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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a Fitting Culmination for Jewish American Heritage Month

Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a Fitting Culmination for Jewish American Heritage Month

As you know if you read the Jewish Women’s Archive blog, May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). At JWA, we work all year to highlight the struggles and successes of American Jewish women; it’s the legacy we pass on to future generations. Among JWA’s contributions to JAHM this year, we added video interviews with […]

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Summer at the Teaneck Swim Club, the Tenafly JCC Outdoor Swimming Pool

Summer at the Teaneck Swim Club, the Tenafly JCC Outdoor Swimming Pool

The start of summer. With nice weather ahead we look forward to swimming outdoors every day in Tenafly or Teaneck. TSC open on weekends now and every day starting 6/21/2012. JCC OTP open on Sundays now and every day starting 6/17/2012. And here are some of the other pools that we’d like to swim in…We’ve […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Eats Kosher in Rome

Mark Zuckerberg Eats Kosher in Rome

I’m all for letting Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan honeymoon in peace, but I couldn’t resist blogging about two noteworthy events that occurred during the newlyweds’ Italian vacation. First, the Facebook Founder and CEO took his bride to a *kosher restaurant in the Jewish area in Rome. The couple dined at Nonna […]

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Montenegro Jews get Organized, all 10 of Them

Montenegro Jews get Organized, all 10 of Them

The late, great singer Frank Zappa once quipped that every self-respecting country needs its own beer and airline. Add a Jewish community to the list. Since Montenegro gained independence from Serbia in 2006, a handful of Jews there have been busy setting up an organization representing their community in the country, which may count no […]

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Israel Navy Sponsors Kashrut Competition

Israel Navy Sponsors Kashrut Competition

Next week, the Israel Navy will launch a competition between elite naval commando unit Shayetet 13′s missile ship crews to see who has the fewest violations of the laws of kashrut. The prize? A “fun day” in the IDF Rabbinate – including a tour of a heritage site, a talk with a rabbi, a full-length […]

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Labeling Products Will Encourage Sales, Says Winemaker

Labeling Products Will Encourage Sales, Says Winemaker

The director of the Psagot Winery in Binyamin, Yaakov Berg, said on Wednesday that recent decision to mark products made in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) as being “made in the settlements” will actually help the sales of such products. On Tuesday, Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain announced that it will tell its customers if […]

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New Volume Opens Door to Rebbe’s Rashi Sichos

New Volume Opens Door to Rebbe’s Rashi Sichos

Scholars for generations have tried to decipher the seemingly simplistic words of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, the 12th-century commentator known as Rashi whose glosses on the Five Books of Moses have become standard fare for any student of the Torah. But a new English volume attempts to reveal some of the principles behind the commentary, drawing […]

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U.S. University Professor to Head Holocaust Archive in Germany

U.S. University Professor to Head Holocaust Archive in Germany

A U.S. university professor has been appointed director of the International Tracing Service’s Holocaust-era archive in the German town of Bad Arolsen. The ITS said Wednesday its 11-member international commission had voted to name Rebecca Boehling, a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, to head the archive starting Jan. 1, 2013. Boehling is […]

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Using and Misusing the Tehillim

Using and Misusing the Tehillim

We have published on Halakhah.com the SYNOPSIS OF SEFER SHIMUSH TEHILLIM: Containing Protections Against Numerous Calamities. Attributed to Rav Hai Gaon, in Hebrew and English, compiled by Reuven Brauner. From the Introduction: Sefer Shimush Tehillim is a short and relatively little-known treatise attributed to Rav Hai Gaon (according to the Sedei Chemed) which describes the […]

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Off the Derech Movement is Good for the Jews

Off the Derech Movement is Good for the Jews

It seems as if the frum community has just discovered that those who went off the derech may be a problem for future generations of sheep following the grand master bearded fellows who dictate orders about what you can and can’t do. Prior to the internet age it was easy to ignore those folks who […]

