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The Ultimate Israeli Food

How do you show pride on Yom Ha’atzmaut? I’m really not one for going to rallies or wearing Israeli flags. And god knows that I won’t be caught at a Yom Ha’atzmaut party. I hate parties. So, like how I enjoy most other holidays, I eat to show my pride. Today, I went to the [...]

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Stuff I like about Israel

Benji Lovitt is one of my favorite Israeli Bloggers. Every year on Yom Haatzmaut he writes a long post titled things he likes about Israel and they are numbered for the birthday of Israel. This year Israel turns 62. I wouldn’t have realized it is Yom Haatzmaut today if not for a chat I was [...]

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Another Crocheted Floral Hot Pad: The Third Time Is The Charm!

Yes, dear readers I have now officially made three of these floral hot pads which given my long list of projects in waiting must mean that this is just too much fun! Or it may just mean that I couldn’t bear the thought of only presenting those gray versions from yesterday that I just didn’t [...]

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Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Volcanic Ash Fazes El Al

In the run-up to Shavuos, we might remember that Chazal explain the word “Sinai” as the place at which sinah/hatred descended to the world. The giving of the Torah created distance, envy, and rejection. One of the elements that produces much hatred of Jews is the way they take care of each other. Jew-haters resent [...]

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What Are Some of the Biggest Problems Facing the Jewish Community?

What Are some of the biggest problems facing the Jewish community (both frum and non-frum)? Lack of Unity? Lack of Jewish Knowledge? Lack of connection to Hashem? Islamic Fundamentalism? Read More: @ beyondbt.com

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The Loaded Tattoo

Today on Truth, Praise & Help, Renee Ghert-Zand expressed her displeasure at two Israeli men who decided to honor their Holocaust survivor matriarch with a tattoo of her Auschwitz number on their forearms. She, like many Jews, has trouble with tattoos and finds Holocaust remembrance tattoos particularly offensive. While I am also a little uncomfortable [...]

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Petition asks RCA to allow women to leave the kitchen

I was recently asked to sign a petition allowing women to officially leave the kitchen. I was shocked that the kitchen rules were still on the books. I had assumed that the laws pertaining to women being forced to stay in the kitchen were abolished years ago, but they weren’t. In fact, the RCA is [...]

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Fun and Sculptural Modeling Clay Artwork That The Kids Can Make Themselves!

After the heaviness of the previous post, I thought something cheerful might be nice. And thanks to my almost eight year old daughter (and her teacher) I have this interesting project to share with you! I should say that I’m normally not in favor of these “paint by number” type of school projects where every [...]

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Frum Jewish Porn Titles

I know many of you think that frum and porn in the same sentence are impossible, but hear me out. It’s only natural for people to enjoy pornographic videos of their own kind. I am not condoning porn, it’s assur and I would never encourage anyone to watch porn. I have never watched porn – [...]

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Idolatry: An Inexact Lesson

So after making 10 Commandment tablets out of paper bags last week (we crumpled them up to make them look old, then I handed out strips of each commandment and challenged the kinders to glue them on in numerical order — turns out, glue sticks are enough of a challenge), we finally got to the [...]

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Crochet A Floral Hot Pad For Spring (Shavuos? Mother’s Day? Today?)

I was intrigued by a crocheted potholder/hotpad like this that I spotted last year, but just couldn’t locate the pattern. So I forgot all about it until last night when I came across the same project and the pattern and just had to give it a try during the late night hours when everyone else [...]

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If the girl’s ugly, just pretend you’re the deliveryman

My buddy has a problem — he tends to get set up with ugly girls. This problem is multiplied by the fact that he lives in the middle of nowhere and has to fly 4 hours into New York City for what he calls Shidduch Marathons. During these marathons, he frequently goes to girls houses [...]

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In Memory Of Our Fallen Soldiers

During the time of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans, a plague killed 24,000 students of our great sage, Rabbi Akiva, in this seven week period between Passover and Shavuot. Over the centuries, the Jewish People experienced many more tragedies (massacres, pogroms, …) during this seven week period. To commemorate these tragedies, we observe [...]

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Stuff Israeli Sephardim like

I know nothing about sephardic Israelis, luckily someone sent this post to me via email, she wished to remain anonymous – and since I really don’t know if it’s accurate I will let you folks decide. This is coming from a woman who lives in Israel and is married to a hardcore Sephardic Israeli dude. [...]

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Today is Yom Hazikaron in Eretz Yisroel

Yom Hazikron is the day on which Israel honors its war veterans. National memorial services are held in the presence of Israel’s top leadership and military personnel. The day opens the preceding evening at 20:00 (8:00 pm), given that in the Hebrew calendar system days begin at sunset, with a siren. The siren is heard [...]

