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New Theory on When Western Wall Was Built

The discovery of a new ritual pool [mikveh] under the Western Wall suggests a new theory that the Kotel was completed years later than during the reign of King Herod, as was believed until now. Israel Antiquities Authority excavations of an ancient drainage channel underneath the main street used by pilgrims 2,000 years ago revealed [...]

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Jews, Muslims hold world’s largest dialogue

Thousands of Muslims and Jews across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa participated last weekend in The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s (FFEU) 4th annual Weekend of Twinning. Since 2008, FFEU has organized hundreds of similar initiatives around the world in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress and the Islamic Society of North America. [...]

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Chabad Shluchim Look Forward to New York Rabbinical Conference

Last December, Rabbi Chaim and Chaya Mushka Slavaticki moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to open a new Chabad-Lubavitch center. Despite the fact that they moved to a region already served by dozens of Chabad Houses, and concentrated their early efforts on meeting as many people in the local Jewish community they could, the beginning was [...]

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London Students Celebrate Green Sabbath

This past Friday night, 30 students from London’s Imperial College and other universities’ international study abroad programs celebrated an eco-friendly Sabbath with Chabad-Lubavitch of South Kensington. Caroline Glassberg-Powell, a computing student at Imperial College, served as co-host and chef with math student Sam Gonshaw, preparing a kosher menu that consisted of a three-course vegan meal [...]

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Jewish outfielder Ryan Braun named U.S. National League MVP

Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, was named the National League Most Valuable Player, making him the first Jewish ballplayer to win the award in nearly five decades. Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #5 - November 23, 2011

Police officers wearing riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park just after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters. The sweep came two days ahead of a planned massive demonstration. It’s not clear on how fully recovered Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is ten months after the shooting accident. In her first [...]

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The Right is Also Allowed to Make Laws

A verbal confrontation broke out on Monday between Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Danny Danon (Likud) and Opposition Head Tzipi Livni (Kadima). Danon attended a Kadima gathering, initiated by MK Yoel Hasson, which was entitled “Saving Democracy.” During the gathering, Kadima’s members discussed the latest legislation passed by the Knesset, including the changes in the way [...]

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Hamburg gets new chief rabbi

After being without a chief rabbi for three years, the city state of Hamburg formally elected Chabad’s Rabbi Shlomo Bistritsky to the position recently, the lubavitch.com website reports. “This is a historic moment for Hamburg. For more than three years we’ve been without a chief rabbi,” said Roy Naor, a member of the Board of [...]

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Young Israel Movement To Participate In England’s “Big Tent For Israel” Event

Leaders of the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) will travel to Manchester, England to participate in the “Big Tent for Israel” event, which will take place on November 27, 2011.  The Big Tent for Israel event is intended to combat the deligitimization of Israel that has become all too common in England. The framework [...]

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New Torah Occupies Wall Street

Only a stone’s throw from Zuccotti Park where protestors clashed with police last Wednesday evening, scores of Wall Street businesspeople and residents took to dancing in the rain at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Battery Place. The occasion was the dedication of a newly completed Torah Scroll by Chabad of Wall Street. Area residents, [...]

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As diplomacy fails to free Alan Gross, wife pleads to Jewish community in U.S.

An emotional Judy Gross recently pleaded with thousands of Jewish community leaders to help free her husband from a prison in Cuba, marking a public shift in what has been, up to now, a strategy of quiet diplomacy on his behalf. “Let the Cuban government know that the Jewish community wants Alan home,” Gross implored [...]

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Gantz rejects rabbi’s remarks on singing women

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz rejected on Sunday comments made by a prominent West Bank rabbi who called on soldiers to boycott military ceremonies that feature singing women. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, who heads the Eilon Moreh yeshiva, said last week that religious soldiers would be ordered by their rabbis to walk out of [...]

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IDF chief rabbi visits Yeshiva University

IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz paid a visit last week to the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an affiliate of Yeshiva University. Peretz delivered a lecture to the rabbinical students, spoke with yeshiva heads and members of the YU faculty and administration, and held a special meeting with former IDF soldiers currently enrolled at [...]

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Israel trying to ‘nationalize’ second most visited Jewish holy site

The High Court of Justice rejected last week a request submitted by a yeshiva that operates at the grave of Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron, asking for an injunction against the state’s intention to purchase and use parts of the site for public purposes. The yeshiva’s opposition stems from concerns that the state intends [...]

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Ben-Ari: Change Name of Rabin Street to Protect His Dignity

A leftist resident of Ashkelon has filed a complaint against MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) for “disrespecting the memory of Yitzchak Rabin.” According to the complaint, filed with Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, Ben-Ari sought to change the name of Rabin Street in Ashkelon, renaming it in honor of Moshe Ami, an Ashkelon resident who was [...]