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Rap Videos Okay in Synagogue But Not Politicians

Rap Videos Okay in Synagogue But Not Politicians

It is often said that politics and religion make strange bedfellows. Strange or not, it is important to remember that politics and religion are bedfellows in just about every nation in the world (some more than others). I’ve noticed that in the United States, where we have a supposed separation of Church and State, it […]

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In Brussels, Friends of Israel to Mark J’lem Day

In Brussels, Friends of Israel to Mark J'lem Day

A Jewish group on Wednesday will hold an event at the European parliament commemorating Israel’s establishment of control over the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967, a week after the national holiday was held in Israel. The European Jewish Community Center (EJCC), which is organizing the event, said the gathering will be attended by Minister-without- […]

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Reform, Conservative Rabbis to Receive State Funding

Reform, Conservative Rabbis to Receive State Funding

Rabbis of conservative and reform communities will be recognized as official rabbis by the state, and will enjoy the same funding as orthodox rabbis who are appointed by the Chief Rabbinate. The road to state funding was paved after the state and reform movement representatives reached an understanding in a petition which was filed in […]

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Empire State Building to Shine Blue and White for Israel Parade

Empire State Building to Shine Blue and White for Israel Parade

The Empire State Building in New York City will be lit up in blue and white in honor of the Israeli flag to mark the June 3 Israel Day Parade, as hundreds of thousands celebrate and take pride in the 64th anniversary of the modern State of Israel. More than 200 groups from New York, New […]

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Chabad Builds First Shul in Tacoma Since 1968

Chabad Builds First Shul in Tacoma Since 1968

After a two-year legal battle and nearly a year of construction, an Orthodox Jewish group is about to open its $2.4 million synagogue and education building between two houses on Tacoma’s West End. Rabbi Zalman Heber calls the completion of the brick-and-wood structure “history in the making.” It provides a traditional-style synagogue for practicing Orthodox […]

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For First Time, Israel to Recognize Reform and Conservative Rabbis

For First Time, Israel to Recognize Reform and Conservative Rabbis

In an unprecedented move, Israel has announced that it is prepared to recognize Reform and Conservative community leaders as rabbis and fund their salaries. Rabbis belonging to either stream will be classified as “rabbis of non-Orthodox communities.” The attorney general advised the High Court that the state will begin equally financing non-Orthodox rabbis in regional […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 32 – May 30, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 31 - May 30, 2012

Two bronze sculptures created by artist Sigalit Landau have been stolen from the yard of an art collector in Herzliya. The two statues, “Vomitus-Narcisus,” created in 2007, and “Stranded on a Watermelon in the Dead Sea,” from 2009, were both placed in the collector’s yard during the past year. Each of the sculptures, which were […]

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Think About It For A Second

Think About It For A Second

What if some woman writes into us from Yemen how upset she is at the media’s portrayal of the state of Muslim women and how wonderful this Muslim lifestyle is and how she can leave whenever she wants and how beautiful the Koran’s view of women is and how all her friends are so happy […]

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The Importance of Pace and Learning Torah in the Spiritual Growth Process

The Importance of Pace and Learning Torah in the Spiritual Growth Process

Menachem Lipkin referred me to this wonderful blog. And with over thirty years of experience in teaching Torah to ba’alei tshuvah, I would like to make some comments on this most important thread. The Rambam teaches (Hilchot Talmud Torah, Ch. 5, Halacha 4): And any student who has not reached the level to instruct, and […]

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Rabbi Lichtenstein’s Foreword to Mikra and Meaning by Nathaniel Helfgott

Rabbi Lichtenstein's Foreword to Mikra and Meaning by Nathaniel Helfgott

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgott has written an incisive and perceptive book of literary approaches to selected biblical texts, Mikra and Meaning. The work must be examined within the literature of such studies written for the modern Orthodox reader, that is the college educated observant Jew. It stands out as a remarkable success within that genre. What […]

