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The Power of the Bat Mitzvah

The Power of the Bat Mitzvah

When I was brought on board at the Lev LaLev Fund in May 2011, I was asked if I could run the bat mitzvah project program. I thought, sure, how hard could it be? I was once a bat mitzvah girl too after all. Yet, a year later, as I was writing about the 15th anniversary […]

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Off The Derech Community writes Halachic Guidelines

Off The Derech Community writes Halachic Guidelines

In the early 90′s when the Kids At Risk movement began it wasn’t anything to get too excited over, basically a bunch of yeshiva kids with ADHD who would roam from yeshiva to yeshiva until they hit the end of the line  at Rudinsky, Hamilton, Rochester or Adelphi. When they were done with school, they […]

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Israel’s Divorce Rate Up 5%; TA Tops List

Israel's Divorce Rate Up 5%; TA Tops List

A report summarizing the activity of rabbinical courts in 2012 reveals a rise in the State of Israel’s divorce rates, alongside a slight step up in sanctions against divorce recalcitrants and violent husbands. In addition, the accepted correlation between a high level of religiousness and a low divorce rate has been refuted. The figures presented […]

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Prof. Dershowitz: Thank G-d for Israel’s Military Strength

Prof. Dershowitz: Thank G-d for Israel's Military Strength

To a packed crowd of over 600 people at a Jerusalem Online U fundraiser at the Palm Beach Synagogue sponsored by William K. Langfan, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, in rare form, thundered “Strength comes before peace, there will never be peace without strength. For as Bibi has said, ‘If the Palestinians give up their arms, there […]

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Chabad Celebrates the Hewlett Sefer Torah

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An enthusiastic crowd of families on Sunday celebrated the completion of a new “Hewlett Sefer Torah” at the Chabad of Hewlett. Beginning a little after noon, music, food and drink, dancing, and expressions of “mazel tov” set the scene for the happy occasion. Dozens of children participated in the celebration as well, with special crafts […]

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Yad Vashem Collects Possessions from Aging Holocaust Survivors

Yad Vashem Collects Possessions from Aging Holocaust Survivors

When Stella Knobel’s family fled World War II Poland in 1939, the only thing the 7-year-old girl could take with her was her teddy bear. For the next six years, the stuffed animal never left her side as the family wondered through the Soviet Union, to Iran and finally the Holy Land. “He was like […]

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Redefine Success, Submit to Passion

Redefine Success, Submit to Passion

It’s January 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Things are going well. My children have settled easily into the school year in second grade and pre-K. Becker Impact started a challenging and particularly meaningful new project. Then, as part of that project, I interviewed a charismatic young lawyer who mentioned what first year associates now earn at […]

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Shmiras Einayim is Frum Masochism

Shmiras Einayim is Frum Masochism

The Rabbi gave a men’s only shiur on shmiras einayim last week (guarding your eyes – for the frum illiterate) and I decided to go through with character building and try it out. Once in a while I find myself trying not to look at scantily clad ladies for the challenge of it, I didn’t […]

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Are Legumes Kosher for Passover for Ashkenazic Jews?

Are Legumes Kosher for Passover for Ashkenazic Jews?

From Haaretz – the “legume revolution” has begun and many are saying that yes, legumes are kosher for Passover for Ashkenazi Jews, under certain circumstances. We find this debate and discussion to be a caricature and burlesque of the meaningful human, social and philosophical purposes of religious theology, law and custom. Efrat rabbi tilts against […]

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‘Preserve Auschwitz-Birkenau for Future’

'Preserve Auschwitz-Birkenau for Future'

The Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation has raised close to 100 of the 120 million euros necessary for the preservation of the camp, the organization’s CEO Jacek Kastelaniec told The Jerusalem Post during an interview ahead of International Holocaust Day earlier this week. “We have already raised 99m. euros and are very close to achieving our goal of […]

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Jewish Leader Reconciles with Lauder

Jewish Leader Reconciles with Lauder

The leader of Austria’s Jewish community said on Friday he had put aside differences with World Jewish Congress head Ron Lauder over Lauder’s alleged interference in the community’s leadership election. Oskar Deutsch, the president of Austria’s official IKG Jewish organization, had last month banned Lauder from IKG property over complaints that he had offered incentives […]

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Israel Summons Argentina’s Ambassador

Israel Summons Argentina's Ambassador

As it had indicated it would do, Israel’s foreign ministry on Tuesday protested to Argentina’s ambassador over his country’s agreement with Iran to create an independent commission to investigate the deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, a spokesman said. “The ambassador of Argentina in Israel was summoned today to the Ministry […]

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‘The Voice Israel’ Competitor, 17, Suspended From School for Singing Before Men

Home Jewish World Jewish World News 'The Voice Israel' Competitor, 17, Suspended From School for Singing Before Men

Ophir Ben-Shetreet, a 17-year-old with a voice as outstanding as Sonenclar’s, is a leading competitor on Israel’s “The Voice.” One would think that she would be rewarded for her confidence, effort and talent. Sadly, that is not the case. Ben-Shetreet is essentially being punished for having an exceptionally beautiful voice and wanting to share it […]

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The Name May Change but the Belief Stays the Same

The Name May Change but the Belief Stays the Same

Not surprisingly, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade kicked up a great deal of dust. In early January, Planned Parenthood announced that it will abandon the term “pro-choice to describe people who believe abortion should be every woman’s right; on January 25th, tens of thousands of  activists gathered on the Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual […]

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Roman Vishniac Photographs Exhibit at the International Center of Photography

