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Tzohar Rabbis to Offer Circumcision

As the struggle to conduct weddings continues, Tzohar is expanding its activity by offering additional religious services. The organization’s rabbis have announced a new initiative: Tzohar Mohels, who will offer friendly, inclusive circumcision ceremonies. The rabbis have promised to meet with clients before and after the ceremony and not charge a higher fee than that [...]

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Tzohar Rabbis to Start Secular-Friendly Brit Milah Program in Israel

The Tzohar rabbinical organization, which helps to involve non-religious couples and their families in religious wedding ceremonies, is introducing a brit milah program “friendly” to non-observant Jews in Israel. The initiative, which will help parents circumcisetheir sons according to normative Jewish law, was born in response to the rising number of couples foregoing ritual circumcision, [...]

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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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Columbia Celebrates Its First Chassidic Wedding

The sea of bearded men in black frock coats and fedoras, lifting their voices in ancient Hebrew chants, was the first hint that this was no ordinary South Carolina wedding. Then there was the striking brunette bride, her eyes shielded by a rectangular face covering, led by her parents and grandparents seven times around the [...]

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This May Be My Last Post as a Single Man…

In preparation for my wedding this coming Sunday, I spent the last 3 days in the woods. A 26 mile solo backpack in the Yosemite high country, followed by some good hitchhiking to get back to my car and a day riding my bike at Mammoth Bike Park rounded out my idea of a mighty [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 34 - June 13, 2012

At least for one day, all ethnic tensions played second-fiddle to  Harmony Day, at Hamilton-Metz Park. As the summer is nearly upon us in its official capacity, we soon will mark the legal-age since the infamous 1991 Crown Heights riot. The day’s activities commenced with a march down Empire Boulevard in the morning, and ended [...]

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Rabbinate Eases Wedding Regulations for Tzohar Rabbis

The Chief Rabbinate has released a new set of criteria for rabbis who can officiate weddings, indicating a breakthrough in the negotiations with the Tzohar movement, whose officials have long claimed that they are being discriminated against by Israel’s top religious authority. The new regulations make allowances for Religious-Zionist rabbis who have so far been [...]

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Savvy Auntie Blessings

There is something very special about an aunt and uncle’s relationship with their nieces and nephews. No one has demonstrated the importance of the relationship between an aunt and her nieces and nephews better than Melanie Notkin, who launched SavvyAuntie.com. Here is the second column I have published on the SavvyAuntie.com blog and it is [...]

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Progressives Welcome Conservative Gay Weddings

Leaders of progressive Jewish movements in Israel as well as gay rights groups welcomed the adoption of guidelines for wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples by the Conservative Judaism movement in the US. The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards – which rules on the Conservative stream’s stance on matters of Jewish law – [...]

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Mark Zuckerberg Gets Married to Priscilla Chan

In the run up to the big Facebook initial public offering this past week, the media went Facebook crazy and tried to get interviews from everyone connected to Mark Zuckerberg. Of course that included the rabbi of his childhood congregation. In an article on The Scarsdale Daily website, Rabbi David Holtz of Temple Beth Abraham was quoted [...]

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New Siddur a ‘Ner Tamid’ for Brazil’s Jews

A new daily siddur (prayer book) has just been published for Brazil’s Jews by the Shavei Israel organization. Included in the “Ner Tamid” (“Eternal Flame”) siddur are the original Hebrew prayers with a phonetic translation into Portuguese. In addition, the siddur features a Portuguese-language translation to enhance comprehension by those who do not understand Hebrew. [...]

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Need a Shidduch? Devorah Benjamin Has an Idea!

Need a Shidduch? Devorah Benjamin Has an Idea!

This past Yud daled Kislev an idea was born: for a nominal fee of $100, Devorah Benjamin of KSCVK will take your name, the name of your child, friend, or relative, and daven at the Ohel for a shidduch. The money will go straight to KSCVK’s fund for Crown Heights Chassanim and Kallos. The program [...]

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Yayin Nesech San Francisco Style

Yayin Nesech San Francisco Style

I initially laughed at what I’m about to tell you, but then I began wondering about the implications of it. There is a common practice among gang members to pour off a little of whatever drink they’re having in front of the corner store when they learn of a friend being shot or picked up [...]

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Sefirat Haomer Part I: The Special Event of Kabbalat Hatorah

The days of sefirat haomer are days of spiritual preparation for the holiday of Shavuot. The Netivot Shalom notes that the order of the moadim: Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, are a way for a person to come closer to Hashem. It starts with Pesach and peaks at Shemini Atzeret. Pesach and the period of sefirah [...]

