Newsletter Issue # 63 – January 16, 2013

High winds, heavy rain and the prospect of snow were no obstacle to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s annual gathering of Jewish outreach workers. Around five hundred Chabad emissaries met in Nir Etzion hotel on Tuesday despite the Frankenstorm lashing the country. Those present at the meeting are usually spread from Metula to Eilat in Israel’s 294 Chabad House outreach centers.

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald refused to block a New York City regulation requiring mohels to obtain written consent from parents before performing metzitzah b’peh. The Manhattan federal judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the change to the city’s health code, which some members of the city’s Orthodox Jewish communities called an unwarranted government intrusion on religious freedom.

In 1940 Chabad had begun its inception in the United States, there at the very beginning was Rabbi Dr. Nissan Mindel who had documented and preserved much of the history of Chabad in America. Today, this new book is described to be of unique and unprecedented scope, affording a glimpse into the activities, letters and literature of the Chabad Rabbeim in America after much anticipation and great demand, a book devoted to these works will be published.

New immigration rules have sharply reduced the number of Jewish people immigrating to Germany in the past three years. Now the door has been closed, but now 90% of Germany’s 220,000 Jews are immigrants from the former Soviet Union has been one of the largest free movements of Jewish people in their long history.

The Guilt Trip begins by introducing Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), a thirty something inventor embarking on a road trip to sell his innovative organic cleaning product. Andy makes a quick stop at his mom’s (Barbara Streisand) house, and spontaneously invites her to come along for the ride. Their journey cross-country turns into an exploration of the ties that bind (Jewish) mother and son.

When young kids are verbally harassed by other children they are taught to respond by saying that, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me,” conveying the message that words are not physically damaging and therefore aren’t bothersome. While this phrase has become somewhat effective as a tool to prevent bullying, it actually runs counter to the Jewish idea of speech.

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