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Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

WUJS: Empowering the Next Generation on Campus

The perceived linkage between Judaism and Zionism can be a turn-off for some students, believes Chaya Esther Pomeranz, newly elected chair of the World Union of Jewish Students. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Pomeranz said that despite having been raised as a religious Jew in Israel, where Zionism and Judaism are “one and […]

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Nearly 1,000 Kids Making Aliyah in 2013

The Nefesh B’Nefesh first ever ‘Children Aliyah’ flight landed safely at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday morning. On the El Al flight, 106 children with their parents, along with 54 singles, left North America to make their new homes in Israel. The flight itself was a little unusual – coloring books, games and custom-made T-shirts were […]

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Netanyahu Meets New Chief Rabbis

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday with the two new chief rabbis – Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Rabbi David Lau. Holding the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) in his hand, he told them: “I have chosen to give you my blessings in your new important positions, with one thing, the verse […]

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Is England’s Future King Jewish?

Mazel Tov! After much anticipation, at 4:24 p.m. in London on July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth. The Royal bundle is an 8lbs. 6oz. son, future King — and perhaps a real Jewish Prince. For those of you who haven’t heard, according to lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Kate’s mother, Carol, is the daughter of […]

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Roger Waters Concert Features Nazi-Like Uniform, Pig Balloon with Jewish Symbol

Roger Waters, a rock musician critical of Israel, used a giant, pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David and symbols of dictatorial regimes during a recent concert in Belgium. Waters, who recently urged other performers to boycott Israel and compared Israel to apartheid South Africa, was singing on stage on July 20 under the […]

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3,000 Universes

The Talmud in Sanhedrin says that someone who saves one life is like someone who saved an entire universe. If this is true, then Irena Sendler saved nearly 3,000 universes. Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been in the forefront of identifying and honoring Righteous Gentiles saved Jews during WWII. Many of these individuals hid […]

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10 Ways to Know You’re in a Modern Orthodox Shul Without Going into Shul

Anyone with a kindergarten level of Jewish education can tell they’re in a modern orthodox shul, the mechitza, the seating style, the siddurim, the flags, there are literally dozens of ways to tell. However, being able to tell you’re in a modern orthodox shul without actually stepping foot into the sanctuary can make things a […]

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Polish Jews to Turn to Constitutional Court over Slaughter Ban

Poland’s Jewish community is preparing to go to their country’s Constitutional High Court to lift a ban on kosher slaughter that has been in effect since January, Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Michael Boni, the Polish Administration and Digitization Minister requested leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities file the […]

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Rabbi David Lau: Forced IDF Draft Wrong

Speaking on the eve of the Chief Rabbinate elections and a day after Yesh Atid‘s draft bill passed its first reading l following a heated Knesset debate, some of the candidates avoided discussing the issue, explaining that “the chief rabbi’s job is to unite the people rather than take a side in a public dispute […]

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“Operation Last Chance”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center launched on Tuesday what it is calling “an unprecedented poster campaign” in the streets of major German cities, to publicize its “Operation Last Chance II project,” which offers rewards of up to 25,000 euros for information which will help facilitate the prosecution of war criminals.   The campaign was launched in the […]

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George Rohr Announces Launch of Torah Think Tank

“Esen est zich, trinken trinkt zich, uber vos zol men ton az es lernt zich nisht” jotted down the legendary philanthropist, Mr. Sami Rohr A”H, in a message to shluchim for a 2016 International Kinus Hashluchim keynote address that he hoped to deliver. “My father believed, not only in investing in Torah learning, but in those who […]

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Royal Baby, Royal Motherhood? || Kate, it Seems, has Done her Job

He’s not yet three days old, only weights 3.8 kilograms and doesn’t even have a name. Yet Baby Cambridge, third in line to the throne and pronounced beautiful by his doctor, is currently occupying the world’s attention. Kate, it seems, has done her job. Throughout British royal history, the existence of the heir and the […]

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Sternberg Hot Dog Story Confirmed

The Sternberg Hot Dog story is one of those frum Jewish urban legends that has never been confirmed. It goes as follows, a girl at Camp Sternberg (a large frum girls camp in upstate NY) was playing around with a frozen hot dog and it broke and became lodged inside her. From a yeshiva guys […]

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Conan O’Brien Teaches Halacha (Jewish Law)

As the founder and director of a kosher certification agency, people often send me anything and everything having anything to do with kosher certification. So last week when the Rabbinical Council of California first certified a sexual lubricant product as kosher and then rescinded the certification, you can imagine I received several articles about the […]

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Responsibility for Survivor Benefits Shifts from Finance to Welfare Ministry

Control over the Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority will be transferred from the Finance Ministry to the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Welfare Minister Meir Cohen announced on Monday. The Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority is responsible for providing monthly payments, medical treatments, rehabilitation and welfare services to Holocaust survivors. Speaking to […]

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Knesset Forms Jewish World Lobby

