“Author Archive”
Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

Off The Derech Shayala: I’m Scared to Make a Kiddush Hashem

Since you had yourself thrown out of the group (the Off The Derech group), here’s a shaylah for the OTD dayan. Advice needed. I sometimes ride the subway, and when an older person comes into my subway car, I want to give up my seat if there aren’t any available, the problem is that I […]

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The Jewish Fetish For Jewish Baseball Players

About a month ago, just before Opening Day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, I received an email from a newspaper reporter who asked if I had time available to discuss Jewish baseball players. I had recently read a fascinating review of John Rosengren’s new Hank Greenberg book in the Wall Street Journal and […]

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Jewish Burial Site Restored off African Coast

A ceremony in the island state of Cape Verde rededicated a Jewish burial plot renovated by the king of Morocco, among other benefactors. “The support of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to this project is representative of Morocco’s attachment to the preservation of its patrimony — Arab, Jewish or Berber,” Andre Azoulay, the king’s Jewish […]

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WJC Urges Hungary to Combat Hate Crimes

The rise of far-right movements and anti-Semitism across Europe, notably in Hungary, where more than half a million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust, will preoccupy Jewish leaders from around the globe when they meet in Budapest on Sunday. “Clearly, anti-Semitism in Hungary is on the rise, and we have also witnessed a dramatic […]

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Jewish-Latino Relations ‘Have Certainly Come a Long Way’

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Latino Coalition (TLC) have announced today a cooperative agreement to jointly deepen and strengthen relations between the Jewish and Latino communities in the United States. “We have certainly come a long way,” said Tom Kahn, chair of AJC’s Latino and Latin American Institute, referring to decades of interactions […]

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Chabad of Riverdale’s Torah Dedication

Last Sunday, April 28, was a beautiful spring day and the perfect setting for the Riverdale Jewish community’s dual celebration at Seton Park: Lag B’Omer and the Siyyum Sefer Torah. The festivities began at 12:30 with the Lag B’Omer picnic, where families enjoyed pony rides, kite-making and flying, candy floss and popcorn, a Frisbee show, […]

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Ultra-Orthodox Woman Sues Lancome Over 24-hour Makeup

An ultra-Orthodox woman is suing the Lancome cosmetics firm, claiming that its 24-hour makeup does not last as long as advertised and thus prevents her from looking good all Shabbat. Rorie Weisberg of Monsey, N.Y., in her lawsuit said Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation does not last 24 hours and that the company is […]

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The Nut List

Anyone who believes less than me is a heathen.  Anyone who believes more than me is a nut. I’m a patchwork Jew.  I’m a collection of memes and tropes and minhagim.  I’ve clearly gotten more religious over time and have taken on things I never would have thought – tearing toilet paper before Shabbos?  But […]

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Moments in History: Jewish Entertainers in Film

One of my favorite jobs here at the Jewish Women’s Archive is putting together our This Week In History email. I get a (admittedly nerdy) thrill at seeing what happened at other points in history. I like the idea of imagining myself on May 2nd 100 years ago—or 50 years ago—or 25 years ago, and […]

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Is the Author and Spiritual Seeker Paulo Coelho Jewish?

No Paulo Coelho is not a Jew. He was brought up Catholic and attended a Jesuit school in Brazil. Coelho is not a big fan of any organized religion. He speaks with lyrical disdain and disparagement in his books about the wisdom and ritual of religions. His current publication, Manuscript Found in Accra, is set […]

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Israel Needs Multiple Chief Rabbis

In a month or so, 150 rabbis and representatives of the public are set to vote on the future of Israel’s rabbinate – ostensibly choosing between maintaining the current status quo, or opting for a more open-minded and publicly sensitive Orthodox leader. More than any other institution in modern Israel, the Rabbinate is the product […]

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Holland Jews Welcome King with Prayer

Together with millions of Dutch people celebrating the coronation of Willem-Alexander as Holland’s new king on Tuesday, the nation’s Jews celebrated this historic day in their own way – with a special prayer and an ancient traditional blessing. The prayer, which has been distributed among the Jewish communities of Holland in recent days, states: “May […]

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Iranian who Attacked Rabbi is Repeat Offender

Last week police in Paris arrested an Iranian man for attacking and stabbing a rabbi and his son near a local synagogue. Now police have found that the man attacked at least two other Jews. Following the man’s arrest police viewed surveillance tapes from the area around the synagogue and elsewhere in the city. They […]

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Is Fear A Sin? Faith Vs. Anxiety

Two men in the same town came into sudden wealth. They both hit upon the idea of burying their treasures in the ground. Each picked a landmark on their respective properties, paced 50 steps and dug a hole. Chaim, the more anxious of the two, kept looking over his shoulder to make sure he wasn’t […]

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BBC Pulls Documentary Claiming Story of Jewish Exodus from Jerusalem is a ‘Myth’

An Israeli-born filmmaker is slamming the British Broadcasting Corp. for pulling his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Ilan Ziv said in a blog post on April 27 that the BBC exhibited “a mixture of incompetence, political naivete, conscious or subconscious political pressure and ultimately, I believe, a lack of courage […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 76 - May 1, 2013

