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Thank You, Judy Blume

Thank You, Judy Blume

Best-selling author Judy Blume is among the Jewesses with attitude featured in “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” the film that premieres on PBS tomorrow night. Blume’s characters accompanied me while I navigated my way through puberty. They pondered the same questions I was too afraid to ask aloud, and seemed to understand the awkwardness I […]

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Jews Must Also Carry ID Cards

Jews Must Also Carry ID Cards

A Dutch appeals court has upheld a €60 ($90) fine against an Orthodox Jew who refused to show police an identity card, citing religious reasons. The Hague Appeals Court ruled that a law which makes it mandatory for all people older than 14 to carry ID cards and show them to police upon request does […]

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Oxford Student Union Rejects Motion to Boycott Israel

Oxford Student Union Rejects Motion to Boycott Israel

The Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU) rejected on Wednesday a motion calling for sanctions against Israel. The OUSU motion calling for the Oxford student union to boycott Israeli institutions, goods and produce lost by a vote of 69-10, with 15 abstentions. The motion would have seen the union joining the international boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

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Besht Hosts Women’s Evening Discussing Marriage

Besht Hosts Women’s Evening Discussing Marriage

Recently, the Besht Center held its first ever event for women of the community. Over 60 women attended the event which was on the topic of communication within marriage. Mrs. Bronya Shaffer gave an inspiring speech covering many different aspects of how couples relate and passed on some tips to enhance the communication we already […]

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U.S. Senate Confirms Jack Lew, an Orthodox Jew, as Treasury Secretary

U.S. Senate Confirms Jack Lew, an Orthodox Jew, as Treasury Secretary

The United States’ Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama’s choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts. The vote was 71 to 26 to support the nomination. A total of 25 Republicans and […]

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My Shero: Rabbi Susan Silverman

My Shero: Rabbi Susan Silverman

Look, Susan Silverman already had me at “Hello, I survived the same screwed up childhood as my sister Sarahand instead of growing up and talking about shaved tuchus puckers, I became a rabbi.” But Rabbi Susan has earned even more of this Yenta’s mad respect for her delightful act of civil disobedience at Jerusalem’s Western […]

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Seculars Can Visit on Shabbat

Seculars Can Visit on Shabbat

If you’re a secular Jew and have religious friends, you’ve probably been invited by them occasionally to “do Shabbat in our house.” Up until now, if you accepted the invitation, you would have had to arrive at their home before the start of Shabbat, but a new halachic ruling aims to change that. The ruling, […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 69 – February 27, 2013

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 69 - February 27, 2013

Many Jewish college students, Chabad organizations found on campuses around the world provide a home away from home. There are Chabad centers on more than 140 campuses worldwide, and Lehigh’s campus is no exception. The alumni, faculty and students suggested to the Chabad of Lehigh Valley that there was a need for another Jewish outlet […]

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Rabbi Calls for 5-Day Torah Marathon to ‘Cancel Decree’

Rabbi Calls for 5-Day Torah Marathon to 'Cancel Decree'

In light of recent government proposals widely viewed in the hareidi world as a threat to Torah study, hareidi-religious leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman issued a call Wednesday to Jewish men to learn Torah for five days straight. The goal of the Torah marathon is “to cancel the bad decree,” he stated in a letter […]

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OU Puts Kibosh On Jezebel Name At Soho Eatery

OU Puts Kibosh On Jezebel Name At Soho Eatery

The Orthodox Union has forced a name change in an upscale kosher Soho eatery by refusing to certify its current name—Jezebel. The Jewish Week reported that the name change is one of two concessions restaurant owners made to the OU. In a letter to investors, owners Menachem Sendrowicz and Henry Stimler, said the restaurant will […]

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Moroccan Film Seeks Out Jews Who Left for Israel

Moroccan Film Seeks Out Jews Who Left for Israel

Hundreds of members of Islamist and left wing political groups demonstrated outside the Tangiers Film Festival earlier this month against a documentary about Moroccan Jews living in Israel. They claimed that director Kamal Hachkar was promoting “normalization” with the Jewish state. But Hachkar was not expelled from the artists’ union, nor was his film banned, […]

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Purim and the Oscars

Purim and the Oscars

Yesterday was another fun Purim holiday celebration, but I didn’t post a Purim satire this year (last year’s edition). I also usually post a list of my favorite Purim YouTube videos before the holiday, but there really weren’t ten quality videos I could find to make my Top Ten Purim Videos list. A few standouts […]

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Jewish Lawyer on a Mission

Jewish Lawyer on a Mission

On February 5, 2013, former Canadian MP David Kilgour and international human rights lawyer David Matas testified on their almost seven-year investigation into illegal organ harvesting in China at the International Human Rights Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Canadian Parliament. The two investigators published reports concluding that the Chinese regime is killing […]

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Oxford University Students to Vote on Israel Boycott

Oxford University Students to Vote on Israel Boycott

Students at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University will vote this week on a highly controversial motion to boycott Israel. The Oxford University Student’s Union (OUSU) is set to meet Wednesday to decide on a motion to join the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement “in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its hindrance of […]

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Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to Party

Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to Party

A prominent state assemblyman from Brooklyn defended himself on Monday after wearing blackface to a party he hosted to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, saying he did not mean to offend anyone. The assemblyman, Dov Hikind, a Democrat and a longtime power broker in the Orthodox Jewish community, wore an Afro wig, brown makeup, […]

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Sheldon Adelson Sues Wall Street Journal Reporter Kate O’Keeffe for Libel

Sheldon Adelson Sues Wall Street Journal Reporter Kate O'Keeffe for Libel

Jewish-American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson sued a Wall Street Journal reporter last week for libel for calling him “foul-mouthed.” The lawsuit filed on February 22 seeks “damages, including aggravated, exemplary and special damages,” for a December 5 article co-written by Kate O’Keeffe. Only O’Keeffe is named in the suit, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. […]

