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The Magic Words

The Magic Words

I don’t know about you , but I remember being very confused by certain words as a kid. Certain words seemed to be magic words that could mean just about anything. Like Mitzvah. My mother told me to sit by the Shabbos table and keep quiet when guests were over because it was a Mitzvah. […]

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Bone Marrow Drive – Ayelet Galena

Bone Marrow Drive - Ayelet Galena

In the eight years I’ve maintained this blog, there have been over 800 posts published and yet I’ve never used this blog for a purpose such as this. Until now. Seth Galena is one-half of the creative and comedic energy behind the website Bangitout.com (“Kosher Comedy Community”). I’ve been a fan of Bangitout.com for years […]

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What Would Tevya Say?

What Would Tevya Say?

Mel Gibson is old news, but he’ll be back, sooner or later. And not just to promote a new movie, if you know what I mean. He obviously has some deep-seated issues with Jews, African-Americans, woman, cops (especially if they’re Jewish), ex-wives (especially if they’re women)… You get the picture. Ever look into his eyes […]

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A Good Looking Pastrami

A Good Looking Pastrami

There is no other restaurant in New York that makes me feel fatter than when I leave than the 2nd Ave. Deli. And I mean that as a good thing. You might think you’ve eaten good deli before, but if you’ve never been to 2nd Ave., then I’m telling you, you’ve never truly had good […]

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Film: Love and Free Will Challenge Fate in the Adjustment Bureau

Film: Love and Free Will Challenge Fate in the Adjustment Bureau

We did not have any conceptions about the film “The Adjustment Bureau” when we saw it on Cedar Lane in Teaneck this week. We only knew that friends thought it was a good flick. It turns out that we loved the film. The concept of religion it projected was 100% from what we call the […]

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Sexual abuse case sheds light on Emmanuel’s ethnic tensions

Sexual abuse case sheds light on Emmanuel’s ethnic tensions

A sexual abuse case recently made public is shedding some new light on the development of the ethnic tensions that exploded in Emmanuel last year. Channel 2 reported on Monday that the principal of Emmanuel’s Ashkenazi elementary school for boys, Rabbi Moshe Nussboim, is currently on trial behind closed doors in the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s […]

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Margot Frank steps out of sister Anne’s shadow

Margot Frank steps out of sister Anne's shadow

The Anne Frank House, a museum devoted to the Jewish teenager whose diary became world famous after her death in a German concentration camp, opened an exhibition last week in honor of her lesser-known sister Margot. “Most of the interest has been in Anne; not much is known about Margot,” museum spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker told […]

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Rachmistrivka Rabbi: Tsunami result of Haredi Arrests in Japan

Rachmistrivka Rabbi: Tsunami result of Haredi Arrests in Japan

Rabbi David Twersky, leader of the Rachmastrivka Hasidic dynasty, says the recent tsunami in Japan, which has left thousands of people dead, was the result of the arrest of two yeshiva students by Japanese authorities after being convicted of smuggling drugs. “The Japanese don’t understand why they keep on receiving blow after blow, and it […]

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Jewish author Philip Roth nominated for Man Booker International Prize

Jewish author Philip Roth nominated for Man Booker International Prize

American Jewish author Philip Roth is among the 13 authors shortlisted for the biennial Man Booker International Prize which will be awarded on May 18 in Sydney. The prize is worth 60,000 pounds ($96,000) to the winner, and living authors whose works of fiction are either originally in English or generally available in English translation […]

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A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

Under a cloudless blue sky, in a square wedged between the National Assembly and the Rectorate of the University of Sofia, Alexander Oscar, the young president of Sofia’s Jewish community, issued a blunt message to his countrymen. The occasion was Bulgaria’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony on March 10, a day meant to celebrate the country’s heroic […]

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Twins Beat Mets in Kosher World Series

Twins Beat Mets in Kosher World Series

The Minnesota Twins have never played the New York Mets in a World Series, but when it comes to having Kosher food at the ballpark the Twins win. Kosher Sports Inc. had been the exclusive Glatt Kosher provider at Shea Stadium, the former stadium of the NY Mets, since 2006. In 2008, the and Kosher […]

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Is the “Secret” Eliezer Society at Yale University Jewish?

