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Monster Ketchup For The Ten Plagues

Monster Ketchup For The Ten Plagues

Here is it, the simplest monster party idea ever, monster ketchup, and right now it’s all about monster ketchup for the Passover Seder, you know for the plague of dam (blood)! Most of us don’t have time for more than a ten minute craft at this point, so this one’s perfect, and if you buy […]

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Dvar Torah Tzav: Lackless Desire

Dvar Torah Tzav: Lackless Desire

In evaluating the purpose of the sacrifices, the following two explanations arise: either the purpose of the sacrifices was to satisfy the needs of the people or of God. R’ Ishmael takes the phrase rei’ach nicho’ach, “a pleasant fragrance” — which shows up 4 times in this week’s parsha (Leviticus 6:8, 6:14, 8:21, 8:28) and […]

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Adrienne Rich: Navigating Hope

Adrienne Rich: Navigating Hope

The news of Adrienne Rich’s death yesterday at age 82 sent me immediately to my bookshelves and an extended swim through the currents of words she has left behind. All writers believe in the power of words—and maybe especially poets, whose words are fewer and so carefully chosen—but for me Rich’s writing particularly and persuasively […]

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Our Favorite Movie “The Endless Summer” and Our Quest for the Perfect Wave of Prayer

Our Favorite Movie "The Endless Summer" and Our Quest for the Perfect Wave of Prayer

Our favorite movie is Bruce Brown’s, The Endless Summer.  Yes you heard right. In 1966 we were young and we saw a film that documented two boys seeking simple perfection in a quasi-mystical sport. IMDB sums up, “Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding […]

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Lechem Oni

Lechem Oni

The Torah refers to the matzah as lechem oni (the bread of affliction). The Gemara explains that it is lechem she’onim alav dvarim harbeh, bread over which we say many things. Accordingly, Rabbenu Chananel notes that we recite the hagadah over the matzah. Just as on Shabbat we say kiddush on a cupof wine in […]

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Amsterdam Jews may End Relationship with US Rabbi

Amsterdam Jews may End Relationship with US Rabbi

He was exotic, but familiar; well connected, yet independent; serious, but flexible. It was love at first sight for Amsterdam’s Orthodox community and Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag. But six years after appointing Ralbag as the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, the community’s board is considering an end to the long-distance relationship, which has been strained by cultural […]

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Rabbi Yitzhak Levy to Head Conversions Authority?

Rabbi Yitzhak Levy to Head Conversions Authority?

Rabbi Yitzhak Levy is the leading candidate to replace Rabbi Haim Druckman as head of the conversions authority, Ynet learned Thursday. Levy’s candidacy is promoted by the locator committee formed to find a replacement for Druckman.  According to a report in Makor Rishon, Levy’s in favored by both the Prime Minister’s Office’s and Chief Sephardic […]

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Close Facebook Accounts or Risk School Expulsion

Close Facebook Accounts or Risk School Expulsion

Beth Rivkah, an Orthodox Jewish girls’ high school in Brooklyn, N.Y, has ordered students to close their Facebook accounts, or risk paying an $100 fine – or even being expelled. “Girls are getting killed on the Internet — that’s the reason for it,” Benzion Stock, administrator of the Crown Heights school, said. In Israel recently, two […]

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Chabad Breaks Ground on New Center in Mexico

Chabad Breaks Ground on New Center in Mexico

An historic event took place in the famous tourist destination of Cancun, Mexico: the laying of the cornerstone for the new 15,000 square foot edifice that will serve the thousands of Jewish visitors and the small local Jewish population of Cancun. The Chabad Welcome Center will serve as a home away from home for all […]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Philadelphia Synagogue Depicts Spirituality Through Modern Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright's Philadelphia Synagogue Depicts Spirituality Through Modern Architecture

Situated in a quiet suburb north of Philadelphia is Beth Sholom – the only synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright during the architect’s long and storied career. The building marks an epilogue of sorts: Wright designed the synagogue near the end of his life and died only months before its dedication in 1959. “Wright was […]

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MJL is Hiring!

