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Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

Parve Cholent Sucks: At Least We Can All Agree on One Thing

Parve Cholent  is a crime against humanity and I’m pretty sure that it’s one of the few things that a bulk of the frum community can agree on. As strange as it is, there are people who consider themselves frum and traditional who partake in this travesty and I’m not so sure that anyone who […]

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Paula Deen, Afroculinaria and Kosher Soul

Y’all may have heard about a little brouhaha happening down Savannah way. Yup, the Yenta’s been at ground zero for the carmelized meltdown of Paula Deen, and I had a few words about it in last week’s Civil Society Column at the day job. Though just about everyone and their mama has had something to say about Our […]

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Is ‘World War Z’ A Pro-Israel Film? Movie-Goers in the Gulf Region Share Talmudic Views

Paramount Pictures’ World War Z movie, starring Brad Pitt, imagined that the world was overrun by zombies and that Israel, one of the few countries that knew they were coming, built a wall around itself to prevent zombies from invading. Gulf News has a fairly balanced report about a new zombie movie. Pro-Israel? Some say yes, some say […]

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Pigeonholing an Israeli Abroad

I had only known my girlfriend for a few weeks when she invited me to a friend’s house for Shabbat dinner on the Upper West Side. As a 44-year-old secular Israeli who had moved recently to New York City after my divorce, I didn’t have much experience with American Jews. Her friends were great: educated, […]

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Jerusalem Landlord Seeks Religious Tenant

Jerusalem-based real estate agency Uricka Homes is renting out apartments in the neighborhood of Nachlaot exclusively to observant Jews. An ad posted by the company offers a three-room apartment for rent on Shilo Street in central Jerusalem, stating that the potential lodgers must be “a religious couple or family.” Yitzchak Van Leeuwen, a company agent, […]

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OU Kinnot Webcasts Enrich Tisha B’Av from Jerusalem to Florida

The Orthodox Union (OU) has developed an innovative approach to help Jews worldwide interpret kinnot, the elegies that are recited on Tisha B’Av to mourn the destructions of the Temples in Jerusalem as well as other tragedies throughout the centuries of Jewish history. Kinnot are known to be quite difficult to understand, as most were […]

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Women Bike from Florida to NY for Friendship

Through nine states and 25 cities, through blistering heat, torrential downpours and rough roads, come what may, 11 women will pedal 1,500 miles along the east coast for four weeks. Their goal: to raise awareness for special-needs children. The starting line Sunday morning was at the Friendship Circle of Miami in Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112th […]

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David Copperfield’s Magical Relationship with God and Judaism

In the September 9, 1928, edition of the Forverts, a story with the headline “Leading American Magicians are Jews” opened with the following lede: “When a Jew rolls up his sleeves it doesn’t always mean business. It means magic.” With many Jews already working as magicians back in the day, there was every expectation that […]

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Jon Stewart and Other Activist Jews in the Egyptian Uprising

As we Americans celebrated our nation’s 237th year of independence and freedom yesterday on the 4th of July, we also kept a close eye on the precarious situation in Egypt. As the final hours of Mohammed Morsi’s presidency wound down, we continued to monitor the volatile situation there, constantly thinking of how the tense events […]

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Help us Save an OTD Neshama

I have been wondering when the frum community was going to start sending letters like this out, it seems as if the frum community has decided to ignore the growing OTD movement, because if you ignore it – it doesn’t really exist. I have also wondered how they will confront this issue. The following letter […]

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Parashat Matot-Masei: The Chief Rabbi’s Role

I write this commentary just as the date was announced for elections for Israel’s chief rabbis, and just after the disgraceful public utterance of unsubstantiated vilification by a former chief rabbi against a leading candidate for the chief rabbinate – which in turn was followed by screaming headlines informing us of the “house arrest” of […]

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German Newspaper: Anti-Semitic Cartoon a Misunderstanding

A German newspaper has expressed regret after publishing a cartoon that depicted the State of Israel as a ravenous monster, the Yisrael Hayom daily newspaper reports. The cartoon, published Tuesday in the Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung, depicts Israel as a beast devouring German military weapons. The picture appeared alongside two reviews of books about Israel. The caption suggested that the Jewish […]

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“Try Crown Heights.. They’re More Open There”

Photographer Richard Renaldi is a ‘matchmaker’ for tense times, asking complete strangers to pose together for a portrait. On a recent afternoon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it was not going well. He wanted to pose an Orthodox Jewish man with someone from outside the Orthodox community. “It’s going to take all the cajoling I can do,” Mr. Renaldi, […]

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Muslim Brotherhood Claimed New Egyptian President is Jewish

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s website briefly posted an article claiming that the country’s current interim president is Jewish. The article, which appeared Thursday on IkhwanOnline, has since been taken down; a translation is still available online. It claimed that Adly Mansour, the judge named Egypt’s interim president following the removal of Mohammed Morsi from office by the military, is […]

