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Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

Haredim to Join IDF as Paramedics

So far, the 11-month paramedic course has not been offered to yeshiva students, whose total military service amounts to 16 months. As part of the new program, the Meir Harel students will serve an extra year, or total of 28 months. The new program is intended for students who have volunteered in the Magen David […]

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400 Demonstrate in Paris Against Suicide Bomber Exhibit

Some 400 people took to the streets of Paris on Sunday afternoon in front of the Jeu de Paume museum to demonstrate against a photo exhibition which seeks to glorify Palestinian Authority Arab suicide bombers who characterize themselves as ‘’freedom fighters,’’ as well as showcasing “those who lost their lives in fighting the occupation”, the European Jewish Press […]

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American Friends of Lubavitch Hosts Annual Benefit

Hundreds of Washington’s leaders from the political, diplomatic, academic and corporate arenas gathered at the prestigious East Hall of Washington, DC’s Union Station for the Annual Benefit Event supporting American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad). The event, which was chaired by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) and is typically […]

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Jewish War Vets: U.S. ‘Seriously’ Understates Sex Abuse in Military

Jewish war veterans are calling for meaningful action to be taken to combat sexual abuse in the U.S. military. “The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) condemns the continued prevalence of reported and unreported male and female sexual misconduct in the military and calls for an independent process to review and prosecute these cases,” […]

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Without Wearing Neckties, Israeli Jewish Adults Attending Synagogue ‘Happy and Healthier’

Even though the ordinary Israeli who attends synagogue does not even own a necktie, a social scientist has “proven” that “Israeli Jewish adults attending synagogue ‘happy and healthier’” In fact the researcher involved already knew the answers before he even conducted his “studies.”Professor Jeff Levin has spent his career “proving” the health benefits of religion […]

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But Why Do They Have to be Rabbis?

In the wake of the Yeshivat Maharat graduation on June 16, many of my right-wing friends have approached me, The Feminist, about Orthodox women entering the rabbinate. “But why do they have to be rabbis?” is one of their frequently asked questions. “Why can’t they just be rebbetzins, or do something else with their lives? I just don’t understand […]

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Reformist Candidate Chosen to Head Hungarian Jewry

Newly elected head of Hungary’s Jewish community, Andras Heisler, pledged to fight corruption following his victory last week. Heisler was elected as the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), succeeding president Peter Feldmajer, who resigned his position in May after losing a no confidence vote. Mazsihisz officially represents the interests of Hungarian […]

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Ministry Rejects Recognized Conversion

The High Court of Justice was presented Sunday with an unprecedented case, in which the Interior Ministry refused to grant a new immigrant status to a man recognized as a proselyte by conviction both by the Rabbinate in Israel and by rabbinical authorities abroad. The Ministry says it is “unconvinced by the sincerity of the conversion,” although […]

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YU Students Launch Israeli Summer Camps for 8th Season

Students from New York City’s Yeshiva University kick off their eighth season in southern Israel on Tuesday as camp leaders in the cities of Dimona, Arad, Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi. The month-long immersion service-learning initiative provides 300 children from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds with Jewish values and just plain summer fun. […]

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Conejo Chabad Celebrates “The Human Spirit”

“Judaism has always emphasized a holistic approach to life – portraying our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health as being very much interrelated,” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski, Executive Director of Chabad of the Conejo, in his seminal remarks from the podium of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California on June 10, 2013. The […]

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This Day in Jewish History / First Group of Jewish Immigrants Docks in Texas

On July 1, 1907, the S.S. Cassel, a German steamship, docked in Galveston, Texas, bringing the first group of Jewish immigrants to the United States as part of the so-called Galveston Plan. The concept behind the plan, which functioned until 1914, was to ferry Eastern European Jews fleeing the pogroms of czarist Russia to someplace […]

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My Thoroughly Jewish Gender

OkCupid tells me I’m “more aggressive” than other queer women. Not just a little more aggressive – it’s by far my strongest trait, closely followed by “more competitive,” and far outstripping “adventurous,” “extroverted,” and “political,” among other categories. While there’s part of me that’s a little embarrassed to be pegged as aggressive and competitive, there’s […]

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ADL Raps Media Company, Calls for Apology After ‘Shylock’ Crossword Clue

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday called on the editors of Tribune Media Services to apologize for a clue in a crossword puzzle that used the clue “Shylock, e.g.” to elicit a three-letter response, with the correct answer being “Jew.” The clue appeared on Friday in several newspapers across the United States. “Shylock” is a […]

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Women-Only Paramedic Course in J’lem

A new initiative in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox sector sees haredi women in Jerusalem learning first aid in order to cater to the needs of women giving birth who feel uncomfortable being treated by male paramedics for modesty reasons. A meeting attended by several women from the sector recently concluded with a decision to open a unique […]

