“Author Archive”
Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

Am I Dead Yet? NYTimes Warns of Dire Consequences of “Cheating Ourselves of Sleep”

From The New York Times, a poorly argued article, “Cheating Ourselves of Sleep,” concludes that, “Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life.” I shared the article with a friend who knows that often I do not get enough sleep and the response was that […]

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Rabbinical Council of America Issues Letter of Support for Rabbi Stav

The Rabbinical Council of America, an extensive association of Orthodox rabbis in North America, issued a letter of public support for Rabbi David Stav, a candidate for the position of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, following a harsh denunciation of Stav from Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef Saturday night and an unseemly incident on Sunday at […]

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Synagogue Built on Highway 6

End to dangerous prayers by side of road: The Derech Eretz company, which operates Highway 6, Israel’s electronic toll highway, has assigned a portable structure to be used as a synagogue by drivers seeking to stop and pray during their journey. Initiated by Migdal Haemek’s Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, the new synagogue was inaugurated […]

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‘Lost Music’ of Holocaust Comes Alive Once Again

“Lost” music composed by Holocaust detainees came to life Tuesday at a concert in America, Robert MacPherson of the AFP news agency reports. Nicholas Biniaz-Harris is a young American classical pianist who is more at home performing Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff than the obscure works of Nazi concentration camp inmates. But as the grandson of […]

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A New Chabad House Planned for West Boca

Chabad of West Boca Raton, an Orthodox synagogue known for its outreach to unaffiliated Jews, broke ground last week on a 1.2-acre parcel on State Road 7, on the south side of the Shoppes at Boca Greens. Chabad’s rabbi, Zalman Bukiet, remembers moving to Boca Raton 24 years ago with Rabbi Moshe Denburg and their […]

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N.Y. Yeshiva Graduates its First Class of Female Religious Leaders

Yeshivat Maharat, which trains Orthodox Jewish women to be religious leaders, held its first graduation ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony, in which Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Rachel Kohl Feingold and Abby Brown Schier graduated, was attended by some 500 people. The graduates are set to work for Orthodox synagogues and institutions. Maharat is a Hebrew acronym […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 81 - June 19, 2013

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 […]

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Abigail Heyman: A Feminist & Photographer

While organizing our library of photography books, my partner asked me a simple yet loaded question, “out of your entire collection of books—what percentage are by women photographers?” My mind cycled through the women photographers who have influenced and inspired my own work … I paused before I answered, “not enough.” Being a photographer is […]

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Looking Through Google Glass at Jewish Education

How will Google Glass affect Jewish education? This is the blog post I recently published on The Jewish Week’s “Jewish Techs” blog on that subject: In 1982 when I was in 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. […]

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Chief Rabbinate Candidate Attacked at Wedding

Candidate for the chief rabbinate Rabbi David Stav was subject to physical and verbal intimidation Sunday night while attending the wedding of the daughter of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy places. Stav said that during the proceedings, several youths shoved him and attempted to hit him and pour water […]

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Savior of Jews’ Statue Sparks Debate in US

A seemingly standard decision that was supposed to be put into action smoothly and undetectable has galvanized a national outcry. A former Washington civil official and local history buff, in conjunction with the Bulgarian Embassy, recently requested to name a street intersection in Washington for Dimitar Peshev, who served as vice president of Bulgaria’s parliament […]

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Met Council Head: 50% of New York Jews Face Poverty

William Rapfogel, Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, also known as the Met Council, gave an exclusive interview to Arutz Sheva and explained the organization’s approach to helping people suffering from poverty. “More than 330,000 Jews living in New York live at or below the federal poverty level,” he said. “Another 175,000 Jews live […]

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Reb Leibel Bistritzky, Provider of Physical and Spiritual Sustenance

Rabbi Yehudah Leib (“Reb Leibel”) Bistritzky, 86, a prominent and much loved figure in the Chabad-Lubavitch community and beyond, passed away on May 13. He was more commonly known as “Reb Leibel.” Reb Leibel escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 12. He subsequently developed a special relationship with the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef […]

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Streisand, on Tour of Israel, Slams Ultra-Orthodox Treatment of Women

Entertainment star Barbra Streisand waded into one of Israel’s touchiest issues Monday on the first major stop of her tour of the country - Jewish religious practices that separate men and women. Speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday, she took aim at cases of ultra-Orthodox Jews targeting women. “It’s distressing to read […]