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Group Slams Conversion Authority’s ‘Closed Door’

Group Slams Conversion Authority's 'Closed Door'

The ITIM religious rights advocacy group has accused the state’s Conversion Authority of adopting a “closed door policy” toward non-Israeli citizens interested in conversion, and claimed the authority has created a “negative image” that has led to an overall decrease in conversions. “It is unconscionable that the Conversion Authority is discouraging spouses of Israelis to […]

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No Indictment Against King’s Torah Authors

No indictment against King's Torah authors

Nearly a year after police launched an investigation into the publication of the King’s Torah, a book that stated that it was permissible to kill non-Jews when their presence in Israel endangers Jews, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided to close the criminal case against the authors and its supporters “due to lack of sufficient evidence […]

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Serbia WWII Death Camp to ‘Multicultural’ Development?

Serbia WWII Death Camp to 'Multicultural' Development?

Historians and Jewish leaders have expressed concern that Siberia’s largest World War II death camp may be transformed into a commercial development, The Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported. The leaders reportedly met to discuss the future of the Staro Sajmiste death camp, which is located on the outskirts of Belgrade, following reports that it may be turned into to […]

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Massive Fire Disrupts Yom Tov, Forces Building Evac

Massive Fire Disrupts Yom Tov, Forces Building Evac

A massive fire broke out in a second floor of an apartment building on Carroll Street, just as families were sitting down for their Yom Tov meals. It took firefighters nearly a half hour to douse the intense blaze. The fire broke out in the second floor of 1365 Carroll Street, which is on the […]

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Finding Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

Finding Jewish life in Eastern Europe

Pavel Fried was born in the village of Třebíč, Czechoslovakia, in 1930. Fried lived a middle-class Jewish life; he was in the midst of preparations for his bar mitzvah when his family was deported to Terezin. In the camp, he told interviewers from the Vienna-based oral history project Centropa, he had a secret ceremony. Pavel […]

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McSweeney’s #40: (Literary) Mixtape of the Month

McSweeney’s #40: (Literary) Mixtape of the Month

So it’s always given me a thrill when a bunch of musicians I love play a song together, and I also sort of feel that way about writers. If anything, writers are even more of a thrill — since ordinarily writers are such solitary creatures, and outside of mystery novels and James Patterson marathon novel-writing […]

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Sinai and Jewish Unity

Sinai and Jewish Unity

Of all the many sterling qualities of the chareidi community in Israel, I suspect no one would list public relations acumen near the top. And of the many public relations failures of the community none looms larger than the widespread perception that chareidim are indifferent to the fate of their fellow Jews and feel no […]

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How “Rabbi” J. Ezra Merkin Bought His Co-op Apartment at 740 Park Avenue

How "Rabbi" J. Ezra Merkin Bought His Co-op Apartment at 740 Park Avenue

The J. Ezra Merkin of recent headlines and scandals — known for eternity as a Bernie Madoff feeder — and the Merkin family live in duplex apartment 6/7B at 740 Park Avenue. A book by Michael Gross, 740 Park, is a fascinating account of rich New York through the prism of that single exceptional building. […]

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The Historical Sanctuary of Amsterdam’s Jews

The Historical Sanctuary of Amsterdam’s Jews

The wooden ceilings soar overhead at Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue, while below your feet lies a light dusting of sand, traditionally used in Dutch buildings of the 17th century to ward off the moisture left by the rain which is never far off in the Netherlands. The smell of sawdust hits you when you enter the […]

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Archaeologists Find Rare Ancient Jewelry at Megiddo

Archaeologists Find Rare Ancient Jewelry at Megiddo

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare trove of 3,000-year-old jewelry, including a ring and earrings, hidden in a ceramic jug near the ancient city of Megiddo, where the New Testament predicts the final battle of Armageddon. Archaeologists who unearthed the jug during excavations at the site in 2010 left it in a laboratory while they […]

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