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B’nai Brith Distances Itself from Shalit Criticism

B’nai Brith International has distanced itself from a newspaper article which was critical of former captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The article in question appeared in the Jewish Tribune newspaper which is associated with B’nai Brith Canada. It suggested that many in the Canadian Jewish community were questioning JNF Canada’s decision to invite Shalit to Canada […]

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The Metaphysical Ecosystem – A Timely Lesson About Our Fragile World

The late Peter Marshall was an eloquent speaker and for several years served as the chaplain of the US Senate. He used to love to tell the story of the “Keeper of the Spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps. The old gentleman […]

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U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Bill with Provisions for Jewish Camp Counselors, Religious Refugees

The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and that makes permanent a law that facilitates immigration for victims of religious persecution. The bipartisan bill passed Thursday by the Senate, 68-32, creates a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented workers […]

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Not Safe For Kashrus (NSFK)

The Star K joined a collection of no-name hechsherim in creating a new criteria for gaining kashrut status. Brands must have an SFK name.  As this photo shows, you can even get a hechsher on bacon donuts, you just need an SFK name on the branding. What’s SFK?  Internet savvy folks know what NSFW means. […]

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Time to Sparkle

I had to do some deep and major digging the last couple of years. Transitions whacked me in the face a-plenty, and the best way I can describe the other side of all that turmoil, trauma and tumultuousness, is with one word: Nothingness. I have come to a point where I feel nothing - emptiness. […]

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Jewish Groups Praise US Gay Marriage Ruling

Major American Jewish organizations roundly praised the US Supreme Court on Wednesday for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and for demanding that federal benefits be extended to gay couples in states where their marriages are recognized. The top court also overturned California’s Proposition 8 – which took away the previously granted right of […]

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Rabbi Yosef’s Critics Under ‘SMS Attack’

Last week, after Yosef Rabbi David Stav, the national-religious Ashkenazi chief rabbi candidate, the activists launched an attack against anyone who dared criticize their leader. The first person affected by the young Shasniks’ activity was ultra-Orthodox journalist Mendy Gruzman, who slammed Rabbi Yosef’s style on Facebook: “The truth should be told: We are talking about Jewish […]

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College Brings 1978 Anti-Semitic Indent Back to Light

The Anti-Defamation League commended Babson College for bringing an anti-Semitic incident during a 1978 Soccer match against Brandeis University back into the light as an opportunity for the broader community to learn. Under President Leonard A. Schlesinger, Babson has recently taken a leadership role in tackling issues of diversity on campus, and as part of […]

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Shul Destroyed by Fire, Being Rebuilt

Get close enough to the building that used to house the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont and you’ll get a whiff of its burnt-out interior, empty since an Oct. 14 fire ravaged the building. Things are finally looking up for the beleaguered temple, however. On Sunday, about 150 supporters and dignitaries turned out for the ground-breaking for […]

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Anne Frank Museum Must Give Up Family Archive, Dutch Court Rules

A Dutch court on Wednesday 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, by […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 82 - June 26, 2013

Catherine Afarian calls herself a “love child of the ‘70s.” Her mother discovered that she was pregnant after she had broken off a relationship of less than a year. Afarian has never met her biological father, but her mother always said he came from a big Italian family. In late 2010, though, Afarian learned that a […]

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Reproductive Rights in Texas: Here I Am.

I am a Jewish-Texan who is supportive of women’s reproductive freedom. That’s quite a description and it’s not easy to be all three in this state. In a state where both the Senate and the House of Representatives are led by the conservative majority, being a Jewish-Texan supporter of women’s reproductive rights is like being […]

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Was Marc Rich Jewish?

Jewish-American billionaire Marc Rich, who invented oil trading and was pardoned by then US president Bill Clinton over what had once been the biggest tax evasion case in US history and busting sanctions with Iran, died on Wednesday from a stroke in Switzerland at 78. Rich fled the Holocaust with his parents for America to […]

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Praying for Daylight Saving Time

Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan has initiated an amendment to the legislation on daylight saving time that would allow religiously observant workers to arrive late to work in the last weeks of October in order to be able to pray in the morning, without any deductions from their salary. The new law, which passed […]

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Jews Voice Concern Over Pius Sainthood

A Jewish leader has expressed concern to Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust. Francis made no mention of his wartime predecessor during his talks with members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), but the pontiff repeated the Roman Catholic Church’s condemnation of anti-Semitism. “The […]

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New Yad Vashem Exhibit Honors ‘Righteous Among the Nations’

The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial organization will open a new exhibit Wednesday focused on the “Righteous of the Nations,” non-Jews who saved Jews’ lives during the Holocaust. Diplomats and Holocaust survivors whose lives were saved by non-Jews will be among those at the opening ceremony. Yad Vashem explained that the exhibit will emphasize five complex […]

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