Home » January 31st, 2012 Entries posted on “January, 2012”

Jesus, We Can Finally Talk About Jesus

Jesus, We Can Finally Talk About Jesus

I’ve always said that the only times Jewish people mention Jesus are when they stub their toe, miss the bus, or tell you about their theater tickets to a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera. Two new books will change that. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Kosher Jesus and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (edited by Marc Z. […]

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Times’ Ethicist Tackles Is SABBATH SHMOOZING Jewish? and Is it Kosher to Hand Out $50 Bills During Kaddish?

Times' Ethicist Tackles Is SABBATH SHMOOZING Jewish? and Is it Kosher to Hand Out $50 Bills During Kaddish?

Signs of a slow ethical quandary day. The ethicist at the Times, Ariel Kaminer, has to be scraping the bottom of the moral barrel with a question like the one he covered this past Sunday from one “NAME WITHHELD” writer. Read it in all its gory details and you will see why anonymity is so […]

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What’s the Best Kosher Restaurant in New York?

What’s the best kosher restaurant in New York?

I would hesitate to call myself a foodie, but being in the profession for a couple years now I’ve definitely an appreciation for good food and wine. The truth is, I haven’t had the chance to eat out much, I’m just getting over price shock and most of the time I come away so disappointed […]

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Florida Jews Concerned about Economy

Florida Jews Concerned about Economy

Newt Gingrich describes the Palestinians as an invented people and seeks covert action against Iran, while Mitt Romney accuses President Barack Obama of throwing Israel under a bus. But the Republican presidential candidates’ tough talk on the Middle East in Florida before Tuesday’s primary is doing little to sway the state’s large Jewish population from […]

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Misaskim Conducts Training Session at FBI New York Field Office

Misaskim Conducts Training Session at FBI New York Field Office

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has implemented cultural-diversity training to provide its agents with the knowledge they need when working with the many and varied cultures present in New York. Misaskim’s representatives conducted a training session at the New York office of the FBI to educate newly-assigned federal agents regarding Jewish cultural practices related […]

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Chabad Finds New Home at Quebec Ski Resort

Chabad Finds New Home at Quebec Ski Resort

Mont-Tremblant is known worldwide as a ski centre and après-ski hot spot, but this famous Laurentian Mountain resort is actually a popular holiday destination year-round. The rolling mountains and picturesque lakes and rivers provide an ideal setting for summer activities such as cycling, hiking, golfing and canoeing. About 90 minutes north of Montreal, the resort […]

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Austria’s Freedom Party leader says far-rightists are ‘the new Jews’

Austria's Freedom Party leader says far-rightists are 'the new Jews'

The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, Hans-Christian Strache, came in for sharp criticism Monday after reportedly comparing demonstrations against far-right students with the persecution of Jews. A reporter of the daily Der Standard overheard Strache at a controversial Vienna ball organized by right-wing student unions on Friday. It drew some 2,600 demonstrators, critical of […]

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What Is It Like Being a Jew in Berlin?

What Is It Like Being a Jew in Berlin?

Berlin Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski, visiting Israel for the annual Herzliya Conference, tells Arutz Sheva that assimilation and the Holocaust are the major issues he deals with in day-to-day life. “The perspective of life” of a Jew defines how he lives as a Jew, says Rabbi Rozwaski, head of the Berlin Yeshiva Academy and rabbi of […]

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“There Is No Hatred Like the Hatred of Faith”

“There Is No Hatred Like the Hatred of Faith”

The piece that follows is shocking in its smugness, in its arrogance, in its elitism, in its hatred – even for Haaretz. I present it in the entirety, as an aid to understanding what is right and what is wrong with Israel today. This cannot be an easy time for the fanatically secular in Israel. […]

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Huff Post: Best Paid Pastors

Huff Post: Best Paid Pastors

Jaweed Kaleem writes in the Huffington Post about the top earning pastors in the US. He explains, From church closings and foreclosures of houses of worship across the nation to the limited number of clergy jobs for new rabbis, imams and pastors, the recession has hit religious Americans just as it has affected the tens […]

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Orange Rind Candle Centerpiece For Tu B’Shevat

Orange Rind Candle Centerpiece For Tu B'Shevat

Ever heard of candles made from orange rinds? Or candles made from clementine rinds? Great idea right, especially now that Tu B’Shevat (Feb. 8th) is right around the corner! Basically, according to the original source, one carefully removes the fruit, leaving the two halves intact, and when you are careful not to sever the stem […]

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US bloggers blamed for ‘Jewish conspiracy’

US bloggers blamed for ‘Jewish conspiracy'

The scandal-plagued bloggers at the US think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) were blamed for triggering last week an outbreak of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment by asserting that Orthodox Jews in Israel are responsible for a film denigrating Muslims. After the blog post appeared on the think tank’s website, ThinkProgress, an employee scrubbed the […]

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New Program to Combat Anti-Semitism

New program to combat anti-Semitism

A new international information center for combating anti-Semitism will be established at Bar-Ilan University, University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh announced recently during an international conference against anti-Semitism. “We have already started raising the tens of millions of dollars needed to set up and operate the center, which will be part of Bar-Ilan’s School of Communication,” […]

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Taglit Holds its First Start-Up Nation Tour

Taglit Holds its First Start-Up Nation Tour

Taglit-Birthright Israel launched its first special “Start-Up Nation” group this month after a successful pilot program last year. The program is named for the popular book “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” and included a talk by Saul Singer, one of the book’s authors, visits to various Israeli hi-tech start-ups in Herzliya and […]

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World Class Resort Chosen for National Jewish Retreat

