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Using my Expert Mooching Skills for Good

Using my Expert Mooching Skills for Good

If there’s one thing I’m good at life, it’s getting shabbos meals, break-fast meals, shabbos leftovers, places to sleep in far flung towns and a variety of other freebees given to frum Jews who know how to mooch. I’m not sure that there’s a better term than “mooch”, but most people, especially those of a […]

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Friday Social Media BliNtz (Week 2)

Friday Social Media BliNtz (Week 2)

Welcome to week two of the Friday Social Media BliNtz— like a blitz but tastier. So, this week in the media, the social and the science intersect when Harvard med student Ilana Yurkiewicz blogs about a groundbreaking study lead by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues, which reveals that gender bias in science is real. An important […]

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School Bus Driver Rescues Netanyahu’s Press Corps On FDR Drive

School Bus Driver Rescues Netanyahu's Press Corps On FDR Drive

More than a dozen Israeli and German journalists covering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN found themselves stranded in a tunnel near the FDR Drive after the SUV sent by the U.S. Secret Service to ferry them ran out of gas en route to the Prime Minister’s hotel on the East side, the […]

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No Segregation in Mea Shearim

No Segregation in Mea Shearim

End to exclusion of women on Mea Shearim sidewalks? The Toldot Aharon Hasidic dynasty has pledged not to send ushers to the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood’s streets to impose modesty rules during the holiday of Sukkot, and not to enforce gender segregation as it has done in previous years. In discussions held between senior haredi community members […]

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Community Board Rejects Ohel Bus Stop

Community Board Rejects Ohel Bus Stop

Community Board 13 in Cambria Heights, Queens voted down a proposal by Ohel Chabad-Lubavitch for a charter bus stop near Montefire Cemetery. The unanimous vote comes two weeks after residents rejected, also unanimously, the charter bus stop at a public hearing. The final decision rests with the City’s Department of Transportation. From the Queens Chronicle: […]

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Israel Disappointed by Talks Between Argentina and Iran

Israel Disappointed by Talks Between Argentina and Iran

Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires expressed “disappointment” Friday over talks between Argentina and Iran about a deadly attack nearly two decades ago on a Jewish center in the Argentine capital, AFP reported. The foreign ministers of Argentina and Iran met in New York Thursday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, to discuss the […]

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Argentina, Iran Say to Talk Until 1990s Bombings of Jewish Targets Resolved

Argentina, Iran Say to Talk Until 1990s Bombings of Jewish Targets Resolved

Argentina and Iran will keep talking until they resolve diplomatically sensitive issues stemming from two 1990s attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires that were allegedly sponsored by Tehran, both countries said on Thursday. Dialogue with Tehran is risky for Argentina, even if the focus is on Tehran’s possible culpability in a pair of bombings. […]

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Contemporary Abortion Politics: Good for the Jews?

Contemporary Abortion Politics: Good for the Jews?

This title is, admittedly, at least partially tongue in cheek. It refers to an old Jewish joke from my childhood, where any topic, no matter how seemingly unrelated, always came back to this question. But on a more serious note, the centrality of the abortion issue in this presidential election season has led me to […]

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You’ll Never Look At Brunch the Same Way Again

You’ll Never Look At Brunch the Same Way Again

The interwebs are a’fire with the latest Japanese beauty craze: Bagelheads. In a fairly disgusting process chronicled by National Geographic Taboo, people are paying to have a large lump of saline injected into their foreheads, which is then sculpted with a single push of a thumb to create a coveted bagel shape. Keroppy, the, *ahem*, […]

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The Theological Cosmology of Rabbi Dr. Zev Zahavy – on Kindle from Amazon

The Theological Cosmology of Rabbi Dr. Zev Zahavy - on Kindle from Amazon

Talmudic Books has published for Kindle, “Whence and Wherefore” a major work of theological cosmology by Rabbi Dr. Zev Zahavy, of blessed memory. Here is the final chapter of the book: 14 Flight of the Particular: A very sagacious cocoon for emergent life was spun on Planet Earth by Mother Nature. However, her main concern […]

