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Is it Kosher? Uh, it’s Not Recommended

Is it Kosher? Uh, it’s Not Recommended

I found myself faced with an incredible challenge yesterday, it was a lull at work and the chef offered to pay for starbucks if I’d drive. I wish she would have said “lets get something at starbucks” and not offered to pay, because starbucks is gross. However, in order to stay true to my cheap, […]

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QB Tim Tebow: Update on John 3:16 and Hebrews 12:1-2 and the NFL Jets

QB Tim Tebow: Update on John 3:16 and Hebrews 12:1-2 and the NFL Jets

Update: Tim Tebow did not merit eternal life with the Jets. See this report, “Noisy Courtship, Quiet Breakup – Jets Dump Tebow” on the NYTimes.com The Times ran a lengthy article about Tebow, when he entered the NFL and struggled as a QB: “In Tebow Debate, a Clash of Faith and Football”. Tebow was still […]

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Scottish Jewish Event Forced to Move After Threats

Scottish Jewish Event Forced to Move After Threats

Jewish students at a Scottish university managed to hold a charity event despite being forced to find another location at the last minute after anti-Israel activists threatened staff at the original venue. The annual charity ball organized by the Jewish Society and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at St. Andrews University in Fife was scheduled to […]

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Holocaust Survivors Meet US Liberators

Holocaust Survivors Meet US Liberators

Elderly survivors of the Holocaust and the veterans who helped liberate them gathered for what could be their last big reunion Monday at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. One thousand survivors and World War II vets joined with former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel to mark the […]

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Dutch King Inaugural Tuesday, Queen to Leave on Yom Kippur

Dutch King Inaugural Tuesday, Queen to Leave on Yom Kippur

Dutch Queen Beatrix, who will be succeeded on Tuesday, April 30, by her son, the new King Willem Alexander, will take official leave from Dutch citizens on September 14, which falls out on Yom Kippur this year. The program, organized by a national committee, states that the event is meant “to give all Dutchmen as […]

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Thousands Join London’s Parade of Jewish Unity

Thousands Join London’s Parade of Jewish Unity

Over 2000 people joined the 54th annual Lag B’omer parade in Stamford Hill, organized by Lubavitch UK. Groups from Scotland, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Watford, Essex, Wimbledon, Southgate, North-West London, joined the many local families and children from Stamford Hill. Shloimy Gertner’s beautiful singing accompanied by three musicians, Marching-bands by the boys’ school, Rabbi Dubov’s encouraging […]

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Small-Town Dixie Jews a Dying Breed

Small-Town Dixie Jews a Dying Breed

Bert Rosenbush Jr. enjoys a bittersweet form of celebrity in his hometown of Demopolis, Ala.: He’s the last living Jew there. It’s a form of prominence he shares with Phil Cohen of Lexington, Miss. In Natchez, Miss., Jerold Krause is one of just a dozen Jews left. And Selma, Ala., a town that was central […]

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Artscroll Discovers That 95% of Their Books are Never Opened

Artscroll Discovers That 95% of Their Books are Never Opened

After surveying 10,000 of its customers, Artscroll has discovered that 95% of the books purchased were never opened and merely used for interior design purposes. Artscroll was curious about whether people purchase their books for actual usage or just for looks after one of their interns mentioned that her father owned 3 sets of shas, […]

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Is Jonathan Krohn Jewish?

Is Jonathan Krohn Jewish?

No and yes. According to the Times, the young (former) conservative is being brought up as a Christian. So no, definitely Jonathan Krohn is not Jewish by religion. Update: At 17, Krohn was doing teshuvah – repenting his conservatism – i.e., he adopted liberal ideas and went to study philosophy at NYU. MSNBC reported in […]

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Can a New Chief Rabbi Change the Israeli Rabbinate?

Can a New Chief Rabbi Change the Israeli Rabbinate?

