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Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Senator who Opened Gates to Soviet Jews, Dies at 89

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died. Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, his office said. Lautenberg was the oldest serving U.S. senator and the last lawmaker in the chamber to have served in […]

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Birthright-Style Program Proposed for Non-Jews

European leaders should send university students to Israel as part of efforts to combat rising levels of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, Foreign Ministry director general for public diplomacy Gideon Meir declared on Thursday. He was speaking at the close of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem. “I believe we can do something about this […]

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Deaf-Mute Children’s Prayer Heard

For decades, deaf-mute bar mitzvah boys have not been called up to read from the Torah due to their disability. Now, following a new halachic issued by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, these boys will be able to celebrate their coming of age just like their friends. According to the Halacha, people called up to read […]

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Don’t Hesitate – Make Aliyah!

A large commencement exercise was held in New Jersey, Thursday, for Yeshiva University’s latest graduates. During the ceremony the university honored several people, among them alumnus Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder of the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization for aliyah (immigration) to Israel. Arutz Sheva spoke to several of the graduating students, who discussed their hopes for the […]

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We Are What We Think, Beating Anxiety and Depression

We Are What We Think, Beating Anxiety and Depression

What is emotion; a feeling? What then is a feeling? These terms are difficult to fully comprehend and define. For thousands of years people have been attempting to understand this phenomenon and will most likely debate it for a thousand more. The mainstream definition of emotion refers to a state of feeling involving thoughts, physiological […]

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Dreyfus Letter Fetches Nearly $500,000 at Paris Auction

A letter handwritten by Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish soldier who was wrongly convicted of treason in 1894, was sold at auction for nearly half a million dollars. The letter, which Dreyfus sent from prison to government officials in an attempt to clear his name, was sold Wednesday for $492,000 at an auction organized by […]

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Jewish Organizations Slam Circumcision Cartoon

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Thursday called a cartoon depicting the Jewish ritual circumcision appearing in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, “deeply offensive and appalling.” The caricature, that appeared in Norway’s third largest daily, depcits what some construed to be Jews torturing a baby during a circumcision. It showed police officers looking on as a bearded […]

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‘World’s Oldest’ Torah Scroll Found in Italy

The world’s oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said Wednesday the text could be from the 12th century. The precious lambskin scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply “Scroll Number Two.” […]

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Newly Discovered Prisoner Journal Donated to Auschwitz

The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum said on Wednesday it had acquired a newly discovered journal written and illustrated by Polish prisoners of the Nazi German death camp in southern Poland. The three inmates’ hand-made memoirs, which include poems and pen-and-ink and watercolour drawings of gas chambers and a hanging, were donated by the widow of a US […]

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Oklahoma Chabad Leaders Organize Dallas Youth

The Sooner State has long had a vibrant — if numerically tiny — Jewish population, but until just a few years ago most Oklahomans rarely saw an Orthodox Jew at community events. Today is a different story. In the latest and perhaps most visible manifestation of its presence, the area’s Chabad Jewish Community Center organized a […]

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Israel Honors Gambling Mogul Adelson for his Contribution to Global Tourism

Israel’s goal is to reach 10 million visitors a year within a decade, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit. The guest of honor at the convention, a two-day affair at the capital’s International Convention Center, was the American billionaire-casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who was awarded the JITS prize […]

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Rabbinate: Palestinian Coke not Kosher

Rabbinate: Palestinian Coke not Kosher

The Chief Rabbinate released an urgent statement this week, warning the Israeli public against Coca-Cola manufactured in the West Bank town of Beitunia, near Ramallah, which is marketed alongside the strictly kosher beverage that has been manufactured in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak for the past decades. According to the statement, written by Rabbi […]

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Elkin: The Jewish People Are Not Alone

Anti-Semitism is not just an Israeli or a Jewish problem, but is first and foremost a problem for any society in which it is allowed to manifest itself, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism which convened in Jerusalem, Elkin said that there should be a […]

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Over 200 Enjoy Ahavas Yisroels’ ‘Shabbos in Gan Eden’

Over 200 people, including families and singles, enjoyed a special ‘Shabbos in Gan Eden’ Shabbaton with Chevra Ahavas Yisroel in the Berkshire Hills of upstate New York. The Shabbaton took place on the luxurious camp grounds of Emanuel Camp in the stunning Berkshire Hills which borders with Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the inclement weather did […]

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Oldest Complete Torah Scroll Reportedly Found in Italy

An Italian university has found what it claims to be the oldest complete Torah scroll known to exist, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The scroll, which was found at the library of the University of Bologna, was believed to be no more than a few hundred years old, the report said. But recent carbon dating […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 79 - May 29, 2013

