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Should Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel Have Mattered More to Us?

Should Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel Have Mattered More to Us?

I try to keep up with the current events of the worldwide Jewish community. I read all of the major Jewish newspapers (or at least their websites). Therefore, I knew when Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel died on November 8 in Jerusalem. And yet, I admit I had never heard of him before. Rabbi Finkel was […]

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Engaging in Kindness

Engaging in Kindness

In secular society, chesed (kindness) is considered a positive attribute but it is not something regulated or legislated. In Jewish tradition kindness is a significant value. In fact, the Chafetz Chaim wrote an entire book called Ahavat Chesed, in which he codified the numerous laws pertaining to this middah. The Gemara in Suka mentions that […]

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Is David Mamet Jewish?

Is David Mamet Jewish?

Yes, David Mamet is a Jew. A Jew with lots of opinions about things. The JJ tells us that, “David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony- and Oscar-nominated playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director.” Mamet was born, says Wikipedia, “in 1947 in Chicago to Jewish parents, Lenore June (Silver), a teacher, and Bernard Morris […]

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My First Car Wreck

My First Car Wreck

I got the idea for this post from my friend Brainrants’ (who runs a super-funny blog over here) first run-in with a tree. -Btw, two links to the same blog in one sentence means check it out. You’ll like it. Back to the story though: I was in 1st year Bais Medrash in an “out-of-town” […]

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Worst NYC Gridlock in Decade: Obama, Rock Center Tree Lighting To Cause Traffic Nightmare

Worst NYC Gridlock in Decade: Obama, Rock Center Tree Lighting To Cause Traffic Nightmare

Three events will converge in New York tomorrow that will contribute to epic gridlock, making travel in and around the city impossible in spots. The tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center, in and of itself is a cause of major gridlock. The New York Daily News’s “Gridlock Sam” predicts that “miles of frozen streets” will “await anyone […]

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Embattled city Controller John Liu’s top adviser Simcha Felder may join GOP to run for new Brooklyn district

Embattled city Controller John Liu's top adviser Simcha Felder may join GOP to run for new Brooklyn district

A key member of beleaguered city Controller John Liu’s inner circle is looking to jump ship, the Daily News has learned. Deputy Controller Simcha Felder, his top Jewish aide, has met with Republican state Senate leaders to discuss running for a super “Jewish district” that is expected to be drawn up in Brooklyn, sources said. […]

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Tony Kushner awarded $100,000 prize for ‘challenging the status quo’

Tony Kushner awarded $100,000 prize for 'challenging the status quo'

Who said great artists must starve? Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, and polarizing political voice, will be awarded $100,000 for “Creative Citizenship” at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala on Dec. 5 in New York. A closer look at the social missions of the sponsoring organizations (The Puffin Foundation and The Nation Institute) […]

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Anne Frank flat to open to public for 1 day

Anne Frank flat to open to public for 1 day

Paying guests are to be given a one-off chance to view the apartment where Jewish diarist Anne Frank lived with her family before they went into hiding from the Nazis during World War II, the housing corporation that owns it said last week. Ymere corporation said in a statement that a maximum of 300 people […]

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“Every Jew Should Learn About This Day”

"Every Jew Should Learn About This Day"

The World Zionist Organization staged a re-enactment of the November 29, 1947 recognition of Israel by the United Nations in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The dramatic vote in the United Nations 64 years ago gave the British Empire one year to leave the country it had occupied since 1917, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 – November 30, 2011

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production […]

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Chanukah: Torah and Play Do Go Together

Chanukah: Torah and Play Do Go Together

One of the more interesting and different stories related to Chanukah are those surrounding Dreidels. According to many traditional accounts, the Dreidel was used as ruse to cover up the studying of Torah when Greek soldiers would come upon groups of children with their teachers. Rather than observing Torah study, they would see a bunch […]

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Mitch Albom’s Having a Very Jewish Year

Mitch Albom's Having a Very Jewish Year

Last month when I encouraged my friends to attend the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s annual induction dinner I made certain to tell them that local Detroit sportswriter Mitch Albom was being inducted. I figured that would be a draw. I was surprised by the response that many of them had — “Mitch Albom’s […]

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Crocheted Scalloped Bracelet Ornament

Crocheted Scalloped Bracelet Ornament

Here’s a sweet little crocheted scalloped ornament that I made for Chanukah, but that would really look great any time of year. For Chanukah I’ll be hanging ornaments from our dining room chandelier and hopefully making some mobiles and garlands with them too. You can always find a place to hang a little handmade touch […]

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Hanukkah Sale: 4 copies of God’s Favorite Prayers for the Price of 3

Hanukkah Sale: 4 copies of God's Favorite Prayers for the Price of 3

Buy 4 copies of God’s Favorite Prayers for the Price of 3 To take advantage of this 4-for-3 promotion, follow these steps: Add 4 copies of God’s Favorite Prayers to your Amazon Shopping Cart. Proceed to checkout. When you’re done shopping on the Amazon site, click the “Proceed to checkout” button in the Shopping Cart. […]

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Jewish congressman to retire after 30 years

Jewish congressman to retire after 30 years

US Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) announced Monday he would not seek re-election in the coming congressional elections, putting an end to the 30-year-long career in the House of Representatives that made Frank one of Washington’s most prominent Jewish politicians. Frank said redistricting following the most recent census was behind his decision to leave Congress a […]

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Shas rabbi’s daughter for women’s rights