To get married in Israel, Dima Motel had to bring his family photo album and two of his ancestors’ birth certificates to a rabbinical court. Then an investigator quizzed his mother in Yiddish. Israel’s Chief Rabbinate often asks Russian immigrants like Motel to prove that they’re Jewish, sometimes requiring documentary evidence that can be hard […]

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‘Israel Like Iran’ in Freedom of Marriage

'Israel Like Iran' in Freedom of Marriage

Severe restrictions on freedom of marriage put Israel alongside countries that are among the worst offenders of violating marriage rights, according to Worldwide Freedom of Marriage Project released by the Hiddush – Freedom of Religion for Israel association ahead of the “wedding season,” which begins on the Jewish Holiday of Lag B’Omer. A comprehensive study […]

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‘Act Expeditiously to Totally Reverse Israel Academic Boycott’

'Act Expeditiously to Totally Reverse Israel Academic Boycott'

The American Jewish Committee has expressed outrage over the Association of Asian American Studies’ (AAAS) endorsement of an academic boycott against Israeli academic institutions. A resolution favoring the boycott was adopted at the national organization’s recent annual meeting, though only ten percent of the membership reportedly voted. “This pernicious resolution stands in stark contrast to the […]

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“Recipes Remembered” was Memorable at Chabad

“Recipes Remembered” was Memorable at Chabad

On a recent spring evening, men and woman from throughout Orange County filled the home Dr. Seth & Nadine Pulver in Highland Mills for “Recipes Remembered” with Author June Hersh, hosted by Chabad of Orange County. Hersh authored “Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival,” a book that tells the remarkable stories of Holocaust survivors from […]

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Racist Soccer Fans Attack Hungarian Activist Ahead of Jewish Congress

Racist Soccer Fans Attack Hungarian Activist Ahead of Jewish Congress

The head of a Hungarian anti-racism group said far-right soccer fans shouted “Sieg Heil” and attacked him, breaking his nose days before the country is due to host the World Jewish Congress. Ferenc Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, told Reuters he was assaulted after arguing with a group of supporters chanting the Nazi […]

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Reclaim the J.A.P.

Reclaim the J.A.P.

Like, oh my g-d! Like, like really…If it looks like a J.A.P. and sounds like a J.A.P., is it a J.A.P. (Jewish American Princess)? Maybe you knew this girl in middle school, or maybe you were this girl in high school: a naïve, airhead Jewess living in a bubble, with no regard for the world […]

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New App Warns Drivers Approaching a Gay Mob

New App Warns Drivers Approaching a Gay Mob

Orthodox Jews in Israel celebrated a new app that works on kosher phones, the app is designed to warn drivers when they are coming upon a gay mob. Many unfortunate incidents happen in Israel when the Ultra-Orthodox happen upon gay mobs, so someone bright enough to create an app to warn of such abominations is […]

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The Weekly Schmooze: ‘Karma Police’ in the M. East

The Weekly Schmooze: 'Karma Police' in the M. East

The most beautiful woman in the world is a Jewish mom. Gwyneth Paltrow made the cover of People this week, taking the title from last year’s winner, Beyonce. Still, Gwyneth shouldn’t get overconfident. She’s also the most hated celebrity of the year, according to a poll in Star. If you’re a fan of the movie […]

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Women Worshipers Score Legal Victory

Women Worshipers Score Legal Victory

Women praying at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall, need not fear police threats of arrest if seen wearing traditional ceremonial attire associated with the religion’s males following a Jerusalem District Court ruling handed down on Thursday. The order, which says women may pray with prayer shawls and phylacteries, is seen as a major victory […]

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‘Amazon Jews’ on Their Way to Israel

‘Amazon Jews’ on Their Way to Israel

Hundreds of descendants of Peruvian Jews are planning to make aliyah (immigrate) to Israel, the Jewish Agency reports. The community of Peruvians with Jewish ancestry has been dubbed the “Amazon Jews.” The members of the community who will be moving to Israel have undergone a conversion to Judaism through the Conservative movement. Because the Conservative […]

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Midwest Intercollegiate Shabbaton: A Weekend for Mind, Body and Soul

Midwest Intercollegiate Shabbaton: A Weekend for Mind, Body and Soul

It’s hard to say what the best part was of the Midwest Shabbaton, held April 19-21, 2013 at the Chabad Center of Jewish Life at the Univeristy of Illinois. Just spending Shabbat with over 300 fellow college students representing 10 universities at the largest Jewish gathering in the Midwest was pretty exceptional. Then there was […]

