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

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

Wouldn’t you like to make a fuss free and gorgeous succulent centerpiece using only succulents or succulents combined with your favorite flowers? I don’t know about you, but I love the fact that succulents have become oh so popular in the world of floral arranging and wedding decor. So when I collected some of these […]

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StarTribune: Minnesota Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison calls for release of Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit

This is good news all around. Shalit should be release soon, based on this important activity. Ellison leads call for Israeli soldier’s release by JEREMY HERB WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and a group of high-profile U.S. Muslims have sent a letter to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal urging the militant group to release an Israeli soldier held captive since 2006. The letter, an effort spearheaded by the Minnesota Democrat, calls on Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by invoking the Qur’an and the spirit of reconciliation at the end of Ramadan.

This is good news all around. Shalit should be release soon, based on this important activity. Ellison leads call for Israeli soldier’s release by JEREMY HERB WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and a group of high-profile U.S. Muslims have sent a letter to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal urging the militant group to release an […]

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The flagship shul of the American Kiruv Industry

The flagship shul of the American Kiruv Industry

I was bored in shul this past Friday night, so I decided to do a statistical analysis of the people in attendance. I first counted out 120 men, then started breaking it down a bit more, I noticed very few light suits, even fewer folks without suits, 13 people wore colored shirts and there were […]

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

When it comes to a novel, what’s in a name? There are often dozens of characters in a novel, and some of their names have stories behind them. Others, less than it might seem. In my first draft of Sweet Like Sugar, I had a very good reason – I can’t remember it now, but […]

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New MRI System May mean the End of Autopsies in Israel

New MRI System May mean the End of Autopsies in Israel

Autopsies, long a problematic and divisive issue for many religious Jews, could become a thing of the past in Israel. A new MRI device that can accurately determine cause of death without autopsies was inaugurated Tuesday afternoon at Assaf Harofeh Hospital. The systems are in use in several places abroad, and allows doctors to conduct […]

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Irene takes a toll on East Coast’s Jewish community

Irene takes a toll on East Coast's Jewish community

For some in the Jewish community, Hurricane Irene was a soggy inconvenience. But for others, it became a moment to extend a helping hand – in at least one case, tragically. David Reichenberg, a 50-year-old Orthodox Jewish father of four from Spring Valley, New York died saving a father and his 6-year-old son from a […]

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Yemeni immigrant fined for Torah scroll

Yemeni immigrant fined for Torah scroll

Israel’s suffocating tax policy appears to appeal to holy items as well: A Yemeni Jew arrived in Israel recently with a Torah scroll rescued from the enemy country. While Yemen’s authorities let him leave with the scroll, as did Egypt when he passed through, the Israeli authorities were the only ones to cause problems.The man, […]

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Nephew Of Murdered Kabbalist Threatened With Death By Known Criminal

Nephew Of Murdered Kabbalist Threatened With Death By Known Criminal

Ynet is reporting that a known criminal threatened to kill Rabbi Moshe Turgeman, the nephew of the murdered kabbalist Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, as he was going home from his yeshiva in Netanya Tuesday night. Last month, Abuhatzeira was murdered by a follower, Rabbi Asher Dahan, who was upset that Abuhatzeira’s blessings and advice to him […]

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Is ‘Jewish’ Michele Bachmann stealing Mitt Romney’s funders?

Is ‘Jewish’ Michele Bachmann stealing Mitt Romney’s funders?

Fresh from her victory in the Iowa straw poll earlier this month, Michele Bachmann seems to have a new edge in her efforts to secure the Republican nomination for the White House. Jewish Republicans have reportedly been giving their money to Bachmann thanks to her Jewish-sounding surname, much to the chagrin of Mitt Romney, one […]

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Let The Jewish Holiday Crafting Begin!

Let The Jewish Holiday Crafting Begin!

Chodesh Tov dear readers! Today is the first day of the month of Elul, which means we have exactly one month until Rosh HaShana and six weeks until Succot! Yikes, that means some of us had better get busy with the crafting projects! And of course I need to get everything done in time so […]

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Passports, Provisos and Photo Captions

Passports, Provisos and Photo Captions

When you stop to think about it, the fact that so much of the world’s attention—not to mention so much jealousy, anger and irrationality—has for so many years been so keenly focused on so small a piece of real estate as Yerushalayim is astounding. Actually, in a certain way it’s enthralling too, demonstrating as it […]

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Re’eh – Giving Blessings Not Curses

Re'eh - Giving Blessings Not Curses

It has become very common for businesses and organizations to send out weekly email messages to their list of subscribers. There is nothing unusual about that. But I’ve noticed an increasing number of individuals who have begun to share their own wisdom and commentary on the issues of the day with their friends and family. […]

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Stellar Startups: The Internet Tribes of Israel

Stellar Startups: The Internet Tribes of Israel

Once upon a time, there were twelve tribes in Israel; today there are dozens, if not hundreds. Religious and secular we all know about, but there are plenty of distinctions as to what kind of religious/ secular tribe you belong to, as well. Each of these groups has its own institutions – houses of worship, […]

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Who removed IDF prayer from siddur?

Who removed IDF prayer from siddur?