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Princesses of Long Island: Not Good For The Jews (Or, Really, Anyone)

Chanel: Well, here we are again. I don’t like saying things like this, but watching this show makes me feel like a traitor to the Jewish people. Jordyn: The show starts with quick shots of Hebrew, images of Jewish Texts, and folks milling around a Temple. Amanda, one of the shows princesses, quotes an old […]

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Waze Will be the Wikipedia of All Maps and the Search Bar for the Real World

Forbes has a background article on Waze in the aftermath of the news that Google will buy the company. What Waze Adds To Google: A View From Waze’s CEO It turns out that Waze is not just a GPS app for your car on your smartphone. Waze is a community of users who will contribute […]

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London to Host Conference on Boycott Campaigns

The British capital will host this week a major international academic conference looking at the issue of boycotts, with a focus on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. The three-day conference will take place at University of London’s Birkbeck College, and is being hosted by the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism […]

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Jewish, Christian Leaders Meet in Greece

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 to help improve relations between these two ancient faith communities. Co-sponsored by the Liaison Office […]

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Canadian Jewish News to Keep Printing

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

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North Shore Community Marked Gimmel Tammuz

The North Shore Jewish community was treated to a very inspiring evening with guest speaker Mr. Robert Kremnizer, a devoted Chassid and an effective and skilled communicator, who shared many personal insights about the Rebbe at a special gathering at Chabad North Shore in Sydney Australia, marking Gimmel Tammuz. Mr. Kremnizer, at the direct instruction […]

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Italian Activist Killed for Saving Jews is put on Road to Sainthood

An Italian Catholic activist and journalist who was declared a Righteous Gentile for saving Jewish lives during World War II has formally been put on the road to sainthood by the Roman Catholic church. Odoardo Focherini was beatified – the step before sainthood – at a ceremony Saturday in his hometown of Carpi, near Modena […]

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What, No Jewish Father Jokes?

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 my current favorite: Non-Jewish mother: My child is tired and thirsty, he needs some juice! Jewish mother: My child is tired and […]

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Jewish History Through Baseball

I was recently asked to review Irwin Cohen’s new book, Jewish History in the Time of Baseball’s Jews: Life On Both Sides of the Ocean, for the Michigan Jewish Historical Society’s upcoming annual journal. Cohen, who writes for the Jewish Press, is a baseball maven and a history buff who has chronicled Detroit’s Jewish history and […]

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Hot Dads, Privilege, and Fairness

Let’s be honest: fair or not, I’m a pretty privileged parent.  True, being a single gay Jewish dad in a relatively gay-less and Jewishly deprived region occasionally makes me feel like an exotic animal at a religious petting zoo or some interactive exhibit at a sexual orientation museum.  But moments like these pass quickly and […]

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Jewish Social Entrepreneurs Connect in Jerusalem

Ariel Levinson looks like the last person you would expect to run a yeshiva, the traditional Talmudic academy in which holy texts are studied by the fervently religious. With his long hair, bare head unadorned by a skullcap and contemporary casual clothing, he is the very image of a secular Jew. However, the former Jewish […]

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Russia Sees End to Row Over Jewish Texts

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a years-long spat with the United States over thousands of Jewish religious writings should end now that some are on display in Moscow’s new Jewish museum. Russia has resisted calls to return the so-called Schneerson collection to the New York-based Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group, descendants of the last […]

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World’s Oldest Jew Dies at 113

The world’s oldest Jew has passed away in New York at the age of 113. Evelyn Kozak, whose Hebrew name was Chava Rivka, was born in New York on August 14, 1899. Kozak had five children. She outlived two of them. She is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was recognized […]

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U.S. Officials Reveal Diary of Hitler Confidant, Rediscovered After Decades

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, U.S. officials announced Thursday. 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 […]

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Proud, Yet Ambivalent: Immigration Reform, Pride and the LGBT Community

The very first Pride Parade took place on June 28th, 1970 in commemoration of the first anniversary of the Stonewall raid in New York City. The parade, almost a year in the making, was an opportunity for gay men and women to step out of the proverbial closet and respond as a community to the […]

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What’s the Strangest Chinese Auction Prize You’ve Seen?

Despite the fact that I’m against Chinese Auctions because they make tzedaka into something which there must be immediate reward for, I find myself looking at them anyway. Sure, I feel like a hypocrite whenever I sign up for another $100k raffle to support an organization I’ve never heard of, but I might as well […]

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