Is the "Secret" Eliezer Society at Yale University Jewish?

Yes, the secret Eliezer society at Yale University is Jewish, according to Time Magazine. We don’t like the idea of secret societies, Jewish or not. If you have something of value to offer the world, why not let everyone in on it? Perhaps it’s so your members can feel like special elite people. Be that […]

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Eating Jewish: Aranygaluska, or “Hungarian monkey bread”

Eating Jewish: Aranygaluska, or "Hungarian monkey bread"

Earlier this month, The Jew and the Carrot published an article by Leah Koenig entitled “Jewish Dishes We Miss: A Top-10 List of Ashkenazi Foods To Bring Back.” Prior to publishing this list, readers were asked to write in with their own suggestions as to which dishes should go on this list and in the […]

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Crumbs Cupcakes: A Passover Tease

Crumbs Cupcakes: A Passover Tease

Crumbs Bake Shop has a line of Passover inspired cupcakes this year. Passover inspired, which is apparently very different from Kosher for Passover. Here’s their description of the cupcake teases: Our collection of flourless cupcakes for Passover includes the Holy Moses – Chocolate Cake, fudge filling, chocolate cream cheese frosting covered in chocolate fondant and […]

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That Would Be “Ms. God” to You

That Would Be “Ms. God” to You

Have you heard that God had a wife? Eminent religion scholar Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou has revived and enriched the theory that our single dad of a God actually had a partner at one point—before some misogynistic scribes edited her out of the Torah. After examining ancient texts, fertility goddess artifacts and quotes from the Tanach […]

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Group petitions court to halt vote on Jerusalem chief rabbi

Group petitions court to halt vote on Jerusalem chief rabbi

A liberal religious Zionist organization is asking the High Court of Justice to put a freeze on the process of electing a chief rabbi for Jerusalem until the regulations governing the process are altered to better represent the public and prevent political deals. Ne’emanei Torah Ve’avoda on Monday filed a petition asking the court to […]

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Tunisia decries Israeli call for Jews to emigrate

Tunisia decries Israeli call for Jews to emigrate

Tunisia’s government on Monday condemned an effort by Israeli officials to entice Tunisian Jews to emigrate to Israel over concerns about possible economic hardship in the North African country.The “ill-disposed” call from Israeli officials amounted to meddling in Tunisia’s domestic affairs, an effort to sow suspicion, and “an attempt by Israel to tarnish the post-revolutionary […]

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Death mask of a monster: Taken just minutes after his suicide by cyanide, the unseen picture of Himmler put up for auction. But who would want to buy such a sick memento?

Death mask of a monster: Taken just minutes after his suicide by cyanide, the unseen picture of Himmler put up for auction. But who would want to buy such a sick memento?

As he lies dead on a makeshift bed, his school- masterly round glasses still perched on his nose, it is hard to believe that this pathetic figure of a man was responsible for one of the largest genocides in history. Taken just minutes after he had bitten down on a cyanide capsule, this previously unseen […]

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80 Jews wounded during protest near Israel Embassy in Ethiopia

80 Jews wounded during protest near Israel Embassy in Ethiopia

A Jewish group says that Ethiopian police injured 80 Ethiopian Jewish protesters and arrested 80 more during a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa. Hamse Sutotow, chairman of the Beta Israel Association, said 2,000 Ethiopian Jews gathered Wednesday at the Israeli Embassy. The protesters were demanding the right to Israeli citizenship. Sutotow said […]

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Israel and PA Discuss Man-Made Gaza Island for Air and Seaports