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Jews from Arab Lands Skeptical over Refugee Status

Jews from Arab Lands Skeptical over Refugee Status

A few days ago, the UN heard Israel make a case that had never been before the world body. Just as several hundred thousand Palestinians are recognized as refugees who were displaced in the course of Israel’s creation, Israeli officials say, so should the UN recognize the approximately 850,000 Jews from Arab countries who came […]

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Holy Books Buried after Surviving Shoah

Holy Books Buried after Surviving Shoah

A unique Jewish burial was held Sunday for pages of Torah scrolls and the remains of other holy books that survived the Holocaust almost 70 years ago. The ancient scrolls were kept in the Holy Ark of a synagogue in east Romania, which was bombed and completely destroyed by the Nazis. In their last hours, […]

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New Proposed German Law Okays Ritual Circumcision

`New Proposed German Law Okays Ritual Circumcision

A new proposed German law is set to approve ritual circumcision (known as brit mila or bris milain Judaism) hopefully ending the debate – and the threat – to the ancient custom practiced by Jews and Muslims. German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger presented the proposal to the state governments and associations throughout the country on Tuesday, […]

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The Triumph of Chabad

The Triumph of Chabad

It was another year’s chagim spent abroad, away from Israel where Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur (and Simcha Torah and Shemini Atzeret and Succot…) are a matter of course; where in a spiritual analog of the Soviet agents who once visited America and pointing in any direction were astonished to be taken to a supermarket […]

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Nurturing an American Etrog Farm

Nurturing an American Etrog Farm

Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to water his etrog farm. The Phoenix native has […]

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From Informing to Inculcating

From Informing to Inculcating

There has been much attention given lately to the “crisis of connection”. We are a generation where the observant community is more informed than any before (perhaps since King Chizkiyahu; c.f. Sanhedrin 94b), but we mourn our lack of the kind of connection with the Almighty that came more readily to our parents and grandparents. […]

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Email Plague Hits Quiet New England Community

Email Plague Hits Quiet New England Community

Due to political unrest in the Jewish Community, Congregation Vikuchei Yisroel announced today that they will hold a breakaway minyan on Yom Kippur for Obama supporters and other liberals in the community. Asked  about this move, Dr. Mitchy Romneyberg explained that although we begin the Yom Kippur service with the statement that we are allowed to […]

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Iconic Israeli Newspaper on the Verge of Collapse

Iconic Israeli Newspaper on the Verge of Collapse

Throughout much of Israel’s history, the Maariv daily was known as the “country’s paper,” the newspaper with the highest circulation and a cornerstone of Israeli media. Now it is on its last legs – the victim, some say, of a Jewish-American billionaire who is a close friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Casino mogul Sheldon […]

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Jewish Cemetery South of Prague Vandalized

Jewish Cemetery South of Prague Vandalized

Czech police say unknown vandals knocked over 26 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery south of Prague. Police spokesman Miroslav Doubek says the tombstones were likely overturned in the last two months. The cemetery, which is no longer used for burials, is located in the woods near the village of Prudice, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) […]

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Goebbels’ Early Letters Show Controlling Behavior

Goebbels' Early Letters Show Controlling Behavior

The love letters, school papers and dramatic works of college-age Joseph Goebbels reveal a romantic young man beginning to show signs of anti-Semitism and egotistical and controlling behavior, according to a Connecticut auction house selling the pre-war writings of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief. Alexander Historical Auctions plans to sell the collection on Thursday in Stamford, […]

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Chief Rabbi: Israel Will Win – With or Without US

Chief Rabbi: Israel Will Win – with or without US

Israel will be victorious over Iran, with or without the help of the United States, says Chief Rabbi Metzger, who asked Jews to focus on good relations with others. Speaking in a special Erev Yom Kippur with Arutz Sheva, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi pleaded for Jews “to be careful to observe mitzvos relating to others” […]

