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Did Oprah Go to the Mikveh for Her New Show?

Did Oprah Go to the Mikveh for Her New Show?

What has Oprah Winfrey been doing since ending her long-running afternoon talk show last May? If your only news source was JTA.org (the Jewish world’s version of the AP), you might think that she has embraced Judaism on the level of Madonna or Demi Moore. A misleading title grabbed many people’s attention this week when […]

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Community Kiddush #9

Community Kiddush #9

There is a disagreement between the Gra and the Gaonim regarding what constitutes Kiddush b’makom seudah (the obligation to eat a meal after Kiddush). The Gaonim rule that wine or any Mezonot food is enough, while the Gaon maintains that it must be a bread meal. The custom is to be stringent at the Friday […]

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Hallow, Are You There?

Hallow, Are You There?

Every year the Jewish blogosphere buzzes about how Jews really aren’t supposed to celebrate Halloween because it’s Christian Pagan bad for the digestion not Jewish. Some rabbis say it’s OK to give out candy but not to dress up; others nix the whole deal and say ignore the meshuggeneh goyim and save your costumes for […]

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Selling shiurim with sex works

Selling shiurim with sex works

A few weeks back someone posted the following ad for a shiur on Facebook and now I would love to attend this shiur, though I’m sure one of you learned folks will give me the answer, I found it interesting that frum folks were started to use talmudic sex to market their wares – then […]

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Does This Book Actually Exist?

Does This Book Actually Exist?

Besides being one of our our favorite guest bloggers, Lavie Tidhar is a great science fiction author. His books hop the realm between thoughtfully philosophical and totally bizarre. He also captures — maddeningly, hilariously well — a provocative secular Israeli‘s take on religious culture (did I mention he was Israeli?). And, with a little bit […]

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1000s of US Ministers to Ride Harley Motorcade Honoring IDF

1000s of US Ministers to Ride Harley Motorcade Honoring IDF

A delegation of motorcyclists from the United States, made up mostly of Evangelical ministers, will arrive in Israel Tuesday as part of the Run for the Wall Israel campaign, which will include a nine-day motorcade on Harley Davidson motorbikes. The motorcyclist-ministers are members of the organization Mission:M25, and is coming to Israel in conjunction with […]

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Kosher food goes mainstream at Berlin supermarket

Kosher food goes mainstream at Berlin supermarket

When shoppers in New York, London or Paris come across kosher food in their neighborhood supermarkets, it’s just one specialty product among many. When the same thing happens in Berlin, it’s a statement. Berlin’s Jewish community, decimated by the Holocaust, has been steadily growing since Germany reunited in 1990. Thousands of Jews have moved in, […]

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UN: World Population Set to Reach 7 Billion Today

UN: World Population Set to Reach 7 Billion Today

With the world’s population projected to top 7 billion today, Oct. 31, the United Nations launched a global initiative – 7 Billion Actions – bringing together governments, businesses, the media and individuals to confront the challenges and seize the opportunities offered by the milestone. “We are not here simply to acknowledge that milestone. We are […]

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First ‘Jewish Federation of Israel’ to make debut at GA

First ‘Jewish Federation of Israel’ to make debut at GA

For decades Jewish federations have been the backbone of Jewish life in the US and Canada, raising billions in donations that fund communal projects in both countries and around the world. But in Israel, the recipient of much of their largesse, a similar network of regional fundraisers has not appeared – yet. Now there is […]

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Segregation of the sexes spreads among Orthodox Jews

Segregation of the sexes spreads among Orthodox Jews

When a recent online exposé revealed that women on a city-franchised bus were required to sit in the back, those who seemed to be least outraged were the women who actually ride the bus and live in the two heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods it connects. “It never bothered me,” said Rachel Freier, a lawyer from […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Netanya, Israel

Top 10 Things to do in Netanya, Israel

1.) Tractor History Museum The Tractor History Museum, which is located in Netanya, exhibits a remarkable wide collection of tractors and other equipments used in farming during the ancient period in Netanya. Erez Milstein and his business associates established the Museum. At present, it is administered by a public organization. The Tractor History Museum has […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #1 – October 29th, 2011

AllJewishLinks 1st Newsletter

Welcome to the all new AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter!  Based on our subscribers’ feedback we’ve got a new format and a great way to keep you up to date on the latest Jewish News!  We hope you enjoy it.  If you do, please tell a friend by “Liking” or Tweeting! Without any further ado, here goes our […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Tel Aviv, Israel

Top 10 Things to do in Tel Aviv, Israel

1.) Hilton Beach The Hilton Beach is located in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was named after the nearby famous Hilton Hotel in the area. Dogs, which are usually not allowed in beaches, are allowed to enjoy the Hilton Beach on the northern part. Many pet lovers prefer bringing their pets to the beach instead of […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Holon, Israel

Top 10 Things to do in Holon, Israel

1.) Israel Puppet Theater Center The Israel Puppet Theater Center, is home to the art of puppetry located in Holon, Israel. It has incorporated its own puppetry school and museum 12 years ago. Last 2006,they moved to a more conventional site adding up a 150-seat auditorium for the audience to enjoy and a  library with […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Beersheba, Israel

Top 10 Things to do in Beersheba, Israel

1.) Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum features real aircraft that was included in real battles. There are heart-warming stories that go together with the variety of collections that will definitely leave an impact. The Museum is not just merely a collection of planes on a runway; on the other hand, it is […]

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Make Doodle Coloring Pages From Connect The Dots

Make Doodle Coloring Pages From Connect The Dots

Ya see, I told you to expect some doodling around here! Once you add some doodling to your life you may even find it quite useful! Last night as I was preparing dinner, my daughter was copying the designs on my doodle envelopes, but this turned out to be too challenging for my sons 6 […]

