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

Container Gardening: Verbena Love

Container Gardening: Verbena Love

I’m in love with Verbena, and this year I’ve finally had a small success with a few little seedlings by virtue of the fact that I planted them in a big empty patch of dirt at the base of my lemon tree! Flowers that consist of clusters of tiny blooms always seem to be amongst […]

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Grappling All the Way to the Olympics

Grappling all the way to the Olympics

For the first time in world history, this year every country competing in the Olympics has a female athlete on its team. This historic moment was made possible when Saudi Arabia, Brunei, and Qatar permitted women to be included in their delegations. Although the Saudi clergy believes that exercising is contrary to a woman’s natural […]

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Romney in Jerusalem: Culture and Providence Led to Israel’s Economic Success (Not Socialism)

Romney in Jerusalem: Culture and Providence Led to Israel's Economic Success (Not Socialism)

In a speech in Jerusalem to rich donors, Mitt Romney disrespected the Palestinians and distorted the history of the State of Israel, according to our reading of a report from the AP. He insinuates that Israeli culture is superior to Palestinian culture, and that God loves Israel more than the Palestinians. And he altogether forgets […]

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90,000 Jews Will Gather In MetLife Stadium To Celebrate The 12th Cycle Of The Siyum Hashas

90,000 Jews Will Gather In MetLife Stadium To Celebrate The 12th Cycle Of The Siyum Hashas

Some books you just can’t put down. On Aug. 1, some 90,000 Jewish men will attend a celebration of one such tome — the Talmud. Organizers bill the event as the largest party for Jewish learning in 2,000 years. The Siyum HaShas is the completion of reading all six orders of the Babylonian Talmud, the […]

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Rabbinical Court Allows Divorcee to Marry Cohen

Rabbinical Court allows divorcee to marry Cohen

Jewish law states unequivocally that a Cohen cannot marry a divorced woman, but there are exceptions. The Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court last week ruled that it would approve the divorce of two people who married in a civil service in the US – but that the divorce would not interfere with the woman’s marriage to […]

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Talmud Study Cycle Celebrations Begin!

Talmud Study Cycle Celebrations Begin!

The observant Jewish community was filled with excitement as Talmud study celebrations opened in Israel and around the world. The events, called “Siyum HaShas” take place once every seven and a half years and mark the completion of a cycle of Torah study of the Babylonian Talmud called the Daf Yomi, the study of two […]

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Mayor Orders Hospitals to Pressure Mothers to Nurse

Mayor Orders Hospitals to Pressure Mothers to Nurse

Mayor Bloomberg has demanded that hospitals stop handing out baby formula to persuade more new mothers to breastfeed their babies. The New York City health department will monitor the number of formula bottles being given out and demand a medical reason for each one. From September 3, 27 out of 40 hospitals in the city […]

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Jonah Lehrer Admits to Fake Bob Dylan Quotes, Resigns

Jonah Lehrer Admits to Fake Bob Dylan Quotes, Resigns

A staff writer for The New Yorker has resigned and his latest book has been halted after he acknowledged inventing quotes by Bob Dylan. Jonah Lehrer released a statement Monday through his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saying that some Dylan quotes appearing in his book “Imagine: How Creativity Works” did “not exist.” Others were “unintentional […]

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Enjoy some Vlog Noshing from JWA’s Institute for Educators

Enjoy some Vlog noshing from JWA's Institute for Educators

As JWA’s Institute for Educators comes to a close, we wanted to share a few moments … and messages. Here’s Debra Schultz, author of Going South: Jewish Women and the Civil Rights Movement, in a spontaneous, hallway moment following her presentation. “Being Jewish demands that we do what’s right and work on behalf of the most disenfranchised […]

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Mittness Protection Program Dropped in Jerusalem

Mittness Protection Program Dropped in Jerusalem

WSJ reports that some reporters will be allowed at the Romney Jerusalem fundraiser. WSJ also reminds us that, “President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign was quick to note that Mr. Obama did not hold fundraisers on his visit to Israel as a candidate in 2008.” Original post: CNN Politics Political Ticker reports that Romney will bar reporters […]

