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What’s the Deal with Frummies and Their Gaudy Furniture?

I had no idea what chargers were until it came down to figuring out what we wanted to put on our wedding registry. Apparently they are plates that you don’t use, except to put under the large dinner plates when setting a table, I put my foot down “they sounded super dumb and gaudy to [...]

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Supporters And Critics Of The Special Needs Education Bill

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is weighing whether to sign a bill on special education (reported last week by VIN News)that opponents argue would give families more power to send their children to religious schools at taxpayers’ expense. Critics of the bill, including the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, said the language in the bill [...]

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Study: 19% of New York Jews ‘Poor’

The UJA Federation of New York has published a study on New York’s Jewish population. According to “Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011″, the population of New York’s Jewish community has grown nearly 10% since the previous study in 2002 with 1.5 million Jews now living in the eight-county New York area. The UJA-Federation’s [...]

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What’s Father’s Day When One has a Jewish Mother?

In many Jewish families, Father’s Day seems to just come and go. All through June, daughters and sons complain that their dads are “difficult to buy for” and flood stores and online shops in search of all kinds of presents - from rotating tie racks to leather-bound bookends. Most of the items I see advertised [...]

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The Business of Haredi Weddings

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) there are 135,000 households that see themselves as part of the haredi sector, and with an average of six members in each haredi family, roughly one million people belong to the haredi sector in society. This means that nearly every haredi family has a family member undergoing [...]

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“Sipping from the Nile”: A Memoir of the Exodus of Cairo’s Jewish Daughters

I was raised in a beautiful mansion on the banks of the Nile, in a multicultural multilingual Sephardic Italian Jewish family in Egypt: a Middle Eastern family, where men rose to prominence by their acts in a larger world, while women ran households, managed a large staff, volunteered their services to Jewish charities, and gained [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 20 March 7, 2012

Germany turned its focus to internal security. The unrest in Berlin during the summer of 1918 led the Prussian Ministry of the Interior to make a surprising decision. Bernhard Weiss, a little-known Jewish war hero and recipient of the Iron Cross First Class, was ordered to leave the front lines and serve as deputy head [...]

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Children and Technology: The Good, the Bad and the Dangerous

As our society becomes even more dependent on technology, we will have to continue adapting to the technology innovations that continue to amaze us. The constant advances in everything from mobile gadgets to our household appliances will force us to change the way we currently do everyday tasks. If you need help figuring out how [...]

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Kfar Chabad Central to IKEA’s Observance of Kosher

You can’t miss an IKEA. Full of furniture and household items with Swedish names many find hard to pronounce, the stores all look the same – big, blue, and yellow. But in Israel, there’s one striking difference, for it is there that the chain’s trademark in-store restaurant is kosher. That fact has been on full [...]

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Jewish Calendar II #16-Mehadrin Min Hamehadrin

Chanukah is a unique holiday in that the Gemara delineates two extra levels of hiddur mitzvah (enhancing the mitzva) when lighting the candles. The basic mitzva is for the head of the household to light one candle each night for the whole family. However, there is a level of mehadrin where each family member lights [...]

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What role does a close and supportive family play in Judaism?

Question: What role does a close and supportive family play in Judaism? Is it in the spirit of Torah for a child to settle in Eretz Yisrael if the parents who stay behind will feel resentful and unappreciated? Answer: Family is unquestionably a Jewish value. The whole concept of Am Yisrael developing into a nation [...]

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I hereby launch the Woman’s Voice movement

Those of you who haven’t been following closely may not be aware but in recent months there have been a number of public incidents in Israel where women have been asked to stop or avoid performing songs in public. There have been incidents where women have been removed from advertising campaigns and even advertisements. There [...]

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Reminder: Don’t Forget To Make An Eruv Tavshilin

It is forbidden on a holiday to do any act in preparation for the following day,1 even if the following day is Shabbat. However, the sages created a halachic device, called an eruv tavshilin, which allows one to cook food on a holiday day for use on a Shabbat that immediately follows it. If a [...]

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During the High Holy Days, being a feminist isn’t as easy as it seems

The holidays, which begin on Wednesday, offer a chance to solve a mystery: Why do women, even those who work outside the home, and even those who have proven themselves big time in diverse careers, often measure themselves on the basis of their household management skills? And why do others use that same yardstick? Why [...]

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Are E-Books Kosher?

There’s a scene in my novel Sweet Like Sugar where Benji, the main character, finds himself alone in an Orthodox rabbi’s house. The first thing he does is check out the bookshelves that line every wall: religious commentary in the study, nonfiction (in English and Hebrew and occasionally Yiddish) covering everything from ancient Jewish history [...]

