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Stories written by Jasmin Sasin

Israel Summons Polish Ambassador Over Shechitah Ban

Israel has summoned the Polish ambassador to Jerusalem to register a formal protest against that nation’s ban against ritual slaughter (shechitah). In a harsh statement condemning the decision of a foreign democratic nation, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said “Israel is disappointed that Poland has chosen to forbid an important religious ritual which has been common practice […]

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EJA Mobilizes Against Polish Ban on Shchita

Following last Friday’s decision made by the Polish Parliament (Sejm) essentially banning all Kosher butchering from taking place in the country, General Director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), Rabbi Menachem Margolin has conducted a series of intensive talks with polish leaders and representatives in the E.U Parliament. Rabbi Margolin urged President Komorowski and Sejn […]

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Israel Slams Poland Ban on Kosher Slaughter as ‘Totally Unacceptable’

Israel criticized on Monday the extension of Poland’s ban on kosher meat production, saying it damaged efforts to rehabilitate Jewish life in a country whose large Jewish community was all but wiped out in the Holocaust. Citing animal cruelty, Warsaw lawmakers on Friday rejected a government-backed bill that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce meat […]

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Parshat Matot-Masei: What is our Journey?

Last week we celebrated July 4th, a day that represents freedom in our American History.  Nowadays,  we look forward to July 4th as a day when we gather with family and friends, enjoy the weather, maybe bbq and watch concerts and fireworks either in person or on television. We may lose sight of the events that […]

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The Jacket Rule is More Nonsensical

We stirred up quite a controversy with our “Dear Rabbi” column where we offered advice regarding a rule requiring the wearing of a necktie in a local synagogue on the Sabbath in order to receive an aliyah - a Torah honor. A local synagogue which has such a rule took this as a direct criticism […]

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Tradition Today: Rebuilding the Temple

One hears a great deal these days – especially in this season of Tisha Be’av – about the restoration of the Temple. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to contemplate some facts concerning the building of the Temple in the past. The construction of a permanent building to replace the Mishkan, the tent that had been […]

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Kosher Café Project in Auschwitz Town

A kickstarter campaign from the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Poland has raised nearly $25,000 to convert the last Jewish home in the town of Auschwitz into a kosher vegetarian café. The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site in southern Poland registered a record 1.43 million visitors in 2012, and the new café adjacent to the Auschwitz Jewish Center hopes to provide for […]

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Twitter Hands Over ID Info on Anti-Jewish Postings

Twitter said Friday it had handed over data to French authorities to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets, following a complaint from a Jewish students’ group. A French court in January ordered the company to provide the data after legal action by France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF). Twitter said in a statement that […]

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New England Shluchim Gather in Connecticut

“Varm” and “Tochendik” were two of the words used by some of the 150 participants to describe the New York New England regional Kinus in West Hartford, Connecticut, co-hosted by Rabbis Yosef Gopin, Mendel Samuels, Yosef Wolvovsky, Shaya Gopin and Yosef Kulek. In the spirit of Poschim B’dvar Malchus, the day began with an inspiring Chasidus Shiur by […]

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Jewish Groups Assail Polish Ban on Kosher Slaughter

Jewish groups voiced outrage on Friday after Poland’s parliament rejected a government-backed bill that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce kosher meat, angering Jewish groups who said the decision violated their religious rights. Lawmakers who opposed the bill said they did so because kosher slaughter is cruel to livestock. Jewish groups said prejudice about their faith – a sensitive […]

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Still Fighting for Bread and Roses

It’s been two weeks since our New York Educator’s Workshop, and I am still amazed at the places we visited and all that was taught by Etta, Ellen, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, and all the participants and presenters in attendance. It occurred to me recently how connected I feel to the labor rights movement, which we discussed as we […]

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Women of the Wall is a Sham

Pretty much the entire Jewish world is talking about Women of the Wall, they have either desecrated one of the worlds holy sites or made it holy by standing up for women’s rights, but I’m not sure that either are correct. Since when do we even allow women to come to the wall in the […]

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Bones of Polish Pogrom’s Victims Reburied in Jedwabne

The remains of victims from the Jedwabne pogrom were reburied at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the massacre in the Polish town. Dozens of people gathered Wednesday at the site in Jedwabne where Poles murdered hundreds of their Jewish neighbors on July 10, 1941. Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and Piotr Kadlcik, the […]

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92-Year-Old German to Stand Trial for Nazi War Crimes

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now German, already served time in murder of two Dutch Nazis overran his homeland in 1941. The Hagen state court said in a statement Monday he would go on trial Sept. 2 on charges he killed resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944. Bruins and alleged accomplice August Neuhaeuser, who has since died, […]

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Netanyahu Filmed Scribing Torah at Masada’s Ancient Synagogue

As part of a tourism initiative this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the wind-swept Judean mountain top fortress of Masada, along the Dead Sea. During his visit, the prime minister participated in a special ceremony and then was filmed writing a letter in a Torah scroll that is currently being written atop the mountain fortress in the […]