Poland’s prime minister said his government has drafted new regulations that would reduce the suffering of animals during slaughter, including for the needs of religious groups like Jews and Muslims. Poland is covered by European Union laws allowing for ritual slaughter, but the country’s own regulations say that an animal must be stunned before slaughter, […]

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Is it Kosher? Uh, it’s Not Recommended

I found myself faced with an incredible challenge yesterday, it was a lull at work and the chef offered to pay for starbucks if I’d drive. I wish she would have said “lets get something at starbucks” and not offered to pay, because starbucks is gross. However, in order to stay true to my cheap, […]

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QB Tim Tebow: Update on John 3:16 and Hebrews 12:1-2 and the NFL Jets

Update: Tim Tebow did not merit eternal life with the Jets. See this report, “Noisy Courtship, Quiet Breakup - Jets Dump Tebow” on the NYTimes.com The Times ran a lengthy article about Tebow, when he entered the NFL and struggled as a QB: “In Tebow Debate, a Clash of Faith and Football”. Tebow was still […]

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Scottish Jewish Event Forced to Move After Threats

Jewish students at a Scottish university managed to hold a charity event despite being forced to find another location at the last minute after anti-Israel activists threatened staff at the original venue. The annual charity ball organized by the Jewish Society and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at St. Andrews University in Fife was scheduled to […]

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Holocaust Survivors Meet US Liberators

Elderly survivors of the Holocaust and the veterans who helped liberate them gathered for what could be their last big reunion Monday at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. One thousand survivors and World War II vets joined with former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel to mark the […]

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Dutch King Inaugural Tuesday, Queen to Leave on Yom Kippur

Dutch Queen Beatrix, who will be succeeded on Tuesday, April 30, by her son, the new King Willem Alexander, will take official leave from Dutch citizens on September 14, which falls out on Yom Kippur this year. The program, organized by a national committee, states that the event is meant “to give all Dutchmen as […]

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Thousands Join London’s Parade of Jewish Unity

Over 2000 people joined the 54th annual Lag B’omer parade in Stamford Hill, organized by Lubavitch UK. Groups from Scotland, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Watford, Essex, Wimbledon, Southgate, North-West London, joined the many local families and children from Stamford Hill. Shloimy Gertner’s beautiful singing accompanied by three musicians, Marching-bands by the boys’ school, Rabbi Dubov’s encouraging […]

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Small-Town Dixie Jews a Dying Breed

Bert Rosenbush Jr. enjoys a bittersweet form of celebrity in his hometown of Demopolis, Ala.: He’s the last living Jew there. It’s a form of prominence he shares with Phil Cohen of Lexington, Miss. In Natchez, Miss., Jerold Krause is one of just a dozen Jews left. And Selma, Ala., a town that was central […]

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Artscroll Discovers That 95% of Their Books are Never Opened

Artscroll Discovers That 95% of Their Books are Never Opened

After surveying 10,000 of its customers, Artscroll has discovered that 95% of the books purchased were never opened and merely used for interior design purposes. Artscroll was curious about whether people purchase their books for actual usage or just for looks after one of their interns mentioned that her father owned 3 sets of shas, […]

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Is Jonathan Krohn Jewish?

No and yes. According to the Times, the young (former) conservative is being brought up as a Christian. So no, definitely Jonathan Krohn is not Jewish by religion. Update: At 17, Krohn was doing teshuvah - repenting his conservatism - i.e., he adopted liberal ideas and went to study philosophy at NYU. MSNBC reported in […]

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Can a New Chief Rabbi Change the Israeli Rabbinate?

To get married in Israel, Dima Motel had to bring his family photo album and two of his ancestors’ birth certificates to a rabbinical court. Then an investigator quizzed his mother in Yiddish. Israel’s Chief Rabbinate often asks Russian immigrants like Motel to prove that they’re Jewish, sometimes requiring documentary evidence that can be hard […]

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‘Israel Like Iran’ in Freedom of Marriage

Severe restrictions on freedom of marriage put Israel alongside countries that are among the worst offenders of violating marriage rights, according to Worldwide Freedom of Marriage Project released by the Hiddush - Freedom of Religion for Israel association ahead of the “wedding season,” which begins on the Jewish Holiday of Lag B’Omer. A comprehensive study […]

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‘Act Expeditiously to Totally Reverse Israel Academic Boycott’

The American Jewish Committee has expressed outrage over the Association of Asian American Studies’ (AAAS) endorsement of an academic boycott against Israeli academic institutions. A resolution favoring the boycott was adopted at the national organization’s recent annual meeting, though only ten percent of the membership reportedly voted. “This pernicious resolution stands in stark contrast to the […]

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“Recipes Remembered” was Memorable at Chabad

On a recent spring evening, men and woman from throughout Orange County filled the home Dr. Seth & Nadine Pulver in Highland Mills for “Recipes Remembered” with Author June Hersh, hosted by Chabad of Orange County. Hersh authored “Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival,” a book that tells the remarkable stories of Holocaust survivors from […]

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Racist Soccer Fans Attack Hungarian Activist Ahead of Jewish Congress

The head of a Hungarian anti-racism group said far-right soccer fans shouted “Sieg Heil” and attacked him, breaking his nose days before the country is due to host the World Jewish Congress. Ferenc Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, told Reuters he was assaulted after arguing with a group of supporters chanting the Nazi […]

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