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Agunah Cases in the Age of Social Media

Agunah Cases in the Age of Social Media

United States Representative Dave Camp is a proud Roman Catholic. The Republican congressman represents Michigan’s 4th District in Congress which includes places in Michigan’s “Up North” region that Jews only visit for a few days each year. Aside from the handful of families who live in Traverse City year round, Dave Camp likely doesn’t give […]

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New from Talmudic Books: “The Kosher Kabbalah: Non-Esoteric Passages from the Zohar” Kindle Edition

New from Talmudic Books: "The Kosher Kabbalah: Non-Esoteric Passages from the Zohar" Kindle Edition

New from Talmudic Books, “The Kosher Kabbalah: Non-Esoteric Passages from the Zohar” [Kindle Edition], Maurice Simon, Harry Sperling, Paul Levertoff, with Reuven Brauner (selection, preface and notes). $.99. This amazing book contains a carefully chosen selection of 837 of the non-esoteric portions of the Zohar, Judaism’s most fundamental and influential work of the Kabbalah, the […]

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Fighting to Protect your Country is Against the Torah!

Fighting to Protect your Country is Against the Torah!

Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach has come out strongly against the decision of Israel’s supreme court to strike down the Tal law (which allowed Yeshiva students to avoid army duty.) He declared that the decision was a “terrible gzeira that strikes a blow at the heart of Judaism… a gzeira that uproots religion.” Yes, it goes against every bit of Judaism. After all, […]

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Cookie Cleavage: How Much is too Much?

Cookie Cleavage: How Much is too Much?

I took these pictures last Purim to illustrate a little-discussed aspect of the aspect of hamantashen baking: Cookie cleavage. By this I mean, how much of the filling is left exposed? And if your dough relaxes during baking, and the cookie opens up a little, how much exposed filling do you consider acceptable? Do the […]

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Which Republican candidate has the Jewish vote?

Which Republican candidate has the Jewish vote?

When Jewish Republicans around the country enter the voting booth for 10 primaries and caucuses on March 6 for “Super Tuesday,” they will see three candidates who still have a puncher’s chance at securing the GOP presidential nomination. In this unpredictable race that has seen multiple twists, turns, and momentum shifts, one thing is clear: […]

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First Official Israeli Chinese Jewish Tour Guide

First Official Israeli Chinese Jewish Tour Guide

Israel has its first official Chinese Jewish tour guide, leading groups from China to Jerusalem and other sites of interest. Yecholiya Jin is a Chinese Israeli Jew with roots in Kaifeng, the ancient Jewish community of China. “China is my home,” she told the Shavei Israel organization that assists assimilated Jewish communities to return to their […]

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‘Modesty Patrol lynched me’

'Modesty Patrol lynched me'

A 70-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman found herself the target of a brutal religious hate crime on Monday night, when four thugs broke into her home and beat her up before leaving her handcuffed and bleeding. “They were sent by the Modesty Patrol,” the woman, S., told Yedioth Ahronoth. “They told me, ‘You are destroying the neighborhood […]

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Sukkah to Be Constructed from Mega Blocks in Miami

Sukkah to Be Constructed from Mega Blocks in Miami

Two South Florida women are hoping to create unity between the many diverse cultures inhabiting their local area by having community organizations partner in the construction of a succah that will be classified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest succah made entirely out of Mega Bloks. Over one million Mega […]

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Israeli Lawmakers Slam Ultra-Orthodox Radio Station for Keeping Women off the Air

Israeli Lawmakers Slam Ultra-Orthodox Radio Station for Keeping Women off the Air

Allowing women to go on air has caused the Kol Barama radio station’s ratings to plummet, the manager of the ultra-Orthodox station charged during a stormy meeting in the Knesset yesterday. The Committee on the Status of Women was discussing cases in which women have been excluded from the public square due to Haredi (ultra-Orthodox […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 19 February 29, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 19 February 29, 2012

The Milwaukee Brewers slugger, the first Jewish MVP in a half-century, became the first baseball player ever to successfully appeal a positive drug test. Ryan Braun won his appeal of a suspension imposed after he allegedly failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs, the baseball players union announced Thursday. “I am very pleased and relieved by […]

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Sacha Baron Cohen Hits Ryan Seacrest with Kim Jong Il’s Ashes: Funny or Disrespectful?

