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In Which British Royalty Reminds Me Of High School

In Which British Royalty Reminds Me Of High School

I went to an Orthodox Jewish high school with a strict dress code. Long skirts, high necked shirts, sleeves to your elbow, and a somewhat flexible policy about writing on shirts. Boys had to wear collared shirts. The idea was to preserve modesty, but we lady-students saw the dress code of a challenge, not a safety […]

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I get by with a little help from my online friends

I get by with a little help from my online friends

Two months ago, I moved to a new town 700 miles from home. Because gas isn’t cheap these days and airfare never has been, I decided it wasn’t feasible for me to travel home to Ohio for Passover. That left me in a holiday pickle: Because I’ve not yet become part of a Jewish community […]

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Eating Jewish: Mufleta – Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna. This is a tradition that […]

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James Frey’s Dazzling Messiah Book

James Frey's Dazzling Messiah Book

Controversial author James Frey has written a brilliant book about a contemporary messiah, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. The book is self published for Kindle via Amazon. And a luxury hardcoveredition has been issued by Gagosian Galleries. Quite a creative way to publish this breathtaking work of fiction that raises dozens of important theoligical issues. […]

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Regards From Tornado Alley-Bama

Regards From Tornado Alley-Bama

Dear Rabbi Lazer, During the past 24 hours, Roy and I witnessed Psalm 91 in action.  We are located right in the middle of the path of the tornado outbreak that left destruction in Mississippi and across the state of Alabama.  In addition to thanking Hashem for His wonderful protection, we also thank Him for all of your emuna CD’s and books.  […]

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Reflections of an Israeli monarchist on the eve of the royal wedding

Reflections of an Israeli monarchist on the eve of the royal wedding

I consider myself qualified to meddle in the affairs of the British royal family, about which I began to hear as a mere child, and especially about Prince Charles. This happened courtesy of my mother who frequently informed me about the prince’s habits and way of life in order to drum into me the fact […]

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Rabbi: Coordinate Joseph’s Tomb visits

Rabbi: Coordinate Joseph's Tomb visits

Samaria Chief Rabbi Elyakim Levanon called on rabbis and religious leaders this week not to send their students to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, without coordinating the visit with the Israel Defense Forces. Speaking following Sunday’s shooting incident at the holy site, which left one Jewish worshipper dead and several […]

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Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews’ intelligence

Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews' intelligence

I did an extremely rash thing last week, promising this column would, for once, not just be about criticism, but also try and propose ideas for bridging the widening chasm between a young generation of American Jews and their counterparts in Israel. Thinking about it over the last few days, and actually sitting down now […]

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Iran cleric warns Ahmadinejad not to overestimate his power

Iran cleric warns Ahmadinejad not to overestimate his power

A senior Iranian cleric on Friday warned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to overestimate his power. Ahmadinejad is reportedly involved in a dispute with the country’s clergy for allegedly having ignored the orders Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the dismissal of the intelligence chief. Read more : @ haaretz.com

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The new leader of Reform Judaism: A Zionist and lover of Israel

The new leader of Reform Judaism: A Zionist and lover of Israel

Reuben Jacob (Richard) Jacobs, known to all as Rick, will only take up the position of president of the Reform Movement in the summer of 2012. But the report of his appointment as head of the largest denomination in American Jewry – estimated to be some 1.5-million strong – sparked a wave of praise and […]

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Push to ban circumcision in San Francisco

Push to ban circumcision in San Francisco

Activists who want to ban male circumcision in San Francisco have taken a step toward putting the issue to a popular vote, sparking outcry from Jewish and Muslim groups. A coalition of “intactivists” submitted 12,000 signatures to Californian city’s authorities this week in support of a ballot measure which would criminalize circumcision of males under […]

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Talmudic Differences Between the Poor Financial Conditions of Baseball’s Dodgers and Mets

Talmudic Differences Between the Poor Financial Conditions of Baseball's Dodgers and Mets

This article by Jon Heyman, “Selig had many reasons to act on McCourt but not Wilpons,” has a Talmud-like point-by-point comparison of the poor financial circumstances of two baseball teams, the Dodgers and the Mets. It starts off, “The reason baseball commissioner Bud Selig appointed Tom Schieffer as emissary to oversee the day-to-day operations of […]

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Is Leon Panetta Jewish?

Is Leon Panetta Jewish

No Leon Panetta is not a Jew. He is a Catholic. Barack Obama named Panetta Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in his administration. Update: President Obama will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta as secretary of defense, replacing Robert M. Gates Read more : @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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Chocolate Mocha Glaze Icing For Your Next Cake!

Chocolate Mocha Glaze Icing For Your Next Cake!

Nearly two years ago when I first started this blog, I posted my basic chocolate cake recipe and promised to add to that post the recipe that I use for the chocolate glaze topping which is simple, stress free, and can be made with basic ingredients that you most likely have in the cupboard. Well, wouldn’t […]

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A Simple Pipe Cleaner Craft: Tic Tac Toe!

A Simple Pipe Cleaner Craft: Tic Tac Toe!

A super simple pipe cleaner craft that’s also a game. No explanation required right? Pipe cleaners are one of those simple craft supplies that one should always have on hand, as there are really so many great uses for them! In the past I have posted about pipe cleaner birthday crowns, and pipe cleaner sculptures, as well […]

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A Fun Memo Pad Drawing Exercise To Get The Creative Juices Flowing!

A Fun Memo Pad Drawing Exercise To Get The Creative Juices Flowing!

