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War, Motherhood, & A Little Cheesecake

War, Motherhood, & A Little Cheesecake

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to work with your mother and learn about her life and in doing so discover a completely different person? My mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, passed away on April 8, 2012. She lived a remarkable life, and I am happy that we worked for two years on […]

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Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant? Bring It.

Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant? Bring It.

Oh, the people are OUTRAGED. Lipsticking up 14 sweet old ladies, parading them around on a stage and making them compete for the title of Miss Holocaust Survivor? Hideous, right? The grossest objectification of the females since “Toddlers and Tiaras,” you say. “Oy gevalt!” cry the naysayers, their hands wringing. “What’s next, a 10-episode season […]

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Meaningful Prayer: Consistent Dedication

Meaningful Prayer: Consistent Dedication

Our sages teach that the prayers were enacted to correspond to the sacrifices. The korban tamid, which was brought daily in the beit hamikdash, signifies the idea of dependability and regularity. It is the concept of a continuous relationship, of absolute dedication to Hashem, which is a fundamental aspect of prayer. We must maintain a […]

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Domestic Violence is Real (Chukat)

Domestic Violence is Real (Chukat)

In this week’s parsha, Chukat, Moses is once again feeling the stress of leadership. Tired and quickly losing hope following the death of his sister Miriam, the Israelites complain to Moses that they would have rather died in Egypt. They go so far as to wish they had died a horrible death along with those […]

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Ask the Rabbi: May Jews Save All Lives on Shabbat?

Ask the Rabbi: May Jews Save All Lives on Shabbat?

From the outset, let me state very clearly: Jewish law obligates Jews to save the lives of all humans, Jews and gentiles alike, even if it entails violating Shabbat. This is the universal conclusion of all contemporary decisors, despite confusing media reports of a recent public lecture by a senior Israeli scholar. While this ruling […]

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Slovakia: Special Coin Honors Chatam Sofer

Slovakia: Special Coin Honors Chatam Sofer

Slovakia has issued a special commemorative coin honoring the 250th anniversary of the birth of Rabbi Moshe Schreiber, known as the Chatam Sofer. Schreiber, who died in 1839, is widely considered as one of the early 19th century’s most prominent European rabbis. According to the JTA, Chatam Sofer’s tomb in Bratislava survived the bombings of […]

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Hareidi Youth to Bear Olympic Torch

Hareidi Youth to Bear Olympic Torch

A hareidi-religious young man from London will be among those carrying the Olympic Torch in Britain this summer. Efraim Goldstein, 22, was chosen due to his long history of volunteerism. Goldstein had established seven volunteer organizations by the age of 16. The groups he set up now have a total of several hundred volunteers. Efraim […]

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Six Varieties of Kosher Ice Cream Produced in Russia

Six Varieties of Kosher Ice Cream Produced in Russia

Just in time for summer, a Russian ice cream company produced a special kosher line of the frozen dessert. The Stavropol-based company approached the kosher department of the Russian Chief Rabbinate headed by Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar about launching a production line that would be acceptable to Jewish dietary laws. Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yossi Verzub, director […]

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U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Demjanjuk’s Posthumous Citizenship Bid

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Demjanjuk's Posthumous Citizenship Bid

A U.S. appeals court has rejected a request to restore the citizenship of John Demjanjuk, the recently deceased autoworker convicted of Nazi war crimes. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that John Demjanjuk cannot regain his citizenship posthumously. The court ruling said in its ruling that his death made the case […]

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Nora, You May Remember Nothing, But We Remember You

Nora, you may remember nothing, but we remember you

When Nora Ephron was young, she wanted to be Dorothy Parker. When I was young, I wanted to be Nora Ephron. I still do. “All I wanted in this world was to come to New York and be Dorothy Parker. The funny lady. The only lady at the table. The woman who made her living […]

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Dvar Torah Chukas: Unrevealed Revelation

Dvar Torah Chukas: Unrevealed Revelation

Someone approached me to tell me how nice of a piece I had written about this week’s parsha, and I responded that I hadn’t written anything yet!  But when they told me that they had thoroughly enjoyed my tie in of the snake on a pole and kiddush and running around trying to make money […]

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Is Peter B. Madoff Jewish?

Is Peter B. Madoff Jewish?

Yes, Peter B. Madoff, brother of Bernard L. Madoff is a Jew. Madoff’s grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Poland, Romania and Austria, according to Wikipedia. Peter is a member of the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation. The Times reports that he will plead guilty to crimes connected to the Madoff Ponzi scheme. For nearly four decades, […]

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The Mystery of Death – Short Parsha Vort

The Mystery of Death – Short Parsha Vort

Parshat Chukat begins with the verse, “Zot chukat haTorah asher tzivah Hashem.” The Targum translates the words zot chukat as, “This is the divine dictum.” The Torah refers to the enigmatic chok of parah adumah (red heifer) which purifies those that are impure and defiles those that are pure. Rav Soloveitchik notes that chukat doesn’t […]

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Likud MK Denounces Temple Mount ‘Infringement’

Likud MK Denounces Temple Mount ‘Infringement’

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely launched a fierce attack against the Jerusalem police on Wednesday, accusing them of unilaterally tightening regulations against Jews who want to go up to the Temple Mount. Israeli authorities forbid Jews and other non-Muslims from praying out loud on the Temple Mount because of tensions it may cause. Supervisors from the […]

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20 Women to Compete in Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant

20 Women to Compete in Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant

Twenty women between the ages of 74 and 90 will compete for the title of most beautiful Holocaust survivor on Thursday. During the beauty pageant, which will be held at the Ahuzat HaCarmel event hall in Haifa, each contestant will take the stage separately and share her Holocaust survival story with the audience. The winner […]