A yeshiva student is suspected of destroying siddurim (Jewish prayer books) which included a prayer for the State of Israel and IDF soldiers. The incident took place last week at the Tomb of Simeon the Just in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.In the past few weeks, the site’s managers noticed that many siddurim including […]

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‘Jewish’ Bachmann is Costing Mitt Romney

'Jewish' Bachmann is Costing Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He’s having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish. Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they’d rather open their wallets for the “Jewish candidate,” who […]

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Family Guy’s Seth Green – now sounding a little less Jewish

Family Guy's Seth Green - now sounding a little less Jewish

Seth Green, Hollywood actor and star of “Family Guy,” will in future sound a little less Semitic, once his application to shorten his name has been processed. Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green has petitioned the L.A. County Superior Court to shorten his name to just plain Seth Benjamin Green, American media sources have reported. Gesshel is his […]

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Blair’s Sister-in-Law Incites Muslims to ‘Liberate’ Jerusalem

Blair’s Sister-in-Law Incites Muslims to ‘Liberate’ Jerusalem

Laura Booth, sister-in-law of Quartet envoy Tony Blair, has called on “Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt liberate Al-Quds [Jerusalem].” The former British prime minister’s family member has previously sailed illegally to Gaza on a flotilla boat. She joined an anti-Israel rally in London Trafalgar’s Square, where another protest today (Sunday) may be the last as the mayor London vows […]

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MC Hammer Performs at Jewish National Fund Party

MC Hammer Performs at Jewish National Fund Party

For generations, fundraising efforts for the Jewish National Fund have centered around dropping loose change into little blue metal boxes. In fact, stories abound regarding the millions of dollars sent to the JNF from Hebrew School children to plant forests and make the dessert bloom in Israel during the first decades of statehood. Apparently, the […]

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Lawrence Grossman Reviews a New Book about Rav Soloveitchik

Lawrence Grossman Reviews a New Book about Rav Soloveitchik

In the Forward this week, Lawrence Grossman reviews a new book about Rav Soloveitchik, Rabbi in the New World: The Influence of Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik on Culture, Education and Jewish Thought, edited by Avinoam Rosenak and Naftali Rothenberg. Grossman’s review, “Modern Orthodoxy’s Human Pillar: Evaluating the Role of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik” is an essay in […]

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The View From Here

The View From Here

There is no color palette like an Arizona sunset, all cantelopes and indigos and lilacs. There’s more to the view from the foot of my father’s hospital bed. There are tangles of tubes running from my dad to blinking machines. Men and women in scrubs and sneakers rush by occasionally. A bottle of hand lotion […]

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The different crises of the frum community

The different crises of the frum community

For those of you who didn’t read last weeks post and comments on the different crises plaguing the frum community over the years, the following comment from Andonymous who was featured on erev tisha b’av as the author of the modern day eicha – made the following gem of a comment. Some crises I would […]

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A Funny Thing Happened — True Story!

A Funny Thing Happened — True Story!

My mother has always been a great storyteller: In recounting any anecdote, she knows exactly which details to leave out and which ones to exaggerate for maximum impact. She has a keen sense of the ridiculous. Plus she’s got impeccable timing. Meet her for the first time or the hundredth time, and she’ll launch into […]

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Kletzky Family Sues Levi Aron Over Murder Of Leiby

Kletzky Family Sues Levi Aron Over Murder Of Leiby

The family of Leiby Kletzky wants his admitted butcher to fork over $100 million for kidnapping, killing and dismembering the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy. And they’re also suing the killer’s father because the slaying to took place in an attic apartment inside the father’s Kensington home. Leiby’s father, Nachman Kletzky, is seeking the massive haul in […]

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Europe’s Jews to have own parliament

Europe's Jews to have own parliament

Many in the Jewish world have envisioned the establishment of a European Jewish Parliament, which would gather together the thoughts, beliefs and ideas as well as representing and voicing the concerns and inspirations of European Jews towards European and world leaders. The European Jewish Union (EJU) has announced the establishment of a European Jewish Parliament, […]

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WJC calls for Germany to boycott Durban III

WJC calls for Germany to boycott Durban III

The World Jewish Congress on Friday called on the international community, citing specifically Germany, to boycott the UN-sponsored Durban III anti-racism conference slated for next month in New York City. “The World Jewish Congress urges all countries to follow the example set by Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia and the Czech Republic, Italy and […]

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PA Yanks Jewish Tour Guide from Congressman’s Tour

PA Yanks Jewish Tour Guide from Congressman’s Tour

Jordan closed Bethlehem to Christians from 1949 until Israel opened the gates. Now the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, prohibits a Jewish guide on a Congressman’s tour. Florida Republican and Tea Party member Allen West wrote his constituents after touring Israel earlier this month, “When we went to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of […]

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Whole Foods denies rumors about boycotting Israeli products

Whole Foods denies rumors about boycotting Israeli products

For about a week, a rumor that the Whole Foods Market chain is boycotting Israeli products has been circulating in emails and on the blogosphere. On Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Whole Foods said that the rumor is completely false. It’s “definitely not true,” company spokesperson Libba Letton said in a phone interview. “We have […]

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Al Sharpton’s Apology As a Lesson in Repentance for the Jewish High Holidays

Al Sharpton's Apology As a Lesson in Repentance for the Jewish High Holidays

Last week about 20 rabbis from the Los Angeles area participated in a High Holiday sermon writing workshop called “Punching Up Your Holiday Sermons.” These pre-Rosh Hashanah sermon workshops for rabbis are nothing new, but this workshop had a twist. It paired the rabbis with Hollywood screenwriters who helped them come up with more engaging […]

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99 things I do even though I know they are wrong

99 things I do even though I know they are wrong

I literally just thought of this post as I watching this hilarious video of Wanda Sykes talking about gay marriage, it got me thinking about how many videos I watch on a daily basis which are halachically questionable, I’m not even talking about pornography, I’m talking about hot girls ranting about twitter or the Wanda […]

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Three ways not to celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Three ways not to celebrate Women's Equality Day

As second wave feminism gathered peak velocity forty years ago, the late bombastic and behatted Congresswoman (D-NY) Bella Abzug persuaded Congress to designate August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. It recognized the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that in 1920 gave all U.S. women the right to vote. There are many reasons to celebrate the […]

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