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Is Gambling Assur?

Is Gambling Assur?

I’ve been told that there are quite a few ins and outs regarding the halachos of gambling. Most of them, though, deal with dice games. In Tractate Sanhedrin, dice gamers are called kubiustos and it is said that they are afraid of daylight. I always feel like shit after a night of gambling and don’t […]

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Is Menstruation Kosher?

Is Menstruation Kosher?

Well that silly question got your attention… Kosher means fit or proper. Yes, you will know that menstruation is kosher, if you are an educated person. There is nothing unfit about it. It is a normal part of human health and life. But according to an op-ed report in the Times, “The Taboo of Menstruation,” […]

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Israeli Professor Receives OBE from British Queen

Israeli professor receives OBE from British queen

Prof. Penny Ur of the Oranim Academic College of Education was awarded with Queen Elizabeth II’s Order of the British Empire on Saturday for her services to the English language. “At first, when I got the call from the British ambassador and he told me the news, I thought someone was playing a joke on […]

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100-Year-Old Man Among 2012′s Olim

100-Year-Old Man Among 2012's Olim

“I’m only sorry I didn’t come to Israel earlier on, but better late than never,” says Moises Lederman, a retired businessman who made aliyah earlier this year at the age of 100. “For me this is a dream come true,” he says. Lederman, the oldest person to immigrate to the Jewish state over the course […]

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Israel Now Has 6 Million Jews

Israel Now Has 6 Million Jews

The number of Israeli Jews passed the emotional 6 million mark in November, and the total population will pass 8 million in February, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. The Jewish population represents 75.4 percent of the total, of which Arabs are 20.6 percent, representing a continuing trend of a higher Jewish birth rate […]

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NY Welcomes Back the “Bike 4 Friendship” Team

NY Welcomes Back the “Bike 4 Friendship” Team

This past Shabbos the “Bike 4 Friendship” cross-country team reunited for a Shabboton in Crown Heights, at The Shluchim Office, the central headquarters where the Friendship Circle International offices are located. Held over 3 months after the cross-country ride, the reunion allowed the cyclists to get together and relive the memories of their amazing journey […]

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German Green Candidate Quits Over Criticisms of Jews, Muslims

German Green Candidate Quits Over Criticisms of Jews, Muslims

Germany’s Green Party said Monday that a candidate who had described Jews and Muslims as “arseholes” because they practice male circumcision was withdrawing from a state poll. Ulf Dunkel had come under fire from the national Jewish spokesman over two anti-circumcision poems he published. One termed those who circumcise their sons “arseholes” and “blind fanatics.” […]

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Talmud for Christmas: Tractate Chopsticks

Talmud for Christmas: Tractate Chopsticks

A lost Talmudic tractate has been discovered that answers age-old rabbinic questions about the appropriate way for Jews to fully accomplish the obligations associated with eating Chinese food on December 24th/25th. By Rabbi Rick Brody & Rabbi Rachel Kobrin with inspiration from: Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, Rob Kutner, Carolyn Austin, Bill Seligman, Sam Rosenstein, and Rabbi […]

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The Times v. the Orthodox Male Control Over the Non-Sacred Space at the Western Wall

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The Times is helping to stir up anti-Orthodox political sentiment in Israel by focusing in a report on the denial of rights to women at the Western Wall. Talmudic Analysis In fact the area of prayer at the Wall is not a holy site in formal Judaism. It is outside the location of the ancient […]

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Wiesenthal Ranks Top 10 Anti-Semites, Israel-Haters

Wiesenthal Ranks Top 10 Anti-Semites, Israel-Haters

International human rights organization The Simon Wiesenthal Center announced on Thursday its list of the top 10 anti-Semites and haters of Israel. Those dominating the annual list were mostly from Europe and the Middle East. The list reflected right-wing, left-wing and Islamist loathing of Jews and Israel. The rise of a Muslim Brotherhood government in […]

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NY Bar Mitzvah Boy Helps Israeli Kids

NY Bar Mitzvah Boy Helps Israeli Kids

In the Yud Alef neighborhood of Beersheba, a tough neighborhood mainly home to immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, the children still can’t believe their eyes – the old basketball court at the Rimonim elementary school in the middle of the neighborhood was transformed overnight to a stunning brand new court. Even more […]

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In Ukraine Town, Bar-Mitzvah and Shabbat Prayers, 70 Years Later

In Ukraine Town, Bar-Mitzvah and Shabbat Prayers, 70 Years Later

For the first time since before World War II, the small Jewish community in the Ukranian town of Netishin held prayer services this past Shabbat – and celebrated the Bar-Mitzvah of the grandson of the community’s last rabbi, 70 years after it had been scheduled to take place. The religious revival in the town is […]

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I Know My Son… Insights on Suffering & Adversity

I Know My Son... Insights on Suffering & Adversity

Vayechi: Vast cosmic secrets appear couched in the dramatic events surrounding the deathbed blessings bestowed upon Yosef’s two sons Menashe and Ephraim by our saintly forebear Yaakov. The cryptic narrative seems to alert the reader to uncanny Divine insight on the part of Yaakov, the purveyor of the blessings, regarding the future of the two […]

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Mourning Noah Pozner, the Jewish Boy Whose Life Was Taken too Soon

Mourning Noah Pozner, the Jewish Boy Whose Life Was Taken too Soon

Six days after the funeral of six-year-old Noah Pozner, his family is taking stock of the gifts sent to them by strangers all over the world. There’s a stiff teddy bear in a brown overcoat and hat accompanied by a note from a woman who says the bear gave her great comfort when her mother […]

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Dvar Torah Vayechi: The Reverse

