Newsletter Issue # 81 - June 19, 2013

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Five years ago, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson joined forces and Chayolei Tzivos Hashem, a thoughtfully designed educational and motivational system geared specifically for Lubavitcher children. Chayolei Tzivos Hashem has become a household word for its 4,832 members spanning 232 cities in 29 countries. Building on that success, Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and Tzivos Hashem have come together once again, this time with their eyes focused on the wider spectrum of hundreds of thousands of Jewish children around the world.

The long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler and one of the most influential insiders in Germany’s Nazi regime, has been recovered. Rosenberg, one of the most notorious members of the Third Reich, was privy to much of the planning for the Nazi state, the extermination of European Jews, the planning and conduct of World War II and the occupation of Eastern Europe.

The Canadian Jewish News recently announced it would cease print publication after forty-two years of serving the community, said that it would continue publishing in print. The paper’s president, issued a statement saying that the board of directors is happy to confirm that the print newspaper will continue.

tO help improve relations between these two ancient faith communities, leading Orthodox Christian and Jewish interfaith officials, scholars and clerics discussed the crucial importance of protecting the environment and religious values and condemned growing incidents of anti-Semitism and religious prejudice around the world during a three-day conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. The meeting was the latest in an on-going effort to improve relations and dialogue between Orthodoxy and Judaism.

We Jewish mothers have always suffered this maligned stereotype, that we’re neurotic, we’re overprotective, we’re kvetchers… Nevermind, I’ll just sit shivah in the corner until you apologize. Hence all the jokes. Here’s one; Non-Jewish mother: My child is tired and thirsty, he needs some juice! Jewish mother: My child is tired and thirsty, he must have diabetes!

In 1982 in a first grade at Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Metropolitan Detroit, my father brought in our family’s Apple II computer for show-and-tell. There were no computers in the school at that time so it was a seminal technological moment for the school. My father figured he would blow my classmates minds by showing them how to type a few lines of the LOGO programming language and get the turtle cursor to turn and move across the screen.

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