Home » June 30th, 2011 Entries posted on “June, 2011”

Times: Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs on the Fourth of July

Times: Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs on the Fourth of July

Quite an interesting op-ed, and sure to stir some controversy in its negative characterization of the Orthodox view of the kosher nature of Hebrew National products. Red, White and Kosher By SUE FISHKOFF Oakland, Calif. IN 1972, a TV commercial changed the way Americans looked at kosher food. It showed Uncle Sam munching on a […]

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Dreaming of a heimishe kiddush

Dreaming of a heimishe kiddush

Every once in a while I actually remember my dreams, rarely do I have great ones, but this past Friday night I dreamed of kiddush. Not only did I dream of kiddush, I dreamed of the ideal yeshivish/hemishe/chassidish shteeble style kiddush that I have not had in many moons. Northern Californians don’t really do kiddush […]

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Netanyahu: Israel has every right to stop Gaza flotilla

Netanyahu: Israel has every right to stop Gaza flotilla

Israel is fully entitled to try to stop an upcoming flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. “Israel has the full right to operate against efforts to smuggle missiles, rockets and other weapons to Hamas’s terror enclave. Hamas […]

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Times of Separation, Times of Closeness-Netivot Olam II #5

Times of Separation, Times of Closeness-Netivot Olam II #5

Shalom is the key to putting the fragmented puzzle pieces of this world together again.  The Torah tells us to actively pursue peace because it completes everything including our own piece of the puzzle. A Jew’s purpose is to be mashlim (to make whole) everything he encounters.  If you are about to eat a pear, […]

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An Analysis of the Delta Airlines Controversy

An Analysis of the Delta Airlines Controversy

After writing about the news that Delta Airlines was supporting Saudi Arabian Airlines’ partnership in the SkyTeam Alliance, I have been flooded with email messages — both in support of what I wrote and criticizing me for starting a false rumor. I have been contacted directly by Delta Airlines and the Saudi Embassy in Washington. […]

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Hikind Blasts Suny Downstate Physical Therapy For Failing To Accommodate Religious Students

Hikind Blasts Suny Downstate Physical Therapy For Failing To Accommodate Religious Students

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is blasting SUNY Downstate Medical Center and its physical therapy program for revoking an accommodation which had previously allowed observant Jewish women enrolled in the program to practice therapy on other women instead of on men, in keeping with the Jewish laws of modesty. Hikind notes that this accommodation will not […]

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Humiliation, Not Rule Of Law Was Reason Behind Rabbi Lior’s Arrest

Humiliation, Not Rule Of Law Was Reason Behind Rabbi Lior's Arrest

The affair involving the arrest and interrogation of Rabbi Dov Lior has nothing to do with matters of law and order. The same was true when Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, who wrote the “King’s Torah” book, was cuffed by police. Both moves were meant to humiliate the rabbis rather than to enforce the law. Read More: […]

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New Knesset caucus aims to ease way toward conversion

New Knesset caucus aims to ease way toward conversion

The Conversion Caucus was launched at the Knesset on Wednesday, to unite parliamentary and NGO forces and help “prevent the big tragedy here” of the nascent society of Israelis who are neither Jewish, nor Christian nor Muslim, but rather FSU immigrants with Jewish origins though not Jews according to Halacha, as caucus head MK Nachman […]

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Maintaining Jewish life in Israel’s ‘Sin City’

Maintaining Jewish life in Israel's 'Sin City'

VIDEO – For the purpose of revitalizing community, a hidden synagogue on 126 Ben Yehuda Street was chosen by a young group of Tel Avivians.Once a desired location was found, people needed to be inspired to join Jewish community life. Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Top Jewish leader and close Netanyahu ally blasts PM for lack of diplomatic plan

Published 02:59 29.06.11 Latest update 02:59 29.06.11 Top Jewish leader and close Netanyahu ally blasts PM for lack of diplomatic plan

