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Thousands Mark 78 Years Since Rabbi Kook’s Passing

More than 3,000 people visited the tomb of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook on Friday, to mark 78 years since his passing. Rabbi Kook (more commonly known in Hebrew as ”Rav Kook” or “HaRoe”h” - the visionary, an acronym of his name) was born in Griva, Latvia in 1865. He studied at the prestigious Volozhin yeshiva (religious academy), and […]

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N. Orlando Celebrates Commencement of First Torah

Florida governor Rick Scott declared Sunday to be “Torah Day.” The proclamation honored the North Orlando Chabad community and the inauguration of the congregation’s first torah dedicated by Zvi and Dawn Shamu and Paul Sebag. Scott “extended greetings and best wishes upon” Rabbi Yanky Majesky and wife Chanshy on their commitment “to bringing the joy of […]

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Has the Era of the Kosher Cheeseburger Arrived?

When the world’s first lab-grown burger was introduced and taste-tested on Monday, the event seemed full of promise for environmentalists, animal lovers and vegetarians. Another group that had good reason to be excited: kosher consumers. The burger was created by harvesting stem cells from a portion of cow shoulder muscle that were multiplied in petri […]

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China Produces 1st ‘Jewish’ Medals

The Shanghai Mint has struck a limited edition series of Shanghai Memory silver and gold medals to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Designated Area For Stateless Refugees, commonly known as the Shanghai Ghetto or Hongkew Ghetto. That area in Shanghai became a temporary home for an estimated 20,000 Jewish refugees who […]

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PM Turned Down Kosher Food, Preferring ‘Treif’ on Poland Trip

During a state visit to Poland in June, Jewish community members said they witnessed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government officials eat non-kosher food – and the community is very angry and upset at the Prime Minister’s behavior. Two months after the visit by Netanyahu and his ministers, members of the community told Arutz […]

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Iceland’s Handful of Jews Keep Faith Alive

Iceland has no synagogue, no rabbis, no Jewish community center or organized structure. In fact, Judaism is not even one of Iceland’s state-recognized religions. Still, Iceland has about 100 Jews who call this North Atlantic island home. And last year, roughly 50 of them gathered in a hall downtown on Erev Rosh Hashanah for services […]

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U.S. Rep. Cantor to Lead GOP Lawmakers on AIPAC Israel Tour

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, will lead 26 GOP lawmakers on a tour of Israel funded by AIPAC’s educational affiliate. Next week’s tour follows on the heels of a similar one this week for 37 Democratic lawmakers led by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Democratic whip. […]

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With Children Under Chuppah

Years of expectations to receive the special approval that they have completed their conversion process and can get married according to Jewish Law; several years of fighting for Israeli recognition as conversion seekers, while their children already live in Israel as Jews; and decades of leading a double life: Colombian Jews who know they have […]

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Jewish Advocacy Group Condemns Hateful Remarks at Toronto Rally

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), a Jewish Canadian advocacy group, condemned on Tuesday the remarks by a speaker at the annual Al-Quds Day protest in downtown Toronto, who called for Israelis to be killed. Video footage uploaded to YouTube showed the speaker, Elias Hazineh, saying at the rally, “We have to give […]

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Mayoral Race Comes to Crown Heights

On Wednesday, Democratic Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese went to Crown Heights to visit community organizations and small businesses. Albanese started at the Crown Heights Community Council, where he met with Rabbi Eli Cohen. Albanese and Rabbi Cohen discussed public safety, Metzizah BePeh, affordable housing, and other issues facing the community in Crown Heights. Albanese then […]

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The Hazards of Dating while Jewish in Berlin

So you’re Jewish, right?” Tobias asked while we were watching an episode of “Real Housewives” on his couch. “Yup,” I responded. Even though this was our first date after meeting in a yoga class — he was the flexible, relaxed one; I was schvitzing and falling — I let a few more details slip because […]

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Religious Jew is Devout Gay Drag Queen

Just shy of midnight, Shahar Hadar trades his knitted white yarmulke for a wavy blond wig and a pink velvet dress. Cheers greet him in a packed gay bar as he starts to swivel to a Hebrew pop song, his shiny red lips mouthing lyrics that mean more to him than the audience knows: “With […]

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Lloyd’s Offers Million Euro Reward for Leviev Jewel Return

Israeli Billionaire Lev Leviev was “taken” several weeks ago to the tune of 136 million dollars by jewel thieves in a daring daylight heist on the French Riviera – and the insurance company that is footing the bill for Leviev’s losses wants those jewels. Lloyd’s of London, the world famous insurance agency, is offering a […]

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Saving the Face of Mount Zion Cemetery

It’s a spectacle that could frighten just about anyone. Cemeteries can be uncomfortable places, but this one—the Mount Zion Cemetery in East Los Angeles, Calif., and its dilapidated state—brought a rabbi to tears. Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, director of Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles, said he cried the first time he witnessed the conditions there. “Walking through a neglected cemetery […]

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Iceland’s Few Jews Grapple with Faith

Iceland has no synagogue, no rabbis, no Jewish community center or organized structure. In fact, Judaism is not even one of Iceland’s state-recognized religions. Still, Iceland has about 100 Jews who call this North Atlantic island home. And last year, roughly 50 of them gathered in a hall downtown on Erev Rosh Hashanah for services […]

