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Chinuch Roundtable: Is it Worse to Talk to Girls Online or in Person?

Chinuch Roundtable: Is it Worse to Talk to Girls Online or in Person?

Dear Chinuch Roundtable, I recently noticed that my teenage son was spending more time online than usual. The computer is in the living room, so I’m sure that he wasn’t chas v’sholom looking at anything that he shouldn’t. When I asked him what he was doing, he reluctantly admitted that he was chatting with a […]

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Parshat Tazria and Metzora: Mirror Image

Parshat Tazria and Metzora: Mirror Image

Why did the Torah specifically designate the kohen to determine the status of a nega (leprosy spot)? Tzaraat was not a physical disease but rather a sign of a spiritual malady within the person. For that one needed to go to a spiritual source for help, to a kohen. The kohanim represent those who teach […]

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Delmon Young’s Anti-Semitic Slur and the Problem With Athletes As Role Models

Delmon Young's Anti-Semitic Slur and the Problem With Athletes As Role Models

I already had a blog post planned for today. I was going to write an open letter to David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball League (NBA) in which I was going to publicly criticize him for allowing the NBA to only give Ron Artest (er, sorry Metta World Peace) a slap on the […]

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The Palestinian Family that Inspired Jewish Debate

The Palestinian family that inspired Jewish debate

Israel is a European colonialist entity and is destined to disappear, said the Palestinian family that was a major inspiration for American journalist Peter Beinart to write his controversial book The Crisis of Zionism. In an interview at their family home in downtown Hebron on Saturday, the Jaber family said they had no idea that […]

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Haredi Kids’ Paper Shuns Israeli Flag

Haredi Kids' Paper Shuns Israeli Flag

On the eve of Independence Day, the Israeli flag seemed to adorn virtually every home and car across the country; but it was hardly mentioned in an article published that day in an ultra-Orthodox children’s paper, which featured a thorough review of the flags of the world. Last week’s edition of the paper, Haverim (“Friends”), […]

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Fifth Graders from L.A., Samaria Hold Unique Skype Meeting

Fifth Graders from L.A., Samaria Hold Unique Skype Meeting

Fifth graders from Beit Hinuch Ramon School in Samaria held a virtual meeting through the Internet with pupils of the same age from Los Angeles’ Tifereth Israel congregation’s Hebrew school. The meeting was held with the aid of video cameras and the Skype application, to honor Israel’s 64th Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, which was marked on Sunday […]

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Dershowitz: SC Should Hear Rubashkin Appeal

Dershowitz: SC Should Hear Rubashkin Appeal

Professor Alan Dershowitz, one of the world’s most famous criminal defense lawyers, wrote the following op-ed in the prestigious National Law Journal together with his colleague Ronald Rotunda explaining why Sholom Rubashkin deserves to have his appeal heard before the United States Supreme Court. Dershowitz says an overzealous Department of Justice and a judge who […]

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Mourning for Pets, the ‘Jewish’ Way?

Mourning for Pets, the ‘Jewish’ Way?

As I peer down at her cotton-puff head, my sense of guilt sets in. Peeps, my bichon frise associate, has just taken a cocktail of three different medicines meant to keep her ticker ticking. Her eyes water, and her mouth turns downward, quivering slightly. It’s obvious she is not digging this new regimen. At 13, […]

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Poetry, Storytelling, and Multiple Truths on Israel’s Independence Day

Poetry, Storytelling, and Multiple Truths on Israel's Independence Day

As a historian, I spend a lot of time thinking about stories — what stories we tell about ourselves and the world, what stories aren’t told, how our narratives change depending on context, mood, timing. We generally think of history and poetry as very distinct fields — one more straightforward, prose-based, rooted in something we […]

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Dvar Torah Tazria-Metzora: Inclusion Criteria

Dvar Torah Tazria-Metzora: Inclusion Criteria

The notion of there being ten commandments — that is, theTen Commandments — permeates Judeo-Christian religious philosophy, despite the fact that the Old Testament is, for the most part, full of many more directives.  In addition to the Jewish opinion that, like the rest of the laws of the Old Testament, these Ten Commandments do […]