World Class Resort Chosen for National Jewish Retreat

In an exciting move bound to cause a lot of excitement in the Sunshine state and throughout the country, the 2012 National Jewish Retreat will be moving to the luxurious Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This year’s retreat will take place July 31- August 5, 2012 (12-17 Av, 5772), and will […]

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Sundance Town Gets Kosher Restaurant

Sundance Town Gets Kosher Restaurant

Just in time for the Sundance Film Festival, which descends on this winter hamlet each January, Canyons Resort opened the glatt kosher Bistro at Canyons. The bistro is the only full-service kosher-certified restaurant in Utah and is thought to be the first-ever kosher eatery at a North American ski resort. The Bistro’s offerings are on […]

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Ben Stein Sues Kyocera for Religious Discrimination

Ben Stein Sues Kyocera for Religious Discrimination

With today’s 10-second tease video with Matthew Broderick hinting at a “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” sequel, it is only fitting to take a close look at Ben Stein’s ongoing legal battle with Kyocera. Stein, who played the memorable high school teacher in the 1986 movie (“Bueller? Bueller?”) was set to film a commercial for Kyocera, […]

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Parshat Bo: Kiddush Hachodesh and Kiddush Hazman

Parshat Bo: Kiddush Hachodesh and Kiddush Hazman

In this week’s parsha we have the mitzvah of “hachodesh hazeh lachem”, the mitzvah of kiddush hachodesh. This is actually the first mitzvah given to Am Yisrael as a nation. Rav Soloveichik zt”l would like to explain1 that this mitzvah represents the idea that the Jewish people have the koach, the ability, to be mekadesh […]

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Cedar’s ‘Footnote’ Nominated for Oscar

Cedar's 'Footnote' nominated for Oscar

We saw it  at the NYFF and we predict this film will win the Oscar in its category. Joseph Cedar’s ‘Footnote’ nominated for Oscar Film to compete against entries from Iran, Poland, Belgium and Canada in the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, to be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February 26. Joseph Cedar’s […]

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Dvar Torah Bo: Moses’ Innovation

Dvar Torah Bo: Moses’ Innovation

Last week we introduced the notion that, unlike all other prophets, Moses received revelation in Dolby Digital TrueHD.  In other words, the reception was so clear that Moses was able to transcribe the data with ultraprecision, providing the basis for our exacting attitude towards biblical exegesis based on such things as choice of vocabulary and […]

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Holocaust Survivor Recalls Kindness of US Troops

Holocaust survivor recalls kindness of US troops

Aliza Vitis-Shomron on Thursday vividly recalled her brush with death on the eve of her liberation from the Nazis in 1945. The survivor, who spoke on a panel at the Kibbutz Yad Mordechai Holocaust Museum the day before the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, said a rumor had spread among the group of Jewish […]

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EU Jewish Buildings Helps Organizations Work Together

EU Jewish Buildings Helps Organizations Work Together

Arutz Sheva met with Rabbi Michoel Rosenblum, the Director of the EU Jewish Buildings. EU Jewish Buildings is an initiative which was started in 2004 and which aims to set up infrastructure for Jewish organizations that need a base at the European Union. Rabbi Rosenblum explained that the initiative was founded out of the recognition […]

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Holocaust omitted from Russian site

Holocaust omitted from Russian site

Authorities in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don have removed a memorial plaque for Jews murdered during World War II, replacing it with a monument which fails to mention the Holocaust or the victims’ religion. The memorial site was erected in a bloody area, which is known as the “Russian Babi Yar” as more than 27,000 […]

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Israeli Jews Becoming More Religious

Israeli Jews Becoming More Religious

Israeli Jews are becoming more religious, according to a study published Thursday by the Israel Democracy Institute in conjunction with the Avi Chai Foundation. The survey, entitled “A Portrait of Israeli Jews: Beliefs, Observance, and Values of Israeli Jews,” examined levels of religiosity of Israeli Jews in comparison with levels of the past twenty years. […]

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Relative of David Ben-Gurion releases first single after becoming 2011 Jewish idol

Mexican singer Adam Kleinberg, a relative of Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion, released his first single on Tuesday, after winning first prize at the Hallelujah 2011 singing competition. The single, which features on the new Hallelujah album, is a remake of Meir Banai’s “Geshem”, and is performed by Kleinberg and Israeli star and producer Momi […]

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Now that I’m engaged, I’ve naturally begun to think about frum wife swapping

Now that I’m engaged, I’ve naturally begun to think about frum wife swapping

Now that I’m engaged I’ve started to think about life after marriage and naturally my thoughts have wandered to that seldom spoken about subject of wife swapping in the frum community. I am marrying a chabad girl after all and everyone knows that the chabad community provides the best wife swapping out of any frum […]

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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out […]

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Rabbis hold 1st mixed-prayer service in Knesset

Rabbis hold 1st mixed-prayer service in Knesset

A historic prayer service was conducted in the Knesset on Wednesday by a leadership mission of the North American Masorti-Conservative movement, the first mixed men’s and women’s service ever held there. The group, comprised of male and female rabbis and communal leaders from the US and Canada, met with several MKs to discuss the issue […]

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Ruti Fogel blurred in act of respect

Ruti Fogel blurred in act of respect

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the most prominent Religious Zionism leaders, has justified the decision to blur a picture of Ruti Fogel, who was brutally murdered in the settlement of Itamar along with her husband and three of their children, in a weekly bulleting published by the Meir Institute. The rabbi addressed the incident in […]

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Shliach Defends Chabad in Jewish Week

Shliach Defends Chabad in Jewish Week

In an article published about two weeks ago, Francine Klagbrun of the Jewish Week published an opinion column where, after complimenting Chabad for their genuine outreach to every Jew, regardless of financial means, offers a laundry list of old complaints about Chabad. Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, Director of Chabad in Long Island, wrote the following letter […]

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