25,000 people of all ages are expected to attend the upcoming 20th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park. The Carl Freyer z”l Tribute and Dr. Manfred Lehmann Memorial event will be held at Central Park’s Bandshell  on Sunday, June 2nd, the 46th anniversary of the miracle of the Six Day War and the reunification […]

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First Haredi School to Teach Core Subjects

A first ultra-Orthodox educational institution teaching core curriculum subjects is set to open in Jerusalem in about three months ahead of the new school year. The school will be established for students of the small haredi yeshivot, aged 13 to 16. The move is seen as exceptional on the backdrop of the harsh criticism directed […]

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Grandson of Alfred Dreyfus Asks Not to Auction Off His Letter

A grandson of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French army captain wrongly accused of treason over a century ago, on Monday urged a private collector not to allow a letter penned by his grandfather to go under the hammer in Paris this week, AFP reports. Written to the interior ministry in 1895, a month after Dreyfus […]

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OU Lends Hand to Oklahoma Aid Network

The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma, which is on the ground organizing relief efforts for the communities hit hard by last week’s devastating tornado, has received $15,000 in disaster-relief funds from the Orthodox Union. The funds were received just before the Jewish Sabbath, and are being distributed over the Memorial Day weekend and throughout […]

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Nearly 500 U.S. Rabbis Urge Obama to Press for Sudanese Peace

Nearly 500 rabbis of all streams urged President Obama in a letter to name a new special envoy to Sudan, saying the work there is not yet complete. The May 24 letter was initiated by Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. […]

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Could Germany have a Jewish Chancellor?

A new novel about a neo-Nazi plot to assassinate Germany’s first Jewish candidate for Chancellor has shed a timely light on the right-wing extremist violence that has plagued the country since 1990 and was swept under the carpet for years. Political thriller “The Jewish Candidate” by British journalist David Crossland has been published just as […]

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Israelis Report Anti-Semitism at Berlin Concert

Israelis attending a Beyonce concert in Berlin over the weekend were met with anti-Semitic chants from the audience, the Yisrael Hayom newspaper reported on Sunday. The incident took place when a group of eight Israelis, including two soldiers on leave, arrived at Germany’s O2 stadium for the concert. The group managed to arrive early and […]

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Lubavticher Yeshiva Celebrates Tanya Printing

This year on Chof-Daled Teves, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Crown Street launched a historical project– printing of a Tanya by tomchei temimim crown st. accompanied by a Tanya B’al Peh initiative to mark and honor the 200th anniversary yahrtzeit of the Alter Rebbe, Baal Hatanya. Children at every grade level stepped forward with a personalized commitment of […]

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Little Bits of the Dead Sea Scrolls Put Up for Sale

Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers — fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years. Most of these scraps are barely postage-stamp-sized, and some […]

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‘Israel Backing Hungary to Chair Holocaust Forum’

The Foreign Ministry is backing Hungary’s quest to assume the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2015, Hungarian prime ministerial chief adviser Zsigmond Perenyi told The Jerusalem Post. During an interview at the King David Hotel on Wednesday, Perenyi – who was heading a diplomatic delegation to Jerusalem dealing with issues pertaining to […]

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Merkel Accepts European Jewry Prize

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given the Lord Jakobits Prize for European Jewry at a ceremony at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels. During the acceptance speech, Merkel said her government was a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution to the Mideast conflict. “We hope that Israel and its neighbors can live […]

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Israel Day Concert Theme: Let Your Voice be Heard for Jerusalem

25,000 people of all ages are expected to attend the upcoming 20th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park. The Carl Freyer z”l Tribute and Dr. Manfred Lehmann Memorial event will be held at Central Park’s Bandshell (enter at 5th Ave. & 72nd St.) on Sunday, June 2nd, the 46th anniversary of the miracle of […]

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Adelsons Donate $40 Million to Birthright

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation. Their latest gift brings the couple’s overall donations to the program to $180 million. “Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and educational opportunity,” said Miriam Adelson in a statement released Wednesday by Birthright […]

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Oklahoma Legislature Lauds Chabad Tornado Assistance

Showing its gratitude for the immediate and ongoing support and assistance offered by Jewish groups and individuals from around the country, the Oklahoma House of Representatives gave a standing ovation Thursday to Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, co-director of The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma, and New York State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder. Introduced by Oklahoma Legislator […]

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Haredi Ad: Tight Pants May Seduce Women

Ads posted recently in ultra-Orthodox areas in Jerusalem quote prominent Ashkenazi Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky as saying that men who “intentionally” wear tight pants will be subject to ostracism. The ads were distributed as part of a campaign launched several months ago in regards to standards of modesty in men’s clothing. The campaign’s highlight was the […]

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