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German Jews, Muslims Outraged Over Circumcision Ruling

German Jews, Muslims Outraged Over Circumcision Ruling

Jewish and Muslim leaders in Germany were united on Wednesday in their condemnation of a German court’s decision to, in effect, outlaw the circumcision of boys. The British Guardian reported that representatives of the two religious communities called the ruling insensitive and discriminatory, saying it was an attack on centuries of religious tradition. On Tuesday, […]

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Chabad of the Conejo Celebrates Milestone

Chabad of the Conejo Celebrates Milestone

Five hundred friends and supporters of Chabad of the Conejo gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California, for a gala Banquet event celebrating the organization’s recent momentous opening of its new Center for Jewish Life in Agoura Hills, and its commitment to continued growth in the months and years ahead. The theme […]

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Brooklyn Prosecutors Drop Charges in Ultra-Orthodox Sex Abuse Case

Brooklyn Prosecutors Drop Charges in Ultra-Orthodox Sex Abuse Case

Prosecutors dropped all charges against a group of men who were accused of sexually abusing a young Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox woman for eight years. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges on Tuesday against four Crown Heights men accused of raping and forcing the woman to serve as a prostitute in their neighborhood since she […]

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Celebrate Fiercely Independent Jewish Women This July 4th

Celebrate Fiercely Independent Jewish Women This July 4th

Many of you may not know this, but there is a kind of rite that happens here at JWA for newbies such as myself: to be given an assignment with almost impossible challenges. It all began, innocently enough: we decided we would honor July 4th, our country’s independence day, by inviting you, the JWA community, […]

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Are You a Non-Practicing Orthodox Jew?

Are You a Non-Practicing Orthodox Jew?

I was so tired yesterday when I finally got back home from the sheva brachos in NY that I hopped in bed at 3:30 and slept for 16 hours straight. I now got the gist of what some of my friends do and call the ultimate shabbos shluff. I know quite a few folks who […]

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New Yorker’s Talmudic Account of a Madoff Panel

New Yorker's Talmudic Account of a Madoff Panel

From 1/19/09 we replay this (lightly) Talmudic analysis in the New Yorker of Madoff, starting with the premise that he was a goniff which is worse than a gazlan. With sex expert Ruth Westheimer quoting the sage Hillel. Also appearing Michael Steinhardt talking of the, “Banality of investing.” It was a clever current events report of a […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 36 – June 27, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 36 - June 27, 2012

Forty years ago this past week, Rabbi Sally Priesand was ordained as a Reform rabbi,thus making her the first woman rabbi to be ordained after the Holocaust. And in the years that followed, the Conservative movement continued to ordaining women, Recently Modern Orthodoxy has given women new leadership roles. While the government tries to find […]

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Jewish Foundation Creates Jewish Nobel Prize

Jewish Foundation Creates Jewish Nobel Prize

A Jewish foundation on Tuesday announced the creation of an annual award with a one million dollar cash prize that will be bestowed upon a personality with strong ties to the Jewish people for achievements in the fields of art, science or diplomacy. The Genesis Philanthropy Group, headed by Russian- Jewish businessmen including billionaires Mikhail […]

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100 Rabbis Protest Recognition of Non-Orthodox Rabbis

100 Rabbis Protest Recognition of Non-Orthodox Rabbis

Over 100 rabbis participated Tuesday in an “emergency gathering” following the State’s decision to recognize rabbis of Conservative and Reform movements as official rabbis and give them the same funding as Orthodox rabbis, who are appointed by the Chief Rabbinate. The gathering was called by Israel’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who received Shas spiritual […]

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Egypt to Block Jewish Pilgrims From Holy Site

Egypt to Block Jewish Pilgrims From Holy Site

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it had told Israel that it would not be “appropriate” for Israeli pilgrims to make an annual visit to the tomb of a 19th-century Jewish holy man in the Nile Delta. Egypt notified Israel two months ago that it would be “impossible to hold the annual ceremony because of the […]

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New Chabad Center at Sarah Lawrence College

New Chabad Center at Sarah Lawrence College

Wisdom with understanding,” the motto of Sarah Lawrence College, fits perfectly with the ideals of Chabad, which is opening a center at the Bronxville campus in time for the 2012 fall semester. Rabbi Sruli and Mushka Deitsch will begin their activities as full Chabad representatives, where they will introduce a variety of Jewish educational and […]

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Jewish Writer-Filmmaker, Nora Ephron, Dies at 71

Jewish Writer-Filmmaker, Nora Ephron, Dies at 71

Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, and was loved, respected and feared for her wit, died on Tuesday of leukemia. She was 71. Her book publisher Alfred A. Knopf confirmed her death in a statement. Born into a Jewish family of screenwriters, […]

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Melted Crayon On Wood Craft

Melted Crayon On Wood Craft

Here’s a great little craft activity for the whole family (excluding toddlers) — drawing with crayons on hot wood! While this craft does require caution due to the very hot wood, it is just so completely satisfying to draw with crayons that melt as you apply them to your hot surface. I got this idea […]

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On Writing Gadol Biographies

On Writing Gadol Biographies

More than twenty years ago, I wrote an op-ed entitled, “Are Gadol Biographies Good for Us?” Little did I dream at the time that I would soon be asked to write the first of many biographies of major Jewish leaders. From that experience, I learned to be careful with my words lest they come back […]

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JTS Posts Warning in Beit Shemesh

JTS Posts Warning in Beit Shemesh

Beit Shemesh, an Israeli neighborhood about 20 miles outside of Jerusalem, has been in the news quite a bit over the past year. After the opening of the Orot Banot national-religious girls’ school in Beit Shemesh in September 2011, groups of radical Haredim gathered in front of the school, calling the girls names and spitting […]

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