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What Does the Rabbinical Council of America Think of Women?

When I first moved to San Francisco, there was a huge outcry in the Orthodox community — a positive outcry, that is. Apparently, out of all the synagogues (Reform, Orthodox, Renewal, independent, and otherwise), only one had a female president — the Orthodox synagogue. The local Jewish paper had called her the first female president [...]

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Abby Phon thinks primetime is ready to “go green”

We have seen our fair share of crime dramas, medical dramas and political dramas. Is it time for a new genre? Abby Phon, Executive Producer and star of Life Without Green, is on a mission to bring environmental issues to primetime. Life Without Green is a drama about a young Jewish woman’s struggle to keep [...]

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Stuff right wing modern orthodox Jews like

Modern orthodoxy is really such a pain in the neck group to write about these days. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s there was just plain old modern orthodox. The women wore pants and the men played ball on Shabbos – you didn’t see too many seforim lying around the house and the living [...]

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Hipsters, Hasids and the war over women’s bodies

I am neither Hasid or hipster, yet I am linked to both fringe communities in different ways. Every generation has a counter-culture, and every religion has a fundamentalist extreme. The hipsters are my friends, and the Hasids are my tribe. They both live in the same neighborhood in New York City, and they are at [...]

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Holocaust Handbag

I have never actually cared about purses. I will ooh and ahh over a nice pair of earrings, and I think fashion is interesting, if crazy, but I think the amount of money people spend on bizarre looking handbags is a mark of complete insanity. Still, I recognize that there are people who care a [...]

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Matisyahu Is Vegan

The Hasidic singer Matisyahu {our interview with him here} recently tweeted that he’d gone vegan. The astute blog HeebNVegan, not one to let such things pass idly by, hit him up for one of their infamous Four Questions interviews (he’d also put me under the gun a few weeks before). Matisyahu qualified the statement — [...]

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Satire Isn’t Supposed to Be Stupid

So my mom called me the other day to make sure I’d seen this article in the Phoenix New Times titled “Jew Roundup.” Yup, you read that right. The subhead of “They’re Pouring Over the Canadian Border to Flood Graduate Schools and Bank Parking Lots. Legislation from State Senator Russell Pearce Aims to Make Them [...]

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Stuff Chabad Likes

Most of you realize I love Chabad. It’s not just the beautiful girls, good food and free places to stay – I love their passion, their skill and their ability to be both modern and traditional. Before all of you crushed hat wearing die hard Chabadnicks go nuts – know that every group will picked [...]

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The Embroidery Hoop Mobile Revisited: Thanks To A Reader!

I’m getting a bit of a late start this morning as one of my children was up in the middle of the night with an earache…..and it may just be that I’m still recovering from all the hard work and festivities that we experienced during the month of Nissan!  But today is the first day [...]

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Pirkei Avos Week 2

This week is the second Perek for Pirkei Avos. Here is the link for an English Translation of all six Perakim culled from Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld’s translation and commentary at Torah.org. The full text of Pirkei Avos in Hebrew can be found here. Torah.org also has some of the Maharal’s commentary for Pirkei Avos and [...]

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Stereotyping Vos Iz Neias Commenters

I would love to have a conversation with the folks from Vos Iz Neias so I could find out who is actually commenting on their posts. Is it all from the same people, or does every post actually feature multiple commenters? To me it seems like it’s a bunch of high school kids trying to [...]

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Stuff Hockers Like

As much as I dislike Hockers, I miss them dearly. Northern California has no real hockers. There are several potential hockers but nothing that truly fits the guy who grew up in Flatbush and dropped out of Touro to become a Nursing Home Administrator. We don’t have hatzoloh and it’s rude to talk on bluetooth [...]

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Great Crafting Materials Saved From The Garbage (Recycling Bin?)

Those of you who are familiar with creativejewishmom.com already know that you can expect to see here lots of craft projects using recycled materials. Since I’m in the process of planning my projects for the next month or so I thought I’d give you all a bit of advance notice so that you can start [...]

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Not Forgetting Means Showing Up

Sunday was Holocaust Rembrance Day, and the turnout was a standing-room only for Yom Ha’Shoah program at the JEA. Which means that the Holocaust is a bigger draw than a saltwater swimming pool and Zumba. But whatever. Mayor Otis Johnson showed his support by showing up, and it was satisfying to see all the post-b’nai [...]

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Would You Consider Praying for Your Fellow Baalei Teshuva?

From Derech Emet Most Baalei Teshuvah do not have relatives to pray for them. But they can pray for each other. Why not pray for Baalei Teshuvah as a group or as individuals? Read More: @ beyondbt.com

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