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Not-the-T-Shirt of the Week: Badge of Dishonor

Not-the-T-Shirt of the Week: Badge of Dishonor

Last week the world went apesh*t over this t-shirt on the Urban Outfitters website, for damn good reason. The Anti-Defamation League came out with its usual “strongly-worded” chastisement of any use of a six-pointed star that could be construed as offensive, demanding an immediate apology from the so-hip-it-hurts clothing purveyor. Considering last week was Yom […]

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Parshat Achrei Mot / Kedoshim: Living Kedusha

Parshat Achrei Mot / Kedoshim: Living Kedusha

In Parshat Kedoshim the Torah tells us, “Kedoshim tiheyu ki kadosh ani.” You shall be holy, for I am holy. How do we define kedusha (sanctity)? The Mikdash Halevi notes that at the beginning of the parsha it says, “Daber el kol adat bnei Yisrael.” Speak to the entire assemblage. This is to emphasize that […]

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally Against Internet

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally Against Internet

If Al Gore actually had invented the Internet, as he once claimed, he would be the least popular guy in any ultra-Orthodox neighborhood today. It is clear that the fervently Orthodox Jewish leaders despise the Internet and technology because they’re willing to spend over $1.5 million in a rally against the Internet next month in […]

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Students Compete in 49th Annual Bible Contest

Students compete in 49th annual Bible Contest

Alongside barbecues and air force fly-bys, the International Bible Contest is another Independence Day institution. This, the 49th year of the event, saw Elchanan Bloch, 17, from Netivot, walk away with first place and the free tuition at Bar-Ilan University that accompanies the prize. Akiva Abromovitz from New York was this year’s runner-up. Education Minister […]

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Birthright ‘Baby Boomers’ Head to Israel

Birthright 'Baby Boomers' Head to Israel

Studies carried out recently among US Jews indicate that only one in five has visited, or is planning to visit Israel. The worrying findings have led the UJA Federation of New York to present an innovative plan: “Birthright Israel for Boomers” – a tourism program aimed at adults that follows the outline of programs already […]

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Yeshiva Graduates Among Israel’s Best Soldiers

Yeshiva Graduates Among Israel’s Best Soldiers

Two members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Israel were among the 120 soldiers who received this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence during a nationally-televised ceremony Thursday morning in Jerusalem. According to a statement from Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office, the class of Israel Defense Force honorees included two wounded soldiers, 40 women, 17 new immigrants, […]

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Interview: Rabbi Haim Druckman

Interview: Rabbi Haim Druckman

Rabbi Haim Druckman, head of Yeshivat Or Etzion and Chairman of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, was awarded the Israel Prize this week. Arutz Sheva had the opportunity to interview Rabbi Druckman shortly before the prize was awarded. Congratulations on receiving the Israel Prize. I would like to open a rather personal question. Is there is a […]

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Israel’s High Court Affirms that Thousands of Jewish Conversions are Kosher

Israel's High Court Affirms that Thousands of Jewish Conversions are Kosher

The High Court of Justice has affirmed the validity of thousands of conversions called into question by the Rabbinical Court of Appeals in 2008, but refused to discuss the rabbinical courts’ authority to annul conversions in general. Nevertheless, the justices leveled harsh criticism at the rabbinical courts’ conduct. “The Rabbinical Court of Appeals rode roughshod […]

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Yeast Free Spelt Rolls

Yeast Free Spelt Rolls

Eating spelt instead of wheat and avoiding yeast altogether has helped many people with digestive problems as well as a myriad of other health problems. “You are what you eat”, so hopefully all is well, but if you do decide to try some changes in your diet or need to suit the needs of a […]

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The “Fine Madness” of Discovering Lesléa Newman

The "fine madness" of discovering Lesléa Newman

During an otherwise unidentifiable undergraduate semester, I took a class called The Psychology of the Lesbian Experience. (I’m not even kidding a little bit that that was the title.) I was not politically savvy enough at the time to think that this class could be problematic if it were not taught by actual lesbians (it […]

