Home » August 26th, 2011 Entries posted on “August, 2011”

Pro-Israel? Anti-Israel? No, Just Israel.

Pro-Israel? Anti-Israel? No, Just Israel.

Last week, the American Jewish Committee renounced a statement made by one of its staffers. The AJC’s Director on Anti-Semitism suggested that some Israel supporters are distorting the 1964 Civil Rights Act when they argue that colleges – that hire anti-Israel professors and support anti-Israel rallies – are in violation of the law. The director said that […]

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Jewish Stars over Hollywood

Jewish Stars over Hollywood

Long ago Jewish Hollywood moguls decided that they can make more money if the viewing public sees the films as a christian. The fact is they wanted to blend in the Gentile community. Thus a lot of Hollywood actors and actresses changed the names to sound more christian. Samuel Goldfish to Samuel Goldwyn and insisted […]

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Hurricane Irene Continues To Move Toward East Coast, Posing Serious Threat

Hurricane Irene Continues To Move Toward East Coast, Posing Serious Threat

Hurricane Irene weakened overnight from Category 3 to Category 2 but still kept its course toward the East Coast. It was on track to bring its heaviest punch to the Tri-State Area Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Watch for much of our region. Click here to […]

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Welcoming Shabbat the secular way

Welcoming Shabbat the secular way

Some people express their love for Shabbat by lighting candles, other add a synagogue prayer, a meal and songs. Some love it through dancing, and others – like the Beit Tefilah Israeli organization (“Israeli Prayer House”) – love it next to the sea. Every Friday, hundreds of people gather on a hill at the northern […]

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Relative of David Ben-Gurion becomes 2011 Jewish Idol

Relative of David Ben-Gurion becomes 2011 Jewish Idol

Ramat Hasharon’s central square was packed with local families, seniors and music enthusiasts as they geared up for the 2011 Hallelujah song competition on Thursday night. Hallelujah, which has been on a 17-year hiatus, returned with a bang as 12 finalists took to the stage with the hope of becoming the next Jewish idol. Thirty […]

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Chesed 24/7 Volunteers Drive 323,726 Miles This Year

Chesed 24/7 Volunteers Drive 323,726 Miles This Year

When Mordechai M from Rockland County was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, his entire world was suddenly consumed by medical procedures, lengthy hospital stays and stressful shuttling between home and medical facilities.  With frequent, nerve wracking traffic and impossible parking traveling into the City became a nightmare for him. That’s when Chesed 24/7 came into […]

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Maid Kidnaps Shluchim’s 6-Month-Old Daughter

Maid Kidnaps Shluchim's 6-Month-Old Daughter

It is every parent’s worst nightmare, and for Rabbi Yitzchok and Tamar Chayempour, Shluchim in Great Neck, Long Island, it came true this morning when their live-in maid walked out and vanished with their six-month old daughter Esti. The horror began to unfold at 9:50 this morning, when Rabbi Yitzchok Chayempour spotted their live-in maid […]

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Is Steve Jobs Jewish?

Is Steve Jobs Jewish?

No, Steve Jobs is not a Jew. The brilliant visionary genius, who was Apple CEO until resigning today, practices Buddhism. He was born to Catholic and Muslim biological parents, Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah John Jandali, and was adopted and brought up by Christian parents, Paul and Clara Jobs, according to sources. Jobs was appointed […]

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The “O”-Word

The “O”-Word

The recent suggestion by the rabbi of a West Coast Orthodox congregation that one of the birchos hashachar (morning blessings) recited each day by Torah-observant Jews be eliminated—he sees it as insufficiently enlightened—is a reminder of an unpleasant but pressing task facing the Jewish community: To define the word “Orthodox.” Words are mangled with disturbing […]

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Sixth Perek for Pirkei Avos

Sixth Perek for Pirkei Avos

This week is the Sixth Perek for Pirkei Avos. Here is the link for an English Translation of all six Perakim culled from Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld’s translation and commentary at Torah.org. The full text of Pirkei Avos in Hebrew can be found here. Torah.org also has some of the Maharal’s commentary for Pirkei Avos and […]