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Arizona Community Awaits State-of-the-Art ‘Home’

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley—in arid 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 synagogue. None […]

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White House Taps New Jewish Liaison

The White House is set to name Matt Nosanchuk, a lawyer who has been prominent in advancing the Obama administration’s gay rights policies, as its new full-time Jewish liaison. JTA learned Wednesday that Nosanchuk will replace Zach Kelly, who has held the job part time since the last full-time liaison to the Jewish community, Jarrod […]

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Helen Yelen Remembers Ethel Rosenberg

Earlier this month the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project shared a video of Helen Yelen, who reflected on her time working in a factory alongside Ethel Rosenberg. Rosenberg was executed alongside her husband, Julius Rosenberg, for conspiracy to divulge atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Ethel Rosenberg’s Jewish identity was forged not by her childhood ties […]

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Dr. Amos Timna, 1948-2013

Savannah’s Jewish community lost a good one last week. Dr. Amos Timna, born in Israel and adored in Savannah for his constant commitment to social and community causes, died last Friday after he fell trimming a tree. He was 64. He was a mensch and by the accounts of his patients, a kind and gentle […]

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Jewish Agency, WJC Call for Outside Intervention in Claims Conference

The Claims Conference must be reformed under the aegis of outside bodies, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder declared on Tuesday evening. Their comments came at the end of the first day of the Claims Conference’s annual board of directors meeting in New York. In a statement read at […]

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New Haredi Hit: IKEA Summer Sale

Home furnishing stores in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood are in for some bad news: Ultra-Orthodox institutions have begun offering special trips to IKEA’s summer sale in the central city of Rishon Lezion. Every summer, haredi institutions organize trips to burial places of biblical figures and rabbis’ tombs, as well as famous tourist sites. This year, […]

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First Ever Hack-a-Thon for Israel — on Shabbat

120 hackers, software developers and computer programmers are to take part in in the first ever hack-a-thon for Israel and the Jewish People event simultaneously, in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. The event is labelled Hacking to Create Community Change in Israel and the Bay Area, and is a collaborative effort by “Hasadna” (the Public […]

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Trove of Ancient Jewish Tombstones Unearthed in Vienna

Vienna’s Jewish community says a historically important trove of hundreds of ancient Jewish tombstones have been recently unearthed, including some dating back to the 16th century. Senior Jewish community official Raimund Fastenbauer said Wednesday that the headstones have “high historical value.” He describes their significance as comparable to that of the ancient Jewish cemetery in […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 84 - July 10, 2013

Most people immigrate to Israel for spiritual, religious or familial reasons, and medical care doesn’t usually factor into the equation. In the case of Iris Kowen’s family, that was not the case. Living in the Holy Land was always the ideal, but it was the issue of medial necessity, and special needs potential that prompted […]

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Rationalist Judaism Makes No Sense

I’ve decided that I’m not a fan of rationalist Judaism, most because as much as you try to prove and debate the “facts” supporting a Judaic way of life, it still makes no sense. I’m not really sure how one can prove the Torah was written by God and I’m not really sure why it […]

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Politics Derailed the Film about Cyrus the Great

The Cyrus Cylinder is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, through August 4, 2013. This reminds us… From my post of 1/29/2010: Cyrus was supposed to be the subject of a historical epic film. We wonder what ever happened to that film. Our best guess is that the film industry has […]

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Claims Conference Mismanagement Key in ‘Facilitating’ Fraud, Internal Report Alleges

“Management failings” were responsible for “facilitating” $57 million in fraud perpetrated against the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany over 16 years, according to an internal report leaked to The Jerusalem Post on Monday. The report, written by Ombudsman Shmuel Hollander, pointed to “systematic failings and problematic organization behavior” as the background to the failure to discover […]

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Following Attacks, Jewish Group Offers to Protect Mosque

A London mosque has turned to a local group of Jewish volunteers in attempt to boost security, following a spike in anti-Muslim attacks. The Jewish Chronicle reported on a unique meeting which took place over the weekend between Muslim leaders and members of the “Shomrim”, at the Cazenove Road Mosque and Community Centre in Stoke Newington. The Shomrim are a group […]

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State Tax Credit Programs on the Rise, Bring in Millions for Yeshivas

The past decade has seen a marked increase in the number of private Jewish day schools and yeshivas actively looking to tap into federal and state tax dollars for help, and as the number of institutions has risen, so too have the ways in which state lobbyists and organizational coalitions are approaching the matter. JTA […]

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Jewish Event Apps and the Question of User Privacy

In a tale of two apps, both the Jewish establishment and a private entrepreneur have recently released downloadable software that will enable users to obtain up-to-date listings of Jewish events. Though similar in their goal of engaging young adults in Jewish life, Grapevine and JJive, as they are called, differ radically in an important respect: […]

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