MJL is Hiring!

Calling all smart, talented, writerly, computer-savvy, and unemployed people! MyJewishLearning.com is on the hunt for an Editorial Assistant to join our team. Besides working with an awesome crew (seriously, we’re great, and we’ll get you donuts for your birthday), you’d be working in a lovely, casual Manhattan office and getting hands on with everything that […]

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Backing up Birth Control, and Each Other

Backing up Birth Control, and Each Other

In an ironic, but perhaps unplanned turn of events, this year’s Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action comes the day after the premiere of season 4 of 16 and Pregnant. (And if you think I haven’t been waiting for this television event since the end of last season…you would be wrong.) Like it […]

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Our Lives are on Loan from God

Our lives are on Loan from God

The following story is from a shiur given by Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein. There was once a young lady who was blind and she was looking for a shidduch. As a blind girl, it was very tough for her. Eventually, she was set up with a boy who fell madly in love with her, and he […]

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Is Geraldo Rivera Jewish?

Is Geraldo Rivera Jewish?

Yes, attorney, journalist, writer, reporter and former talk show host Geraldo Rivera is a Jew. Rivera has worked with distinction for 40 years in TV journalism and entertainment. He has hosted the program Geraldo at Large, and appears on Fox News Channel. Rivera was born July 4, 1943 at Beth Israel Medical Center in New […]

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Mofaz Beats Livni To Head Of Israel’s Kadima Party

Mofaz Beats Livni To Head Of Israel's Kadima Party

Israel’s Iranian-born former military chief and defense minister Shaul Mofaz has been waiting more than three years for another chance to take the helm of the centrist Kadima Party. After accomplishing that mission in Tuesday’s primary, he now faces an uphill battle in leading Kadima back to power. Mofaz defeated the current party leader, Tzipi […]

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Haredim Gloat at Livni’s Downfall

Haredim Gloat at Livni's Downfall

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth? Walking down the haredi street less than 24 hours after Tzipi Livni lost the Kadima primaries, one might wonder whether the haredi community has read that specific phrase in the book of Proverbs. From the moment the results of the Kadima primaries were revealed – awarding the position of […]

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Rep. Allen West: J Street is Pro-Palestinian Jewish Organization

Rep. Allen West: J Street is Pro-Palestinian Jewish Organization

In a statement published on his Facebook page, Congressman Allen West called the politically Left-leaning JStreet a “Pro-Palestinian Jewish Organization.” “Today on Capitol Hill there are lots of J-Street (Pro-Palestinian Jewish Organization) representatives, of course several have recognized me and wanted to chat,” he stated. “I just have to shake my head when these citizens […]

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Toulouse School Target of Anti-Semitic Calls, Hate Mail

Toulouse School Target of Anti-Semitic Calls, Hate Mail

The French Jewish school where three children and a teacher were murdered this month has received a wave of anti-Semitic hate mail and calls, the local prosecutor said Wednesday. Michel Valet said he had received a complaint from the school and had ordered a police investigation to discover the “origin of these calls and letters […]

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The Jewish Composer Behind Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’

The Jewish Composer Behind Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’

January marked the 75th anniversary of the original publication of “Bitter Fruit.” The poem evolved into the song “Strange Fruit,” which was made famous by jazz legend Billie Holiday and was named best song of the century by Time magazine in 1999. But its author and composer, Abel Meeropol, is largely forgotten today. “Strange Fruit” […]

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Simple Origami Jumping Frogs For Passover

Simple Origami Jumping Frogs For Passover

Origami frogs, namely simple origami jumping frogs, that you and the kids can make in just a few minutes each, are the perfect craft for the Passover seder. And of course they’d work very nicely with the origami pyramids I posted about last week! Teach the kids how to make them, and then let them […]

