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

My/Her Tattoo

My/Her Tattoo

My Tattoo by Emilia Diamant I knew when I went to get my first tattoo that the hardest part wouldn’t be the pain (although it did hurt quite a bit), it would be telling my mother. I had the idea when I was living in Israel, where I fell in love with Hebrew–it’s twists and turns and […]

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Letter to the Editor: Why Make Fun of Yeshivish People so Much

Letter to the Editor: Why Make Fun of Yeshivish People so Much

Hi, I happen to run across your blog in doing a search for Pomegranate Supermarket. I read a few of your posts and I have to wonder, why all the negativity about yeshivish people? Many yeshivish bochurim and men (my husband as an example) will not use the internet as these bochurim and men take […]

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Anti-Semitism in Sweden Forces Jews to Question their Future

Anti-Semitism in Sweden Forces Jews to Question their Future

Attacks against Jews in Malmoe, Sweden’s third largest city, have left members of the community questioning their future in a place known for its “multiculturalism.” Jewish people have lived in Malmoe for over two centuries, often arriving in the south Swedish port city - a safe haven for generations - after fleeing persecution and intolerance in other parts of Europe. But […]

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Teens Seek Purpose, Identity at Summer Un-Camp

Teens Seek Purpose, Identity at Summer Un-Camp

“When my classmates asked me what religion I am, I made them guess,” Luca Koo, 15 from Budapest, Hungary says. “They went through the whole list before I told them I’m Jewish.” One of thirty-five teen girls who’ve come from foreign countries to spend summer at Un-Camp, a three week program in Dorchester, IA, Luca first noticed […]

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Peres Attends Unveiling of Latvia Museum to Honor WWII Rescuers of Jews

Peres Attends Unveiling of Latvia Museum to Honor WWII Rescuers of Jews

President Shimon Peres took part in a ceremony marking the opening of a museum in Latvia dedicated to a couple who saved some 50 Jews from extermination. The museum in downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital, is located next to the property once owned by Zanis Lipke, a port worker who together with his wife hid Jews […]

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At Least 10 Nazi War Criminals Ignored U.S. Deportation Orders

At Least 10 Nazi War Criminals Ignored U.S. Deportation Orders

At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals whose deportations were ordered by the United States never actually left the country, according to an Associated Press review of Justice Department data — and four are living in the U.S. today. All remained eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they exhausted appeals, and in […]

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To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo

To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo

I am leaving tomorrow for a trip home to LA. Between visiting cousins, friends, new babies, and family, my trips home tend to whiz by in a blur of too-short-check-ins. With all of the wonderful (albeit short) visits I make while I’m home, the most important ones I make are to my grandfather. Papa is […]

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The Tragedy of the Four SEED Boys

The Tragedy of the Four SEED Boys

Four SEED boys came to Orchard Beach this summer. And the results were not good. They were Shimon, Akiva, Elisha, and another Shimon; students from a small yeshiva in Monsey who were sent to spread Torah “out of town” over the summer. The first Shimon started at the swirly blue marble countertops at the home […]

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The Incredible Pebble Watch and the Free Caddie Golf App and the Pebble Bike App

The Incredible Pebble Watch and the Free Caddie Golf App and the Pebble Bike App

I play golf, I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 android smartphone. I started to use the Free Caddie app for determining distance to the green. The problem was that the phone is hard to see in the bright sunlight and it is awkward to keep pulling out your phone to see the distance to green. […]

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Pope Says He Won’t Judge Gay Priests

Pope says he won't judge gay priests

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked. His […]

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Austria Faces Questions Over Nazi-Era Hitler Bell

Austria Faces Questions Over Nazi-Era Hitler Bell

An Austrian castle, located 60 miles east of Vienna, has sparked concern after it was revealed that it contains a bell dedicated to Adolf Hitler. The bell, carved with a swastika, was installed in 1939 by Austrians sympathetic to the Nazis and has apparently evaded notice for over 70 years, according to reports. The bell tolls […]

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10 Sifrei Torah Burn in Netanya

10 Sifrei Torah Burn in Netanya

A fire that started in the Shifat Revivim synagogue near the Chabad neighborhood in Netanya, Israel Monday night incinerated 10 Sifrei Torah, some of them critically. There were no human casualties. Naftali David, head of the Hatzolah organization in the Sharon valley told the website that “the firefighting teams that reached the holy ark rescued […]

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‘Original’ Schindler’s List Goes Unsold on eBay After Being put on Auction for $3m

'Original' Schindler’s List Goes Unsold on eBay After Being put on Auction for $3m

A list of Jews to be rescued during the Holocaust by German industrialist Oskar Schindler did not find a buyer on an eBay auction, after it was listed with a reserve price of $3 million. The 14-page list, which was immortalized in the 1993 film “Schindler’s List,” identifies 801 Jewish prisoners by name, birth date […]

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No Need to Return Lost Smartphone

No Need to Return Lost Smartphone

An innovative halachic ruling issued recently states that there is no need to return a lost “non-kosher” phone to its owner. The ruling was given following an incident which took place in a bakery in the central city of Bnei Brak, when a saleswoman refused to return a smartphone to its owner. The case sparked […]

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US Jewish Group Runs BDS ‘Summer Camp’ to Teach Boycott Tactics

US Jewish Group Runs BDS 'Summer Camp' to Teach Boycott Tactics

The Israeli government and private groups are watching closely the activities of an anti-Israel American group that supports the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement against Israel. The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a San Francisco-based organization, has been operating since 1996 and has conducted numerous anti-Israel activities, especially on college campuses. JVP claims not to […]

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Jews in Sports: Jordan Farmar Returns Home