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‘Dry Bones’ Goes to the Seder

Dry Bones has been tickling readers’ funny bones for the past 40 years in The Jerusalem Post and scores of other newspapers. The internationally syndicated editorial comic strip, featuring the affable key character Shuldig, has been ribbing politicos and their constituents for decades, taking a gentle poke at the Jewish world and the human condition. […]

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Haredi Groom Gets Cold Feet, Flees Wedding

A young couple from the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem canceled its wedding recently on the eve of the event, after the groom escaped from the banquet hall just moments before the marriage ceremony. The unusual event in the haredi society spread by word of mouth, reaching social networks in recent days. The […]

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“Auschwitz Birkenau Must Stay Authentic, Untouched”

Arutz Sheva TV‘s Hezki Ezra met the Director General of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. “The foundation was founded”, explain the founders, “in order for future generations visiting the remains of the Auschwitz Nazi German concentration camp to be able to see with their own eyes the authentic site of the crimes that the Nazis committed during the […]

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Jews in Sports: A Pioneer Passes

Oscar (Ossie) Schechtman, an original member of the New York Knicks, scored the legendary first National Basketball League (called the Basketball Association of America at the time) basket on November 1, 1946 at the old Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto against the short-lived Toronto Huskies. Long before Jabaar, Jordan, Kobe and LeBron, Ossie held the […]

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Kevin Rudd Changes Election Day, Averting Conflict with Yom Kippur

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called new elections for September 7, avoiding a conflict with Yom Kippur. Rudd said Sunday that the clash with Yom Kippur — September 14, the date set by Julia Gillard, his predecessor — was a “massive inconvenience” to Jews. Gillard was ousted in late June from the top job. […]

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Peres in Lithuania: Ponar Slaughter is a Warning to Us All

Peres in Lithuania: Ponar Slaughter is a Warning to Us All

On the second and final day of his state visit to Lithuania, President Shimon Peres, escorted by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, visited what is known as the Valley of Slaughter – the Ponar forest where some 100,000 Jews, gypsies, members of the Polish intelligentsia and some Soviet prisoners were mercilessly killed by the Nazis and […]

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Social Media Help Track Shoah Assets

When Cati Holland checked her email a few weeks ago, she was surprised to find a message saying she was eligible for compensation for her grandmother’s Berlin store that was seized by the Nazis more than 70 years ago. It wasn’t spam or a phishing attempt or even a legitimate note from a German official […]

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Anti-Semitic Finnish Paper Promises to ‘Tone it Down’

A freely-distributed Finnish paper notorious for its anti-Semitic content has said it would tone down its editorial line after being criticized by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center, AFP reported on Friday. “The contents are to become more commercial and radical articles should be avoided,” Juha Kaarkkaainen, editor-in-chief of the Magneettimedia paper, told the Helsingin Sanomat […]

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What’s Wrong With Being Right? – The Truth About Moral Relativism

In proclaiming that “Man is the measure of all things,” Greek philosopher Protagoras, was quite patent in denouncing any objective standard of morality, and by no means was he alone. The notion that truth is perceived differently from divergent points of view and that no single point of view is the complete truth, has from […]

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NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship. Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli. “He’s getting citizenship,” Walters said. ”He applied, and he’s there now.” Stoudemire went to […]

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Jewish Groups Spar Over Representation by Controversial Lawyer in Poland ‘Shechita’ Ban

Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich harshly criticized the European Jewish Association on Tuesday for hiring the former leader of a controversial parliamentary faction to represent the group in legal efforts to overturn a ban on ritual slaughter. Schudrich told The Jerusalem Post last week that Poland’s Jewish community was preparing to go to the country’s […]

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From Talmud to Thai Kickboxing

Every morning, Rabbi Yaakov Lupolianski arrives at the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva at the central Israeli moshav of Nehalim. He teaches Talmud, Torah and religion, and then goes home to change. As the sun goes down, the bearded rabbi turns into a tough Muay Thai instructor, who teaches his students to kick, punch and defend themselves. […]

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‘Shurat HaDin’ Files Suit Over Australian Israel Boycotts

An Israeli civil rights group, Shurat HaDin, has filed a class action complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 with the Australian Human Rights Commission over a Sydney professor’s participation and public support of boycotts of Israel including an academic boycott of  Israeli universities.   Recently, faculty and students at Sydney University called for the […]

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Cross Country Bikers Reach Ohio

Nine bicyclists riding across the United States stopped in New Albany, Ohio last week to help raise awareness of the Friendship Circle, a Jewish program that pairs teens with special-needs children and adults. “It’s something more than just riding cross country,” said 18-year-old Efraim Shaw of Monsey , N.Y. Friendship Circle started in Detroit in […]

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Aaron Panken Named President of Reform Movement’s Rabbinical School

Rabbi Aaron Panken has been elected president of the U.S. Reform movement’s rabbinical school. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion announced the decision made by its board of governors on Wednesday. Panken, 49, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., has taught rabbinic and Second Temple literature at HUC-JIR in New York since 1995. He has served as […]

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