Dvar Torah Vayechi: The Reverse

Jacob gives some blessing to Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and crosses his arms so as to effect a modification of the precedence of the firstborn (Genesis 48:13-19) — not altogether surprising, since anyone paying attention for the last few months can plainly see that the firstborn status among the children of Abraham has […]

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A Few More Stories for the Road

A Few More Stories for the Road

As I prepare to leave my position as JWA’s Director of Public History after more than 12 years here, my mind keeps returning me back to the summer day in 2000 when I first stepped into the offices of the Jewish Women’s Archive. At the time, I was a disgruntled graduate student, disillusioned with life […]

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Jewish lt. Governor to Replace Hawaii Senator

Jewish lt. Governor to Replace Hawaii Senator

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz was named on Wednesday to fill the US Senate seat left vacant by the death of fellow Democrat Daniel Inouye. Schatz, 40, was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie, also a Democrat, to succeed Inouye for the two years remaining in the term. Because Schatz and Inouye are from the same […]

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Haredi Women Threaten not to Vote

Haredi Women Threaten not to Vote

The Shas and United Torah Judaism parties may have joined forces over the petition filed against them over the exclusion of women in their Knesset lists, but not everyone in the ultra-Orthodox public shares the opinion that Jewish religious laws ban women from serving as parliament members. A group of haredi women believe a woman […]

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SWC Issues Travel Advisory for Copenhagen Amid Warnings

SWC Issues Travel Advisory for Copenhagen Amid Warnings

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a travel advisory last week for Denmark in wake of warnings by Israel’s ambassador advising Jews and Israelis to refrain from wearing kippot, religious symbols, and speaking Hebrew on the streets of Copenhagen. “It is intolerable that any Jew should have to hide his or her identity on the streets […]

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Eliminating Hebrew from U.K. Schools Would not Spell the End of Jewish Education

Eliminating Hebrew from U.K. Schools Would not Spell the End of Jewish Education

Last week, Britain’s Jewish community stirred debate about  the government’s proposal to exclude Hebrew from its list of recognized languages for primary school education. Under the proposal, only seven languages would be recognized as compulsory learning for primary schools, including Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Latin and ancient Greek. Hebrew was not included. When I first heard about […]

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Braving a Botoxed World: A Mother’s Tale

Braving a Botoxed World: A Mother's Tale

In the recent Disney/Pixar film, Brave, a young princess defies an age-old custom and fights to make her mother understand that she is not ready for marriage. I know you’d rather not think of the Disney princesses at all, but we live and breathe, and shop at Target, so I contend—if forced to choose among that […]

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Is New Year’s Eve Jewish?

Is New Year's Eve Jewish?

Is the celebration of New Year’s Eve allowed in accord with the Jewish religion? No, not in Haifa, Israel, according to the rabbinate there. They say that a New Year’s Eve party is an act of “Idol worship,” as JTA reports: Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Haifa rabbinate has […]

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Rabbis Offer Plan for Non-Orthodox Prayer at Wall

Rabbis Offer Plan for Non-Orthodox Prayer at Wall

Two leading national-religious rabbis have expressed support for accommodating non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall. Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, dean of the Hesder Yeshiva in Petah Tikva, said one solution could be to designate different hours for Orthodox and non-Orthodox prayer. “Jerusalem is at the heart of the Jewish people, and if we want all of […]

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Bnei Menashe in Israel: ‘It’s a Dream’

Bnei Menashe in Israel: 'It's a Dream'

Fifty-three Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe immigrated to Israel on Monday from their village in northeastern India, celebrating their arrival in a special operation after a five-year struggle to get in. The Bnei Menashe say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in […]

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Rare Find of Temple Era Artifacts near Jerusalem

Rare Find of Temple Era Artifacts near Jerusalem

The discovery, like may others, was made during road excavation, this time at a new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway, known as Highway 1. The archaeological site is known as Tel Motza, at the Motza turnoff less than five miles west of Jerusalem. A ritual building and a cache of sacred vessels date back […]

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Shluchim Prep for Peak Giving Season

Shluchim Prep for Peak Giving Season

With the end of the fiscal year quickly approaching, people are hurrying to make their final donations of 2012, and many shluchim are looking to be the lucky receivers. Fun facts: · 41% of all giving occurs in the last few weeks of the year. · 33% of December donations occur on December 31. · […]

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Netanyahu to Jewish Agency: Find Solution for Non-Orthodox Women at Western Wall

Netanyahu to Jewish Agency: Find Solution for Non-Orthodox Women at Western Wall

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the Jewish Agency to find a solution for non-Orthodox Jewish female groups wishing to pray at one of Judaism’s holiest sites. An official said Tuesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, to look into the matter. The official spoke anonymously according to government […]

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Dear Heshy: I Saw a Frum Woman Wearing a Bikini and Covering Her Hair!

Dear Heshy: I Saw a Frum Woman Wearing a Bikini and Covering Her Hair!

Greetings, thought would like this…my family and I are hanging by the pool…and there is this obvious young Lubavitcher long beard, baseball cap and his wife with a perfect Israeli Style Tichel/kerchief not one hair showing ….yet in a tiny bikini!!! What’s with that?? Bikini is ok? but she cannot show her hair??? I get […]

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A Very Jewish Christmas

A Very Jewish Christmas

There are many things I don’t love about Christmas. First off, those ridiculous fake antlers that people put on their cars. And that infernal Salvation Army bell ringing – whywhywhy do they keep ringing at you no matter how much money you put in there? I swear I’d drop a fifty just to be able […]

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Lost Jewish Tombstones Found in Greece

Lost Jewish Tombstones Found in Greece

In a find that local Jewish groups have described as highly significant, Greek police said last week that hundreds of marble headstones and other fragments from Jewish graves destroyed during the Nazi occupation in World War II have been recovered. The 668 fragments were found buried in a plot of land in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second […]

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