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Personal and Communal Mourning

Personal and Communal Mourning

The Gemara at the end of Taanit cites a famous braita which says that all the mitzvot that are relevant to a mourner are relevant to Tisha B’av. The Rishonim point out this is not always absolute. The Gemara discusses an custom of aveilut (mourning) which used to be practiced by a mourner. This practice […]

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A Window Into the Jewish Soul

A Window Into the Jewish Soul

The seven-year Talmud-studying marathon known as Daf Yomi reaches its grand finale on Monday night, when tens of thousands of people in Israel and some hundreds of thousands around the world will rejoice at having completed the study of the Babylonian Talmud – all 2,711 pages. In the previous (11th) cycle, which ended in 2005, […]

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Religious Woman Proud to Serve in Police

Religious Woman Proud to Serve in Police

For almost three years now, Lilach Mamouka, 39, an Orthodox Jew and mother of three, volunteers at the Ashdod police station without compromising her religious lifestyle, including observing Jewish modesty laws. As a volunteer, Mamouka has encountered various criminal occurrences, from neighborhood disputes to violent acts and even murder. And still, people find it hard […]

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Remains of Jews Massacred on Temple Mount Found?

Remains of Jews Massacred on Temple Mount Found?

The remains of thousands of Jews massacred by the Romans on the Temple Mount during the destruction of the Second Temple may have been uncovered, according to veteran archaeological journalist Benny Liss. According to daily newspaper Israel HaYom, Liss screened a video clearly showing thousands of human skeletons in what appears to be a mass […]

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Instead of Taking Down a Fruit Tree, Building Around It

Instead of Taking Down a Fruit Tree, Building Around It

Sheya Wieder owned a small old house on a large lot in Borough Park, Brooklyn, until about six years ago, he said, when he decided it was time to knock it down and build an upgrade. He was all set to go when it occurred to him that the big, shady tree, standing tall and […]

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In Solidarity with Israel, Australian Jewish Leaders Observe Munich Olympic Memorial

In solidarity with Israel, Australian Jewish Leaders Observe Munich Olympic Memorial

Australian Jewish leaders observed a minute’s silence in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered 40 years ago at the Munich Games. Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, at the gathering last Friday at the Jewish community center in Sydney recounted the tragedy and lauded governments and their leaders […]

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First is the…Worst?

First is the...Worst?

Sally Ride died on Tuesday at the age of 61. First American woman to go into outer space. The first. The very first. American. Woman. Astronaut. What does it mean to be the first? What is our Western love affair with the number one? How does the idea of being “the first” bolster or undermine feminism? I […]

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T-Shirt of the Week: Cluck you, Chick-Fil-A

T-Shirt of the Week: Cluck you, Chick-Fil-A

Look, Chick-fil-A’s feelings about gayfolk have never been a secret. The corporation has been giving gobs of money to anti-LGBT groups for years, and has been accused of asking nosy questions in their hiring practices. But Chick-Fil-A’s PR department blew up last week after CEO Dan Cathy gave his little “guilty as charged” shuck-and-jive when […]

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New Free Kinnos Kinnot Lamentations Elucidations for Tisha B’Av

New Free Kinnos Kinnot Lamentations Elucidations for Tisha B'Av

Reuven Brauner wrote to us from Raanana, Israel about his new publication on the lamentations (Hebrew: kinnot or kinnos) for Tisha B’Av, “Key Notes for Kinnos.” The work is available in PDF format for free downloading at http://www.halakhah.com/: The Tisha B’Av poems of lament, the Kinnos, like all our Piyyutim and Selichos, were written in a […]

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Tisha B’Av – Short Idea with A Big Impact

Tisha B’Av – Short Idea with A Big Impact

In Eicha, Tisha B’av is referred to as a moed (festival). How can we call the saddest day in the Jewish calendar a holiday? Aleh Shur notes that there are some moadim that are called festivals of closeness such as the shalosh regalim. There are other moadim that are called moed shel richuk, festivals of […]

