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Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

Polish PM to Form Committee to Discuss Kosher Slaughter

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has given his consent to the establishment of a special committee in order to find a solution that would allow kosher slaughtering in his country, after the Polish parliament last week rejected a government-sponsored bill to legalize shechita, the European Jewish Press (EJP) reported. The announcement was made Thursday in […]

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Westchester Chabad House Hosts Inaugural Gala

On a recent evening at the Hampshire Country Club overlooking the Long Island Sound in Mamaroneck, NY, more than 250 guests turned out for Chabad of Larchmont and Mamaroneck’s Inaugural Dinner. The festive event celebrated some six years since Rabbi Mendel and Chana Silberstein arrived in the area to share the joy and teachings of […]

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Kickback Scandal at New York’s 92nd Street Y Results in Firings

The 92nd Street Y terminated several employees amid an investigation over kickbacks at the New York Jewish community center. The executive director of the JCC — one of the largest and oldest Jewish community centers in North America — is away on medical leave, The New York Jewish Week reported. An email circulated to Y […]

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Stop Teaching Students That Sexual Assault Is a Potential Consequence of Drinking

Probably the only thing better than reading a thought provoking piece in a major publication is realizing it was penned by a colleague. Leah Berkenwald, the former editor of our blog, wrote a fantastic article about sexual assault and responsibility. Her message veers away from the traditional, and unfortunate, message of placing blame on women […]

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When Old Technology is What We Need

It’s unusual for me to write about old technology. In the tech field what’s new is what’s interesting and newsworthy. Yesterday’s technology quickly becomes obsolete. Yet sometimes, old technology can be more interesting than the latest gadget or about-to-be-released mobile app. As is the case with Judaism, we can embrace change and still revere the […]

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Haredim get Free Bus Ride After Shabbat

For the past 10 years, there has been a non-formal agreement between the Egged bus company and ultra-Orthodox worshippers returning home from the Western Wall after Shabbat: These passengers may travel on bus No. 1, 2 or 3 for free and come back to pay the fare the next day. This service is offered to the haredi […]

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Berlin Hotel Bars Infamous British Holocaust Denier

Berlin’s hotel and restaurant association has announced that it will not host infamous British Holocaust denier David Irving, who is planning to visit the German capital in September. Irving, who was banned from entering Germany until last March, is set to address guests at a Sept. 10 dinner event with a $120 cover charge, according to reports. […]

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A Jewish Museum Opens in Alaska

With the grand opening of the Alaska Jewish Museum recently, the story of Alaska’s role in Operation Magic Carpet finally gets its due. At a July 4 reception, state officials and philanthropists involved in the project enjoyed a preview of the Museum’s permanent exhibit,On the Wings of Eagles: Alaska’s Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet. The […]

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A Kosher Climax: Wet Personal Lubricants get Rabbinic Certification

With Tu B’Av, the Jewish Valentine’s Day, fast approaching, kosher romantics have some new options thanks to Trigg Labs, which announced this week that its line of Wet personal lubricants and intimacy products are now kosher. After a two-year process to gain certification, all ingredients and equipment at Trigg Labs’ 52,000 square-foot Valencia, Calif., facility […]

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Heartsick

Today is Tisha B’Av, when it is traditional to read the book of Lamentations.  Lamentations describes the calamities that befall the city of Jerusalem when it is under siege. Among the things that it describes as lamentable are a mothers eating their children and staggering amounts of death and destruction of all sorts. In Hebrew, the […]

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Shalom Bayis for Hire

Sometimes I hesitate to say that I’m bookkeeping or tax, because if you think about it, the most valuable part of my output is shalom bayis. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, turn to your spouse right now and tell them that you forgot to file your taxes for the past couple of […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 85 July 17, 2013

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley in Arizona, one of the fastest-growing states in America has been searching for a permanent home. They have based operations in such varied locations as a rented apartment, hotel rooms, boardrooms, the living room of a house, a local storefront, and the nearby Jewish Community Center and […]

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Are Personal Lubricants Kosher?

The Guardian reported (“Kosher lube puts oral sex on the menu for Orthodox Jews”) that yes, now some personal lubricants are kosher. The US-made Wet range of lubes now has eight lines that have been given a religious stamp of approval, including its “Ecstasy” product. This means that rabbis from the Rabbinical Council of California have inspected Wet’s 52,000 sq […]

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American Orthodox Community Condemns Shas Rabbi’s Comments Against National-Religious

The Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Council of America issued a joint statement on Monday condemning Shas member Rabbi Shalom Cohen’s use of the term “Amalek” to characterize the leaders of the national-religious community. The two organizations, which represent the centrist stream of American Orthodoxy, released the statement just prior to Tisha Be’av, pleading for Jews […]

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Swiss Banks’ Shoah Fund ‘Paid Out $1.24B’

The Swiss-Jewish weekly Tachles said the figure was contained in a report by New York judge Edward Korman, who oversees the management of the fund. Korman’s report summed up operations since a landmark 1998 deal between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks. The banks were accused of keeping money owned by Jews who had […]

