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Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life

Rabbi Edward Feinstein

Publisher: Jewish Lights

What your rabbi probably never told you– about God, belief, the meaning of life, and more– but could have, if you had only asked.

The art of asking good questions is a hallmark of Jewish spirituality. From a very early age, we teach our children to ask and we celebrate their questioning. But for young people, it often feels as if no …

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The Story of the Jews: A 4,000-Year Adventure

Stan Mack

Publisher: Villard Press

A Fresh Look at 4,000 Years of Jewish History–Authoritative, Complete…Funny

Through witty, illustrated narrative, celebrated artist Stan Mack will take you on a rewarding pictorial journey through 4,000 years of ups and downs in Jewish history. The first “graphic history book” of its kind, The Story of the Jews celebrates the major characters …

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A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah

Noam Zion

Publisher: Shalom Hartman Institute

This Haggadah offers a rich feast of story and insight for anyone’s Seder Table. It can be used year after year and remain fresh. I look forward to using it with my family” – Rabbi Harold Kushner (Conservative) Author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

This is not just “another” Haggadah. It is itself a rich, joyful, and …

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Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire

Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Who were the Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire?

What lasting lessons does their spiritual life provide for future generations?

“How did the Judeo-Spanish-speaking Jews of the Ottoman Empire manage to achieve spiritual triumph? To answer this question, we need to have a firm understanding of their historical experience…. …

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Gold From the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook

Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Publisher: Urim Publications

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), the celebrated first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is recognized as being among the most important Jewish thinkers of all times. His writings reflect the mystic’s search for underlying unity in all aspects of life and the world, and his unique personality similarly united a rare combination of …

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Journeys to a Jewish Life: Inspiring Stories from the Spiritual Journeys of American Jews

Paula Amann

Publisher: Jewish Lights

What draws Jews back to their religious roots? What drives them away? What obstacles must they overcome to find their way home?

Paula Amann candidly probes these questions and more as she explores how secular and nominal Jews are blazing their own trails toward a vibrant, twenty-first-century Judaism. With the ear of a journalist and the heart of a …

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Blaze Shatters a Heart of New York Jewish Life

Blaze Shatters a Heart of New York Jewish Life

The fire that severely damaged Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Monday night sent ripples of distress across the Modern Orthodox community of Manhattan’s East Side and among Jews around New York familiar with Ramaz, its affiliated school.

The synagogue was where generations of congregants gathered to pray — and schmooze — on the Sabbath, the place where they married their …

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Speaking to Your Kids About Personal Safety – mp3 and article

In the broadest sense, I think that the time for fathers and mothers to begin protecting their beloved children from sexual abuse is the moment that they walk down from the chuppah and begin their married life together.

Think of it this way. Children who are raised in homes that are havens of safety, love, mutual respect and tolerance are far more likely to immediately notice when they …

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The Challenge of Introducing Young American Jews to Torah

There are no shortcuts to solving this problem. No matter how one tries to position it, Judaism is prescriptive. It teaches that there are things that one must do, and things that one cannot do; things that are permitted, and things that are off-limits. These constraints do not sit well with a generation that grew up in a multicultural environment, free of social pressures that kept …

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

1.)  Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also called as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians, located in the Old city of Jerusalem, far famed as the Christians holiest site and has been an significant pilgrimage since the 4th century. A monumental landmark respected as the Golgotha or Calvary wherein Christ was crucified and the tomb …

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Black Hats Traditionally Worn by Orthodox and Hasidic Jews Are Now Trendy, According to the Times

The Borsalino hat, a wide-brimmed black felt fedora commonly worn by Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish sects, has now gotten trendy amongst hipster folks, the Times reports. Kids in Williamsburg are wearing them with skinny jeans and sneakers, and Cole Haan shot Trinidadian hip-hop artist Theophilus London (who is decidedly not Jewish) wearing his in their spring ad campaign. When the Times …

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Slice Of Life: Passover, The Chocolate Spread Holiday!

Slice Of Life: Passover, The Chocolate Spread Holiday!

It’s now Passover, and we’ve just finished celebrating the first day of our beloved 7 day (8 days outside of Israel) holiday. Though we eat matzo to remind us of our liberation from slavery in Egypt, we also happen to love it! The hand-made round matzos that we generally eat, arrive in very large boxes, since the matzos themselves are about 14 inches wide, much larger than the …

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Slice Of Life: A Fruit Label Collection From The Heart…….

As a child we used to collect the little stickers that one finds on many kinds of fruit and save them on the back of one of the kitchen cabinet doors. I do believe the point of this was to appreciate where things come from, as well as being a geography lesson of sorts. Though come to think of it, it may have started with Chiquita banana labels that were redeemable for prizes. Over the years …

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Jews Fighting Jews

Jon Stewart is at it again. It seems like every month or so, they pull out an exclusively Jewish segment that must confuse many of their non-Jewish watchers. And last night was no exception.

I didn’t actually know anything about this story prior to the expose last night. But it’s kind of messed up. The Orthodox community (I guess not exclusively Orthodox, but the campaign is being …

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Macy’s and Israel

At the turn of the twentieth century, two of the wealthiest and most famous men in America were a pair of Jewish  brothers named Nathan and Isidor Straus. Owners of R.H. Macy ‘s Department Store and founders of the A&S(Abraham & Straus) chain, the brothers were multimillionaires, renowned for their philanthropy and social activism.