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OU sponsors Long Island wife swapping event

OU sponsors Long Island wife swapping event

Sisterhood of Great Neck Synagogue and the Orthodox Union cordially invite you to: A Couples Night Out Intimacy in Marriage …Maintaining that Romantic Spark Over Time and trying new things with other people. Guest Speaker: Rachel Pill, LCSW Free Admission (Reservations Required: Space is Limited, please send pic) (516)487-6100 Sushi Chef and Sexy Dessert Reception: […]

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What We Believe

What We Believe

I’ve done an informal poll — I admit, it’s very informal — among Jews I know: What do we believe? A pretty fundamental question, right? And yet there is no consensus of belief, even regarding the most bedrock principles of faith. What’s more, this belief discrepancy doesn’t exist just between our religion’s big three wings […]

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Jerusalem’s walls restored, idiosyncracies and all

Jerusalem's walls restored, idiosyncracies and all

Israeli experts are nearing completion of an ambitious restoration of the five-century-old walls of Jerusalem, the holy city’s dominant architectural feature and a unique record of its eventful and troubled history. The $5 million undertaking, which began in 2007, is set to be complete by the end of this year. The first restoration of the […]

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Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt Elected President of the Conference of European Rabbis

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt Elected President of the Conference of European Rabbis

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Moscow, is the new president of the Conference of European Rabbis. Rabbi Goldschmidt was elected by the CER’s Standing Committee meeting in London last week and succeeds the former chief rabbi of France (1987-2009), Joseph Hayim Sitruk, who had held the post since 1999. Rabbi […]

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NY rail service mangles Hebrew menus on ticket machines

NY rail service mangles Hebrew menus on ticket machines

GnidaeR sdrawkcab si drah. If you had trouble reading that sentence now you know what it’s been like trying to read the Hebrew menus on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) ticket vending machines (TVM). The commuter rail service, which connects Long Island with Manhattan and beyond, has featured Hebrew menus on its TVMs since […]

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Kidnapped Italian Journalists Freed in Libya

Kidnapped Italian Journalists Freed in Libya

Four kidnapped Italian journalists have been freed after a raid on a house in Tripoli which they were held hostage for nearly 24 hours. The Italian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that their driver was killed by their attackers. Italy has been part of the NATO campaign support the rebel drive against former Libyan […]

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‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ charged in New York Torah scandal

'Jewish Indiana Jones' charged in New York Torah scandal

A Jewish charity co-founder who claimed he crisscrossed the globe rescuing Torahs as a “Jewish Indiana Jones” surrendered Wednesday to face mail and wire fraud charges after authorities said he duped benefactors by fabricating dramatic stories about sometimes dangerous trips, including to concentration camp sites in Poland and Germany. Menachem Youlus, who owns the Jewish […]

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Matisyahu, Moishe House and Kickball: Detroit’s Coming Back

Matisyahu, Moishe House and Kickball: Detroit's Coming Back

The last time I was at Belle Isle, the almost 1,000-acre island park in the Detroit River (the largest in the United States), was in the mid-1980s. I don’t remember if I was there to go to the aquarium (which closed in 2005) or the zoo, but I know I haven’t been there since. Today, […]

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Gadolatry in Orthodox Jewish discourse

Gadolatry in Orthodox Jewish discourse

I first heard the term “gadolatry” attributed to the late professor Arthur Hertzberg. A portmanteau of “gadol” and “idolatry,” the word “gadolatry” refers to a perceived phenomenon in Orthodox Judaism where select rabbinic leaders are treated with a degree of deference or reverence, bordering on worshipping the person of the rabbi himself. That Dr. Hertzberg […]

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Gloria Steinem: An unheralded GLBT advocate

Gloria Steinem: An unheralded GLBT advocate

As I watched HBO’s incisive documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, one irony became clear instantly: Gloria Steinem is an icon who is utterly uncomfortable with the whole idea of being an icon. I witnessed this first hand-several years ago, when Gloria was the keynote speaker at the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s annual […]

