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

Sefirat Haomer Part II-Joyful Anticipation

Sefirat Haomer Part II-Joyful Anticipation

Sanctity is achieved through immersion in Torah. Rav Pinchus Koritzer writes that the or haganuz (the hidden light) that Hashem concealed during creation, is hidden in the thirty six sections of the Shas. Learning Torah purifies our soul. In fact the Ramchal notes that if a rasha would learn Torah, he would repent, because the […]

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Mission Accomplished (although I am not wearing an air force jumpsuit)

Mission Accomplished (although I am not wearing an air force jumpsuit)

It has been far too long since I have posted on this website, but I do visit the site regularly and I am proud to have had a small part in facilitating the rich and meaningful discussions on Beyond Teshuva a number of years ago when Mark and David were launching the website I am […]

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A Tip on The Circumcision Ban

A Tip on The Circumcision Ban

Listen up, it’s penis time. You may have heard by now that the city of San Francisco has put a measure on the ballot for November 2012 to ban male circumcision. If it passes, it would become a misdemeanor to snip the tip of anyone under 18, punishable with a $1000 fine and/or up to […]

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Fine you’re a matchmaker!

Fine you’re a matchmaker!

My. G-d.  What have I gotten myself into? Nervous as you can possibly imagine, I called this shadchan (“she is NOT a shadchan”) on the insistence of my friend’s mother (“Oh please, don’t call me Mrs. Bornstein! Just call me Rebbetzin Mrs. Bornstein!”), and had been listening for the past ten minutes straight as the […]

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The final day of #jwapedia

The final day of #jwapedia

Today is the final day of May, which also makes it the final day of Jewish American Heritage Month and the final day of our #jwapedia campaign to tweet the Encyclopedia. This month we wanted to bring Jewish women’s stories to the fore, experimenting with Twitter as a vehicle for doing so. We asked a […]

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Steve Jobs to open Apple event, unveil iCloud

Steve Jobs to open Apple event, unveil iCloud

Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who spent months on medical leave, will open an annual developers’ conference next week showcasing the iPad maker’s latest computer software and a new cloud computing service. Apple’s shares rose almost 2 percent after it said on Tuesday that Jobs, along with a team of executives, will deliver the […]

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Bnei Brak gets twin sister

Bnei Brak gets twin sister

The ultra-Orthodox central city of Bnei Brak has found a twin sister overseas – Lakewood, New Jersey, which also has a very large haredi community. In a ceremony held last week in the Israeli city, Bnei Brak Mayor Yaakov Asher and his American counterpart, Menashe Miller, signed a Twin City Alliance in a bid to […]

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US Jewish chaplains to get new memorial

US Jewish chaplains to get new memorial

A memorial commemorating US Jewish chaplains who died in battle will be erected at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Congress decided on Thursday night. “This memorial will be a fitting commemoration of 13 chaplains who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation,” bill sponsor Sen. Charles Schumer said. “Every day, military chaplains risk […]

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Airlines Spend over $300 Per Person on Fuel to Fly NYC-LA-NYC

Airlines Spend over $300 Per Person on Fuel to Fly NYC-LA-NYC

To fly someone from New York to Los Angeles and back, airlines spend close to $330 these days – just on fuel. That’s a 48 percent increase from last year and the main reason vacationers face record costs to fly this summer. To offset their single biggest expense, airlines have hiked fares seven times this […]

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Suspected hate crimes case rocks N.Y. Hasidic sect

Suspected hate crimes case rocks N.Y. Hasidic sect

A lawyer for a man who was badly burned at his home in a Hasidic Jewish village is seeking a federal investigation into what he calls “hate crimes” by the community’s religious leadership. He said the attack evoked “the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Germany.” Early Sunday morning, Aron Rottenberg suffered third-degree burns over half […]

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Disney Dating

Disney Dating

There’s this myth going around that some people are starting to buy into. Maybe you’ve heard about it, it’s called true love. It goes under other names too. Like love at first sight. Or if you’re Jewish, that there’s another half of your soul floating around that you need to connect with in order to […]

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DIY Baby Blocks Fun For Any Age

DIY Baby Blocks Fun For Any Age

DIY baby blocks aren’t just for babies, especially when they’re covered with interesting illustrations or even messages that you can easily apply with decoupage. I made these DIY baby blocks with recycled scrap-pile wood pieces and covered them with a few layers of paper mache before adding the paper napkin images using decoupage. Truthfully, these crafty baby […]

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Open Source Gets Closed Down

Open Source Gets Closed Down

Richard Stallman can rightly be described as the father of the open-source movement. He created the GNU Project, which aimed to create a free Unix-compatible operating system (finally completed when Linus Torvalds used GNU development tools to create his Linux kernel) and founded the Free Software Foundation. Stallman was programming before companies thought about restricting […]

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Like A Rolling Stone

Like A Rolling Stone

Mick Jagger and a popular avant-garde magazine turned the expression “rolling stone” into a household word. But, did you ever stop and think about what a rolling stone really signifies? A person is walking down the street; he sees a white, roundish looking stone in the middle of the street. He has an irresistible urge […]

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Estonia to Lead Fight Against European Anti-Kosher Bill

Estonia to Lead Fight Against European Anti-Kosher Bill

Estonia’s prime minister has promised to fight against a European Parliament bill that would force kosher meat to be labeled “unstunned before slaughter.”  The special labeling might discourage people from buying kosher meat, thereby causing a sharp drop in demand and an exorbitant rise in prices. Prime Minister Andrus Ansip told the Rabbinical Center of […]

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Republicans use Israel to attract Jewish voters as 2012 elections near

