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

The Hanukkah Spelling Confusion

The Hanukkah Spelling Confusion

I was excited when I saw that J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of The Forward, wrote an article referencing my recent “Jewish Techs” blog post about the Hanukkah (חנוכה) spelling confusion on The Jewish Week‘s website (“How Do You Spell Hanukkah?”). And then I started reading the first paragraph of Goldberg’s piece. Say what? Goldberg asserts that […]

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Is Yossi Sarid Jewish?

Is Yossi Sarid Jewish?

Yes, Yossi Sarid is a Jew. He is, according to Wikipedia, “a left-wing Israeli news commentator and former politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for the Alignment, Ratz and Meretz between 1974 and 2006. A former Minister of Education and Minister of the Environment, he led Meretz between 1996 and 2003.” So […]

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B’Bye, Elevenses

B’Bye, Elevenses

Oh, you know, just one more end-of-the-year list to add to the bloggysphere. While Yentaland did not involve any freed Israeli soldiers or major disasters, there were a few milestones worth noting. Here are the top stories of 2011 in my own head: 1. I Got A Job After almost two years of bouncing around […]

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Dvar Torah Vayigash: Twist in the Text

Dvar Torah Vayigash: Twist in the Text

Mark Twain, not in possession of the Jewish mesorah, made an interesting comparative assessment of Joseph and Esau in his best-selling work, The Innocents Abroad. Without Rashi as a companion, Jacob very much appears to take advantage of Esau’s hunger to swindle him out of his birthright — whatever that means — only to have […]

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Are These Not Jewish Children?

Are These Not Jewish Children?

We have heard the news and perhaps seen the pictures. The facts are not disputed. A little eight year religious Jewish girl was attempting to walk to her school. A group of (how many and who they represent is open to debate) Orthodox Jews verbally assaulted and spit at the young Jewish girl. The focal […]

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Intermarriage Among European Jews Raises Alarm

Intermarriage Among European Jews Raises Alarm

The European Centre for Jewish Students (ECJS) said on Thursday it was alarmed over the results of new research showing a rise in the rate of intermarriage among European students. According to a report in the European Jewish Press, the study found that there has been a rise of 17% in the rate of intermarriage […]

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Circumcision likened to genital mutilation

Circumcision likened to genital mutilation

A 46-year-old New York man who’s a member of an activist group against circumcision likens the routine practice to female genital mutilation. Anthony Losquadro recently contacted the pediatrician who circumcised him in 1965 and accused the doctor of coercing his parents to approve the procedure. He tells the New York Post that it’s his body […]

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For the First Time: Car Menorah Parade in Lakewood!

For the First Time: Car Menorah Parade in Lakewood!

For the very first time, a car-menorah parade took place in Lakewood, NJ on the last day Chanukah, arranged by Lakewood Shliach Rabbi Yerachmiel Altman, along with Rabbi Moshe Gourarie (Chabad of Toms River) and Rabbi Levi Schapiro (Yeshiva Bais Menachem, Manalapan, NJ). In a tour sure to start a tradition, they made their way […]

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Enrolment declines in U.S. Jewish day schools

Enrolment declines in U.S. Jewish day schools

The month of December brought some bad news for Jewish day school advocates. According to the Avi Chai Foundation, which tracks these things, day school enrollment saw a “modest decline” of about 1.4% in the 2011-12 school year, compared with the year before. The sharpest decline was reported among the Solomon Schechter schools of Conservative […]

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Lonely Man of Faith: Meet the Gregarious Man of Faith

Lonely Man of Faith: Meet the Gregarious Man of Faith

My great teacher Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik is known in part for his essay, “The Lonely Man of Faith.” The article was published in 1965 in the Orthodox journal Tradition and then as a book with an introduction by Professor David Shatz. (A film about the Rav with the same title was produced by Ethan Isenberg.) […]

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I love hate mail like this

I love hate mail like this

My dear fellow Jew, Your ignorance of basic Judaism is so evident in your threads, posts, broadcasts and discussions. What you post on the web is there, for a long, long time. Not only to Jews read this, but non-Jews as well. Your desecration of G-d’s name is tremendous. You are an embarrassment to me […]

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Revised USCJ Luach

Revised USCJ Luach

Today is the second day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the beginning of the new Jewish month. It is also the seventh day of Hanukkah. That means that the past two mornings have been long, complicated prayer services with Torah readings from two separate Torah scrolls, Hallel (songs of praise for both Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh), […]

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Netanyahu Says Israel Will Go After Those Who Harass Women In Public; Says Majority Of Charedim Respect Law

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Go After Those Who Harass Women In Public; Says Majority Of Charedim Respect Law

Israel will act against anyone who harasses women in the public sphere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, one day after a massive protest against gender segregation took place in the central Israel town of Beit Shemesh. Referring to rising tensions over gender segregation in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, Netanyahu said at the Knesset on […]

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Giant Menorah Destroyed On Long Island By Vandals

Giant Menorah Destroyed On Long Island By Vandals

The hunt is on for the vandals who destroyed a menorah on Long Island. Police are now investigating what could be a possible hate crime. Burton Radish said he could believe what found on his front lawn on Tuesday morning. “There I saw it on the curb, smashed to smithereens,” Radish told CBS 2’s Cat […]

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Elyashiv to haredim: Avoid IDF, academy

Elyashiv to haredim: Avoid IDF, academy

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, leader of the Lithuanian Orthodox public, is calling on haredim not to be tempted to join special programs offered by the State in military or civilian service and in higher education institutions. He explains that these programs are subject to the rule of “rebels” and aim to bring the haredi public […]

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A Closer Look at Chabad Life in Yeshiva University

A Closer Look at Chabad Life in Yeshiva University

Many students say they do not relate to the Chabad club because they are not Chabadniks. This is a shame, since the Chabad club at both Yeshiva University and Stern College is open to everyone, not just chabadniks, and everyone walks out a different and better person. The YU Chabad club provides a service for […]

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Cuba’s Jewish leaders visit jailed Alan Gross for Hanukkah

Cuba's Jewish leaders visit jailed Alan Gross for Hanukkah

A leader of Cuba’s small Jewish community who visited jailed American contractor Alan Gross and even released pictures of them celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah together said Wednesday that he was in good spirits and fine health. But her account was quickly disputed by the man’s wife, who said he was increasingly frail and […]

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Occupy Beit Shemesh: Where are the 99% of Charedim who don’t support this?

