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Why I’m Resistant To All Things Pink In October

Though I’ve never had breast cancer, I think it’s fair to say the disease has shaped my life. My mother was diagnosed at age 32, when I was 5 years old; she battled the disease for 33 years before dying of her sixth recurrence last December. Four years ago, I learned that I carry the […]

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What Lessons Did You Learn and What Blessings Did You Count After the Hurricane

What Lessons Did You Learn and What Blessings Did You Count After the Hurricane?

There are two blessings to choose from upon witnessing extraordinary natural phenomena—including extremely strong winds. Those two blessings (of which only one may be said on each occasion) are: Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-hei-nu Melech haolam, osay ma’asei bereisheet. Translation: Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, Maker of the works of creation. […]

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Jews of Diaspora and Israel are Under Attack

Jews of Diaspora and Israel are Under Attack

Prominent French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy declared on Tuesday night that Jews in Israel and around the world are under attack from the twin threats of anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Zionism, and total war against the State of Israel. Speaking at a conference on the future of the Jewish people organized by the Jewish People […]

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Secret Life of Ordinary Housewife in WWII Berlin

Secret Life of 'Ordinary' Housewife in WWII Berlin

Sigrid appears to be an ordinary Berlin housewife at the height of World War II stoically enduring air raids, food shortages and the absence of her husband at the Russian front as she slogs to and from her job. But the heroine of “City of Women” by David Gillham, has secrets. Consumed by thoughts of […]

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Netanyahu, Hollande to Visit Ohr HaTorah School in Toulouse

Netanyahu, Hollande to Visit Ohr HaTorah School in Toulouse

French President Francois Hollande and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit the Ozar Hatorah school, in Toulouse, where terrorist Mohammed Merah murdered seven people, including a teacher and three Jewish children. Netanyahu, who arrived in France Wednesday for a two-day visit to the country, will participate in a memorial ceremony at the Jewish Ozar […]

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Chabad Offers Food, Shelter and Comfort During Storm

Chabad Offers Food, Shelter and Comfort During Storm

While residents throughout the Northeast were assessing damage to their property in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, Rabbi Moshe and Leah Shemtov, Shluchim to Stamford, CT, were preparing the Chabad Center to help the many who were without power. Emails and text messages were sent out, letting members of the Stamford community know that […]

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U.S. Jewish Institutions Remain Closed in Sandy’s Wake

U.S. Jewish Institutions Remain Closed in Sandy's Wake

Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy. Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane late Monday night, made landfall near Atlantic City Monday, with hurricane-force winds of up to 85 mph and heavy rains. At least 15 people in the United States and 68 outside of the […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #54 – October 31, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #54 - October 31, 2012

Bike 4 Friendship is an annual 3,500-mile, cross-country bike ride to raise funds for Friendship Circle International, an organization that serves children with special needs and their families, with chapters all over the globe. The organization connects children with special needs with teenage volunteers who offer friendship and run social events and programs. 13,000 people […]

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Building a New Social Safety Net: Sara Horowitz and the Freelancers Union

Building a New Social Safety Net: Sara Horowitz and the Freelancers Union

In 1909, Jewish women revolutionized the American labor movement. Before the huge garment industry strike known as the “Uprising of the 20,000,” union leaders saw women workers as irrelevant to the labor movement because they did not fit into the model of the traditional male union member. But these garment workers, many of them young […]

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Jewish Children and Halloween: Point-Counterpoint

Jewish Children and Halloween: Point-Counterpoint

Tomorrow night is Halloween. Perhaps the only Jewish custom concerning Halloween is the debate as to whether it’s an appropriate celebration for Jewish children. Much has been written on both sides of the argument, but I have never addressed it here on this blog. This year, I decided to offer a point-counterpoint exchange answering the […]

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Border Police Opens Service Course for Haredim

Border Police Opens Service Course for Haredim

The Civilian Service Directorate for haredi men, designed as an alternative to military service, announced on Monday that it has opened a new course for recruits in the Border Police force. According to the directorate, dozens of men from the ultra- Orthodox sector will be able to join the unit, which will serve in the […]

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Holocaust Assets Waiting for Rightful Heirs

Holocaust Assets Waiting for Rightful Heirs

The Hashava Company, established by the Knesset to locate heirs of Holocaust victims entitled to assets currently held in Israel, has embarked on a campaign in the United States and Canada to find rightful heirs of more than 60,000 unclaimed Holocaust assets. Thousands of Jews across Europe invested in pre-state Israel before World War II. […]

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Couple Seeks ‘Unknown Soldier’ they Named their Son For

Couple Seeks 'Unknown Soldier' they Named their Son For

A Canadian Jewish couple is looking for the Israeli man whose name their son bears. The story began when the couple was in Israel for their honeymoon. They offered a ride to a soldier named Lior, and were so impressed with him that after the woman became pregnant, they decided to name their son after […]

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The Storm Chaser

The Storm Chaser

He was a black-hatted chassid, but I thought he could be a storm chaser. Then again, perhaps the storm was inside of him. He carried a cyclonic energy and as he traveled, he drew the lost and lonely wayfarers. He seemed to have an uncanny sense that something was about to happen, that he could […]

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Holocaust Hospice Workers Win Labor Struggle with Israel’s Treasury

Holocaust Hospice Workers Win Labor Struggle with Israel's Treasury

Some 130 subcontracted workers at three mental health hospices for Holocaust survivors were reinstated as government employees yesterday by the treasury, in a delayed implementation of a year-old agreement with the Histadrut labor federation that reduces the impact to employees of privatizing social services. The treasury has agreed to give workers the same seniority-related benefits […]

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Dr. Judith Rosenbaum Talks Living the Legacy with Jewschool