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, who in the past was considered one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest donors and supporters, lashed out at the prime minister’s diplomatic policy Monday night. He made the comments in a speech to Jewish members of parliament from around the world as they attended a conference in Jerusalem. Read More: […]

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Rebbetzin’s Perspective I Class #2

Rebbetzin’s Perspective I Class #2

It’s not so simple. What one person might call critical and destructive, another person might call involved and committed. What one person might call harsh and cruel, another person might call persistent and dedicated. Parents don’t think of themselves as evil. They think that they must not allow problems to develop or that they must […]

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Joining the Ranks of the Balabustas

Joining the Ranks of the Balabustas

Since I haven’t been chilling at the JEA Senior Lunch Bunch as of late, I’ve been needing an opportunity to get my fix of Savannah’s hilarious yentas. Unforch, the mah-jong club doesn’t fit into my schedule, so I decided on the next best place to find hip, happenin’ Jewish ladies who call my (almost) 40 […]

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Is Larry David Jewish?

Is Larry David Jewish?

Yes Larry David is a Jew. He was born in 1947 to a Jewish family in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York. He now has written a twisted essay about golf in the New Yorker, filed under the keywords: Golf; Sports; Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; “On Death and Dying”; Anger; Denial; Bargaining – really […]

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Birdsong

Birdsong

Greetings Rabbi Lazer, As I sat down this afternoon to listen to the Emuna CD I received in the mail today entitled Help!, my mother mistook your voice for the sound of birdsong.  She actually thought I was listening to an audio recording of birds in nature! Read More: @ lazerbrody.typepad.com

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Has Torah Helped You Find And Define Yourself?

Has Torah Helped You Find And Define Yourself?

Two posts this week focused on different aspects of finding yourself within Judaism? Has Torah helped you find yourself? Has Torah helped you define your roles? Do you think having the ability to choose your path within Judaism helped your self-definition process? Read More: @ beyondbt.com

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European Rabbis Slam Dutch Ban on Jewish Slaughter

European Rabbis Slam Dutch Ban on Jewish Slaughter

CER President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt called the ban an outrage in that it would prevent Jews from living a Jewish life in The Netherlands. “We have passed the stage of arguing the nuances of intention of anti-Semiitsm. The practical effects of this bill mean that Jews are no longer welcome in The Netherlands. This has […]

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Dutch anti-ritual slaughter bill passes preliminary vote

Dutch anti-ritual slaughter bill passes preliminary vote

The Dutch Jewish community was hurt and dejected after the parliament on Tuesday approved in an initial vote a ban on ritual slaughter – shechita – of animals. The bill sponsored by the tiny Animal Rights Party, the first such group in Europe to win seats in a national parliament, passed the lower house of […]

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7,300 Bnei Menashe to make aliyah

7,300 Bnei Menashe to make aliyah

The Ministerial Committee on Immigrant Absorption, led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, reached a historic decision in principle several days ago: To bring to Israel the 7,300 members of Bnei Menashe – a northeastern Indian community claiming decent from one of the Lost Tribes of Israel.The committee decided to appoint an inter-ministerial team of director-generals […]

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Flotilla organizer pledges no violence

Flotilla organizer pledges no violence

Israeli expat Dror Feiler addresses claims some activists intend to harm IDF soldiers, says participants signed nonviolence pledge, undergoing training for passive resistance. Organizers of the Gaza flotilla are blaming Israel for causing damage to the propeller of one of their ships anchored in Greece. “Maybe they wanted it to break down on the way […]

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Jewish Names

Jewish Names

Parshat Shemot begins, “V’ele shemot bne yisrael habaim mitzrayama“-These are the names of the people of Israel who came to Egypt. The Baal Haturim notes that the first letters of this verse spell out “sheviye“-imprisonment. Even when the Jews were imprisoned in exile, they stood out. They maintained their identity by keeping their Jewish names, […]

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Careful, Sports Fans!