In 1912, the brothers and their wives were …

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Yes, Jews Owned Slaves

So, an article I wrote about the Jews of Suriname was published in the Washington Post over the weekend. And I’ve gotten some interesting feedback. Some of it has been from the various curmudgeons of my life (here’s a tip: if you have a serious commentary, feel free to write a letter to the editor.

If you don’t like how something was worded…move on) and some of it has been from …

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The ‘ABCD’ of Young American Jews

Young people are distancing themselves from aspects of the Judaism of their elders, and responding to what they see as its shortcomings. Embodied within the endeavors outlined above is both a widely held, albeit unevenly shared, critique of conventional Jewish life.

The Jewishly engaged but institutionally unaffiliated harbor four objections to the commonly available opportunities for …

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Teaching Civil Rights to Jews

Teaching Civil Rights to Jews

Many of us know that Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walked with Martin Luther King Jr. at the Selma Civil Rights March in 1965. But that’s just a tiny bit of the history of Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. If you’re struggling to teach a civil rights lesson to your Hebrew or Sunday school class, you’re in luck!

The Jewish Women’s Archive recently launched Living …

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I will survive circumcision: Did you have bris late in life?

I remember hearing these stories in yeshiva about kids who found out they weren’t really Jewish later on in life, the stories centered around whether or not the kid or young adult decided to stay the course and convert or leave the path and get laid – the stories never focused on the pain and anticipation of having your foreskin cut off while you knew exactly what was happening.

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UN prepares to condemn Jewish life in Judea and Samaria

UN prepares to condemn Jewish life in Judea and Samaria

At the behest of the Palestinian Authority, the UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that condemns Jews for settling in their ancestral lands of Judea and Samaria, and demanding that Israel halt the practice altogether.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters on Wednesday that his government would soon be seeking official UN Security Council …

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Kids Escape Brooklyn Fire By Jumping From Window

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A Brooklyn father was forced to make a life and death decision Wednesday morning, as he pushed his children out of a third-floor window to save them from their burning home.

Muhammed Qasim and his wife pushed three of their children from the top window of their burning house to the second-floor ledge below, reports CBS 2′s Pablo Guzman.

“When I see everything …

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Netherlands seeking extradition of former Nazi wanted for killing Jews

Netherlands seeking extradition of former Nazi wanted for killing Jews

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The Netherlands will use a new legal procedure to seek the extradition from Germany of an 88-year-old Dutchman who was jailed for killing Jewish prisoners at a Nazi transit camp, but escaped from prison in 1952.

The extradition of former SS soldier Klaas Carel Faber has been hindered by a German law preventing extradition of German nationals for war crimes; though …

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Israeli Jews at odds with liberal US brethren

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When Hillary Rubin immigrated from the United States to Israel, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and descendant of a famed Zionist visionary felt that she had finally arrived in her true home. But now that religious authorities are questioning the 29-year-old Michigan native’s Jewish pedigree and refusing to recognize her marriage, she’s having …

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Yes, Jews Rock Too

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We all know that Jews can rock. After all, you only need to listen to Bob Dylan or Gene Simmons of Kiss to know that. But there are also some Jewish singers who are rocking Jewish music… and I don’t mean Jon Fishman leading Phish in “Avinu Malkeinu.”

I remember in 1999 when the Jewish rock star Rick Recht came to the Jewish summer camp …

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Carter returns to anti-Israel bias, despite apology to U.S. Jews

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter continues to unfairly criticize Israel despite a recent announcement he would refrain from anti-Israel bias, Anti-Defamation League chief Abraham H. Foxman said in an open letter on Monday.

Late last year, the former U.S. president apologized to the American Jewish community for “stigmatizing Israel” in a letter published by …

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Living the Legacy: a new take on Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

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As soon as I begin talking about the history of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, a few names immediately come up in conversation: Abraham Joshua Heschel. Micky Schwerner. Andrew Goodman.

These names and the images associated with them — Heschel marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965; the young faces of Schwerner and Goodman and …

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

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1098

Information about the Jews in Poland has began to be publicize in Polish chronicles

1170

Warsaw Jews administered the Polish mint. Many coins had Hebrew inscriptions.

1203

Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia.

1264

The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by the Duke of …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on …

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Life is a Test - How To Meet Life’s Challenges Successfully

Life is a Test - How To Meet Life's Challenges Successfully

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Publisher: Artscroll

For over forty years, Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis has been a globetrotting spokeswoman for Judaism. Whether counseling a searching soul or addressing a packed house in Madison Square Garden, her message is elegantly universal, while simultaneously addressing the specific needs of contemporary Jews. In Life Is A Test, the Rebbitzen’s …

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The Jews and Their Future: A Conversation on Judaism and Jewish Identities

Esther Benbassa and Jean-Christophe Attias pose a number of controversial questions that challenge prevailing myths and attitudes about Judaism, upsetting conformist discourses and received ideas. What if the Jews were not the “descendants” of the Hebrews? What if the Jewish Book was more the Talmud than the Bible? What if medieval judeophobia could not be identified with modern …

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