Newsletter Issue #8 December 14, 2011

Over the past two months three new Jewish dating websites were set up in the U.S. plus ten more are slated to launch in the coming years as part of a Chabad network that hopes to go global.,, and were launched in their respective cities, following the success of Rabbi Yisroel Bernath’s

An ancient Sefer Torah once possessed by the Iraqi rabbinic luminary Ben Ish Hai (1832-1909) will soon leave Bagdad and come to Israel. The Torah Scroll, is estimated to be 400 years old, and one of the oldest in the world. The Torah is written in large, clear letters on thick parchment known as gawil – meaning it was not split while being processed.

Sung by both religious people and total atheists, by men as well as women. A musical genre  exists in the twilight zone between the sacred and the secular. Its words are similar to prayer but are not prayer. It is not sung by professional singers, because it does not belong to the popular and commercial world, nor is it sung by cantors, because it is not limited to the world of the synagogue.

According to a survey published by The Forward, the typical leader of a Jewish organization in the US is male, middle-aged and earns hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Yeshiva University President Richard Joel topped the list of earners in the Jewish sphere, making $848,176, followed by Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center at $721,714 and Stephen Hoffman, the president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, who took home $644,518.

After spending the entire shabbos farbrenging in honor of yud doled kislev, Rabbi Sternberg addressed the community motzei shabbos regarding the importance of taking precautions to ensure healthy and safe internet use. This past Shabbos, the North Miami Beach community and Yeshiva Torah Ohr were graced with a visit from Rabbi Shlomo Sternberg, Mashpia in Oholei Torah.

Yes, Bernard L. Madoff is a Jew. According to Yeshiva University, “Bernard L. Madoff, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 1996, was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Sy Syms School of Business in 2000. Mr. Madoff is chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, one of the nation’s largest third-market dealers in New York Stock Exchange and over-the-counter securities.

We see  two religious personae in the news today are “Celebrities” — Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow  and the Orthodox Jewish Taliban Women.  Celebrities show their specialness and triumphalism in many ways, by slogans, by unusual and distinctive tribal dress, and in purely public mannerisms. You could point to war paint for native Americans, or to the Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow genuflecting in the end zone after a touchdown.

Finally, red lentils aren’t really red, they’re orange! But that just makes things all the more interesting when discovering a new food! Red lentils are found widely in Indian and middle eastern cuisine. Red lentils make a wonderfully tasty and thick soup that’s high in protein and is a meal in itself. And apparently they are often added to soups and stews as a thickener.  Serve it with some homemade whole wheat croutons, some tasty black olives, and you’ve got yourself a great meal, especially now that it’s soup weather!


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