Roman Vishniac Photographs Exhibit at the International Center of Photography

The portrait selections in the exhibit are just one part of a larger collection. The catalog describes the portraits this way: Portrait Studio and Nightclubs, New York Upon arriving in New York in 1941, Vishniac turned to photography to support his family, opening a portrait studio on the Upper West Side. Always resourceful, he mined […]

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Polish Left Tries to Ban Religious Animal Slaughter

Polish Left Tries to Ban Religious Animal Slaughter

Leaders of two Polish political parties have asked Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take a stand and publicly support their efforts to stop Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter in Poland. The appeal was made by representatives of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and the liberal left-wing anti-cleric Palikot Movement, alongside several non-governmental organizations. All the […]

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Swiss Jews Fault President on Statement

Swiss Jews Fault President on Statement

Swiss Jewish groups are faulting the country’s president for failing to address the neutral country’s failings during World War II in a statement marking the annual Holocaust remembrance day. In a statement Sunday, President Ueli Maurer said Switzerland remained “a country of freedom and law” during the war and became a safe haven for many […]

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Sunday Times Owner Murdoch Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Sunday Times Owner Murdoch Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon carried in one of his British newspapers, showing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu building a wall with the bodies of Palestinian Authority Arabs, AFP reports. The acting editor of the Sunday Times newspaper, Martin Ivens, is due to meet with members of the Jewish community in Britain […]

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MTA Chaplain Soothes Subway Operators in Tragedies

MTA Chaplain Soothes Subway Operators in Tragedies

When there’s trouble on the tracks, transit workers turn to police, firefighters, paramedics — and The Rabbi. There’s no need for his full name. Anyone who has operated a train, welded rails or directed traffic from a radio tower in the last three decades probably knows Rabbi Harry Berkowitz. The 65-year-old has been a subway […]

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Obama Names New Chief of Staff with Strong Ties to Jewish Community

Obama Names New Chief of Staff with Strong Ties to Jewish Community

U.S. President Barack Obama named as his new chief of staff a security official, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community. McDonough, until now the deputy to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, handled much of the National Security Council’s Israel-related traffic and has strong ties with Jewish groups. He addressed the […]

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How I Came to My Table

How I Came to My Table

I was seated at one of those grand, heavy, deep brown mahogany tables in a beautiful room with two walls of windows. To my left, sat my mother, visiting for a few days from Los Angeles. Then to my right, and all the way around the table sat 10 classmates and my professor. We were […]

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Is the Internet or TV Worse for your Neshama?

Is the Internet or TV Worse for your Neshama?

The Internet may be one of the first things that the Geolim can’t control, the Asifa and their constant banter about the evils that befall us on the Internet remind me of the Haskalah. Television on the other hand was easily banned, for no one could come up with the excuse that they needed it […]

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German Tech Company Hires Asperger’s Syndrome Workers

German Tech Company Hires Asperger’s Syndrome Workers

For many the 1988 movie Rain Man was their first introduction to autism. Twenty-five years later and not only is autism a household term, but most people know someone who has been diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum. Today, fans of the primetime TV show Parenthood have watched the young Max Braverman (played by […]

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Ministry Report: Attacks Against Jews on the Rise

Ministry Report: Attacks Against Jews on the Rise

There has been “an alarming rise in the number of attacks against Jewish targets” over the past year, according to a new report issued by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry on Sunday. The 2012 report on anti-Semitism, which was presented to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli […]

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Personal Shoa-era Items put on Display

Personal Shoa-era Items put on Display

Dozens of meters in the bowels of the earth, under the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum, is one of the most important collections of the Jewish people. Some 150 million papers documenting the horrible disaster, item by item, through pictures and testimonies. This work is far from being completed. In the past two years, the […]

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Jordan Coordinates with Israel, Beefs Up Border with Syria

Jordan Coordinates with Israel, Beefs Up Border with Syria

Jordan has begun to beef up its border with Syria, sending hundreds of thousands of troops, artillery and armored vehicles to the north, a senior Jordanian security source says. The Hashemite Kingdom is coordinating its military moves with the State of Israel, according to a report published Monday in Lebanon’s Daily Star.  Amman is also […]

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Trees Felled by Sandy Given New Meaning on Tu B’Shvat

Trees Felled by Sandy Given New Meaning on Tu B’Shvat

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, devastation was everywhere. Roads were closed and power lines brought down by trees uprooted by the storm. While driving his children to school each morning in Morristown, N.J., Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzchok Moully says he would look at the fallen trees, hoping that “some industrious craftsman or carpenter would create […]

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Bureaucracy Stalls Construction of Italy’s First Holocaust Museum

Bureaucracy Stalls Construction of Italy’s First Holocaust Museum

If all goes according to plan, a starkly modern, $30 million Holocaust museum will soon rise on the site of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s Rome residence. The site, also the location of ancient Jewish catacombs and now a city park, will be home to a museum first proposed in 2005 but held up repeatedly by […]

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Jewish Identity: A Round-Trip Journey

Jewish Identity: A Round-Trip Journey

A life-long discomfort with institutionalized Judaism is hard to shed once you reach the mid-life years. Sure, it’s great to keep an open mind, but there’s also the sense of not wanting to waste time on pursuits unlikely to enrich one’s life. Some of us narrow our options as we get older in a bargain […]

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The Thing You Need To Know About Jewish Film Festivals Is That They’re Not All About the Holocaust

The Thing You Need To Know About Jewish Film Festivals Is That They’re Not All About the Holocaust

Savannah Jewish Film Festival starts tonight! Thought I’d share this piece I wrote for the day job about the festival with my dear Yo readers. Even if you can’t attend, there’s an interview with director Roberta Grossman that I’m particularly proud of. Her historic and hilarious look at Judaism’s most famous tune has inspired much […]

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