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Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Jon Entine

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine vividly brings to life the profound human implications of the Age of Genetics while illuminating one of today’s most …

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Israel Police busts ultra-Orthodox cult suspected of abusing women and children

Israel Police, in cooperation with Jerusalem district officers and social services, arrested nine members of a cult living in Jerusalem and in the Tiberias area over the past few weeks, on suspicion of carrying out emotional and physical abuse of women and children over a two year period,

An undercover investigation into the cult was initiated following a complaint submitted by a young …

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I’ll raise my children as Jewish says the star who ‘doesn’t believe in religion’

She once claimed that she did not believe in religion.

But now Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she wants to raise her children in the Jewish faith, following an appearance on the ancestry programme Who Do You Think You Are?

The American actress, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, was moved to discover earlier this year on the show that her family came …

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Nursery owner invents wristband that warns children when to stop playing in the sun

A nursery owner has invented a wristband that will protect children from skin cancer.

Bali Carty, 29, said she came up with her product after realising parents were worried their youngsters were spending too much time in the sun.

Over-exposure to UV rays can burn the skin, hair and eyes and lead to skin cancer, premature ageing and eye disorders such as cataracts.

The white …

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Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK

Evil words in Islamic Republic: A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.

Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic’s most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only …

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Dozens injured, many of them children, when bus flips over in central Israel

46 people were injured when a bus carrying children and adults flipped over on Route 6, near Ayal Interchange in central Israel.

The bus was on its way from an event in Jerusalem organized by a branch of the Islamic movement to Majd al-Karum, a north Israel Arab village.

Medical and emergency teams have rushed to the site of the accident to assist and provide treatment for those hurt. …

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Making the Four Children Speak to Us

One of goals of the Passover seder is make this ancient, traditional ritual speak to us today. On Monday night, throughout the world, Jewish people will retell the story of the Exodus with the commentary of the Haggadah.

For me, the most poignant part of the seder ritual is the section describing four different individuals. These four children have been used as metaphors throughout the ages …

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TEN WAYS to help you and YOUR CHILDREN have a more Meaningful and Inspiring PESACH SEDER

Use these suggestions to infuse new meaning and excitement into your seder and create a lasting experience for you and your family.

1.Make the most of your Seder and best fulfill the mitzvah of V’higadita L’vincha by staying focused on telling the actual story of Yetzias Mitzrayim; concentrate on the events and their lessons.

2. Transform Yetzias Mitzrayim from a story into a …

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Dr. David Pelcovitz – Three Keys to Raising Your Children

On Moetzaei Shabbos, December 25th, Dr. David Pelcovitz, one of the foremost child psychologist gave a lecture to over 500 men and women at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. You can download the shiur here.

Dr. Pelcovitz is the son of the former long time Rabbi of the White Shul in Far Rockaway, Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz and his lectures are filled with relevant Divrei Torah, …

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Career or children?

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Although children did not come easily to me, thank G-d I now have three school age children. Sometimes I can’t help feeling like I’m neither here nor there – not really immersed in child-rearing to the exclusion of everything else, but not entirely free to go back to school to pursue my interests. I can only imagine how betrayed women who …

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Give me children or give me death

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M., 25, is about to die. The young haredi woman, who resides in an isolated community in Jerusalem, has been refusing to undergo an urgent hysterectomy to remove a tumor that has spread in her uterus because it will mean losing her ability to give birth.

M. was diagnosed with endometrial cancer over a year ago. The doctors told the young women, who has yet …

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How to Organize a Hanukkah Children’s Party

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Hanukkah is a celebration of our Jewish heritage. It is a holiday that is often combined with modern traditions that sometimes its real essence is neglected. Explaining to children the essence of Hanukkah is important. For them to truly appreciate Hanukkah and their Jewish heritage, we have to explain to them what Hanukkah is and why we are celebrating it. One way to do …

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Kashrus Alert: Canadian Children’s Tylenol Not Kosher

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New Square Kashrus Council has advised that grape flavored children’s liquid Tylenol that is made in Canada is not kosher and should not be used.  The product contains a substantial amount of glycerin produced from non-kosher sources and should not be used.  This product affects only the grape flavored children’s Tylenol that was produced in Canada.

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Rebbetzin Heller is Helping Parents in Teaching Children To Be Givers

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By nature, children do not enjoy giving. Babies know nothing about giving and everything about taking.  This is because very young children only hear their animal souls. You, as the parent must awaken within them another more elevated voice.

We live in a materialistic society where giving is undervalued. What counts is physical reality. In the material sense, the …

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Abraham’s Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, David Shatz (editor), Joel B. Wolowelsky (editor), Reuven Ziegler (editor)

Publisher: Ktav

Abraham’s Journey, the ninth in the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, focuses on the life of Avraham Avinu, founding patriarch of the Jewish People. Abraham is not only the first Jew, but also a historical prototype, his …

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The Temple in Jerusalem: A Description of the Second Temple

The Temple in Jerusalem: A Description of the Second Temple

Rabbi Israel Dov Levanoni

Publisher: Brit Chalom Editions Ltd.