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Are You Having the Purim Blues? I’m Just Not in the Purim Mood

Are You Having the Purim Blues? I’m Just Not in the Purim Mood

I have the Purim blues, it crept up on me like it always does, but this year more than ever I’m just not in the mood for Purim. I’m not sad or anything, in fact I’m quite happy with my lot, but I have no interest in getting drunk at the local shul seuda. Like […]

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Holocaust-Era Books of Esther Unveiled

Holocaust-Era Books of Esther Unveiled

Three Books of Esther kept in the attic of a house in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II have been returned to Jewish hands. In honor of Purim, the Shem Olam Institute for Holocaust education, documentation and research unveiled the rare holy items which were in Polish possession for dozens of years and were […]

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Rabbi Lau: Time to Free Pollard

Rabbi Lau: Time to Free Pollard

Some 60,000 people have signed an online petition asking that U.S. President Barack H. Obama pardon and release Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, who has been in prison for some 28 years, and suffers from deteriorating health. Among those who have signed the petition are former President Yitzchak Navon, several Nobel Prize winners, artists, Knesset members, and public […]

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Rabbonim Issue Halachick Ruling Regarding Hamanteshen

Rabbonim Issue Halachick Ruling Regarding Hamanteshen

Purim Satire: One of the most hotly debated topics among halachic authorities has always been regarding the amount one must eat in order to have fulfilled the obligation to eat hamantashen on Purim. While the authorities have always debated whether the obligation is Biblical or Rabbincal, the issue of how much of the triangular treat […]

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German Prosecutor Drops Anti-Circumcision Charges Against Mohel

German Prosecutor Drops Anti-Circumcision Charges Against Mohel

A German prosecutor has dropped all charges against a rabbi for his role as a circumciser. A statement by the Hof prosecutor on February 21 said that Rabbi David Goldberg of Hof satisfied all requirements regarding child welfare “which are not jeopardized by the circumcision,” the Jewish-German publication Jüdische Allgemeine reported. “Circumcisions which are applied […]

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Money Making Faux-Mishloash Manot

Money Making Faux-Mishloash Manot

The president of my shul called me this evening, furious that I did not participate in the shul’s mishloach manot program. “Reb Telz” he says “Why are you not on the list?  We are packing the bags, reviewing the mailed-in sheets, you are not participating! What’s wrong?” Our shul mails out a 3-page checklist of […]

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New York Times Merges With Tzvee’s Talmudic Blog

New York Times Merges With Tzvee's Talmudic Blog

The New York Times announced that it has merged with Tzvee’s Talmudic Blog to form “The New York Times Talmudic Blog.” The Times was already known as a premier Jewish newspaper in the city with high visibility Jewish editorial writers like Tom Friedman, Roger Cohen and Paul Krugman and Israeli news bureau chief Jodi Rudroren. […]

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You Are What You Wear: Modesty of Dress

You Are What You Wear: Modesty of Dress

One of the highlights of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Jewish Camping Conference a year ago was the chance for me to get to know Nancy Lublin. I had learned about Nancy several years earlier after reading an article about her mitzvah project that turned into a successful nonprofit company. I spoke with Nancy, CEO […]

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ITIM to Court: Accept Orthodox Conversions

ITIM to Court: Accept Orthodox Conversions

The ITIM religious services and advocacy group has filed a petition with the High Court of Justice demanding that the Interior Ministry recognize Orthodox conversions performed in Israel in non-state Orthodox rabbinical courts. The state conversion authority, which comes under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office, is the only body in the country through […]

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Putin Idea to House Jewish Texts Rejected

Putin Idea to House Jewish Texts Rejected

A US-based Jewish group Thursday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion to house disputed historical collections of books and documents at a Jewish museum in Moscow. Nathan Lewin, a lawyer for the Jewish group Chabad, said in a statement provided to The Associated Press that Chabad was the rightful owner and Putin’s proposal was not […]

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Terror Victim’s Purim Message: Despair is Just a Mask

Terror Victim’s Purim Message: Despair is Just a Mask

Hundreds of eleventh-grade girls involved in the Maagalim movement gathered this week for a day in the Yarkon park in Tel Aviv. The girls took part in sports and leadership challenges, with an emphasis on overcoming difficulties. Terror survivor Asael Shabo was there to give the group a first-hand account of overcoming disability. Shabo, who […]

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Lehigh Chabad Builds Community for Jewish Students

Lehigh Chabad Builds Community for Jewish Students

For many Jewish college students, Chabad organizations on campuses around the world provide a home away from home. There are Chabad centers on more than 140 campuses worldwide, and Lehigh’s campus is no exception. Alumni, faculty and students suggested to the Chabad of Lehigh Valley that there was a need for another Jewish outlet to the […]

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Gay Principal Settles with Australian Jewish Day School over Dismissal

Gay Principal Settles with Australian Jewish Day School over Dismissal

The fired principal of a major Jewish school in Melbourne reached an out-of-court settlement on the eve of his unfair dismissal case in the Federal Court. Joseph Gerassi, who is gay, sued Bialik College for millions of dollars in damages to his reputation and for lost income after he was abruptly dumped by the board […]

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The Sweet Success of a Jewish Baker and Businesswoman

The Sweet Success of a Jewish Baker and Businesswoman

Chocolate Snowball. Toasted Coconut. Blackout. Raspberry Swirl. Peanut Butter Cup. White Hot Chocolate. Baba Booey. It’s hard to choose just one! These are some of the offerings at Crumbs, a wildly successful chain of kosher cupcake stores founded by Mia Bauer. Israeli-born Bauer graduated from Brandeis in 1991 and went to work as a lawyer […]

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