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Students Return from Weekend Inspired to Do More

When Noah Gross, 21, headed to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the Chabad on Campus International Student Shabbaton and Conference, he wasn’t really sure what to expect, or if it’d really be the combination of fellow students, lectures, and community his campus rabbi had been promising. “The Shabbaton lived up to all of my expectations and even [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #4 – November 15, 2011

A beautiful two story building originally built in the 1920’s registered as a historic site by the city of hollywood was recently purchased was recently purchased by Chabad of Northeast Hollywood/Shul of the Lakes will be turned into a Chabad house. Last Wednesday, between a series of understanding Minister Yakov Margi and Rabbi David Stav [...]

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Gabby Giffords puts on brave face in first extended interview since Tucson shooting

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — speaking haltingly in brief sentences — said in her first extended interview Monday night that she was doing “pretty good.” “A lot of people died — tough, tough, tough,” she said in the interview on ABC’s “20/20” about the shooting rampage in January that killed six people. It wasn’t clear [...]

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Gender segregation on rise in Israel

Posters depicting women have become rare in the streets of Israel’s capital. In some areas women have been shunted onto separate sidewalks, and buses and health clinics have been gender-segregated. The military has considered reassigning some female combat soldiers because religious men don’t want to serve with them. This is the new reality in parts [...]

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NYPD Clears Out Wall Street Protesters

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters. It comes just two days ahead of a massive planned demonstration Thursday marking the movement’s two-month anniversary. Police handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park, [...]

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Jewish vote not a ‘problem’ for Obama, polls show

National surveys conducted by Gallup International show that American Jews have approved of Obama’s job performance throughout his presidency by an average of 14 percentage points more than the rest of the American electorate. This gap undercuts a frequently made, but factually erroneous, claim that Obama has a policy toward Israel that alienates Jewish voters, [...]

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Cars set alight, anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed in Brooklyn

Anti-Semitic graffiti including swastikas, mentions of the Ku Klux Klan and profanities against Jews were painted on surfaces in a Brooklyn neighborhood early Friday morning, prompting the creation of a special New York Police Department task force. The Anti-Defamation league condemned the “shocking” incident of anti-Semitism on Ocean Parkway in Midwood. Three cars were also [...]

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Help find 1,100 Holocaust kids

On the one hand, new technology and social networks. On the other hand, a disappearing generation of Holocaust survivors. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is using technology in a race against time, with the aim of identifying and locating 1,100 orphaned babies and children and others separated from their families during the Holocaust. For [...]

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Your Friendly Campus Rabbi

On a Friday after sunset, you may see students walking up Roosevelt Drive. They pass Stimson and Keller College then continue up the hill until they reach building ‘A’ of West Apartments. They look left and see a tree with Christmas lights wrapped around its trunk. That’s where they enter the woods. They follow a [...]

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Generals’ Letter to IDF Pits Women against Religious Soldiers

Nineteen reservist generals signed a letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak and to IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, in which they accuse religious soldiers of preventing women’s advancement in the IDF. According to the ultra-leftist Haaretz newspaper, the generals include Former IAF commanders Avihu Bin-Nun and Amos Lapidot, and former Navy commanders Ze’ev [...]

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Jerusalem mayor urges police: Stop exclusion of women on ads

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Sunday urged District Police Commander Niso Shaham to put a stop to the exclusion of women’s images from billboards across the city, and to the defacing of advertisements on which women do appear, both trends initiated of late by the local ultra-Orthodox sector. “We must make sure that those who [...]

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New York’s Newest Congressman Visits Misaskim

In what he termed an “eye-opening experience,” United States Congressman Bob Turner toured Misaskim’s headquarters on Tuesday, November 8th, and met with members of Misaskim’s board. Turner, newly elected as congressman in New York’s 9th Congressional district, is already considered a rising star on the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Turner was visibly impressed as [...]

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Kinus Highlights Crown Heights Hospitality

The legendary hospitality of the Crown Heights community is often put to the test. Throughout the year, Yomim Tovim, conferences and events bring thousands into the area, all of whom are cared for with gracious kindness. With the annual Kinus HaShluchim just weeks away, thousands of Shluchim and lay leaders will once again pour into [...]

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Pope meets Israeli religious leaders

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday urged the leaders of religious communities in Israel whom he received at the Vatican to “educate” their followers to a “deeper understanding” of members of different religions, stating that the relationship with God must be “a force for peace” Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Fouad [...]

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Rabbi Daniel Mertzbach Laid to Rest

Hundreds - Othniel and area residents, friends, students and family members - accompanied Rabbi Dan Mertzbach, 55, to his final resting place on the Mount of Olives on Friday. He was survived by a wife, five children and 10 grandchildren. A professional architect, Mertzbach served as a rabbi for Tene Omarim, Shima and Eshkolot. He [...]

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