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Rubashkin Case Not on Supreme Court List ..So Far

Rubashkin Case Not on Supreme Court List ..So Far

An order list released this morning by the Supreme Court detailing which cases would be heard during its upcoming term did not include the Rubashkin case, leaving many wondering what that omission might mean. “Nothing can be determined at this point in time,” Rubashkin’s lawyer, attorney Nathan Lewin told VIN News. “The court practice is […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 49 – September 26, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 49 - September 26, 2012

Dozens of parents whose daughters study in state-religious schools appealed to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar  in hopes to end to the gender discrimination in Oral Law studies. According to the parents, that boys begin studying the Talmud in the fifth grade, while girls must settle for Mishna studies which infringes on the right to equality. […]

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The Ramchal (Derech Hashem) on Yom Kippur

The Ramchal (Derech Hashem) on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (Ramchal) From Derech Hashem. The significance of Yom Kippur is that God set aside one day for Israel, when their repentance is readily accepted and their aveiros (sins) can easily be erased. Kapora actually erases aveiros, which is way beyond waht Selicha (forgiveness) and Mechila (pardon) accomplish. Yom Kippur is the […]

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What’s in a Name? Finding Solidarity in a Young Jew’s Herstory

What’s in a name? Finding Solidarity in a Young Jew’s Herstory

Yesterday, as Yom Kippur approached, social justice organizers and progressive Jews gathered in downtown Boston to not only “remember” often underseen and undervalued laborers but also to stand in solidarity with the current labor struggles of our day. Here is Erica Concors’, one committed organizer’s, powerful speech.  Question 1: Can you think of a janitor […]

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Poll Show Most Jewish Israelis Observe Yom Kippur

Poll Show Most Jewish Israelis Observe Yom Kippur

Approximately two-thirds of Jewish Israelis will fast this Yom Kippur and over 80 percent will use the day either to pray or for general introspection, a new survey published on Monday revealed. In the poll conducted by the Gesher social cohesion organization in conjunction with Ynet, 64% of respondents said they would refrain from eating […]

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Yom Kippur: 64% fast, 46% Pray

Yom Kippur: 64% fast, 46% Pray

The Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur continues to unite the majority of people in Israel and is mostly marked – despite tempting alternatives – according to tradition, by fasting and praying. A Ynet-Gesher poll reveals that, as in previous years, the majority of the public plans to fast on the Day of Atonement and […]

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Kol Nidre Ushers in Yom Kippur Fast: Reflection and Atonement

Kol Nidre Ushers in Yom Kippur Fast: Reflection and Atonement

Since Rosh Hashannah, Israel’s Egged buses have had the computerized signs above the driver alternating between the vehicles’ destination and the words “Chatima Tova” – “be sealed for a good year”. Israel radio closes its broadcasts preceding the Yom Kippur fast with the same words, said by one announcer to another and to all of Israel. […]

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Yom Kippur Fast Made Easier With the Help of IV Infusions

Yom Kippur Fast Made Easier With the Help of IV Infusions

Fasting on Yom Kippur can be difficult for even the healthiest person. But for the elderly, infirm, pregnant, or those dependent upon medication, getting through the holiest day of the Jewish year without food and water can be a nightmarish ordeal. Ten years ago, Yitzchok Fleischer, the founder and executive director of the Bikur Cholim […]

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Team Israel Hopes World Classic Showing Will Boost Baseball in the Holy Land

Team Israel Hopes World Classic Showing Will Boost Baseball in the Holy Land

Runs were scored in the craziest of ways, and runs slipped away in the most frustrating of ways. The marathon game, in other words, had everything. Just not the one thing most of those at Roger Dean Stadium came to see. Shortstop Yunesky Sanchez drove a two-out single up the middle to score Engel Beltre […]

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