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America’s Top Fifty Rabbis

America’s Top Fifty Rabbis

If you ever wondered how to judge the success of a rabbi, you know how complex the matter can be. What are the criteria, the measuring rods, by which a rabbi is judged? But fret no longer: Newsweek magazine on April 2 solved the problem by publishing its annual list of “America’s top 50 rabbis.” […]

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Yom Haatzmaut Addition for Your Daily Prayerbook

Yom Haatzmaut Addition for Your Daily Prayerbook

For Yom Haatzmaut, Israel Independence Day, here is how you may legitimately add to your siddur using a “liturgical loophole.” The Artscroll Siddur has personal prayers for livelihood and for forgiveness that “during the silent Shemoneh Esrei one may insert” into the paragraph of shema koleinu (p. 108 in shacharit in some editions). If you […]

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The Necessity of Hope

The necessity of hope

Passover and Israel’s Independence Day are deeply connected. Not just the proximity of their calendar dates but because for centuries Passover, and particularly the Seder, remains the Jewish ritual celebrating our people’s freedom and independence. We turn our Seder tables into the most festive “altar,” we offer prayers of hope and thanksgiving. We lift our […]

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European Jewish Group Fears Israel-Iran Backlash

European Jewish Group Fears Israel-Iran Backlash

The head of a major European Jewish group warned Wednesday of a “dramatic increase” in anti-Semitic violence across the continent if Israel attacks Iran to stop its nuclear development program. The US and its allies suspect that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon — a charge that Tehran denies. Israel views a nuclear-armed […]

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Israeli Student Wins 49th Int’l Bible Quiz

Israeli Student Wins 49th Int'l Bible Quiz

The 49th International Bible Quiz for Jewish youth – one of Independence Day’s noble traditions – was held on Thursday morning at the Jerusalem Theater. Israel’s Elehanan Bloch – a student from the Yeshiva High School of Yeruhuam – was this year’s winner. Elhanan’s parents, Ido and Orit, came to Yeruham within the Bnei Akiva […]

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‘I Did All I Could to Bring Moshiach. Now It’s Up to You’

'I Did All I Could to Bring Moshiach. Now It’s Up to You'

Friends and relatives of Reb Avrohom Yeshaya Schtroks, OMB, have set up a website – zichronshayaschtroks.com – where people can share their personal memories, as well as contribute to a fund set up to help the family financially through this difficult time. One of Reb Yeshaya’s students in the Morristown cheder, Schneur Zalman Wilansky from […]

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Danish Fashion Company Apologizes over ‘Holocaust’ T-Shirt

Danish fashion company apologizes over ‘Holocaust’ t-shirt

A Danish fashion company apologized on Monday for a t-shirt featuring a detailing that resembles the Star of David worn by Jews during the Holocaust. The t-shirt came under fire last week, as the Anti-Defamation League slammed the clothing retailer Urban Outfitters for advertising it on its retail website. Brian Jensen, co-founder of Wood Wood, […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 27 April 25, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 27 April 25, 2012

Yisroel Amar has grown up looking for ways to reach and inspire more people, and at the age of 13 and gifted with an angelic voice he use it to channel Jewish teachings and uplift audience in South Florida. At eight years old his father would give him and his brothers pieces of the services […]

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The Burlesque Poetess: A Jewess with “Artitude”

The Burlesque Poetess: A Jewess with "Artitude"

Jojo Lazar is a Boston-based multimedia visual and performance artist with a dizzying portfolio of projects. She puts her MFA in Poetry and love of vaudeville to work performing as “The Burlesque Poetess.” She plays the ukulele in the steam-crunk band, “Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys,” and with Meff in “The Tiny […]

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Join the Chinuch Round Table on Frum Satire

Join the Chinuch Round Table on Frum Satire

Each week one of the most widely read newspapers in the frum world publishes a question and answer article called the Chinuch Round Table. Featuring such important questions as how to keep kids on the derech, what type of school to send their slightly open minded bais yaakov girl to and whether or how to […]

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