Republicans use Israel to attract Jewish voters as 2012 elections near

Tense relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are raising concerns in both Washington and Jerusalem, but for political activists vying for Jewish votes, they could mean a new opportunity to sway the pro-Israel community. The potency of Israel as a wedge issue for Republicans going into 2012 was on full […]

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New Square rabbi condemns violence; burn victim’s family seeks federal probe

New Square rabbi condemns violence; burn victim's family seeks federal probe

Grand Rebbe David Twersky publicly denounced violence and said he’s praying for Aron Rottenberg’s recovery from Sunday’s near-fatal arson attack in his community, but the victim’s family on Friday rejected the overture and blamed the rabbi for inciting the attack by a teenage assistant who slept in his home. The family said in a statement […]

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President Obama in Poland: Polish Jews plead with Obama to support Israel

President Obama in Poland: Polish Jews plead with Obama to support Israel

President Obama was confronted Friday with a plea from a Polish Jew to support Israel just moments after he landed in the country where Nazis staged the Holocaust. “It’s the only Jewish state we have,” Monika Krawczyk told the President on his first visit to Poland. “I will always be there for Israel,” Obama replied. […]

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‘I would do it all again’: The last surviving ‘righteous gentile’ who hid Jews in Nazi Austria

'I would do it all again': The last surviving 'righteous gentile' who hid Jews in Nazi Austria

Edeltrud Becher shuddered as she heard a knock on the door from unannounced visitors. It was 1942 in Hitler’s Austria, and there was no way of knowing who could have been paying her an unannounced visit. But as she opned the door, rather than the terrifying sight of Gestapo officers, her Jewish fiance and his […]

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Linda Green – A signature that can save your home

A signature that can save your home

If you’ve bought or sold a home in the recent years, you need to know this. In an exclusive investigation, homeowners found a signature hidden deep in their mortgage documents might be a lifesaver for thousands of homeowners in Massachusetts. For those in danger of foreclosure this might be the leverage they need to save […]

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Rishon Le Zion Museum

Rishon Le Zion Museum

The Rishon Le Zion Museum in Israel is a place where you could find a rare collection of documents, maps and pictures of the city, Rishon Le Zion back from the days it was identified as a colony. The historical items inside the museum make it one of the most interesting museum attractions in Israel. […]

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The Railway Tunnel in Kefar Rosh Hanikra

The Railway Tunnel in Kefar Rosh Hanikra

The Railway Tunnel in Kefar Rosh Haniqra was built to function as a pathway on a main route from Acre to Tyre for a group of traders and armies between Lebanon, Syria and the northern public, and Israel Egypt, Africa and the southern public. The site was called “The Ladders of Tyre” since the road […]

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Timna National Park

Timna National Park, Israel

Timna National Park is one of the best landmarks and tourist destinations in Israel, situated 25 km. North of Eilat. The park covers some 60 km square of picturesque and breathtaking sight of endless sea of sand and multicolored desert views of landscapes and rock formations. This scenic valley entails primeval mining shafts and remains of copper melting […]

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Coral Beach Nature Reserve

Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Israel

Coral Beach Nature Reserve in Eilat, Israel is a haven for one of the most heavily populated coral reefs in the world and the only one in Israel. It is an excellent billet for underwater enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Experience the utopia and go on an adventure in a parallel and unfamiliar reality of life under the […]

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Shulamit’s Eilat Diving Adventures

Shulamit's Eilat Diving Adventures

Shulamit’s Eilat Diving adventures is located in Eilat, Israel. Divers swarm to Eilat because of the Red Sea’s rich underwater life. A collection and assemble of marine life made up of a complex and delicate life of floras and faunas that create colorful silhouettes of underwater oasis cruised by an array of wildly-hued marine life, teeming with colorful, exotic fish […]

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Ein Gedi Resort and Spa

Ein Gedi Spa

Ein Gedi resort and spa overlooks and gives a commanding view of the magnificent waters of the Dead sea and the spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Ein Gedi is an oasis in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the caves of Qumran at the lowest and saltiest sea on earth. Dear flora has apportioned […]

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Officials fear ‘Palestine’ declaration will bring boycott

Officials fear 'Palestine' declaration will bring boycott

Concern is growing in Israel over the possibility that following a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinians later this year, countries around the world will boycott Israeli military products. The concern, voiced by leading officials in the defense establishment, comes ahead of the Paris Air Show next month, where Israeli hardware will be on […]

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Rebbe to followers: Burn your iPhones

Rebbe to followers: Burn your iPhones

The leader of the Dushinsky Hasidic dynasty is threatening to expel any community members caught with a “non-kosher” cellular phone or a computer with Internet connection, including iPhones. The Rebbe not only called for a boycott of electronic devices which do not meet strict Orthodox rules, but also demanded that they be burned. During a […]

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Bloomberg Compares Same-Gender Marriage To Slavery

Bloomberg Compares Same-Gender Marriage To Slavery

Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned state lawmakers Thursday that if they oppose legalizing same-gender marriage they may be remembered as civil rights obstructionists similar to those who opposed the abolition of slavery and fought against giving women the right to vote. “The question for every New York state lawmaker is: Do you want to be remembered […]

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Amnesty to IDF: Rescind death penalty demand for Fogel family murderers

Amnesty to IDF: Rescind death penalty demand for Fogel family murderers

The Israel Defense Forces should rescind its reported demand that the suspects in the Itamar stabbing attacks be given the death penalty, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday. Last week, Haaretz reported that the army intended to seek the death penalty for the suspected murderers of five members of the Fogel family in […]

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