Home » June 28th, 2013 Entries posted on “June, 2013”

My Thoroughly Jewish Gender

My Thoroughly Jewish Gender

OkCupid tells me I’m “more aggressive” than other queer women. Not just a little more aggressive – it’s by far my strongest trait, closely followed by “more competitive,” and far outstripping “adventurous,” “extroverted,” and “political,” among other categories. While there’s part of me that’s a little embarrassed to be pegged as aggressive and competitive, there’s […]

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ADL Raps Media Company, Calls for Apology After ‘Shylock’ Crossword Clue

ADL Raps Media Company, Calls for Apology After 'Shylock' Crossword Clue

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday called on the editors of Tribune Media Services to apologize for a clue in a crossword puzzle that used the clue “Shylock, e.g.” to elicit a three-letter response, with the correct answer being “Jew.” The clue appeared on Friday in several newspapers across the United States. “Shylock” is a […]

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Women-Only Paramedic Course in J’lem

Women-Only Paramedic Course in J'lem

A new initiative in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox sector sees haredi women in Jerusalem learning first aid in order to cater to the needs of women giving birth who feel uncomfortable being treated by male paramedics for modesty reasons. A meeting attended by several women from the sector recently concluded with a decision to open a unique […]

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B’nai Brith Distances Itself from Shalit Criticism

B'nai Brith Distances Itself from Shalit Criticism

B’nai Brith International has distanced itself from a newspaper article which was critical of former captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The article in question appeared in the Jewish Tribune newspaper which is associated with B’nai Brith Canada. It suggested that many in the Canadian Jewish community were questioning JNF Canada’s decision to invite Shalit to Canada […]

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The Metaphysical Ecosystem – A Timely Lesson About Our Fragile World

The Metaphysical Ecosystem – A Timely Lesson About Our Fragile World

The late Peter Marshall was an eloquent speaker and for several years served as the chaplain of the US Senate. He used to love to tell the story of the “Keeper of the Spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps. The old gentleman […]

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U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Bill with Provisions for Jewish Camp Counselors, Religious Refugees

U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Bill with Provisions for Jewish Camp Counselors, Religious Refugees

The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and that makes permanent a law that facilitates immigration for victims of religious persecution. The bipartisan bill passed Thursday by the Senate, 68-32, creates a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented workers […]

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Not Safe For Kashrus (NSFK)

Not Safe For Kashrus (NSFK)

The Star K joined a collection of no-name hechsherim in creating a new criteria for gaining kashrut status. Brands must have an SFK name.  As this photo shows, you can even get a hechsher on bacon donuts, you just need an SFK name on the branding. What’s SFK?  Internet savvy folks know what NSFW means. […]

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Time to Sparkle

Time to Sparkle

I had to do some deep and major digging the last couple of years. Transitions whacked me in the face a-plenty, and the best way I can describe the other side of all that turmoil, trauma and tumultuousness, is with one word: Nothingness. I have come to a point where I feel nothing – emptiness. […]

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Jewish Groups Praise US Gay Marriage Ruling

Jewish Groups Praise US Gay Marriage Ruling

Major American Jewish organizations roundly praised the US Supreme Court on Wednesday for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and for demanding that federal benefits be extended to gay couples in states where their marriages are recognized. The top court also overturned California’s Proposition 8 – which took away the previously granted right of […]

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Rabbi Yosef’s Critics Under ‘SMS Attack’

Rabbi Yosef's Critics Under 'SMS Attack'

Last week, after Yosef Rabbi David Stav, the national-religious Ashkenazi chief rabbi candidate, the activists launched an attack against anyone who dared criticize their leader. The first person affected by the young Shasniks’ activity was ultra-Orthodox journalist Mendy Gruzman, who slammed Rabbi Yosef’s style on Facebook: “The truth should be told: We are talking about Jewish […]

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College Brings 1978 Anti-Semitic Indent Back to Light

College Brings 1978 Anti-Semitic Indent Back to Light

The Anti-Defamation League commended Babson College for bringing an anti-Semitic incident during a 1978 Soccer match against Brandeis University back into the light as an opportunity for the broader community to learn. Under President Leonard A. Schlesinger, Babson has recently taken a leadership role in tackling issues of diversity on campus, and as part of […]

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Shul Destroyed by Fire, Being Rebuilt

Shul Destroyed by Fire, Being Rebuilt

Get close enough to the building that used to house the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont and you’ll get a whiff of its burnt-out interior, empty since an Oct. 14 fire ravaged the building. Things are finally looking up for the beleaguered temple, however. On Sunday, about 150 supporters and dignitaries turned out for the ground-breaking for […]

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Anne Frank Museum Must Give Up Family Archive, Dutch Court Rules

Anne Frank Museum Must Give Up Family Archive, Dutch Court Rules

A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy. The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland, by […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 82 – June 26, 2013

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 82 - June 26, 2013

Catherine Afarian calls herself a “love child of the ‘70s.” Her mother discovered that she was pregnant after she had broken off a relationship of less than a year. Afarian has never met her biological father, but her mother always said he came from a big Italian family. In late 2010, though, Afarian learned that a […]

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Reproductive Rights in Texas: Here I Am.

Reproductive Rights in Texas: Here I Am.

I am a Jewish-Texan who is supportive of women’s reproductive freedom. That’s quite a description and it’s not easy to be all three in this state. In a state where both the Senate and the House of Representatives are led by the conservative majority, being a Jewish-Texan supporter of women’s reproductive rights is like being […]

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Was Marc Rich Jewish?

Was Marc Rich Jewish?