Dr. Judith Rosenbaum Talks Living the Legacy with Jewschool

This fall, the Jewish Women’s Archive released its latest online curriculum in the Living the Legacy series, a Jewish social justice education project that uses primary sources to explore the role of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement, and now, in the Labor Movement. Chanel Dubofsky interviews Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, JWA’s Director of Public History. […]

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Parshat Lech Lecha: Why God Chose Abraham

Parshat Lech Lecha: Why God Chose Abraham

Abraham is the first Hebrew, the founder of the Hebrew nation and the path-breaker who created the Hebrew religion. From this portion in the 12th chapter of the Book of Genesis until the last word of the Book of Deuteronomy, it is Abraham’s Israelite descendants who are the major subjects of the Bible. Fascinatingly, God […]

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Simcha Overload

Simcha Overload

Weddings! Bar mitvahs! Chopped liver! ‘Tis a season of most joy in Yentaland these days as we recover from yesterday’s Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival and prepare for my Brother the Doctor’s wedding this week, along with the continued and possibly never-ending planning of Yenta Boy’s impending ritual of manhood. Yes, simchas are all about […]

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‘Cultural Jews’ Define Themselves on Their Own Terms

'Cultural Jews' Define Themselves on Their Own Terms

An Ipsos Internet poll of 1,000 American Jews reveals that one in six are purposefully looking for a way to express themselves Jewishly and engage with their Jewish identity outside of affiliation with a synagogue. The study, released by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, debunks the myth that American Jews either identify culturally or religiously as […]

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Meet the YAPPIES – “Young Aliyah Professionals”

Meet the YAPPIES - “Young Aliyah Professionals”

You’ve heard the “Yuppies”, a term that first came into use in the early 1980s that stands for “Young Urban Professionals.”  Well today in the new millennium we have a new group of young Jews that can be called Yappies, or “Young Aliyah Professionals.” These are smart, young Jews who were educated outside of Israel. […]

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Girls Celebrate Jewish Heroines

Girls Celebrate Jewish Heroines

Bais Rebbe Junior High of L.A., California, held a mother and daughter brunch in Honor of Yud Alef Chesvan; the yartzeit of Rochel Imeinu. The girls prepared a special presentation of special woman throughout Jewish history. Beginning with Sara Imanu, up until the woman of today, the girls spoke about the unique qualities we can […]

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Most Israeli Jews back Romney, most Israeli Arabs support Obama

Most Israeli Jews back Romney, most Israeli Arabs support Obama

The October 2012 results of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University’s monthly Peace Index reveal that a clear majority of Jewish Israelis prefer Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney (57 percent) over incumbent President Barack Obama (22 percent). The poll – carried out between October 22 and 24, and conducted among a representative sample […]

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The Lesson of Abraham’s Wealth

The Lesson of Abraham's Wealth

In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Lech Lecha, we are told of the divine command given to Abraham to leave the land and travel to a new land which God will show him. We are then told about Abraham’s financial status. V’Avram Kaved Meod. And Abram was very rich. Rich in cattle, in silver, and […]

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The Talmud Bandied about at Lincoln Center in ‘Disgraced’

The Talmud Bandied about at Lincoln Center in 'Disgraced'

The AP reported, “Comic actor shows dramatic chops in ‘Disgraced’” It’s an oft-used device in theater: The doomed dinner party, a gathering that starts out politely, with house gifts of wine or pastries and glasses clinking over civilized chatter, and ends up in horrific, angry chaos. But when that party chatter touches on Islamic and […]

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Agreement Reached on NJ Jewish burials

Agreement Reached on NJ Jewish burials

Cemetery operators, rabbis and lawmakers have signed an agreement on several aspects of a years-long dispute surrounding burials in New Jersey’s largest Jewish cemeteries. The cemeteries have agreed to try to allow off-hour burials, including on Sundays and secular holidays. The rabbis say such limitations affect Jews more because of religious restrictions on certain burial […]

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Over 13,000 at Rachel’s Tomb as Celebrations Begin

Over 13,000 at Rachel’s Tomb as Celebrations Begin

More than 13,000 people visited Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) on Thursday as the anniversary of the Biblical matriarch’s passing approaches. This year the anniversary of the matriarch Rachel’s passing falls on the Sabbath, when observant Jews do not travel. Those marking the anniversary are compensating by moving celebrations of her life to the days immediately […]

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Op-Ed Response: Don’t Blame the Mesorah

Op-Ed Response: Don't Blame the Mesorah

I write this op-ed as a response to Eyal Rav-Noy’s article titled, “Op-Ed: Why Mendel Can’t Read” from Oct 24th. As a Lubavitcher Special educator directing a learning enhancement program in Crown Heights which includes children with reading difficulties, I am compelled to respond to some of the views outlined in the article which I […]

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Obama is a Shabbat-Friendly Boss, Chief of Staff Says

Obama is a Shabbat-Friendly Boss, Chief of Staff Says

When Jack Lew was appointed chief of staff to President Obama in January, many in the Jewish community wondered how he could observe Shabbat in such a demanding position. Luckily, Lew has the most powerful man in the world to keep track of time as the sun starts to dip low in the sky on […]

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Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future

Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future

Images and scenes etched in the minds of generations of Jewish activists–immigrant workers marching, sitting in, and striking; tear gas filling the air as riot police attack, beat and arrest union protesters; and battles with gangsters to free unions of mob domination. Freedom rides across the South, rabbis and religious leaders arrested in protests, and […]

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Rabbi: Women Mustn’t Run for Knesset

Rabbi: Women Mustn't Run for Knesset

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the most senior Religious Zionism leaders, has ruled that women must not run for Knesset according to Jewish Law, as it is “immodest.” He added that women’s right to vote should also be banned, but that nowadays that could be overlooked. “A woman must not serve as a Knesset member. […]

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