my mother hadn’t died. It’s kind of a weird question to ask yourself–what would you be like if you lost the central points of your identity? (I recognize that it sounds weird that my mother’s death counts as a central point of […]

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Life In The Fast Lane

Life In The Fast Lane

In a blur of colors and a roar of engines, the Formula Ford race cars sped around the race track at the Riverside International Raceway in California. Hitting 125 miles an hour, George Gottlieb* pulled his car away from the pack. Lap after lap, the other cars tried to keep up with him but to […]

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Mother worries even though son escaped quake unhurt

Mother worries even though son escaped quake unhurt

When Orna Barashi from Jerusalem heard on the news that an earthquake had hit the city of Christchurch and that its Chabad House had been destroyed, she feared the worst. “My son had sent me an e-mail two days before telling me he had just arrived in Christchurch and that he was staying at the […]

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Obama breaks silence, condemns Libya crackdown

Obama breaks silence, condemns Libya crackdown

President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous” crackdown by Libyan security forces on protesters and said Washington would work with international partners to hold Muammar Gaddafi’s government accountable. “The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters,” Obama said in his first public comments on the […]

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Arab unrest signals Messiah’s coming

Arab unrest signals Messiah's coming

Prominent rabbis from the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox sector have offered their own curious interpretations for the upheaval that is spreading through the Middle East, stating that the events are a clear proof that a higher power is at work. The cellular portal Haredim, which offered a collection of responses on the matter, quoted Rabbi Aharon Leib […]

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Update On Rabbi Eli Hecht, Sitting in Spanish Prison

Update On Rabbi Eli Hecht, Sitting in Spanish Prison

A radio host from Radio Kol Rega, a regional radio program in northern Israel, has been following the unfortunate story of Rabbi Eliyahu Hecht. Last week he interviewed Rabbi Yehuda Dunin, a representative of the committee that was established to secure Hecht’s freedom from the Spanish jail where he is currently being held. Ami Cabri […]

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Bloodbath Suspect Maksim Gelman Indicted In Manhattan

Bloodbath Suspect Maksim Gelman Indicted In Manhattan

An alleged killer accused of murdering four people in Brooklyn before slashing a commuter on an uptown No. 3 train was arraigned Wednesday via video feed from the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital. Appearing on his attempted murder and assault charges for the first time in Manhattan, an image of Maksim Gelman was transmitted to […]

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Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Science-Tofer/Koreah Part II

Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Science-Tofer/Koreah Part II

In order to violate the Torah prohibition of Koreah, tearing, one must do so for the sake of Tofer, sewing. This law is derived from the times of the Mishkan. Moths would eat circular holes into the curtains. These holes were hard to mend. They needed to be torn into a kind of line to […]

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Is Rahm Emanuel Jewish?

Is Rahm Emanuel Jewish?

Yes, Rahm Emanuel is a Jew. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959. In Hebrew the name Rahm means “lofty” and the name Emanuel means “God is with us.” Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday 2/22/2011, topping the 50% threshold […]

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Scandal Upon Scandal

Scandal Upon Scandal

The other day, a reporter contacted me at Agudath Israel of America—I serve as the Agudah’s public affairs director—about the Conservative movement’s planned offering of an “ethical seal” of approval for kosher foods, intended to assure consumers that labor, animal welfare, consumer rights, and environmental impact standards are being adhered to by the producer. Why, […]

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Jews Sweep Worst Cooks in America Series!

Jews Sweep Worst Cooks in America Series!

Joshie the Jew (formerly Hassidic Jew) is on the finale of Worst Cooks in America as I write tonight. What has Chef Anne Burrell chosen for  Joshie to make for an entrée?  A PORK CHOP with FENNEL SAUSAGE. C’mon, Chef Anne. Have you no mercy?  A double treif header? Last season (season 1), a nice […]

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