Jews in Sports: Jordan Farmar Returns Home

Many questions surround the Los Angeles Lakers after the team missed out on re-signing center Dwight Howard. No larger question than if the Lakers can reclaim its championship luster. The team took a step towards its quest for glory by signing free agent guard Jordan Farmar to a one-year, $1 million-dollar deal, which in turn […]

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Slash Coleman Talks ‘The Bohemian Love Diaries’

Slash Coleman Talks ‘The Bohemian Love Diaries’

Listen, we all have our weird childhood stories. The ones that we tell on the third or fourth date to gauge whether this relationship could get more serious, the tales of familial dysfunction that reveal our own inescapable flaws, those embarrassing yet vital moments in the formation of the imperfect, weird people we are now. […]

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Caroline Kennedy: the Daring Swimmer

Caroline Kennedy: the Daring Swimmer

In the article we read about a surprising facet of her life. She is an avid open water swimmer. …A few years ago, Mr. Hughes made an offhand comment that he and his partner, Dr. Richard Friedman, a psychiatrist who directs the psychopharmacology clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, made a ritual of competing in Swim […]

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Oz, Boteach and Sharansky Discuss Jewish Values in Jerusalem

Oz, Boteach and Sharansky Discuss Jewish Values in Jerusalem

A full-capacity crowd gathered Monday evening at the capital’s newly launched Jerusalem Press Club to hear a panel discussion among luminaries Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky about Jewish values and their impact on society. Oz, known as “America’s Doctor,” and Boteach, who has been called “America’s Rabbi,” arrived […]

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Israeli Company Using Social Media to Return Property Lost in Holocaust

Israeli Company Using Social Media to Return Property Lost in Holocaust

When Cati Holland checked her email a few weeks ago, she was surprised to find a message saying she was eligible for compensation for her grandmother’s Berlin store that was seized by the Nazis more than 70 years ago. It wasn’t spam or a phishing attempt or even a legitimate note from a German official […]

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Do You Really Need to Ask a Rav?

Do You Really Need to Ask a Rav?

The purpose of this article is to challenge the firmly entrenched idea within the Torah community that rabbinical counsel should be sought in all crucial life decisions or halachic quandaries. In this article, I will argue why the rigid interpretation of this belief may have made sense in the past, but no longer does. The […]

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NYC Triathlon Swim: My Hudson River Diary

NYC Triathlon Swim: My Hudson River Diary

Minute Zero: Coming down the ramp onto the race-start-barge in the Hudson River at 99th Street. Goggles, check; swim cap, check; stopwatch on zero, check. Interview with the race announcer over the public address, I’m Tzvee from Teaneck, New Jersey. Yes, it’s my first triathlon; yes, I’m on a relay team. Line up, look into […]

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US Jewish Leaders Urge Netanyahu to Resume Peace Talks

US Jewish Leaders Urge Netanyahu to Resume Peace Talks

A broad range of US Jewish figures wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks restart. “We recognize that achieving a two-state solution will require a territorial compromise that provides for a Palestinian state without jeopardizing Israel’s security,” said the letter, initiated by the Israel Policy Forum and signed by 140 […]

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Religious Women Infuse Modesty with Style

Religious Women Infuse Modesty with Style

Wearing a sleek black dress topped with a taupe bolero and long stiletto-heeled boots, Nathalie Benhaim cuts an elegant figure. For her, Orthodox Judaism’s rules of modesty have never been synonymous with austerity. “I’m always made up and have my hair done, I never let myself go. It’s important for me and for my husband,” […]

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Chabad Emissary Shot in Russia Lands in Israel

Chabad Emissary Shot in Russia Lands in Israel

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, who was shot and seriously wounded in Dagestan, Russia late on Wednesday night, has been flown to Israel. The ZAKA organization worked with Russia’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Berel Lazar, to bring Rabbi Isakov to Israel’s Beilinson Hospital. The medical flight was funded by Russian Jewish communities. The hope is that Rabbi Isakov […]

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140 U.S. Jewish Leaders Sign Letter Urging PM to ‘Compromise’ in Peace Talks

140 U.S. Jewish Leaders Sign Letter Urging PM to 'Compromise' in Peace Talks

A broad range of U.S. Jewish figures have written to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks are set to resume in Washington next week. “We recognize that achieving a two-state solution will require a territorial compromise that provides for a Palestinian state without jeopardizing Israel’s security,” said the letter, initiated by […]

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Baal Teshuva Schlemiel

Baal Teshuva Schlemiel

If it is to grow, change, and thrive, every new or emerging culture needs to see itself.  Whether in film, comic strips, or novels, all artists worth anything will tell you that works-of-art can help a culture to take account of itself: where it’s come from, where it’s at, and where it’s going to.  That […]

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WUJS: Empowering the Next Generation on Campus

WUJS: Empowering the Next Generation on Campus

The perceived linkage between Judaism and Zionism can be a turn-off for some students, believes Chaya Esther Pomeranz, newly elected chair of the World Union of Jewish Students. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Pomeranz said that despite having been raised as a religious Jew in Israel, where Zionism and Judaism are “one and […]

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Nearly 1,000 Kids Making Aliyah in 2013

Nearly 1,000 Kids Making Aliyah in 2013

The Nefesh B’Nefesh first ever ‘Children Aliyah’ flight landed safely at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday morning. On the El Al flight, 106 children with their parents, along with 54 singles, left North America to make their new homes in Israel. The flight itself was a little unusual – coloring books, games and custom-made T-shirts were […]

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Netanyahu Meets New Chief Rabbis

Netanyahu Meets New Chief Rabbis

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday with the two new chief rabbis – Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Rabbi David Lau. Holding the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) in his hand, he told them: “I have chosen to give you my blessings in your new important positions, with one thing, the verse […]

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