Home » May 31st, 2013 Entries posted on “May, 2013”

Little Women’s Jewish Roots, The Inquistor’s Wife and More

Little Women’s Jewish Roots, The Inquistor’s Wife and More

Completely obsessed with this week’ article in the Forward about Louisa May Alcott’s Portuguese Jewish history. (I read Little Womenat least ten times as a child, and I always knew Jo and I had to be from the same DNA somehow!) Eve LaPlante traveled to Portugal recently to research a biography about the Little Women […]

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Dear Rabbi Controversy on Angels and Prayers

Dear Rabbi Controversy on Angels and Prayers

Here are this week’s Dear Rabbi Responses and Discussions from the Jewish Standard. Rabbi Zahavy’s response to my letter of May 23 (“Kaddish, Kedushah and Angels”) concerning the efficacy of the Kaddish and the meaning of the Kedushah, is both confusing and incomplete. On the one hand he admits that our prayers, specifically the Kaddish, […]

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Spelling Knaidel and Bravo’s Princesses Reality TV Show

Spelling Knaidel and Bravo's Princesses Reality TV Show

We Jews have arrived! That seemed to be the general sentiment on my Facebook news feed last night as word traveled around the social network that the winning word in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee was “knaidel” – the Yiddish word for matzah ball. Most excited Facebook users chimed in on the variant transliterated […]

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Birthright-Style Program Proposed for Non-Jews

European leaders should send university students to Israel as part of efforts to combat rising levels of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, Foreign Ministry director general for public diplomacy Gideon Meir declared on Thursday. He was speaking at the close of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem. “I believe we can do something about this […]

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Deaf-Mute Children’s Prayer Heard

Deaf-Mute Children's Prayer Heard

For decades, deaf-mute bar mitzvah boys have not been called up to read from the Torah due to their disability. Now, following a new halachic issued by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, these boys will be able to celebrate their coming of age just like their friends. According to the Halacha, people called up to read […]

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Don’t Hesitate – Make Aliyah!

Don’t Hesitate – Make Aliyah!

A large commencement exercise was held in New Jersey, Thursday, for Yeshiva University’s latest graduates. During the ceremony the university honored several people, among them alumnus Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder of the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization for aliyah (immigration) to Israel. Arutz Sheva spoke to several of the graduating students, who discussed their hopes for the […]

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We Are What We Think, Beating Anxiety and Depression

We Are What We Think, Beating Anxiety and Depression

What is emotion; a feeling? What then is a feeling? These terms are difficult to fully comprehend and define. For thousands of years people have been attempting to understand this phenomenon and will most likely debate it for a thousand more. The mainstream definition of emotion refers to a state of feeling involving thoughts, physiological […]

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Dreyfus Letter Fetches Nearly $500,000 at Paris Auction

Dreyfus Letter Fetches Nearly $500,000 at Paris Auction

A letter handwritten by Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish soldier who was wrongly convicted of treason in 1894, was sold at auction for nearly half a million dollars. The letter, which Dreyfus sent from prison to government officials in an attempt to clear his name, was sold Wednesday for $492,000 at an auction organized by […]

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Plastic Surgeon Michael Gray Reconstructs the Social Network

Plastic Surgeon Michael Gray Reconstructs the Social Network

I jumped at the opportunity as soon as I received the press release from Jackie Headapohl, the editor of The Detroit Jewish News, asking me if I’d like to interview Dr. Michael Gray, the well-known plastic surgeon here in Michigan. The press release described a new social network called Pegged that Dr. Gray had created. […]

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Bidding on The World to Come on eBay

Bidding on The World to Come on eBay

Those who read Milton Steinberg’s masterpiece novel “As a Driven Leaf” will remember that eternal life is a reward given for the fulfillment of two mitzvot (commandments), namely the honoring of one’s parents and the shooing of the mother bird from the nest before taking her eggs. However, yesterday those who wanted to taste eternal […]

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Jewish Organizations Slam Circumcision Cartoon

Jewish Organizations Slam Circumcision Cartoon

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Thursday called a cartoon depicting the Jewish ritual circumcision appearing in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, “deeply offensive and appalling.” The caricature, that appeared in Norway’s third largest daily, depcits what some construed to be Jews torturing a baby during a circumcision. It showed police officers looking on as a bearded […]

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‘World’s Oldest’ Torah Scroll Found in Italy

'World's oldest' Torah Scroll Found in Italy

The world’s oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said Wednesday the text could be from the 12th century. The precious lambskin scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply “Scroll Number Two.” […]

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Newly Discovered Prisoner Journal Donated to Auschwitz

Newly Discovered Prisoner Journal Donated to Auschwitz

The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum said on Wednesday it had acquired a newly discovered journal written and illustrated by Polish prisoners of the Nazi German death camp in southern Poland. The three inmates’ hand-made memoirs, which include poems and pen-and-ink and watercolour drawings of gas chambers and a hanging, were donated by the widow of a US […]

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Oklahoma Chabad Leaders Organize Dallas Youth

Oklahoma Chabad Leaders Organize Dallas Youth

The Sooner State has long had a vibrant — if numerically tiny — Jewish population, but until just a few years ago most Oklahomans rarely saw an Orthodox Jew at community events. Today is a different story. In the latest and perhaps most visible manifestation of its presence, the area’s Chabad Jewish Community Center organized a […]

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Israel Honors Gambling Mogul Adelson for his Contribution to Global Tourism

Israel Honors Gambling Mogul Adelson for his Contribution to Global Tourism

Israel’s goal is to reach 10 million visitors a year within a decade, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit. The guest of honor at the convention, a two-day affair at the capital’s International Convention Center, was the American billionaire-casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who was awarded the JITS prize […]