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Hard to Fool Orthodox Kosher Customers

Hard to Fool Orthodox Kosher Customers

An Israeli firm whose subsidiary operated stores on the Sabbath changed its name and logo to draw back orthodox customers, but it probably won’t work. Israeli food officials told the American-based Kosher Today website. The Blue Square food conglomerate, headed by Dudi Weissman, raised the ire of orthodox customers by operating its AM:PM stores around […]

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Hikind On Removal Of Fort Hamilton Pedestrian Island “You can fight City Hall and win.”

Hikind On Removal Of Fort Hamilton Pedestrian Island “You can fight City Hall and win.”

After nearly a year-long battle with the New York City Department of Transportation, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is savoring the sweet taste of victory with the removal of the 35-feet long pedestrian islands along Fort Hamilton Parkway. Hikind, a vociferous critic of the islands, had long been advocating for the removal of the medians because […]

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Delta Airlines won’t follow discriminatory Saudi practice

Delta Airlines won't follow discriminatory Saudi practice

Delta Airlines will not ask its customers to reveal their religious affiliation, according to a statement released by the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday. The decision came after Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Center submitted an open letter to Fox News objecting to the Saudi Arabian Airlines acceptance into the SkyTeam Alliance, to which Delta […]

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U.S. Jews warn Israel not to get too cozy with Glenn Beck

U.S. Jews warn Israel not to get too cozy with Glenn Beck

The warm welcome extreme right-wing media personality Glenn Beck has receiving in Israel has led to criticism of the American pundit by Jewish leaders in New York. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, told Haaretz he believed that Beck was very extreme and controversial even among right-wing groups in the United […]

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Once-a-century earthquake rattles East Coast

Once-a-century earthquake rattles East Coast

There were no reports of major damage or serious injuries from the 5.8 magnitude quake, which was centered in Mineral, Virginia. It was the largest quake in Virginia since 1897 and struck at a shallow depth, increasing its potency. Nuclear safety fears grew when one of four emergency diesel generators at the North Anna nuclear […]

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The High School Reunion in the Age of Facebook

The High School Reunion in the Age of Facebook

In addition to writing the “Jewish Techs” blog for The NY Jewish Week, I am now writing a monthly technology column for the Detroit Jewish News titled “Jews in the Digital Age”. My first column (published this week) looked at how Facebook has affected the high school reunion. Have you noticed a difference (positive or […]

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Obama Reading David Grossman on Martha’s Vineyard

Obama Reading David Grossman on Martha's Vineyard

President Obama’s vacation reading list includes the best-selling Israeli novel “To the End of the Land” by David Grossman. According to a White House statement, the novel is one of three that Obama took to his 10-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. Since arriving on the island he has bought two more books, according […]

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Poor frummies with expensive leather couches

Poor frummies with expensive leather couches

If you hang out in the frum community long enough you will notice some strange things, like the fact that many frummies who are below the poverty line have a very expensive leather couch, go check it out for yourself, frum families all over the place have these super comfy an d super pricey leather […]

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Ultra-Orthodox photoshop of horrors: Round 2

Ultra-Orthodox photoshop of horrors: Round 2

In May, the Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, made a lot of people angry by photoshopping Hillary Clinton out of a photo in the name of tzniut, or modesty. Within days, the incident spawned a fabulous internet meme where people photoshopped women out of iconic images. The point that photoshop should not be used to […]

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Top 10 things to do in Mizpe Ramon, Israel

The Wise Astronomy Observatory

1.) The Wise Astronomy Observatory The Wise Astronomy Observatory is an astronomical observatory situated 5 km west of Mizpe Ramon City in the Negev desert, near the border of the Ramon Crater. It is owned and managed by the Tel-Aviv University and is considered as the only certified astronomical observatory in Israel. 2.) Jeep treking Jeep Trekking nowadays in […]

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