Jewish-American billionaire Marc Rich, who invented oil trading and was pardoned by then US president Bill Clinton over what had once been the biggest tax evasion case in US history and busting sanctions with Iran, died on Wednesday from a stroke in Switzerland at 78. Rich fled the Holocaust with his parents for America to […]

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Praying for Daylight Saving Time

Praying for Daylight Saving Time

Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan has initiated an amendment to the legislation on daylight saving time that would allow religiously observant workers to arrive late to work in the last weeks of October in order to be able to pray in the morning, without any deductions from their salary. The new law, which passed […]

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Jews Voice Concern Over Pius Sainthood

Jews Voice Concern Over Pius Sainthood

A Jewish leader has expressed concern to Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust. Francis made no mention of his wartime predecessor during his talks with members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), but the pontiff repeated the Roman Catholic Church’s condemnation of anti-Semitism. “The […]

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New Yad Vashem Exhibit Honors ‘Righteous Among the Nations’

New Yad Vashem Exhibit Honors ‘Righteous Among the Nations’

The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial organization will open a new exhibit Wednesday focused on the “Righteous of the Nations,” non-Jews who saved Jews’ lives during the Holocaust. Diplomats and Holocaust survivors whose lives were saved by non-Jews will be among those at the opening ceremony. Yad Vashem explained that the exhibit will emphasize five complex […]

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15 Years Later, Vol. 2 of Letters and the Spirit Published

15 Years Later, Vol. 2 of Letters and the Spirit Published

Now available for the first time is the second volume of the popular Letters and the Spirit book, which was first published some 15 years ago. Rabbi Dr. Nissan Mindel , personal secretary of the Rebbe for over four decades and responsible for his correspondence, describes in fascinating detail in his comprehensive introduction to this […]

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U.S. Jews Laud Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Gay Marriage Movement

U.S. Jews Laud Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Gay Marriage Movement

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognizing that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits, paving the way for same-sex marriage in California. The court, however, fell short of a landmark ruling endorsing a fundamental right for gay people to marry. The American […]

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The Yenta, the Conservatives and Attorney General Sam Olens at the JEA

The Yenta, the Conservatives and Attorney General Sam Olens at the JEA

Ooooh, nothing like pissing off the alterkockers before 10am. Yesterday, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens came to speak at the Jewish Educational Alliance, and before I could even start asking him annoying questions, I got into it with two extremely conservative members of the community about Edward Snowden, the NSA and President Obama. “Snowden’s a traitor!” groused one […]

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Uri Ariel: Israel Will Always Defend Jews Worldwide

Uri Ariel: Israel Will Always Defend Jews Worldwide

The State of Israel is prepared to “defend the Jewish people wherever they are, without compromises,” Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel declared during a speech in Kiev on Monday. Speaking at a memorial ceremony organized by the Jewish Agency at the site of the Babi Yar massacre in Kiev, Ariel compared the Islamic Republic […]

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Halachic Ruling: Women May say Kaddish

Halachic Ruling: Women May say Kaddish

A surprising new halachic ruling issued by Orthodox rabbinical organization Beit Hillel allows women, for the first time, to say the Kaddish prayer in memory of their deceased parents. After probing the issue in the past few months, the organization’s rabbis, both men and women, found halachic sources allowing them to permit an act which has been […]

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New Jewish Memorial to be Built at Babi Yar

New Jewish Memorial to be Built at Babi Yar

Jewish community heads from around the world on Monday participated in a special ceremony in memory of the Jews who were murdered and buried in Babi Yar in Ukraine. The event took place under the sponsorship of top members of the Jewish Agency, which is chaired by Natan Sharansky. The JA’s Board of Governors is […]

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Nightly Gemara Shiur Hold Siyum on Eruvin

Nightly Gemara Shiur Hold Siyum on Eruvin

Sunday evening, 15 Tammuz, the Crown Heights Nightly Gemara Shiur held a siyum on Maseches Eruvin at Empire Shtiebel. Among the distinguished participants was Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, who spoke about the idea of Eruvin according to Chassidus. Eruvin is one of the tougher masechtos in Shas, and is also one of those that is very […]

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Prince Charles Fears Rise of Anti-Semitism in Britain

Prince Charles fears rise of anti-Semitism in Britain

Britain’s Prince Charles warned Monday that his monarchy was suffering from an “apparent rise in anti-Semitism, British media reported. In a speech celebrating the retirement of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s outgoing chief rabbi, Prince Charles said: “Running throughout your time as chief rabbi has been that all-important principle of which this country has long been an […]

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Non-Congratulations to the New Non-Rabbis

Non-Congratulations to the New Non-Rabbis

Thirty years ago, in 1983 we were happy to start sending our women Jewish Studies major graduates at the University of Minnesota to train to become rabbis in the Reform movement. We told them to go out and become full head rabbis of synagogues, not assistants or educational directors. Some did. We were proud. This […]

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World Forum for Russian Jewry Head Announces New Babi Yar Memorial

World Forum for Russian Jewry Head Announces New Babi Yar Memorial

A new memorial complex is slated to be built at the site of the infamous Babi Yar massacre in Kiev, Alexander Levin, the president of the World Forum for Russian Jewry, announced. Speaking at the Jewish Agency’s board of governors meeting in Kiev on Sunday, Levin said that the planned complex will incorporate a community […]

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Muslims Mark Jewish Heritage Month

Muslims Mark Jewish Heritage Month

May was Jewish History Month in the Canadian province of Ontario, proclaimed by an act of the provincial government one year ago. The month is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of Jews, Jewish organizations and the Jewish community to life in Ontario. The government held a significant reception at Queen’s Park, home of […]

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