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Canada to Build National Holocaust Monument

Canada to Build National Holocaust Monument

The Canadian government announced plans to build a national Holocaust memorial in the nation’s capital. The monument “will be a testament to the importance of ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust is never lost,” Tim Uppal, minister of state for democratic reform, said in a statement Tuesday following remarks at the Canadian War Museum, […]

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Imagine an Off The Derech Utopia

Imagine an Off The Derech Utopia

Imagine a Neo Hasidic community, where you can believe in evolution, the Big Bang and the FSM, you can play basketball, football and hockey, wear a t-shirt, jeans and Rashi-gatches, unlimited masturbation, loads of kishka, kugel and cholent, you can eat lobster on Yom Kipur and pizza on Pesach, you can have premarital relationships and […]

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US Philanthropist Savors Opening of Jewish Museum

US Philanthropist Savors Opening of Jewish Museum

As his train rolled across Germany in 1939, passing through small towns where swastikas fluttered from flagpoles, Tad Taube cowered in fear each time Nazi police entered his compartment and barked orders for his documents – papers that plainly identified him as an eight-year-old Jewish boy from Poland. But the full terror of the war […]

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Inventing the Past: Michael Broyde and Morton Smith

Inventing the Past: Michael Broyde and Morton Smith

The Jewish Channel’s Steven I. Weiss continued his outstanding investigative reporting with a new story on Rabbi Michael Broyde of Emory University, “Investigation Reveals Additional Questionable Identity With Connections to Broyde’s Scholarship”. It now appears certain that Broyde invented letters by two imaginary rabbis to support his opinions on religious matters. Weiss also found that […]

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Poland to Reintroduce Kosher Shechita Practices

Poland to Reintroduce Kosher Shechita Practices

The Polish government has drafted regulations aimed at reducing animals’ suffering and permitting kosher and halal slaughter. In December 2012 the Polish Constitutional Court banned the practices of Jewish shechita and Muslim dhabiha livestock slaughter, following a campaign led by animal rights groups. In a statement on Tuesday, Prime Minster Donald Tusk said the new regulations, which still […]

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Western Wall Rabbi Questions Sharansky Plan

Western Wall Rabbi Questions Sharansky Plan

Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said rabbis must weigh whether to oppose a compromise proposal over egalitarian prayer at Judaism’s holiest site. In a statement Thursday, Rabinowitz vowed to fight against “the slightest deviation” from customary practice at the Western Wall. However, he left unclear whether the compromise forged by Jewish Agency […]

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Fresh Perspectives on Money and Morality

Fresh Perspectives on Money and Morality

Terms like “capital” and “value” often crop up in economic parlance. But at this year’s Sinai Scholars symposium in New York City, these words were endowed with new meaning. During a panel discussion held towards the end of the day, philanthropist George Rohr made the distinction clear: “As Jews, we have a radically different understanding […]

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From ‘Our Son, the Doctor,’ to ‘Our Son, the Charlatan’: The Rise and Fall of France’s Chief Rabbi

From 'Our Son, the Doctor,’ to 'Our Son, the Charlatan’: The Rise and Fall of France’s Chief Rabbi

Forty years ago, “The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob” had French audiences doubled over in laughter. Gerard Oury’s frantic comedy of an anti-Semitic businessman who finds himself mistaken for a famous rabbi — don’t ask — smashed box office records. The timing was important: Oury’s anarchic comedy reflected the end of a 30-year run of […]

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Southern Shabbat Dinner: What, No Shrimp?

Southern Shabbat Dinner: What, No Shrimp?

Delish post today on the Forward’s The Jew and the Carrot about NYC’s City Grit, a culinary salon that hosted a four-course Shabbat meal last week. But questions remain. First of all, what the hosanna is a culinary salon? Can I get my toes done there while noshing? Sounds awfully lofty to be taking on […]

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Eat Less; Swim More

Eat Less; Swim More

Strange advice from USA Today, “Double up: Diet, exercise together are key to success”. We’ve known all along that if you want to get into good shape you need to eat less and swim more: Folks who want to get in better shape and eat healthier are often encouraged to make one change at a […]

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