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Mountain Mama Musings

Mountain Mama Musings

A few weeks back I was asked by the cool kids of Seersucker Live, Savannah’s no-pretension literary group, to write a little something based on the illustration at left. And read it. In front of people. The event was “An Evening of Jazz to Benefit Adult Literacy sponsored by Royce Learning Center,” and the idea […]

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New Yorker Blog: Elie Kaunfer Explains Digital Judaism

New Yorker Blog: Elie Kaunfer Explains Digital Judaism

In their sweep of the landscape they contacted Elie Kaunfer, who said some intelligent things: …This is not to say that disputes about the value and use of digital texts do not arise. Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, the co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar, a traditional Jewish educational institute on the Upper West Side, said […]

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Tree of Life: Torah-Connecting the World To Hashem

Tree of Life: Torah-Connecting the World To Hashem

The Rambam writes that the word tov (good) implies three things: pleasure, efficiency, and spiritually good things. Hashem created pleasure and efficiency so that we might pierce the external layer of physicality and focus on its core. The fragrant aroma, taste, and texture of iced coffee arouse a person to wonder who created it. The […]

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Gilad Shalit’s First Ten Days of Freedom

Gilad Shalit's First Ten Days of Freedom

I’ve been paying close attention to Gilad Shalit’s first days of freedom from captivity. The debate of whether the prisoner swap was the right choice rages on throughout Israel and beyond, but I’ve become more interested in how he adapts to freedom and how he responds to his new status as a celebrity. Perhaps what […]

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Without the Rabbinate, I’ll thee wed

Without the Rabbinate, I'll thee wed

The people who attended Yehiel and Tamar’s wedding ceremony two and a half years ago thought they’d come to a typical wedding of a graduate of a hesder yeshiva (combining religious studies with military service ) and a graduate of a religious studies institute for women. The mesader kiddushin (officiating rabbi ) was a well-known […]

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Shul girl Oprah

Shul girl Oprah

“O,” vey! Oprah Winfrey visited a Jewish ritual bath at Brooklyn Heights’ Congregation B’nai Avraham synagogue while filming an upcoming Hasidic-themed episode for her OWN network’s new show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” Winfrey didn’t actually take a dip in the mikvah — a purifying, traditional bath used by female members — said Rabbi Aaron Raskin. “She […]

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Jerusalem’s new smash hit: Maccabi Mea Shearim b-ball team

Jerusalem's new smash hit: Maccabi Mea Shearim b-ball team

They play in black uniforms, hide their ‘peyes’ behind their ears. They don’t have a budget or a seal of approval from rabbis – but they are well-equipped when it comes to faith. Meet Jerusalem’s new smash hit: the Maccabi Mea Shearim basketball team. This week, the team, whose members all live in or around […]

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Chabad Activist Seeks to Be Next Mayor of Tenafly

Chabad Activist Seeks to Be Next Mayor of Tenafly

Barry Honig, Republican candidate for mayor, is no stranger to local politics. A resident for sixteen years, Honig has been a member and past president of the Jewish National Fund of Northeast Bergen County, has run the Tenafly Chabad Free Loan Association, and has been an appointee of Governor Christie to the New Jersey State […]

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Firefighters Honored by Congregation Yetev Lev Satmar for Saving Torahs in Synagogue Fire

Firefighters Honored by Congregation Yetev Lev Satmar for Saving Torahs in Synagogue Fire

Brooklyn firefighters received a big thank you from the Conregation Yetev Lev Satmar on Oct. 27, for saving four Torahs from a synagogue just four days earlier. “You are like family to us,” Rabbi Abe Friedman said. “It’s an honor that you came here today.” A fire at the synagogue on South 8th Street in […]

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Licking ice cream cones in public is unztnius

Licking ice cream cones in public is unztnius

This happened when I was on a little vacay, but in Israel some zealous folks decided to trash an ice cream store in Mea Shearim because that’s what zealots do these days to places they deem unztnius. Seems like everyone is trying to one up each other on how frum they can be by using […]

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Chassidic Sparks: Parshat Noach-Seeking Refuge

Chassidic Sparks: Parshat Noach-Seeking Refuge

The story of Noach and the tevah (ark) carries a universal message for all of us. When evil forces surround us and threaten to engulf us, we can flee to the safety of the tevah, an isolated, spiritual world. The Netivot Shalom says that this tevah is the ark of Shabbat. On this special day, […]

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Dressing the Part

Dressing the Part

So a few weeks ago I stumbled across this weird video. It’s a fashion show from the ’80s, a Jean-Paul Gaultier collection featuring hot bored-looking chicks dressed up as Hasidic Jewish men. Of course. I was basically compelled to feature it in a Jewniverse, which I did (it’s out next week–subscribe right now to get […]

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Boro Park Williamsbusg Bus Co. Says Will Stop Segregation

Boro Park Williamsbusg Bus Co. Says Will Stop Segregation

The Orthodox Jewish-run Brooklyn bus company that stuck women in the back seats is putting an end to the controversial practice after a reprimand from the city. The Private Transportation Corp. — which runs the Williamsburg-to- Borough Park B110 bus — wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation promising to instruct drivers not to […]

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Israel’s First Rocket-Proof Children’s Hospital

Israel's First Rocket-Proof Children's Hospital

Israel is about to build its first rocket-proof children’s hospital. The Center for Children’s Health, to be part of the Ziv Medical Center (Rebecca Sieff Hospital) in Tzfat (Safed), will be tailor-made to the specifications of the Home Front Command. A new medical school has just opened up right next door, linked to Bar Ilan […]

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