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A Family’s Medical Challenge Becomes Aliyah Necessity

Most people immigrate to Israel for spiritual, religious or familial reasons, and medical care doesn’t usually factor into the equation. But in the case of Iris Kowen’s family, that was not the case. Living in the Holy Land was always the ideal, she says, but it was the issue of medial necessity, and special needs […]

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North Carolina’s Downward Spiral

I love my home state of North Carolina. I do! Just ask anyone who went to graduate school with me. I would stand against any statements of being “less educated” or “more racist”. I was not going to let anyone tell me my state was less than. But then the midterm elections in 2010 happened… For […]

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Tourists Apologize for Jewish Suffering

According to the tourists, a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum prompted them to go out and seek the forgiveness of the Jewish people. Yet a member of an organization protesting missionary activity says the group’s real goal is to appease Jews and bring them closer to the Christian religion. In the leaflets, the tourists expressed their […]

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Gan Izzy Manalapan Begins its 24th Year

The Marlboro – Manalapan NJ Gan Israel Day Camp, (known as Gan Izzy Manalapan) directed by Rabbi Avrohom Bernstein, began its 24th year with a super summer of discovery, fun and learning. Known for its dedicated and great staff and a spectacular setting on Congress Hill Farm, Gan Israel combines activities that challenge campers while […]

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Jewish Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Resists Pressure to Retire from U.S. Supreme Court

At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench. In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 83 - July 4, 2013

A Dutch court on ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy. The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland. […]

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‘I’ve Lost a Beautiful Child,’ says Mother of Counselor Killed at Jewish Summer Camp

A Jewish summer camp counselor from New York was killed and several others injured when a 70-foot tall black oak tree fell outside a dining hall at the camp near Yosemite National Park in northern California. Annais Rittenberg, 21, a “beloved member of the Camp Tawonga staff,” was killed and four others injured when the massive tree […]

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Topless and Tznius

With the torches-and-pitchforks rhetoric aimed at Pop Chossid’s article on tznius still hammering in our ears, The Husband and I entered into the anything-goes wonderland of Rainbow Gathering last Friday, several hours before shabbos came in. I now think of the moment we pulled up to the Welcome/Info booth (i.e. two punkers with horrid body odor and […]

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I Stand with Texas Women

It’s hot in Texas.  As someone who has lived above the Mason-Dixon line almost her entire life, it’s easy to forget how hot it is in Texas. Especially in July. When my plane landed Saturday night, the pilot’s voice boomed on the intercom, “howdy, y’all, welcome to Texas. Local time is 7:02pm. It’s 106 degrees […]

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AG to Summon Chief Rabbi Candidate

Eliyahu’s nomination for Sephardic chief rabbi (also known as the “Rishon LeZion”) has been criticized due to racist remarks he allegedly made in the past, including calling on Safed residents not to rent their apartments to Arabs, as one of the initiators of the 2010. The police even launched a drop the case against the rabbi due […]

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Hundreds of Chabad Student Rabbis Prepare to Hit the Road

Hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinic students are hitting the road for the summer months, on a mission to bring the faith to their fellow Jews. The summer program, known as “Merkos Shlichus”, first began in 1948 at the behest of the prior Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, of righteous memory, under the auspices of the […]

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Rabbis Visit Rural Australia in Synagogue on Wheels

A synagogue on wheels rolled into Daylesford last week. The Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia van cruised around the Hepburn Shire with Rabbis Dov Zaetz and Peretz Chein as part of their mission to connect with Jewish people living in rural and regional Victoria. The pair spent two days in Daylesford and plan to travel across the Nullarbor […]

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U.K. Jewish Museum Explores the Real Amy Winehouse

An exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in the words of her older brother Alex, “simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent.” “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” brings together items from the late singer’s London childhood, her stage-school […]

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Sosúa: Make a Better World

Greetings, JWA followers and supporters! My name is Miriam Cantor-Stone and I am honored to be one of JWA’s interns this summer. One of the advantages of being an intern is that there’s no rigid job description: you’re set seemingly random assignments, help with various tasks, and are given the opportunity to really explore the […]

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Home Stretch Update. Yitz Needs your Help to Reach his Goal. Sunday July 14, Triathlon Fundraiser: Help Victims of Terror

It’s Sunday, July 14! Please help, don’t delay! Update: Yitz’s dad (that’s me) will swim in the Hudson as part of a relay for Team One. Yitzhak Zahavy’s Team One Family Fundraising Triathlon Event. Help Celebrate Three Lives with Three Sports. Yitz Tells What Happened On October 27, 2002 my platoon in the IDF was attacked […]

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Fierce Haredi Opposition to Teaching Basic Studies in Elementary Schools

An amendment to the Economic Arrangements Bill that would condition the funding of elementary haredi schools on the teaching of math, Hebrew and English generated a heated argument in the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee on Tuesday, with haredi MKs denouncing the legislation as an attempt to destroy ultra- Orthodox society. During the session, […]

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