Shas rabbi's daughter for women's rights

Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, the daughter of Shas’ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has criticized the exclusion of women from the public domain in the ultra-Orthodox sector, which she says “violates Torah.” Speaking Monday at the Women Talking Women economic conference in Tel Aviv, Bar Shalom mentioned the “kosher bus lines”, defining the phenomenon as […]

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US, Canada Issue Special Stamps for Chanukah

US, Canada Issue Special Stamps for Chanukah

The United States and Canada have issued stamps ahead of the eight-day Chanukah festival, which begins Tuesday night on December 20. “This year, for the first time, all of our holiday stamps are being issued as ‘forever’ stamps,” said Stephen Kearney, executive director of Stamp Services for the U.S. Postal Service and quoted by the […]

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First Signs of Chanukah Emerge in Australia

First Signs of Chanukah Emerge in Australia

The traditional lighting of the Menorah took place in the NSW State Parliament in Sydney last night. Although the latkes have yet to make their appearance, politicians and State identities were offered platefuls of doughnuts as they entered the function room in Parliament House. Messages to the community were delivered by Don Harwin the president […]

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Ultra-Orthodox women fight for right to serve in Hatzalah ambulance service

Ultra-Orthodox women fight for right to serve in Hatzalah ambulance service

Only weeks after the city of New York forced a bus line operating between ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods to end its separation of men and women, the borough has been thrown into another debate involving contentious gender policies. Only this time, it’s a struggle for equality taking place where life-and-death decisions have often taken place: Hatzalah, […]

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Menorah of the Week: Stick it in the Spokes of a Consumer Economy

Menorah of the Week: Stick it in the Spokes of a Consumer Economy

Oy, Black Friday, Cyber Monday…sounds like extra Passover plagues, nu? I come from a long line of bargain hunters, but trampling each other at Wal-Mart might be an indicator that shopping has become a sickness in America. Yes, sitting at home today with a cocktail and clicking until the credit card charges prompt a phone […]

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I’m not frum enough for my own advertisers

I’m not frum enough for my own advertisers

Like almost every normal person out there, I find myself googling myself every now and then. The first 30 pages usually suck, but then it always starts to get interesting, comments on blogs and websites mentioning me as if I’m some authority on scandals in the orthodox community or pictures that have copied and pasted […]

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Kaddish for JFK on His Yahrzeit

Kaddish for JFK on His Yahrzeit

It was bright and sunny in Washington on November 22, 1993, thirty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was attending an annual conference of over 7000 professors of religion and biblical studies in the capital city. What a shame, I thought, that at this conference there was no formal recognition of the […]

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Parshat Toldot: Wells of Faith

Parshat Toldot: Wells of Faith

In Parshat Toldot, the Torah tells us that Yitzchak dug wells. The Avot were the progenitors of the Jewish people and their actions were indicative of everything that would happen to their descendants in the future. The Midrash says in the name of Rav Yehuda that Yitzchak dug four well. In the future his children […]

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Finding Values in Detroit Sports: Tigers Fans, Lions Fans and Ndamukong Suh

Finding Values in Detroit Sports: Tigers Fans, Lions Fans and Ndamukong Suh

As a rabbi blogger who writes about sports, I’m always interested in the values that can be learned from watching sports. There are many situations in which the players, coaches, management or fans will do something that leads us to discuss how the situation was values driven. In Detroit, there are three situations that occurred […]

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Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Following the storm that erupted two weeks ago surrounding the issue of wedding licenses for rabbis, MK Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) proposed a new bill to address one of the core complaints in the controversy. Orbach’s bill, submitted last week, would make it illegal for a rabbi employed by a local religious council to accept […]

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Over 5,000 Chabad emissaries gather in NY

Over 5,000 Chabad emissaries gather in NY

Lubavitcher Rebbe’s soldiers report for duty: The Annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries opened over the weekend at Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Thousands of the Hasidic movement’s representatives in dozens of countries worldwide – known as “shluchim” (emissaries) – arrived in New York City to take part in what has been defined by organizers as “the […]

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NYC Wants Communities to Help Create ‘Slow Zones’

NYC Wants Communities to Help Create ‘Slow Zones’

The city transportation officials are asking communities to tell them where drivers need to slow down in their neighborhoods. The city Department of Transportation is accepting applications for “slow zones” where the speed would be reduced from 30 to 20 miles per hour. According to the agency’s website, a zone will be a “self-enforcing, reduced-speed […]

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Israel’s second-most visited Jewish holy site, now under state control

Israel's second-most visited Jewish holy site, now under state control

The cabinet Sunday decided to place the ancient tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai under the management of a special government company under the supervision of the tourism minister. It is expected to cost approximately NIS 27 million to implement the decision. About 10 days ago the High Court turned down a petition by a […]

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Kosher Clothing Stores?

Kosher Clothing Stores?

Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger told Radio Kol Hai the Jerusalem Rabbinate will be providing certificates of ‘kashrut’ to clothing stores in Israel’s holiest city. The goal of the initiative is to ensure the clothes sold do not contain shatnez – scripturally forbidden ( (Vayikra/Leviticus 19:19) mixtures of wool and linen (linsey-woolsey, linen thread used to sew a […]

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Thanksgiving is Part of the Jewish Experience

Thanksgiving is Part of the Jewish Experience

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is certainly my favorite secular holiday. I love waking up on Thanksgiving morning knowing that it will be a relaxing day spent with family and friends. I will contemplate all the things for which I am thankful, including being an American. This week one of my children asked […]

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