A beautiful gift book, which describes the Second Temple according to the understanding of the Rambam. Contains numerous color photos of a scale model of the Beis HaMikdash, plus explanatory diagrams. Includes a large, full-color, fold-out floor plan of the Temple compound. Also contains the entire Maseches Middos in Hebrew …

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The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children

James L. Kugel

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The biblical story of Jacob and his children must have troubled ancient readers. By any standard, this was a family with problems. Jacob’s oldest son Reuben is said to have slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah. The next two sons, Simeon and Levi, tricked the men of a nearby city into undergoing circumcision, and then murdered …

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Children of Israel Congregation in Youngstown, Ohio

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Children of Israel Congregation

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3970 1/2 Logan Way

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Youngstown

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Ohio

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Orthodox

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330-759-2167

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330-759-0169

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http://www.homestead.com/youngstownshul/

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Children of Israel in Youngstown, Ohio

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Children of Israel

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3970 Logan Way

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Youngstown

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Ohio

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Chabad Lubavitch

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330-759-2167

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330-759-0169

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Congregation Children of Israel Walton Way in Augusta, Georgia

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Congregation Children of Israel Walton Way

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3005 Walton Way

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Augusta

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Georgia

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30909

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Reform

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(706) 736-3140

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http://www.ga006.urj.net/

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Congregation Children of Israel in Athens, Georgia

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Congregation Children of Israel

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P. O. Box 7205

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Athens

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Georgia

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http://www.ccisrael.org/

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Congregation Children of Israel in Athens, Georgia

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Congregation Children of Israel

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P. O. Box 7205

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Athens

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Georgia

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http://www.ccisrael.org/

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Does Anyone on the U.S. Supreme Court have Kids?

Does anyone on the U.S. Supreme Court have kids? How about grandkids, nieces, nephews, even neighbors with kids? I wonder.

In it’s final decision before adjourning for summer break the court struck down a California law intended to protect children from playing with video games that depict murder, maiming, rape and other forms of violence. In a gross perversion of First Amendment …

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DA unveils Kletzky-inspired Safe Stop program

It’s been a little more than a month since 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was killed after getting lost just a mile away from his home in Brooklyn.

On Tuesday, a new effort gets underway to help children find a safe haven when they’re lost.

Kletzky’s death left such a feeling of hopelessness in the Borough Park community, throughout Brooklyn and even across the country. Now, …

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Mazal Tov and Happy 88th Birthday, Mr. President

Mazal Tov and Happy 88th Birthday, Mr. President

One Hundred children from the Galilee town of Kfar Tabor will sing Happy Birthday to President Shimon Peres Tuesday night, complete with a birthday cake and candles.

His birthday on the English calendar was August 2.

The ageing and ageless president works dawn to night on a schedule that would tire out most people half his age. Tuesday morning, he met with visiting Chinese Chief of …

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Chesed Week: Kids of Courage

Dying sucks, it’s one of those things I hate to reminded of and quite frankly like most people I like to think of myself as immortal, but being a kid who knows you’re gonna die soon sucks even more and that’s where kids of courage comes in to try and  improve the lives of terminally ill children.

A dear fan of mine in Palo Alto has been bugging me for sometime to write about …

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Secrets of Shalom Bayit- For Women

In Sichot Mussar , Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz notes that the angels emphasized Sarah’s modesty to Avraham in order to make her more beloved to him. Avraham and Sarah had been married for many years and yet the Torah tells the story to teach us the significance of shalom bayit (marital harmony).

Rav Orlowek teaches that the secret to good chinuch (child-raising) is shalom bayit . When …

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Va’etchanan - Loving God Through Stem Cell Research

One of the oddest of the 613 commandments offered in the Torah is found in this week’s Torah portion. On Shabbat morning, Jews all over the world will hear the words of Va’etchanan read aloud, including the commandment that we are to “to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Even young children pick up on the fact that it’s odd for God to …

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Bill to make Israel a Jewish state: a solution in search of a problem

Bill to make Israel a Jewish state: a solution in search of a problem

Many people are surprised to discover that Israel doesn’t have a formal constitution. Basic Laws, passed by the country’s parliament (known as the Knesset), serve as a working constitution for the courts and government. Last week, one third of Knesset members introduced a bill to recognize Israel as a Jewish state that would become the nation’s newest Basic Law if passed. It seems …

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Devarim - The Importance of Hebrew

As a child, one of my favorite songs was a silly song that taught new Hebrew words using English puns (“Etz a nice tree! How do you say ‘tree’ in Hebrew? Etz!). The refrain is “Ivrit, Ivrit, Ivrit Daber Ivrit” (Hebrew, Hebrew, Speak Hebrew). This song was a staple at Family Camp during my youth and now my own children love to sing it too.

I’ve taught this song on the bus during …

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