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Monthly Rallies to Protest Jewish Funding of BDS

Pro-Israel advocacy group JCC Watch is holding protests on the second Thursday of each month until it sees new guidelines that prevent the UJA-Federation of New York’s funding of activities that give a platform to activists of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the JNS news agency reports. JCC Watch held its first rally […]

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Challah Workshop a Jersey Shore Tradition

Rachel Silverman‘s summer goal is to get her family to the shore as early as she can on Friday mornings. Silverman, a resident of Philadelphia who has a summer home in Margate, said it’s not the beach they’re rushing to. It’s a weekly challah-baking workshop. “If we’re down on Friday morning, we’re at challah baking,” […]

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‘Last Chance’ Campaign to Hunt Out Nazi War Criminals to Start in Germany

A “last chance” campaign to root out surviving Nazi war criminals and bring them to justice before they die will be launched next week in Germany, almost 70 years after the end of World War Two. Nazi-hunters were encouraged by the prosecution last month in Hungary of 98-year-old Laszlo Csatary for helping to deport Jews to Auschwitz and […]

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Ways to Spend Your Privilege

In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death and the acquittal of George Zimmerman there has been a lot of talk about justice. While some of this discussion has been constructive, most of what I’ve heard has been simple, undirected anger about an injustice. Perhaps the most productive reaction I’ve seen has been from my friend Jacqui Shine. […]

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Free Kinnos Kinnot Lamentations Elucidations for Tisha B’Av

Reuven Brauner wrote to us from Raanana, Israel about his publication on the lamentations (Hebrew: kinnot or kinnos) for Tisha B’Av, “Key Notes for Kinnos.” The work is available in PDF format for free downloading at http://www.halakhah.com/: The Tisha B’Av poems of lament, the Kinnos, like all our Piyyutim and Selichos, were written in a poetic […]

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Lea Michele Asks for Privacy After Boyfriend Cory Monteith’s Death

In the wake of her boyfriend Cory Monteith’s tragic death, Lea Michele has released a statement requesting to be left alone. “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time,” a rep for the actress told People. The Jewish “Glee” star, 26, was in Mexico when she learned that Monteith was found […]

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Tens of Thousands Mourn at Western Wall

Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers began flocking to the Western Wall plaza on Monday evening to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem as part of the fast day of Tisha B’Av. The believers are sitting on the ground barefoot as a sign of mourning, reading the Book of Lamentations […]

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Mayor Barkat: 50 Ways to Love Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat participated Monday evening in a reading of the Scroll (Megilla) of Eicha at Jerusalem’s Ir David site – and took the opportunity to sketch his vision of a pluralistic Jerusalem. The megilla reading was part of a special event at Ir David, entitled “How Rocks Break.” The reading of the Scroll […]

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Sign of the Times: Rabbi Photo a Winner

There are good ideas, and then there are award-winning ones. Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, co-director of Chabad of Uptown in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Chanie, can claim the latter. For the High Holidays last year, Lazaroff wanted to do something different, something really eye-catching. He took notice of a picture going around on social media about discontent […]

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Prestigious Thai University Apologizes for Mural Depicting Hitler Among ‘Superheroes’

Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University issued an apology on Facebook Monday for a mural on campus that depicted Adolf Hitler and was used to mark recent graduation ceremonies. “We apologize for the misunderstanding caused by the mural during the graduation ceremony on July 11 and 12, 2013,” said the Bangkok-based university, ranked among Thailand’s top institutions […]

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I Am the Egg (Wo)Man: Reflections on Rosh Chodesh Av & Tisha B’Av

The first 9 days of Av are seen in traditional Judaism as days of, if not mourning, then solemnity. We do not feast, we do not celebrate; we are once again living through the days leading up to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. And, as many have already noted, one of the most significant […]

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Don’t Let George Zimmerman Ruin your Tisha B’Av

It seems that everyone talking about George Zimmerman, no one spoke about it over shabbos, yet as soon as shabbos was over it was suddenly on everyone’s mind. Today as I drove without any sound coming out of my stereo because I decided on these last two days of the 9 days to stop listening […]

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The Parable of the Rabbi Who Thinks He’s a Cop

Actual news story that serves as a parable: It seems impersonating a police officer isn’t just a recent problem in Queens. As the Associated Press discovered, it’s been a busy summer for Alfredo Borodowski, a city rabbi who’s suspected of trying to pull over other drivers who raise his ire by cutting him off or […]

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Prague Train Station to Become Holocaust Memorial

A train station in Prague from which tens of thousands of Jews were deported to death camps and ghettos is to be turned into a Holocaust memorial site by NGO Shoah Memorial Prague. Bubny Station was the site of mass deportations during the final years of World War II. The memorial is set to open […]

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Morocco’s Jewish Community Explored

The Jewish community in Morocco has a history spanning over two millennia, with a population that once amounted to hundreds of thousands. Although the Jewish population has now dropped to around 3,000, the history and culture of this community continues to make its mark on the country today, with Arab and Berber Moroccans having incorporated […]

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