For many children, drawing of any kind can be a wonderful and creative experience, and as parent I get particularly excited when a see a child using drawing to tell personal stories. Unfortunately we see this most often in pre-school and kindergarten children, with that creativity disappearing as children learn new things and are influenced […]

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IDF discharges thousands of haredim

IDF discharges thousands of haredim

Thousands of yeshiva students in recent weeks have received letters informing them that they have been exempt from military service. The letters were sent following the ultra-Orthodox draft reform approved by the government earlier this year. A military official confirmed the details to Ynet. The newly discharged men are yeshiva students over the age of […]

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Bitter herbs sweet for Poland’s Jews

Bitter herbs sweet for Poland's Jews

The Passover herbs are bitter, but the symbolism is sweet for Poland’s Jews, a community which has emerged from the shadow of Nazi German genocide and communist-era anti-Semitism. As Jews worldwide commemorated the ancient Exodus from Egypt with traditional fare from dry matzah crackers to herbs in saltwater recalling their forebears’ tears, those in Poland say […]

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Egypt says not obliged to repay Israel for cut to gas supply

Egypt says not obliged to repay Israel for cut to gas supply

Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Abdullah Ghorab said the country was not obliged to compensate Israel and Jordan for the non-delivery of gas after attacks on the pipeline to the two countries, in an interview published Thursday. Ghorab was quoted by Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper as saying that Egypt was not bound to pay compensation because the explosions […]

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The Orthodox Jewish battle over a N.Y. school system

The Orthodox Jewish battle over a N.Y. school system

The battle between a New York Orthodox Jewish community and its neighbors over the local public school system took a drastic turn in late April as the school board’s Orthodox president resigned amid corruption allegations, and a federal official confirmed a civil rights investigation into the district. While the corruption allegations against the board president […]

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San Francisco activists bring male circumcision ban closer to vote

San Francisco activists bring male circumcision ban closer to vote

A U.S. group opposed to male circumcision said they have collected more than enough signatures for a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections. But legal experts said that even if the move was approved by a majority of the city’s voters, such a measure would almost […]

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Register Now for Shir Hashirim with Rabbi Yehoshua Geller in our upcoming Summer Semester!

Register Now for Shir Hashirim with Rabbi Yehoshua Geller in our upcoming Summer Semester!

Shir Hashirim, written by Shlomo Hamelech, and one of the five megillot, is a poetic allegory of the relationship and love between Hashem and the Jewish people. We will look into the text and explore both the simple and the deeper levels of the words, using Midrash and other commentaries, and attempt to uncover the […]

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No Entrance!

No Entrance!

The sign on the entrance to the main sanctuary of a synagogue in the USA where I spoke several months ago really made me laugh. Some people mean well, but they flub it when they try to get their message across. The directors of the synagogue probably wanted to convey to the congregants that it’s […]

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April 11th: An Eerie Confluence of Dates

April 11th: An Eerie Confluence of Dates

It was the 50th anniversary of the start of the Eichmann Trialand the 11th anniversary of the verdict [judgment] in my libel trial in the UK when David Irving sued me for libel for calling him a Holocaust denier. More significantly, on April 11th I spoke at the United States State Department to mark the anniversary of […]

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Bring on the Squish and the Seven Year Scratch

Bring on the Squish and the Seven Year Scratch

Well, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Passover has almost passed, which means two things: This evening the Family Yenta will be scarfing pizza and beer (the root variety for the kiddies, natch) in front of Glee. (Speaking of which, after you’re done here, check out Jay Michaelson’s breakdown of the seder’s Four Sons as imagined through […]

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Moroccan Mofleta…..The First Leavened Bread After Passover

Moroccan Mofleta.....The First Leavened Bread After Passover

If you happen to mention mofleta to a Moroccan, the response will very likely be something like “ahhhh, mofleta, my Savta’s mofleta is the best!” Mofleta is made from dough very similar to pita dough, with just a touch more oil, and it is cooked in a frying pan like a large pancake. Good mofleta must be made […]

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The average Israeli

The average israel

The average Israeli wants to wake up in the morning and find milk for his coffee in the fridge. He once heard about “free trade” coffee, but doesn’t quite remember what that is. It sounds like something that a pompous “bleeding heart” would say. The average Israeli doesn’t want to be a bleeding heart. He […]

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Israel’s officials urge energy independence following Egypt pipeline blast

Israel's officials urge energy independence following Egypt pipeline blast

Israel needs to prepare itself for a future without Egyptian natural gas supplies, an senior Israeli official said on Wednesday, following an earlier explosion at the Sinai pipeline carrying gas from Egypt into Israel. An explosion rocked a natural gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel earlier Wednesday sending flames shooting into the air and […]

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Explosion hits Egypt gas pipeline carrying gas to Israel

Explosion hits Egypt gas pipeline carrying gas to Israel

Masked gunmen blew up a natural gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel on Wednesday, sending flames shooting into the air in the early hours of the morning and forcing the shutdown of the country’s gas export pipeline to Israel and Jordan. “An unknown armed gang attacked the gas pipeline,” said an Egyptian security source, […]

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Israel’s West Bank policies render the two-state solution DOA

Israel's West Bank policies render the two-state solution DOA

The very first meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama following the latter’s assumption of the American presidency was preceded by a dramatic decision by Israel’s Supreme Court. On May 18, 2009, the High Court of Justice issued gave the state 90 days to detail steps it had taken to dismantle six unauthorized […]

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