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Like A Rolling Stone

Like A Rolling Stone

Mick Jagger and a popular avant-garde magazine turned the expression “rolling stone” into a household word. But, did you ever stop and think about what a rolling stone really signifies? A person is walking down the street; he sees a white, roundish looking stone in the middle of the street. He has an irresistible urge [...]

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The Ascent to Haute Boro Park

This post was written in response to a Tablet magazine piece posting a slide show of a women’s change from jeans skirts to jeans. Dear Ms.Umansky, If you can run an entire piece plus a slide show on Dvora Meyer’s evolution (devolution?) from jeanskirt wearing into jeans, than I’d like to propose the opposite side. [...]

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Liveblogging Passover

The holiday of Passover starts at sunset tonight, right? Not really. In our household, Passover started about a month ago — due partly to the fact that my wife is crazy & obsessive, and partly to the Hasidic idea that you’re supposed to start cleansing the specks of hametz out of your life, both physically and spiritually, thirty [...]

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Stop! Don’t Touch That Matzah

So I don’t know if you noticed, but we just finished up with Purim. So many kind strangers and people-from-my-synagogue-whose-names-I-sort-of-know-but-don’t-exactly were kind enough not to be weirded out by my early-1990s raver costume (Arabic noise-rock t-shirt, fluorescent dummy, paisley jacket, purple parachute pants). Not only did they still talk to me whilst wearing that getup, [...]

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Managing a Jewish Household

Running a traditional Jewish household is not easy. A number of Jewish traditions have to be observed all throughout the year. Here are some tips on how you can manage a Jewish household. Decorate your home with Jewish symbols like the mezuzah which is placed at your front door, Kiddush cups, menorah, Shabbat candles and [...]

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Hanukkah Gifts for Mom and Dad

Hanukkah is a popular gift-giving holiday. It is during this time when parents prepare special gifts for their children. As we celebrate Hanukkah this year, why not return the favor and give a memorable gift to your parents that are sure to paint smile on their faces. Here are some tips in choosing a good [...]

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56% of Haredim live in poverty

56% of Haredim live in poverty

Some 56% of the country’s Haredi (ultra-Orthodox ) citizens live under the poverty line, and Haredim make up 20% of the country’s poor, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry has found. Yet they constitute only 10% of the population. The findings, from a report on Haredi employment, will be presented to the Knesset Labor, Welfare [...]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. [...]

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Haredim spend average NIS 1,300 on clothes for High Holidays

Haredim spend average NIS 1,300 on clothes for High Holidays

Ahead of the High Holidays, the haredi public spent about NIS 100 million (about $26.7 million) on clothes for their families, according to a study performed by Mutagim Market Research for the haredi sector of Habetzefer Advertising School.The survey was polled 500 respondents representative of 100,000 haredi households in Israel. Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Jewish Living: Sabbath

The word Sabbath derives from the Hebrew Shabbat which means to cease or stop. It was derived first in the Biblical entries of Genesis, telling the story of the seven days of Creation. Sabbath is observed as the seventh day of the week, on which we are required to rest, in remembrance of the creation [...]

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Jewish Scholarships for Women: Supporting Jewish Women’s Education in the 21st Century

Women were historically exempted from obtaining a form of education beyond the practical aspects of Torah and rules in running a Jewish household. This has changed in the past 100 years, when education for Jewish women has advanced remarkably. There are a few educational scholarships available for Jewish women 1. The Jewish Foundation for Education [...]

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Jewish Comedian

Jewish Comedian

Jewish comedians played a significant role in the evolution of the American culture over the last century. Jewish comic geniuses such as, Henny Youngman (1906-1998), Milton Berle (1908-2002), Groucho Marx (1890-1977) and the Marx Brothers, Andy Kaufman (1949 - 1984), Mort Sahl (born 1927), Gilda Radner (1946-1989), Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) and many more, have enriched [...]

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How to Kosher Meat

Back in the old days, the process of koshering was done at home, most of the time involving all members of the household in the different steps. Nowadays, koshering a meat is usually done in butcher shops. However, some Jewish families still choose to kosher their meat. Koshering is the process of slaughtering meat following the [...]

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The Ha-motzi Blessing - Acknowledging God As Our Provider

Ha-motzi is a blessing said before eating bread. It is one of the most said blessings and is usually recited on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Here’s how to say the blessing for the challah: Everyone present must wash their hand for the bread. The head of the household will make the blessing for everybody. [...]

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How to Prepare the Shabbat Table

Shabbat meals are festive affairs involving discussions of the Torah and family conversations. It is also during Shabbat meals that members of the household bond. Setting the table for Shabbat can be a fun weekly activity for the whole family. Here are a few tips in setting up your traditional Shabbat table. Clean your table [...]

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