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Accessible Worldwide Torah Study with Real-Life Relevance

When students started Skyping in to a weekly Parshah class from Thailand, Pearl Krasnjanski of Chabad-Lubavitch of Hawaii knew that there was something different about this particular learning experience. “There is a woman in our community in Honolulu who travels for six months of the year, but she did not want to miss the class,” explains Krasnjanski, who has […]

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Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe

A European rabbinical group has created a union of mohalim, or ritual circumcisers, in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and combat attempts to ban it. Based on the model of Britain’s Initiation Society, the Union of Mohalim in Europe seeks to “unite approved mohalim across Europe under a single banner, ensuring that all communities […]

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Lau Asserts His Universal Credentials in Race for Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Modi’in, is one of the two leading candidates for the position of Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi. He is the officially endorsed candidate of the haredi rabbinic and political leadership but has been touting his credentials as a candidate for all, based on his record in Modi’in as […]

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Forgotten WWII Fighters Commemorated

When one thinks of a ghetto uprising, the first thing that comes to mind is Warsaw. But historians have already determined that the Warsaw Ghetto fighters were not the first to revolt against the Nazis – they were preceded by the fighters of the Nieswiez Ghetto in eastern Poland. In order to create awareness and honor […]

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Facebook ‘Deserves Credit’ for Removing Hungarian Hate Speech

The Anti-Defamation League today praised Facebook for removing the page of Kuruc.info, the leading Hungarian purveyor of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma hate speech. The League assisted the Action and Protection Foundation, which monitors and combats anti-Semitism in Hungary, to submit a detailed complaint to Facebook. “Through its Facebook page, Kuruc.info was conveying threats against Jews and […]

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B’klyn Food Stamps Funds Trans-Atlantic Food Shipments

Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found. The practice is so […]

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Gilad Shalit to Join New Immigrants to Israel on Flight from U.S.

Gilad Shalit will accompany a flight of new immigrants, including 106 children, leaving New York for Israel on Monday. The former captive soldier will be onboard the first chartered El Al aliyah flight of the summer, which will leave John F. Kennedy Airport with 231 new immigrants, including 41 families. A live feed of the immigrants […]

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500-year-old Jewish Skeleton Found in Brazil

Brazilian archaeologists unearthed what they said are the 500-year-old remains of a Jewish man in Recife. A report Thursday in the online edition of the Rio de Janeiro-based O Globo described the discovery earlier this month as a perfectly-preserved skeleton of a male adult. The skeleton was found during earthwork in Recife in northern Brazil, […]

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Doorway by Doorway, Rabbi Seeks Jews

Montana’s small Jewish population is scattered across a huge US state that has more rodeos than rabbis, but one man is logging thousands of miles to seek out the faithful one doorway at a time. Rabbi Chaim Bruk has set his sights on making sure each Jewish home in the state has a mezuzah at […]

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Polish PM to Form Committee to Discuss Kosher Slaughter

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has given his consent to the establishment of a special committee in order to find a solution that would allow kosher slaughtering in his country, after the Polish parliament last week rejected a government-sponsored bill to legalize shechita, the European Jewish Press (EJP) reported. The announcement was made Thursday in […]

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Westchester Chabad House Hosts Inaugural Gala

On a recent evening at the Hampshire Country Club overlooking the Long Island Sound in Mamaroneck, NY, more than 250 guests turned out for Chabad of Larchmont and Mamaroneck’s Inaugural Dinner. The festive event celebrated some six years since Rabbi Mendel and Chana Silberstein arrived in the area to share the joy and teachings of […]

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Kickback Scandal at New York’s 92nd Street Y Results in Firings

The 92nd Street Y terminated several employees amid an investigation over kickbacks at the New York Jewish community center. The executive director of the JCC — one of the largest and oldest Jewish community centers in North America — is away on medical leave, The New York Jewish Week reported. An email circulated to Y […]

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Haredim get Free Bus Ride After Shabbat

For the past 10 years, there has been a non-formal agreement between the Egged bus company and ultra-Orthodox worshippers returning home from the Western Wall after Shabbat: These passengers may travel on bus No. 1, 2 or 3 for free and come back to pay the fare the next day. This service is offered to the haredi […]

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Berlin Hotel Bars Infamous British Holocaust Denier

Berlin’s hotel and restaurant association has announced that it will not host infamous British Holocaust denier David Irving, who is planning to visit the German capital in September. Irving, who was banned from entering Germany until last March, is set to address guests at a Sept. 10 dinner event with a $120 cover charge, according to reports. […]

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A Jewish Museum Opens in Alaska