Sacha Baron Cohen Hits Ryan Seacrest with Kim Jong Il's Ashes: Funny or Disrespectful?

Sacha Baron Cohen of course made a scene before tonight’s Oscars when he arrived on the “Red Carpet” in character as General Aladeen, the star of his upcoming movie “The Dictator.” Carrying the fake ashes of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, Baron Cohen dumped the ashes onto Ryan Seacrest. As he walked […]

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Vatican: Court Decides that Jews In Netherlands Can Observe Sabbath

Vatican: Court Decides that Jews In Netherlands Can Observe Sabbath

We don’t know (1) why the Vatican Insider reports this as news and (2) why they report the decision as “intended to cause controversy”? And why the picture of Jewish men in rain hats? In any event this appears to be a good decision for the Jews. In the Netherlands on Saturday orthodox Jews can […]

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Purim, Drinking, and Consent: The Jewish Community’s Role in Preventing Sexual Violence

Purim, Drinking, and Consent: The Jewish Community's Role in Preventing Sexual Violence

In the end, I hung the plastic bag of condoms on the door handle of my hotel room. In the manner of a trip staffer, I’d sleep like the dead every night, so if someone was making a ruckus outside or making a show of taking  a condom out of the bag, I never knew […]

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Hey Ahron Friedman – Just Give her the Mothertrucking Get Already

Hey Ahron Friedman – Just Give her the Mothertrucking Get Already

A social-media campaign is being waged to pressure Rep. Dave Camp to encourage a top staffer to grant his wife a Jewish divorce, and the lawmaker restricted public posts on his Facebook page after a flood of comments about the issue. Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, employs a staff member, Aharon Friedman, who is the subject […]

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Paris University Avoids ‘Israel-Bashing Seminar’

Paris University Avoids ‘Israel-Bashing Seminar’

A French university on Monday closed its doors for two days to avoid hosting an event designed to encourage a boycott of Israel. CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, called the closure of the University of Paris VIII “a victory in the fight against the boycott campaign.” CRIF attributed the closure to a recent […]

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Jewish School’s Basketball Game Rescheduling Request Denied

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An Orthodox high school in Texas was rejected in its bid to have the state basketball semifinals rescheduled to avoid a conflict with Shabbat. In a decision Monday, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools informed the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston that semifinal games scheduled for Friday night and Saturday afternoon would […]

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Chabad of North Brooklyn Forges Community Ties

Chabad of North Brooklyn Forges Community Ties

On Sunday, February 26, an eclectic mix of 150 guests, among them artists, young professionals and black-hat Hasidic Jews gathered in a Williamsburg art gallery to celebrate the growth and expansion of Chabad of North Brooklyn. As kosher bruschetta made the rounds, the urban crowd admired contemporary art hanging from the white-washed walls as well […]

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Priest and Sister Honored for Saving Jewish Children

Priest and Sister Honored for Saving Jewish Children

A nun and a deceased priest were honored as “Righteous Gentiles” Tuesday for saving three Jewish children in France during the Holocaust. The children did not know how they were saved until one of them began investigating their background in the 1990s, more than 45 years after the fall of the Nazi regime. Sister Marie […]

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No Oscar for Israel, but French Jews triumph in ‘The Artist’

No Oscar for Israel, but French Jews triumph in ‘The Artist’

Despite the brief groan of disappointment that swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel Sunday night, when they heard Israeli film “Footnote” had missed out on an Oscar, Jewish pride was somewhat salvaged by the end of the night. The impressive triumph of “The Artist,” a black-and-white homage to […]