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Reclaiming the Ketubah as a Symbol of Equality and Women’s Independence

Reclaiming the Ketubah as a Symbol of Equality and Women's Independence

The evolution of the Ketubah in the Jewish tradition has taken an interesting turn in recent times. Once a vehicle to protect women from financial devastation in the case of divorce or death of a husband, it is now considered for many a traditional prerequisite for marriage as well as an archival work of art, […]

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Orthopraxy is Way Better than Going off the Derech

Orthopraxy is Way Better than Going off the Derech

Too many people rag on Orthopraxy, the situation in which you look and act like a normal orthodox Jew, yet aren’t a believer, but I think it’s a way better option than going off the derech. You see, when you’re orthorpax, you get all the perks of orthodox Judaism without any of the disadvantages of […]

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Ten Tips for Seder Leaders

Ten Tips for Seder Leaders

Passover is coming… Time for some tips for your Seder… Most folks consider preparing and eating the festive meal to be the central focus of their Passover Seder. There’s not much advice that we can offer to help improve upon that. However, we have always had fun conducting the reading of the Haggadah. We learned […]

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Brooklyn Co-Op Votes Down Israel Boycott

Brooklyn Co-Op Votes Down Israel Boycott

Members of the Park Slope Food Co-Op voted down a proposed referendum to ban Israeli foods by a landslide, with 1005 voting against and 653 voting for it. The local food fight drew international attention on Tuesday and senior New York politicians lined up to weigh in on the debate. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, […]

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Gilad’s Special Passover

Gilad's Special Passover

For five years, the Shalit family was forced to celebrate Passover without Gilad, but this year the former Hamas captive will finally be marking the holiday at home. The previous Passover was marked by the Shalit family in a tent and on the sidewalk near the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. “We have no holidays,” […]

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Hitler Shampoo Commercial Pulled Following Jewish Protests

Hitler Shampoo Commercial Pulled Following Jewish Protests

A Turkish commercial for men’s shampoo featuring Adolf Hitler has been pulled following widespread protests from the Jewish community. In the commercial, Hitler announces, “If you’re not wearing women’s clothes, then you shouldn’t be wearing women’s shampoo.” The advertisers said on Tuesday that the commercial would no longer be aired. “Decisive action by the leaders […]

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Shabbat 1500 Event Breaks National Record

Shabbat 1500 Event Breaks National Record

For the first time in history, more than 1,500 people attended the Shabbat 1500 event on Friday night at Binghampton University. Chabad’s annual event was co-sponsored the Student Association, Hillel-JSU, the Elaine Heumann Memorial Foundation and a few social and professional fraternities. Students were encouraged to bring their friends to the 6 p.m. dinner at […]

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Albums Stolen by Nazis Unveiled After Being Taken from Hitler’s Home

Albums Stolen by Nazis Unveiled After Being Taken from Hitler’s Home

Two albums documenting works of art and furniture stolen by the Nazis during World War II were unveiled Tuesday after being discovered by a Dallas-based foundation that was contacted by relatives of two soldiers who had taken them from Adolf Hitler’s home. Robert M. Edsel, founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 23 March 28, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 23 March 28, 2012

More children are suffering accidents from poisoning to drowning during the two weeks before Passover than during any other fortnight in the year. The dangers are even greater during the week before the Festival of Freedom, when children are on school holiday and parents are involved in intensive cleaning preparations. Parents are told to protect […]

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Breaking Free from Tradition: New Ideas for Passover Learning

Breaking free from tradition: New ideas for Passover learning

Watch The Prince of Egypt. Throw the toy frogs. Have a chocolate seder. Create artistic interpretations of the Ten Plagues. These are old stand-bys in the Jewish education world that aim to get our students “excited” and “engaged” in the holiday and tradition of Passover. Now, don’t get me wrong, kids and families genuinely enjoy […]

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