Occupy Beit Shemesh: Where are the 99% of Charedim who don’t support this?

I told myself that I wasn’t going to be commenting on news this week, but the craziness going on in Beit Shemesh deserves some attention, I have been told that it is not the majority of Charedim who agree with the violence being perpetrated in the name of religion by so called “religious Jews”. I […]

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Tamir Goodman’s Sports Tzitzit

Tamir Goodman's Sports Tzitzit

Tamir Goodman, known as “The Jewish Jordan,” made national headlines in the late 1990s when he decided not to play for the University of Maryland because they wouldn’t adjust their schedule to meet his Sabbath observance. Sports Illustrated even reported on Tamir’s decision to play for Towson State in 1999. However, a few years later […]

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Are Internet & Other Bans Hurting Or Helping?

Are Internet & Other Bans Hurting Or Helping?

The majority of the chareidi tzibur, perhaps with the exception of Chabad, has labeled the Internet taboo along will cellular telephones and other gadgetry. Talmidim are also prohibited from carrying MP4 players because they can be used for movies, and in some cases, electronic devices with audio capability only are also banned. Rabbi Asher Schapiro, […]

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NIS 4,000 fine over driver’s license

NIS 4,000 fine over driver's license

Beer Hatorah Yeshiva has decided to take back students who were expelled after secretly getting driver’s licenses, as long as they deposit a check of NIS 4,000 (about $1,058) and promise not to drive. The students’ driver’s licenses will not be revoked, but should any of them be caught driving – the yeshiva will cash […]

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Chanukah Celebration Features Doughnut Menorah

Chanukah Celebration Features Doughnut Menorah

Eight-year-old Aliza and 6-year-old Nochi Zeines drizzled chocolate on a pair of doughnuts, plopped on a dab of whipped cream and finished them off with a handful of sprinkles. Then their father, Sholom Zeines, slid the treats over one of the branches of an 8-foot-high menorah. “It’s a work of art,” Zeines told his children […]

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Rabbonim OK Therapeutic Approach to Homosexuality

Rabbonim OK Therapeutic Approach to Homosexuality

A coalition of more than 150 Orthodox rabbis, community leaders, organizers and respected mental health professionals have given an historic stamp of approval to a document entitled a “Declaration on the Torah Approach to Homosexuality.” The document, seeks for the first time to clarify the theological understanding of the Biblically mandated prohibition, as well as […]

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Private owner keeps historic Jewish document hidden

Private owner keeps historic Jewish document hidden

Richard Morgenstern just wants to be left alone. But when you are the multimillionaire owner of one of the most important documents in American Jewish history — George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, R.I. — avoiding the limelight is not easy. Especially when that document disappeared from public view 10 years ago […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 10 December 28, 2011

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 10 December 28, 2011

1,500 Jews attended a candle-lighting ceremony at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, to commemorate the first of eight nights of Hanukkah, according to the Chabad Movement they stood together singing the Hanukkah hymn “Maoz Tzur”, the Jewish residents, tourists and VIPs of Berlin celebrated the victory of light over darkness in a country that, tried to annihilate […]

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It’s time to accept that Obama will be a two-term President

It’s time to accept that Obama will be a two-term President

Look, I don’t want Obama as President of the USA. He coddles the criminals who brought us to the brink of a depression, he does a poor job of running this economy, his foreign policy has to be one of the worst to ever be conducted by any administration and he has made many mistakes […]

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Charedi Bus segregation is a chillul Hashem

Charedi Bus segregation is a chillul Hashem

The following article is not a joke, it was actually published in all seriousness… Amidst all the controversy pertaining to mehadrin bus lines at the moment in Israel, sparked in part by a woman who instigated the issue when she intentionally boarded a mehadrin bus in Ashod, YWN Isreal is pleased to present the following […]

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New Nesting Houses Mobile Kit In The Shop!

New Nesting Houses Mobile Kit In The Shop!

I’ve had his idea for a nesting house mobile ever since I designed my nesting dreidel mobile, and it has finally come to fruition! It’s a 25 page digital crafting kit with lots of fun pages that you print from your own computer. Mix and match the elements and have fun making some festive mobiles […]

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Shas rabbi’s son: OK to sit next to woman

Shas rabbi's son: OK to sit next to woman

Shas’ spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has yet to address the exclusion of womenissue. But his son, Holon’s Chief Rabbi Avraham Yosef on Wednesday slammed the “kosher” bus lines phenomenon. “There is no exclusion when it comes to a strange woman,” he said in regards of gender segregation supporters. “Apart from touching, apart from looking, […]

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Mishpacha Symposium Takes on Charedi (kana’us) Zealotry

Mishpacha Symposium Takes on Charedi (kana’us) Zealotry

As the topic of mandatory segregation on buses has passions running high both in Israel and around the world, Mishpacha Magazine hosts an explosive symposium on the topic of zealotry, with three noted authorities speaking out on the topic of kanaus.  Are drastic and heavy handed actions the proper way to sanctify the name of […]

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