AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 22 March 21, 2012

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Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, the admor (rabbinic leader ) of Vizhnitz and head of Agudath Israel’s Council of Torah Sages, died Tuesday night at the age of 95 after a lengthy battle with various illnesses. He was laid to rest in Bnei Brak after 40 years at the sect’s helm. Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of the long-time leader of the Vizhnitz Hasidim, whose death is likely to set off a split in Israel’s second-largest Hasidic sect.

Observant Jewish residents of towering hotels and apartment buildings feel that waiting for the automatic Shabbat elevator is like awaiting the Messiah, there will soon be a solution. A 24-year-old Jerusalem inventor and biomedical engineering student will soon market the first tracking device that informs would-be elevator users in their rooms or apartments when it will reach their floor. The system is patent pending in both the US and Israel. Approved by rabbis for Shabbat use, the affordable wireless device is being manufactured in China.

Vandals have desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Poland, spraying  anti-Semitic slogans on tombstones and memorial plaques. The vandals also wrote “This is Poland, not Israel” on one sign at the Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie, a town in eastern Poland, according to the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. Police are now investigating the attack, which occurred Sunday night. The cemetery, which was restored six years ago, is not fully fenced in and it was the first time vandals attacked it, said Michael Traison, an American lawyer who has raised funds to restore the cemetery.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States. The legislation, is sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and approved by a unanimous 371-0 vote, would permit Israeli investors, who develop and direct the operations of a business, to live and work in the U.S., provided that they invest a substantial amount of capital in the country.

Any press is good press and in the case of Deborah Feldman it couldn’t be more truthful. Ever since her book, Unorthodox, hit the stores there has been a heated debate among the very community that she seeks to distance herself from and until now, no one has done any research into why and how the hateful campaign against a memoir started. Memoirs are never thought to be accurate or exact in the first place and seldom do they receive as much attention as this one did, in fact many people believe that Unorthodox only became a best seller because of the strategic hate campaign devised by Feldman herself.

Jewish Women Inspire, an ultra-sharable blog hosted on Tumblr, is a place where we can collected stories, remembrances, and notes about the American Jewish women who inspire us.  You to can contribute by adding a brief account of an American Jewish woman whom you admire for her accomplishments, endurance, chutzpah, humor, imagination, integrity, kindness, or any other quality. Halfway through the month, 29 people have already shared stories of the women who inspire them, including family members, historical figures, coworkers, neighbors, teachers, friends, and Barbra Streisand.

In former times, wealthy people who had large houses also had many servants who did their every bidding, while poor people, who could not afford servants, lived in small homes with one or two rooms. Understandably, the pre-Pessach chores of the rich were performed by the servants, while the poor, who had only their one or two rooms to clean, a few pieces of furniture, a minimum of utensils, and some clothing, took care of their needs themselves.

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