Careful, Sports Fans!

We’ve all heard of athletes having a heart seizure in the middle of a heated game, but couch potatoes? Our dear friend Paramedic Eitan Ashman from Ephrat told me the following story (he’ll soon be able to put a a hair-raising book from his experiences, especially in the aftermath of terrorist attacks): Read More: @ […]

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Lucky Loser

Lucky Loser

Contests aren’t really my thing. I don’t buy lottery tickets or wager on sports (or, for that matter, even know much about them; until recently I thought Miami Heat was, well, a straightforward description, with the upper-case “H” a nod to the humidity). Once, though, nearly thirty years ago, I put my name into play […]

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Israel refuses citizenship for gay man married to Jewish immigrant

Israel refuses citizenship for gay man married to Jewish immigrant

The Interior Ministry is refusing citizenship and new immigrant status to a homosexual married to a Jewish new immigrant, despite the law’s stipulation that the child, grandchild and partner of a Jew are entitled to Jewish immigrant rights. Joshua Goldberg and Bayardo Alvarez, both American citizens, immigrated to Israel two weeks ago. Goldberg, who is […]

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Giffords makes public appearance with husband

Giffords makes public appearance with husband

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a public appearance Monday evening in Houston with her astronaut husband at a NASA function, a spokesman said. The Arizona congresswoman appeared alongside Mark Kelly, who received a Spaceflight Medal during an awards ceremony at Space Center Houston. “Personally, I was not surprised at all,” Giffords’ spokesman C.J. Karamargin said. […]

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Brooklyn Hasid charged with felony hate crime after attacking Arabs living next door

Brooklyn Hasid charged with felony hate crime after attacking Arabs living next door

A boozy Brooklyn man was hit with hate crime charges Sunday for pouring beer on a newlywed neighbor, calling her an “Arab terrorist” and pummeling her husband, police sources said. Following the seemingly unprovoked attack Saturday night in Mill Basin, Simchon Schwartz, 46, hid in a local synagogue and tried to fight off cops when […]

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Nearly 100,000 Attend Funeral of Ponevitch Rosh Yeshiva

Nearly 100,000 Attend Funeral of Ponevitch Rosh Yeshiva

Tens of thousands of haredim flocked to the central city of Bnei Brak on Tuesday morning to take part in the funeral of Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, one of the leaders of the Lithuanian-Orthodox faction and head of Ponovezh Yeshiva. Lefkowitz died at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Monday night, two days […]

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Haredi group takes on Christian converts

Haredi group takes on Christian converts

Haredi organization Yad L’Achim is launching a struggle against 1,000 Christians’ intent to convert to Judaism, make aliyah, establish cooperative kibbutzim beyond the 1967 lines – and settle there. Following the publication of a Ynet article outlining the initiatve, the organization’s chairman Rabbi Sholom Ber Lifshitz claims that those involved in the initiative are missionaries […]

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Something Fishy About Anisakis?

Something Fishy About Anisakis?

The current halachic rage – the status of fish known to host worms – presents two layers of fascination to me. From the very beginning, I recognized that how you generally understand the intersection between Chazal and science should determine how you approach Chulin 67B in light of scientific findings about the life cycle of […]

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Flower Girl Slippers

Flower Girl Slippers

You can take any pair of shoes and transform them into elegant slippers with just the addition of some beautiful trim! My daughter is a flower girl in a upcoming family wedding, and while we were happy with these shoes from Target they were missing that special elegant touch. Trim applied quite simply with a […]

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Reinventing Rituals: June, a month of Pride and same-sex marriages

Reinventing Rituals: June, a month of Pride and same-sex marriages

June is full of irony: not only is June Pride month, but it is also the unofficial start to wedding season. So many are still fighting for equal marriage. As I write this, lawmakers in Albany are struggling to garner enough votes to make same-sex marriage legal in New York state (see resources to get involved at […]

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