Newsletter Issue # 68 - February 21, 2013

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Two women who exemplify the inner and outer beauty of the Jewish Queen Esther were honored during Chabad of Western Monmouth County’s 25th annual Jewish Women’s Day program. The annual event held in memory of Rebbitzen Chaya Mouska Schneerson OBM, was highlighted by Proclamations issued by Marlboro Township Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Manalapan Township Mayor Susan Cohen.

Senior religious Zionist rabbis are calling on teenagers to avoid excessive alcohol consumption during Purim, in spite of the command to drink until one does not know the difference between cursed be Haman and blessed be Mordechai. As part of an advertising campaign, Rabbi Haim Druckman is urging religious youth to appoint a friend to supervise those drinking against danger, while Rabbi Dov Lior has ruled that they had better not get drunk.

The restoration process of one of Britain’s oldest synagogues will begin in March. The roof of Exeter Synagogue, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, will be replaced in the project. Work will cost about $158,000 dollars and will include repairing one of the walls which has suffered from damp. A synagogue spokeswoman said that the money would come from fundraising and from a bequest.

Guests of the Ortaköy Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Istanbul a holy place that has witnessed countless weddings, ceremonies, bar mitzvahs and hopeful prayers throughout decades and generations. Millions of Jews, who were systematically murdered by Nazi regime during World War II, were commemorated in the Turkish city. The ceremony was also attended by Holocaust survivors, the chief rabbi, Turkish government officials, Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew and citizens of Istanbul.

It’s that time of year when chocolates, flowers, jewelry. Sappy advertisements and red and pink store displays. There are reminders everywhere. It’s Valentine’s Day. It’s a bit commercial but it’s all good. We know that. It’s beautiful to celebrate love.

Remember ol’ Mr. Mean and Nasty John Galliano? The fashion designer who was on top of the gilded world until he was caught on video gabbling about how much he loves Hitler? Well, he’s a Chasidic Jew now. No, not really. But to make his grand public reappearance at the Oscar de la Renta show at Fashion Week, he donned the garb of a Flatbush yeshiva student.

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