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich are joining forces for the first time to launch the Knesset Lobby for Strengthening the Jewish People. The lobby, which enjoys support across the political spectrum, will operate in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel. So far, 40 Knesset members have asked to join. It […]

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Nazi-Themed Cafe Relents Amid International Pressure

The owner of a Nazi-themed cafe in central Indonesia agreed on Monday to close down his shop after coming under a whirlwind of international pressure. Henry Mulyana, owner of the Soldatenkaffee in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung, met with local authorities Monday and agreed to worldwide demands. Since learning of the Nazi-themed café, […]

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Accessible Worldwide Torah Study with Real-Life Relevance

When students started Skyping in to a weekly Parshah class from Thailand, Pearl Krasnjanski of Chabad-Lubavitch of Hawaii knew that there was something different about this particular learning experience. “There is a woman in our community in Honolulu who travels for six months of the year, but she did not want to miss the class,” explains Krasnjanski, who has […]

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Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe

A European rabbinical group has created a union of mohalim, or ritual circumcisers, in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and combat attempts to ban it. Based on the model of Britain’s Initiation Society, the Union of Mohalim in Europe seeks to “unite approved mohalim across Europe under a single banner, ensuring that all communities […]

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Camp Care Packages or Parcels of Dysfunction?

The Yenta children are off at Jewish camp for a few weeks, where they are presumably learning a rock ‘n’ roll version of the birkat hamazon and the finer points of a gaga slam. Of course, I am handling this terribly, roaming around their empty rooms looking for things to clean and carrying the dog […]

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Is the Chief Rabbi of Israel Kosher?

No, the chief rabbi of Israel is not kosher. Increasingly Israelis are growing tired of their failed institution of the Chief Rabbi. The Times reports on the chief rabbi selection process — regarding David Stav “currently the rabbi of Shoham” — “Promising ‘Real Revolution,’ Israeli Jolts Race for Chief Rabbi” that the nuclear option is on […]

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Lau Asserts His Universal Credentials in Race for Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Modi’in, is one of the two leading candidates for the position of Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi. He is the officially endorsed candidate of the haredi rabbinic and political leadership but has been touting his credentials as a candidate for all, based on his record in Modi’in as […]

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Forgotten WWII Fighters Commemorated

When one thinks of a ghetto uprising, the first thing that comes to mind is Warsaw. But historians have already determined that the Warsaw Ghetto fighters were not the first to revolt against the Nazis – they were preceded by the fighters of the Nieswiez Ghetto in eastern Poland. In order to create awareness and honor […]

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Facebook ‘Deserves Credit’ for Removing Hungarian Hate Speech

The Anti-Defamation League today praised Facebook for removing the page of Kuruc.info, the leading Hungarian purveyor of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma hate speech. The League assisted the Action and Protection Foundation, which monitors and combats anti-Semitism in Hungary, to submit a detailed complaint to Facebook. “Through its Facebook page, Kuruc.info was conveying threats against Jews and […]

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B’klyn Food Stamps Funds Trans-Atlantic Food Shipments

Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found. The practice is so […]

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Gilad Shalit to Join New Immigrants to Israel on Flight from U.S.

Gilad Shalit will accompany a flight of new immigrants, including 106 children, leaving New York for Israel on Monday. The former captive soldier will be onboard the first chartered El Al aliyah flight of the summer, which will leave John F. Kennedy Airport with 231 new immigrants, including 41 families. A live feed of the immigrants […]

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From Openness to Heresy

Outright heresy is emanating from the heart of the YCT rabbinic world. No, this time we are not dealing with Open Orthodoxy (as YCT founder Rabbi Avi Weiss refers to his movement) innovating novel practices that can sort of be reconciled with minority or exotic halachic opinions, nor are we dealing with Open Orthodoxy promoting […]

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Is the Dot-Kosher Internet Domain Extension Kosher?

Some rabbis say yes; other rabbis say no. Here’s a both ironic and Talmudic kosher story to end your week from Bloomberg (“It’s Rabbi Versus Rabbi in $17 Billion Dot-Kosher Battle”). “The Internet’s organizing body, called Icann, is meeting this week in the South African port city of Durban to begin a major expansion of […]

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500-year-old Jewish Skeleton Found in Brazil

Brazilian archaeologists unearthed what they said are the 500-year-old remains of a Jewish man in Recife. A report Thursday in the online edition of the Rio de Janeiro-based O Globo described the discovery earlier this month as a perfectly-preserved skeleton of a male adult. The skeleton was found during earthwork in Recife in northern Brazil, […]

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Doorway by Doorway, Rabbi Seeks Jews

Montana’s small Jewish population is scattered across a huge US state that has more rodeos than rabbis, but one man is logging thousands of miles to seek out the faithful one doorway at a time. Rabbi Chaim Bruk has set his sights on making sure each Jewish home in the state has a mezuzah at […]

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