Israel and PA Discuss Man-Made Gaza Island for Air and Seaports

Israel and the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority have discussed building air and seaports on a man-made island off Gaza which would exclude Hamas, according to Israel television Channel 2. The government has not commented on the report. The idea has been discussed for the past two months among senior officials and has won wide support, Channel 2 […]

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JStandard’s Miryam Wahrman Covers Jewish Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse

JStandard's Miryam Wahrman Covers Jewish Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse

A strong and self-confident social group polices and criticizes its own shortcomings. Teaneck’s JStandard science editor Dr. Miryam Wahrman writes about Jewish domestic abuse and child abuse. Those are sad realities in every ethnic and religious community. These two important articles will raise consciousness and save people from actual misery in the Jewish community. Confessions […]

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The Engaging Shabbos Table

The Engaging Shabbos Table

If the goal of your Shabbos table is to create a positive and unifying experience for participants of all ages and backgrounds, here are some simple techniques that encourage everyone’s participation. This format is wonderful for those who would like to invite guests who may be less familiar with Shabbos customs, but it works equally […]

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The Answer for Conservative Judaism’s Rebound

The Answer for Conservative Judaism's Rebound

Somehow, the rabbinic associations of both the Reform and Conservative movements decided to hold their conventions this week in our nation’s two most notorious cities of sin — New Orleans and Las Vegas respectively. I’m not attending either convention in person (does Twitter count?), but I have been following the speeches at the Rabbinical Assembly […]

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Jews in Odd Places

Jews in Odd Places

When I told the people at my Orthodox Jewish high school that I was going to University of Iowa for college people were typically…puzzled. Why would anyone move to Iowa? Where would I go to shul? Where would I meet my beshert? To my shock, and the shock of pretty much everyone I knew in […]

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Indian Tefillin

Indian Tefillin

Once in a while someone sends me the link to a blog that entertains enough for me to feel competent in posting one of their posts on this here site. To be honest, I’m not much in the writing mood and this week may be one of guest posts and videos, but fear not – […]

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Rabbi pleads guilty in connection with Brooklyn money-laundering, corruption scheme

Rabbi pleads guilty in connection with Brooklyn money-laundering, corruption scheme

A frail and elderly rabbi who leads the nation’s Syrian Jewish community from a synagogue on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty today to using a religious charity to launder illegal cash. Saul Kassin, 79, was among 43 rabbis and politicians apprehended during a shocking morning of arrests in July 2009 — a spectacle that […]

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Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea

Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea

Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gemara (Talmud) in school. “We tried to understand why the Jews are geniuses, and we came to the conclusion that it is because they study Talmud,” said the Korean ambassador to Israel. And this is how “Rav Papa” became a more well known […]

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Hevesi Sentencing Postponed For Medical Reasons

Hevesi Sentencing Postponed For Medical Reasons

Former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who was originally going to be sentenced Monday in an influence-peddling case, has been hospitalized in Virginia. A source tells NY1 that the 71-year-old is undergoing a routine medical procedure. Nonetheless, he was forced to skip the appearance in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. The judge in Hevesi’s case today […]

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Jewish Studies in Decline?

Jewish Studies in Decline?

Reports prepared recently for Israel’s Council of Higher Education have brought despairing news about the condition of the humanities in the country’s universities. Especially dispiriting is the report on Jewish studies, once the crowning glory of Israel’s flagship Hebrew University—and, in the report’s inadvertently nostalgic words, “an investment in the nurturing of the deep spiritual […]

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Kabbalah Centre Said to Be Subject of Grand Jury Investigation

Kabbalah Centre Said to Be Subject of Grand Jury Investigation

Madonna’s “religion” and the main object of her charity giving, the Kabbalah Centre, is being investigated by the IRS. Sources tell me that a federal grand jury has been convened to ask questions about the organization. I’ve personally spoken to two people who were served subpoenas from the grand jury, being held at the U.S. […]

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