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

Stuffed Paper Shapes For Rosh Hashana!

Stuffed Paper Shapes For Rosh Hashana!

The Jewish New Year is coming my friends, so here’s a super cute craft for Rosh HaShana that was a huge hit at our house! And you can use these stuffed paper shapes as a centerpiece, for a mobile or even as place cards. Of course if your kids like this project as much as […]

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A Look at JWA at 16

A Look at JWA at 16

The summer’s whizzed by and so has JWA’s fiscal year (which ends September 30th). As that date approaches, we’ve been taking a hard look at the numbers. This year, much of what we’ve found surprised even us. Since it might surprise you, too, why not test your JWA savvy with this “JWA-by-the-Numbers” trivia? 1. How many unique visits […]

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Clint Eastwood and Obama’s Empty Chair

Clint Eastwood and Obama's Empty Chair

POLITICS IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS, or at least it should be – significant things that deeply impact the lives of citizens of this country are shaped by what happens in politics. But it was hard for me, like thousands of others, not to be entertained by what happened last night at the Republican National Convention […]

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Tzohar Rabbis to Run for Chief Rabbi Positions

Tzohar Rabbis to Run for Chief Rabbi Positions

The national-religious rabbinical association Tzohar fired off a new round in its war with the Chief Rabbinate by announcing on Thursday that it was beginning a process to present candidates from the organization to stand in elections for the two chief rabbi positions. The elections will take place in six months. Tzohar has frequently taken […]

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German Jewish College Shuns Skullcaps After Attack on Rabbi

German Jewish College Shuns Skullcaps After Attack on Rabbi

A Jewish seminary has advised its students not to wear skullcaps in public after Rabbi Daniel Alter, 53, was attacked in front of his young daughter after collecting her from a piano lesson on Tuesday. A group of four young men hit him in the face repeatedly, shouted religious insults and threatened to kill his […]

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Canadian Jewish Advocacy Group Calls to Boycott United Church

Canadian Jewish Advocacy Group Calls to Boycott United Church

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has called on the Canadian Jewish community to make a wholesale break from the United Church of Canada (UCC), according to a report in the Canadian Jewish News. The call came after the country’s largest Protestant denomination voted to affirm a motion supporting a boycott of goods […]

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Former Taliban Captive at Algemeiner Event

Former Taliban Captive at Algemeiner Event

The Algemeiner Editor’s Club hosted famed CBS journalist Jere Van Dyk at its first annual Summer Party. Van Dyk, who was captured by the Taliban near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan for 45 days in 2008, spoke of his experiences and the life lessons that he has gleaned from them. He also pledged recognition […]

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New Orleans Jews Prepare for Powerless Shabbat with Isaac

New Orleans Jews Prepare for Powerless Shabbat with Isaac

Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain. “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of went into our hurricane action mode and did the best […]

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Dvar Torah Ki Seitzei: Hanging Out with God

Dvar Torah Ki Seitzei: Hanging Out with God

This week’s parsha opens with perhaps the most famous trifecta of storylines — the captive woman, the two wives and the wayward son (Deuteronomy 21:10) — that, according to the teachings of the Akivan school of thought, tie into one another as a sort of portentous play-by-play of things to come should one choose a […]

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Interview with Patricia Vile, Founder and President of Volunteer Expeditions

Interview with Patricia Vile, Founder and President of Volunteer Expeditions

Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive and costliest natural disasters in U.S. history, slammed into New Orleans on this day in 2005. Exactly seven years later Hurricane Isaac is pounding Louisiana with heavy winds and rain, reviving the nightmare of Katrina. While much progress has been made—so far the rebuilt levees are holding—New Orleans […]

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Ki Tetzei: Our Names, Our Heritage

Ki Tetzei: Our Names, Our Heritage

As a rabbi, one of my favorite phone calls to receive is from expectant parents who are in search of Hebrew names for their future child. Before even suggesting any potential names, I always preface my response with an explanation of how important names are to us as Jewish people. Our name is our legacy. […]

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University of Cali Rejects Anti-Semitism Resolution

University of Cali Rejects Anti-Semitism Resolution

The California State Assembly approved a resolution calling on colleges and universities in the state to combat anti-Semitism on Wednesday, however the University of California says it will not support the resolution. The symbolic resolution was approved unanimously by the state Assembly on Tuesday, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle – because the resolution says […]

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Haredi Students to Join Digital Revolution

Haredi Students to Join Digital Revolution

Dozens of haredi schools will be introduced this year to the digital revolution that has taken over the education system in Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday. Both the Ma’ayan HaChinuch HaTorani and the Shuvo education networks which operate some 200 haredi schools in Israel, have agreed to take part in an initial project which will […]

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ADL: ‘Think Security’ During High Holidays

ADL: 'Think Security' During High Holidays

As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur quickly approach, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is reaching out to synagogues and Jewish communal institutions across the U.S. to provide information on security preparedness, in an effort to remind them to make security a priority. “As we do every year, we are urging Jewish institutions to take stock of […]

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The Chabad Telethon: Beyond Silence

The Chabad Telethon: Beyond Silence

One of the most moving letters you’ll read this year was written by Irwin Cotler, a Canadian member of parliament, to the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, imploring him to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago at the Munich Olympics. […]

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Israeli National-Religious Group to Field Candidates for Chief Rabbi

Israeli National-Religious Group to Field Candidates for Chief Rabbi

Tzohar, the rabbinical organization that has recently launched a campaign to “strengthen the Chief Rabbinate” is considering running candidates in the upcoming elections for Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis. The candidate for Ashkenazi chief rabbi will probably be the organization’s chairman, Rabbi David Stav, though the move and the choice must still be approved by […]

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Happy 101st Birthday to Ruth Gruber: Activist, Rescuer and Chronicler of her People’s Story

Happy 101st Birthday to Ruth Gruber: Activist, Rescuer and Chronicler of her People’s Story

More than half a century after the August day in 1944 when Ruth Gruber coaxed reluctant refugees off the bus—told they would be taken to the showers, these concentration camp survivors refused to disembark—I stood on that very spot in upstate New York. In the silence I could feel the spirit of the 982 men, women, […]

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5 Years Ago I Was an Atheist, Then I Was Brainwashed by Chabad!