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The Jewish Answer to Posthumous Baptisms

The Jewish Answer to Posthumous Baptisms

So. The Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing dead Jews. I think how I stated it pretty clearly how I feel about it in this post from 2008. I’m not even really sure how such a thing can even be done, since even I know that baptism has something to do with dunking a person in […]

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Being Frum is not a Crime

Being Frum is not a Crime

I know there must be a lot of you out there who think I hate orthodoxy and this is why I make fun of it, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The fact is that I myself am pretty frum in practice, existentially troubled in belief and was given a very good observational […]

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Downton Abbey’s Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

“Is she Jewish?” It’s one of the first questions we Jews ask about anyone in pop culture who even slightly looks like one of the tribe, or has a “berg” or a “witz” as their name’s last syllable. I’m usually curious to find out the answer, but I’m rarely obsessed. But with one particular woman, […]

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Is Transgender Kosher?

Is transgender kosher?

Joy Ladin was once Jay Ladin. Leora Tanenbaum reviews her new book at Huffington Post: On the face of it, “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders” (just out from University of Wisconsin Press) is the story of how Jay Ladin, the author and an English professor at Yeshiva University in New […]

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Best Jewish Apps of 2011

Best Jewish Apps of 2011

As I walked around the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one thing was impossible to miss. Mobile applications are being integrated everywhere and into everything. Smartphones are no longer the only devices on which users are downloading their favorite apps. 2010 saw a proliferation of iPhones and Android phones on the market, […]

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New Group Works on Israel-Diaspora Ties

New GroupvWorks on Israel-Diaspora Ties

A group of prominent Israeli public figures has established a new body, the Israeli Jewish Congress, based on similar organizations in Europe, America and around the world, to create “a channel of mutual cooperation” between the Diaspora and Israel, and to advance the principles of Jewish identity and democracy as the fundamental principles of the […]

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Jerusalem Students Greet Oldest Couple to Make Aliyah

Jerusalem Students Greet Oldest Couple to Make Aliyah

A class of 33 eighth grade students from Hebrew University High School (Leyada) in Jerusalem greeted the oldest couple to make aliyah in the history of Israel earlier this month. The Israeli students, aged thirteen to fourteen years old; many with parents or grandparents who happened to have made aliyah, have spent the past two […]

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Arizona Jews Up in Arms over Horse Named ‘Pogrom’

Arizona Jews Up in Arms over Horse Named 'Pogrom'

The name of a Polish champion horse that surfaced in coverage of the Scottsdale, Arizona Arabian Horse Show has caused a dustup because his moniker is associated with attacks on Jewish people. Pogrom, a 3-year-old colt on lease from the Polish government to Scottsdale’s Midwest Training Centre and Sloan Arabians, is an offensive name to […]

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Jewish Leaders: Synagogues Should be More Accessible

Jewish Leaders: Synagogues Should be More Accessible

Hundreds of synagogue gabbais (sextons), heads of religious local authorities and rabbis from Israel and around the world participated in a special conference in Jerusalem on Sunday evening. The conference was organized by the Besheva group, which includes the weekly Hebrew newspaper Besheva as well the Arutz Sheva website. Other co-organizers included the Israeli Chief […]

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The Best Jewish Oscar Winners of all Time

The Best Jewish Oscar Winners of all Time

It’s no secret that Jews and Jewish-themed movies have heavily influenced American filmmaking. This year, stalwarts such as Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg have been nominated for Academy Awards, as were the Israeli film “Footnote” and the Polish Holocaust movie “In Darkness.” In addition to celebrated directors, actors and screenwriters, there are plenty of artists […]

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10 Things I Hate About Being Frum

10 Things I Hate About Being Frum

Now that Deborah Feldman has the limelight, I know a post like this may get overlooked, so I can finally come out of the closet and talk about my own issues with being frum and why I have contemplated going off the derech so many times. Going off the derech seems to easy to me, […]

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