With the grand opening of the Alaska Jewish Museum recently, the story of Alaska’s role in Operation Magic Carpet finally gets its due. At a July 4 reception, state officials and philanthropists involved in the project enjoyed a preview of the Museum’s permanent exhibit,On the Wings of Eagles: Alaska’s Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet. The […]

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A Kosher Climax: Wet Personal Lubricants get Rabbinic Certification

With Tu B’Av, the Jewish Valentine’s Day, fast approaching, kosher romantics have some new options thanks to Trigg Labs, which announced this week that its line of Wet personal lubricants and intimacy products are now kosher. After a two-year process to gain certification, all ingredients and equipment at Trigg Labs’ 52,000 square-foot Valencia, Calif., facility […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 85 July 17, 2013

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley in 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 […]

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American Orthodox Community Condemns Shas Rabbi’s Comments Against National-Religious

The Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Council of America issued a joint statement on Monday condemning Shas member Rabbi Shalom Cohen’s use of the term “Amalek” to characterize the leaders of the national-religious community. The two organizations, which represent the centrist stream of American Orthodoxy, released the statement just prior to Tisha Be’av, pleading for Jews […]

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Swiss Banks’ Shoah Fund ‘Paid Out $1.24B’

The Swiss-Jewish weekly Tachles said the figure was contained in a report by New York judge Edward Korman, who oversees the management of the fund. Korman’s report summed up operations since a landmark 1998 deal between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks. The banks were accused of keeping money owned by Jews who had […]

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Monthly Rallies to Protest Jewish Funding of BDS

Pro-Israel advocacy group JCC Watch is holding protests on the second Thursday of each month until it sees new guidelines that prevent the UJA-Federation of New York’s funding of activities that give a platform to activists of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the JNS news agency reports. JCC Watch held its first rally […]

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Challah Workshop a Jersey Shore Tradition

Rachel Silverman‘s summer goal is to get her family to the shore as early as she can on Friday mornings. Silverman, a resident of Philadelphia who has a summer home in Margate, said it’s not the beach they’re rushing to. It’s a weekly challah-baking workshop. “If we’re down on Friday morning, we’re at challah baking,” […]

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‘Last Chance’ Campaign to Hunt Out Nazi War Criminals to Start in Germany

A “last chance” campaign to root out surviving Nazi war criminals and bring them to justice before they die will be launched next week in Germany, almost 70 years after the end of World War Two. Nazi-hunters were encouraged by the prosecution last month in Hungary of 98-year-old Laszlo Csatary for helping to deport Jews to Auschwitz and […]

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Lea Michele Asks for Privacy After Boyfriend Cory Monteith’s Death

In the wake of her boyfriend Cory Monteith’s tragic death, Lea Michele has released a statement requesting to be left alone. “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time,” a rep for the actress told People. The Jewish “Glee” star, 26, was in Mexico when she learned that Monteith was found […]

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Tens of Thousands Mourn at Western Wall

Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers began flocking to the Western Wall plaza on Monday evening to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem as part of the fast day of Tisha B’Av. The believers are sitting on the ground barefoot as a sign of mourning, reading the Book of Lamentations […]

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Mayor Barkat: 50 Ways to Love Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat participated Monday evening in a reading of the Scroll (Megilla) of Eicha at Jerusalem’s Ir David site – and took the opportunity to sketch his vision of a pluralistic Jerusalem. The megilla reading was part of a special event at Ir David, entitled “How Rocks Break.” The reading of the Scroll […]

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Sign of the Times: Rabbi Photo a Winner

There are good ideas, and then there are award-winning ones. Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, co-director of Chabad of Uptown in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Chanie, can claim the latter. For the High Holidays last year, Lazaroff wanted to do something different, something really eye-catching. He took notice of a picture going around on social media about discontent […]

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Prestigious Thai University Apologizes for Mural Depicting Hitler Among ‘Superheroes’

Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University issued an apology on Facebook Monday for a mural on campus that depicted Adolf Hitler and was used to mark recent graduation ceremonies. “We apologize for the misunderstanding caused by the mural during the graduation ceremony on July 11 and 12, 2013,” said the Bangkok-based university, ranked among Thailand’s top institutions […]

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Prague Train Station to Become Holocaust Memorial

A train station in Prague from which tens of thousands of Jews were deported to death camps and ghettos is to be turned into a Holocaust memorial site by NGO Shoah Memorial Prague. Bubny Station was the site of mass deportations during the final years of World War II. The memorial is set to open […]

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Morocco’s Jewish Community Explored

The Jewish community in Morocco has a history spanning over two millennia, with a population that once amounted to hundreds of thousands. Although the Jewish population has now dropped to around 3,000, the history and culture of this community continues to make its mark on the country today, with Arab and Berber Moroccans having incorporated […]

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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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