5 Years Ago I Was an Atheist, Then I Was Brainwashed by Chabad!

A few weeks ago there was an article on a chabad website titled 5 Years Ago I was An Atheist and it ticked a whole slew of people off. Now being the pot stirrer that I am, I read through the article and tried desperately to figure out why so many people were banging down […]

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Summer Camp Online Photos: The Good, the Bad and the Oy Vey

Summer Camp Online Photos: The Good, the Bad and the Oy Vey

Like many parents I was concerned that my son wasn’t getting enough sleep while he was away at sleep-away camp. As it turns out, it was my wife’s lack of sleep that posed a bigger concern. Each night beginning around 11:30 she would sit anxiously in front of the computer screen scanning each new photograph […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 45 – August 29, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 45 - August 29, 2012

Two Torah scrolls, one complete and one incomplete, were found in Poland’s Sokolow Podlaski district. The scrolls found are believed to have belonged to a synagogue in nearby Wegrow. Local policeman brought the scrolls to the municipal offices in Sokolow and gave them to Marcin Pasik, head of the Sokolow Commune. A Facebook page is […]

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US Gymnast Raisman Makes Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

US Gymnast Raisman Makes Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman will be inducted into The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., will be among eight inductees into the hall in Commack, N.Y., in April. Also to be honored at the 21st annual induction ceremony is weighlifter David Berger, who was among the […]

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Rabbis Launch Battle on Men’s Skinny Jeans

Rabbis Launch Battle on Men's Skinny Jeans

A new decree signed by top Israeli rabbis this week prohibits devout men from wearing tight pants. “Every Jewish man is mandated by the holy Torah to dress modestly in loose-fitting clothing,” read the edict, which was published in the ultra-Orthodox media. The public service messages were accompanied by pictures of Jewish men in times […]

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Turkey Backs Jews against German Circumcision Ban

Turkey Backs Jews against German Circumcision Ban

Turkey’s European Union minister has swayed from Ankara’s anti-Semitic stance to fight the ban on religious circumcision in a German province. Turkish media have published and telecast numerous anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic films and programs since the “flotilla clash” between the IDF and Turkish IHH terrorists two years ago. A Cologne judge imposed the ban several […]

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Manalapan Hosts Teenage Cyclists on a Mission

Manalapan Hosts Teenage Cyclists on a Mission

Five teenage bicycle riders stayed at Manalapan’s Chabad of Western Monmouth County near the start of a weeklong ride from New York to Washington to raise funds for Friendship Circle International. The first-ever Bike 4 Friendship Teens group peddled out of Crown Heights in Brooklyn on Aug. 20, spending their first night on the road […]

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Hawaii Temple Beset by Controversy Elects New Board, Ousting Rabbi

Hawaii Temple Beset by Controversy Elects New Board, Ousting Rabbi

Hawaii’s largest temple, beset by synagogue politics that spurred a violent incident and allegations of “Nazi-like propaganda,” cemented the ouster of its rabbi with the election of a new board. Cliff Halevi won Sunday’s election, becoming the new board president of Honolulu’s Temple Emanu-El, the only Reform temple on the island of Oahu. In May, […]

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Can Judaism Survive the Internet?

Can Judaism survive the Internet?

Slate has another article in their unofficial series on orthodox Judaism and specifically on chasidic Judaism. In this article, the Internet is presented as a supreme danger to Hasidism. On this issue, the secular media and the leadership of the chasidic groups agree. The Internet is a Pandora’s Box for a chasidic Jew. There is […]

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Sustenance

Sustenance

So, it’s an educators’ conference. You can imagine, we are caught in our business casual pastel prints and scarves, pencil skirts and ballet flats. All but two of us are women, all educators, ages 23 to 60. This is the Jewish Women’s Archive’s summer Institute for Educators, and we’re here to learn more about the […]

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Sour Gripes

Sour Gripes

Like pretty much all publicity, the heavy reportage of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium earlier this month was something of a two-edged sword. Over the weeks since the Siyum, awareness of the event likely inspired many Jews to undertake Daf Yomi and legions of others to aspire to a greater degree of Jewish study […]

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Prince Harry’s Wild Vegas Adventures

Prince Harry's Wild Vegas Adventures

HERE’S A PIECE OF SHOCKING NEWS: Prince Harry likes to party and so do most 20 and 30 year olds. But his late night revelries are scrutinized more closely than everyone because he is a member of the royal family. So it was not surprising to hear the outrage and anger emanating from England, when […]

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Gov’t Steps Up Campaign for Jewish Arab Refugees

Gov’t Steps Up Campaign for Jewish Arab Refugees

The Foreign Ministry – along with the World Jewish Congress and the Pensioners Affairs Ministry – is ramping up its campaign to bring the issue of Jewish refugee rights to public and diplomatic attention. According to the Foreign Ministry more than 850,000 Jews from Arab states fled their countries of birth following persecution that ensued […]

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