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The Barack Obamulke Yarmulke

There is much discussion about “The Jewish Vote” in the ongoing presidential race. While “Jews for George” made headlines during the 2004 campaign and more Jews than expected voted for McCain in 2008, in the 2012 election the political pundits are already predicting a large shift among Jewish voters, who historically have voted overwhelmingly Democrat. [...]

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Why kids Who Go to Yeshiva in Israel “Frum-Out”

Why kids who go to yeshiva in Israel “frum-out”

We have all seen it before, your next door neighbors kid, fresh off the boat from his year in Israel. The different yarmulke, maybe the longer tzitzis, that kissing of his hand after he shakes yours (maybe it’s an immunity thing), his harder more violent kavannah filled shuckeling and the talk of Hashem’s beauty and [...]

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Mitch Albom Receives Honorary Degree from JTS

Mitch Albom received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from my alma mater the Jewish Theological Seminary last Thursday. This was not Mitch’s first time at JTS, as he has been a guest speaker there several times in the past. I grew up in Metro Detroit reading Mitch Albom’s columns in the sports section [...]

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Jews in Odd Places

Jews in Odd Places

When I told the people at my Orthodox Jewish high school that I was going to University of Iowa for college people were typically…puzzled. Why would anyone move to Iowa? Where would I go to shul? Where would I meet my beshert? To my shock, and the shock of pretty much everyone I knew in [...]

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Jewish Girls Should Get Married

On Sunday night I had a conversation with my ex about marriage. Every time he sees me he ends up saying some version of, “When are you going to get married?” And I say, “As a divorced person, care to tell me what’s so great about marriage?” And then he changes the subject. So, it [...]

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How to Choose a Jewish College

Some Jewish students prefer to study in Jewish universities instead of going to secular colleges. They feel that the distractions from non-Jewish colleges may affect their studies. Finding the right Jewish college is easy with these few steps: Use your resources to do research. You can find resources by using search sites like Google and [...]

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Beginnings: Jewels of Elul

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I decided to be Orthodox in the middle of college. I was on scholarship to a very big school, and I was feeling very small. One of my best friends had just gotten raped and then sort of ignored by most of our circle of friends, and ran away to Europe. I’d thought I was [...]

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Joan Holloway’s Tushy Is Jewish

Joan Holloway’s Tushy Is Jewish

Hello! My name is Rachel Shukert. You may remember me from summer camp, where I faked a recurring nut allergy in order to spend most of my time watching Days of our Lives in the air-conditioned infirmary, but I’m also the author of Everything is going to be great, my brand-new memoir of the two [...]

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Can Day Schools Survive?

Can Day Schools Survive?

In describing its news-making $33 million grant to the Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University to train a cadre of more than 1,000 Jewish educators, the heads of The Jim Joseph Foundation were clear about where they envision most of these teachers working.“The vast majority will not necessarily go work at [...]

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The Judaica College Kit

5 Essentials of Jewish Life Going away to college or setting up your first apartment? This kit brings together many essential items for your Jewish life. Kit Includes: Romantic Gardens Tzedakah Jar Clear Lucite Mezuzah Case with self-stick tape 6 cm (scroll sold separately) My Very Own Jewish Calendar 12 Braid Havdalah Candle - Beeswax [...]

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The Adventures of Agent Emes

Eight-year-old Sruli Slodowitz from Pico-Robertson likes dressing up as his favorite hero; no, it is not Batman, Superman or even Harry Potter ラ but Agent Emes, “an ordinary kid with an extraordinary mission” who is the 11-year-old protagonist in a new mystery adventure video series for Jewish children.}}Agent Emes (from the Ashkenazic pronunciation of the [...]

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The Adventures of Agent Emes

Eight-year-old Sruli Slodowitz from Pico-Robertson likes dressing up as his favorite hero; no, it is not Batman, Superman or even Harry Potter — but Agent Emes, “an ordinary kid with an extraordinary mission” who is the 11-year-old protagonist in a new mystery adventure video series for Jewish children. Agent Emes (from the Ashkenazic pronunciation of [...]

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Traveling Menorah

This traveling menorah is made of lightweight anodized aluminum. The pieces fold up into a smooth column of 2.5” x 1.5” that easily packs for travel. The connected links of the belt unfold into a streamlined, handsome hanukah menorah 12” in length. This makes a perfect gift for a traveler, a Bar Mitzvah or for [...]

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Howard M. Sachar Publisher: Vintage Books “A rich and balanced account. . . . There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World “Magisterial . . . Sachar situates Jews [...]

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Battling for Souls: The Vaad Hatzala Rescue Committee in Post War Germany

Dr. Alex Grobman Publisher: Ktav The truth about Orthodox Jewry and what happened in the DP Camps in the American Zone. It shows why and how the Jewish community falls apart in a crisis. Battling for Souls: The Vaad Hatzala Rescue Committee in Post War Germany by Dr. Alex Grobman is an unusually revealing book [...]

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The Rebbe’s Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch

Sue Fishkoff Publisher: Schocken Books “Excuse me, are you Jewish?” With these words, the relentlessly cheerful, ideologically driven emissaries of Chabad-Lubavitch approach perfect strangers on street corners throughout the world in their ongoing efforts to persuade their fellow Jews to live religiously observant lives. In The Rebbe’s Army, award-winning journalist Sue Fishkoff gives us the [...]

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Canon Without Closure: Torah Commentaries

Ismar Schorsch Publisher: Aviv Press The word of God, unlike the language of humans, was deemed to bear an infinity of meanings,” writes Dr. Ismar Schorsch. Throughout the ages, rabbis and scholars have embraced this open-ended approach to Torah, participating in an ongoing dialogue with the text. While serving as Chancellor of the Jewish Theological [...]

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Going Kosher In 30 Days!

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein Publisher: The Jewish Learning Group Kosher is in. And going kosher has just become easier than ever before! “GOING KOSHER IN 30 DAYS” will teach the simply curious and those seriously considering going kosher all the whys and hows of kosher. Over eleven million people will buy kosher food this year, and [...]

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