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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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Bnei Brak - Parents Worry After Entire Girls Seminary Class Not Engaged Yet

The girls in one class in a prestigious girls’ seminary in Bnei Brak are worried about a “wedding drought.” While dozens of girls from other classes are already successfully matched, none of the girls in the class has gotten engaged since the beginning of the year. The 19-year-old girls study in a post high-school track [...]

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Non-Jewish Couples Embrace the Faith for Weddings

Jessie Engelman and her fiancé plan to wed later this year and sign a ketubah, the traditional Jewish marriage contract. But neither is Jewish, nor are they evangelical Christians looking to honor their biblical connections to the faith. More non-Jewish couples have embraced Jewish marriage rituals over the last decade. Some stomp a glass - [...]

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Kallah Sues After Being Dumped Via Text Message

A 22-year-old kallah in Israel is seeking compensatory damages after being “dumped” by her chosson via a text message to her mobile phone. Yediot Achronot reports the two were scheduled to get married until they had an argument two weeks before the chupah, surrounding finances. They spoke on the phone following the dispute and then [...]

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Students Learn Recipe to Chabad’s Secret Sauce

If the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement was a guest invited to your wedding, where would it sit? Too religious for your friends. Too freewheeling for the kosher side of the family. Too big for the small-town Federation sorts. You’d gnaw through your manicure before finding it a seat where it would fit with the others. Chabad [...]

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Weddings are about the simcha, not the money!

The natural progression of wedding planning dictates that somewhere along the way you should register with some big box store to take the fun out of gift giving. The first time I heard about wedding registries, I really didn’t believe it, what was the point of getting a gift if you knew what you were [...]

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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out [...]

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Yes the rumors are true – I coerced someone into marrying me

Yes the rumors are true – I coerced someone into marrying me

This past Thursday night I coerced a hot chabad girl (she’s too tznius to be a Hot Chani) to marry me, I cornered her in a shul and gave her a nice necklace. Did you know that chabadniks don’t do engagement rings?  Yeah, something about the Rebbe and the Baal Shem Tov in a forest [...]

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New Nesting Houses Mobile Kit In The Shop!

New Nesting Houses Mobile Kit In The Shop!

I’ve had his idea for a nesting house mobile ever since I designed my nesting dreidel mobile, and it has finally come to fruition! It’s a 25 page digital crafting kit with lots of fun pages that you print from your own computer. Mix and match the elements and have fun making some festive mobiles [...]

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Yes, An Orthodox Rabbi Can “Do” a Commitment Ceremony

Our colleague and teacher, Rabbi Steve Greenberg, is an Orthodox rabbi who will go down in history as being the first Orthodox rabbi to officiate a Jewish commitment ceremony and civil marriage for two men. In a recent article in The Jewish Week, Rabbi Greenberg explained that this ceremony which took place in Washington D.C. [...]

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Honorable Mentchen: Wedding Joy

One of the prime expressions of chesed (kindness) is the mitzva of attending a wedding. A wedding is not about having a good time but rather about bringing happiness to the bride and groom by your presence. This is accomplished by speaking and endearing the bride and groom to each other. If the bride and [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production [...]

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Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Following the storm that erupted two weeks ago surrounding the issue of wedding licenses for rabbis, MK Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) proposed a new bill to address one of the core complaints in the controversy. Orbach’s bill, submitted last week, would make it illegal for a rabbi employed by a local religious council to accept [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #4 – November 15, 2011

A beautiful two story building originally built in the 1920’s registered as a historic site by the city of hollywood was recently purchased was recently purchased by Chabad of Northeast Hollywood/Shul of the Lakes will be turned into a Chabad house. Last Wednesday, between a series of understanding Minister Yakov Margi and Rabbi David Stav [...]

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Tzohar wedding crisis resolved

Religious Services Minister Yakov Margi and Tzohar Chairman Rabbi David Stav reached a series of understandings on Wednesday evening, allowing the Modern Orthodox organization’s rabbis to resume their wedding project. The talks between the parties began in the early afternoon hours, concluding with a private meeting between Margi and Stav at the Knesset. Many lawmakers [...]

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Tzohar wedding project shut down

The Tzohar rabbis’ organization is shutting down its flagship marriage project. The Modern Orthodox organization’s management has announced that its volunteer rabbis can no longer register and wed couples – mostly secular – following the Religious Services Ministry’s decision to significantly reduce the number of marriage certificates allotted to Tzohar, as first reported by Ynet. [...]

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