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10 Step Guide to Becoming a Baal Teshuva

10 Step Guide to Becoming a Baal Teshuva

The flaming BT is one of the most interesting and talked about phenomena in the kiruv world. I’m certian that there are whole seminars devoted to the subject of people becoming too frum, too fast, and within the frum world these are known as Flamers. Donning a black hat and woolen talis kattan before one […]

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Rabbinate: Palestinian Coke not Kosher

Rabbinate: Palestinian Coke not Kosher

The Chief Rabbinate released an urgent statement this week, warning the Israeli public against Coca-Cola manufactured in the West Bank town of Beitunia, near Ramallah, which is marketed alongside the strictly kosher beverage that has been manufactured in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak for the past decades. According to the statement, written by Rabbi […]

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Elkin: The Jewish People Are Not Alone

Elkin: The Jewish People Are Not Alone

Anti-Semitism is not just an Israeli or a Jewish problem, but is first and foremost a problem for any society in which it is allowed to manifest itself, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism which convened in Jerusalem, Elkin said that there should be a […]

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Over 200 Enjoy Ahavas Yisroels’ ‘Shabbos in Gan Eden’

Over 200 Enjoy Ahavas Yisroels’ ‘Shabbos in Gan Eden’

Over 200 people, including families and singles, enjoyed a special ‘Shabbos in Gan Eden’ Shabbaton with Chevra Ahavas Yisroel in the Berkshire Hills of upstate New York. The Shabbaton took place on the luxurious camp grounds of Emanuel Camp in the stunning Berkshire Hills which borders with Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the inclement weather did […]

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Oldest Complete Torah Scroll Reportedly Found in Italy

Oldest Complete Torah Scroll Reportedly Found in Italy

An Italian university has found what it claims to be the oldest complete Torah scroll known to exist, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The scroll, which was found at the library of the University of Bologna, was believed to be no more than a few hundred years old, the report said. But recent carbon dating […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 79 – May 29, 2013

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 79 - May 29, 2013

25,000 people of all ages are expected to attend the upcoming 20th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park. The Carl Freyer z”l Tribute and Dr. Manfred Lehmann Memorial event will be held at Central Park’s Bandshell  on Sunday, June 2nd, the 46th anniversary of the miracle of the Six Day War and the reunification […]

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Soncino English Talmud Sanhedrin with Important Content

Soncino English Talmud Sanhedrin with Important Content

Talmudic Books has published Soncino Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin – the classic English edition of this important tractate. My son Yitz reminded me that my father, Rabbi Dr. Zev Zahavy, who passed away on May 1, 2012, used to say that Sanhedrin was his favorite Talmud tractate. Here is the book description, adapted from the Introduction: […]

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First Haredi School to Teach Core Subjects

First Haredi School to Teach Core Subjects

A first ultra-Orthodox educational institution teaching core curriculum subjects is set to open in Jerusalem in about three months ahead of the new school year. The school will be established for students of the small haredi yeshivot, aged 13 to 16. The move is seen as exceptional on the backdrop of the harsh criticism directed […]

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Grandson of Alfred Dreyfus Asks Not to Auction Off His Letter

Grandson of Alfred Dreyfus Asks Not to Auction Off His Letter

A grandson of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French army captain wrongly accused of treason over a century ago, on Monday urged a private collector not to allow a letter penned by his grandfather to go under the hammer in Paris this week, AFP reports. Written to the interior ministry in 1895, a month after Dreyfus […]

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OU Lends Hand to Oklahoma Aid Network

OU Lends Hand to Oklahoma Aid Network

The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma, which is on the ground organizing relief efforts for the communities hit hard by last week’s devastating tornado, has received $15,000 in disaster-relief funds from the Orthodox Union. The funds were received just before the Jewish Sabbath, and are being distributed over the Memorial Day weekend and throughout […]

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Nearly 500 U.S. Rabbis Urge Obama to Press for Sudanese Peace

Nearly 500 U.S. Rabbis Urge Obama to Press for Sudanese Peace

Nearly 500 rabbis of all streams urged President Obama in a letter to name a new special envoy to Sudan, saying the work there is not yet complete. The May 24 letter was initiated by Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. […]

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Ketchup Yenta

Ketchup Yenta

Oy, dahlinks, I am so farmisht. I’ve  been so super busy over at the day job that it may seem like I’m neglecting my dear mishpoche over here. But I promise I’ve been fighting for the forces of good and tikkun olam  best I can, farblongent schmo that I am. Let us “ketchup,” organically, of […]

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Could Germany have a Jewish Chancellor?

Could Germany have a Jewish chancellor?

A new novel about a neo-Nazi plot to assassinate Germany’s first Jewish candidate for Chancellor has shed a timely light on the right-wing extremist violence that has plagued the country since 1990 and was swept under the carpet for years. Political thriller “The Jewish Candidate” by British journalist David Crossland has been published just as […]

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Israelis Report Anti-Semitism at Berlin Concert

Israelis Report Anti-Semitism at Berlin Concert

Israelis attending a Beyonce concert in Berlin over the weekend were met with anti-Semitic chants from the audience, the Yisrael Hayom newspaper reported on Sunday. The incident took place when a group of eight Israelis, including two soldiers on leave, arrived at Germany’s O2 stadium for the concert. The group managed to arrive early and […]

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Lubavticher Yeshiva Celebrates Tanya Printing

Lubavticher Yeshiva Celebrates Tanya Printing

This year on Chof-Daled Teves, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Crown Street launched a historical project– printing of a Tanya by tomchei temimim crown st. accompanied by a Tanya B’al Peh initiative to mark and honor the 200th anniversary yahrtzeit of the Alter Rebbe, Baal Hatanya. Children at every grade level stepped forward with a personalized commitment of […]

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