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London Olympics, Munich 11 and Tisha B’Av

London Olympics, Munich 11 and Tisha B'Av

This Saturday night begins the sundown to sundown Tisha B’Av fast. It is a longstanding tradition marked by a day of communal mourning and reflection. I wasn’t around 2,000 years ago when my people’s Temple was destroyed and thousands perished. But, I am around today and that is why I will take the time to […]

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Legal Separation for Zionist, Haredi Yeshivas

Legal Separation for Zionist, Haredi Yeshivas

The Ministerial Legislation Committee on Sunday approved a bill declaring that the State would separate between legislation for haredi yeshivas and Zionist-religious yeshivas – thus preventing the confusion and direct connection usually made between the two on a legislative level. The bill which was presented by Knesset Members Zevulun Orlev and Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) […]

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The True Tragedy of Tisha Be’av

The True Tragedy of Tisha Be'av

Tisha Be’av, which we will commemorate tomorrow night and Sunday, is a time of mourning and lamentation for the two great calamities resulting in the destruction of the Temple, the desolation of Jerusalem and the exile of our people, the first in 586 BCE by the Babylonians and the second in 70 CE by the […]

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Australia Donates $500,000 to Auschwitz Fund

Australia Donates $500,000 to Auschwitz Fund

The Australian government donated $500,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation fund. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the contribution on Thursday at the Jewish Holocaust Center in Melbourne. “The intention of the fund is simple — to ensure that the foundation will never want for money so that Auschwitz-Birkenau will always be conserved,” Gillard said. “We make […]

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Bringing New Light to an Old Mivtza

Bringing New Light to an Old Mivtza

With our awareness of golus ever heightened during the Three Weeks, two organizations are working to bring light to this dark time with a new emphasis on an often-overlooked mivtza. Following the Rebbe’s directives to have weekly mesibas Shabbos gatherings, Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch’s Suite 302 and Tzivos Hashem launched CKids Shabbos and yom tov programming […]

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More Than 20,000 Londoners Hold Moment of Silence for Munich

More than 20,000 Londoners hold moment of silence for Munich

More than 20,000 people in various venues in London attended the British Zionist Federation’s “Minute for Munich” program that was promoted via social media. A short memorial service at the Israeli Embassy that was organized by the Zionist Federation was streamed live online today, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. About 200 people marked the […]

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Birthday Cake Decor In Minutes: Birds and Mushrooms!

Birthday Cake Decor In Minutes: Birds and Mushrooms!

Need a super quick birthday cake theme? I sure did last week when my daughter’s tenth birthday party coincided with a very busy week. And after spending hours folding beautiful paper cranes, they were really the life of the party anyway, so the cake just needed to be cute enough and look festive. Plus I […]

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Bread & Roses, Raisins & Almonds, Labor & Sustenance

Bread & Roses, Raisins & Almonds, Labor & Sustenance

This week teachers from around the nation are participating in JWA’S Institute for Educators. The focus is our new Living the Legacy curriculum, which uses primary sources to explore the roles of American Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements. The 24 lessons that comprise LTL include art projects, text studies, and role-playing, all designed […]

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Technology vs. Shabbat: Can We Accommodate Our Electronics Dependency On the Day of Rest?

Technology vs. Shabbat: Can We Accommodate Our Electronics Dependency On the Day of Rest?

E-books became the dominant format for adult fiction in 2011 surpassing hardcover books and paperbacks according to the BookStats annual survey. We are increasingly choosing to read our novels, magazine, newspapers and even children’s books on e-readers and tablets. But is it permissible to do this on the one day of the week that Judaism […]

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Tisha Be’av Video Gets Hostile Reception from Egypt

Tisha Be’av Video Gets Hostile Reception from Egypt

A video that a Jerusalem religious educational organization released on YouTube ahead of the Tisha Be’av fast has received significant attention from the Egyptian press and public in the five days since it was posted. The video, which the Temple Institute says is designed to “change the way people think about the Temple and the […]

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