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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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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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The Election of Israel: The Idea of the Chosen People

The Election of Israel: The Idea of the Chosen People

David Novak

Publisher: Cambridge University

The view of themselves as the chosen people of God has been maintained by Jews from the beginnings of their history to the present. The author explores the development of this idea in Jewish theology and law, and essays a contemporary retrieval of the classical doctrine of election. Through an examination of the philosophical implications of …

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A People Who Live Apart: Jewish Identity and the Future of Israel

A People Who Live Apart: Jewish Identity and the Future of Israel

Els Van Diggele, Jeannette K. Ringold (translator)

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Fifty years after the founding of the state, the question still remains where the balance between Israel as Jewish state and Israel as democratic state can be found. The Jews returned to Palestine to found a Jewish state, whatever that might mean, but not to establish a pluralistic country or a haven for the …

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20th anniversary of Brooklyn race riots marked

20th anniversary of Brooklyn race riots marked

In the back of an empty Jewish deli in Brooklyn, two central figures from race riots that broke out 20 years ago Friday sat together at a wooden table before a plate of corned beef sandwiches.Carmel Cato lost his son, Gavin, when the seven-year-old black boy was crushed in an auto accident involving a motorcade of a Jewish religious leader.

Norman Rosenbaum’s brother, Yankel, was …

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Switched Identity

Switched Identity

Who will be left to tell the tale?}}The scene opens in Berlin in the early 1930′s, where two physicians are fast friends despite their differences in background. Meyer Schwartz, a Jew, and Wilhelm Kohlmann, a German, are even so similar in appearance that they can be mistaken for one another. Yet when World War II breaks out, they find themselves on opposite sides, each desperate to survive …

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Who Are the Real Chosen People?: The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Reuven Firestone

Publisher: Skylight Paths

Religious people who define themselves as monotheists have often advanced the idea that their relationship with God is unique and superior to all others. Theirs supersedes those who came before, and is superior to those who have followed. This phenomenon tends to be expressed in terms not only of supersessionism, but also chosenness,or election. …

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For the Love of Israel and the Jewish People: Essays and Studies on Israel, Jews and Judaism

For the Love of Israel and the Jewish People: Essays and Studies on Israel, Jews and Judaism

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Land of Israel and the Jewish people are bound together in mysterious ways that go beyond convention. Here is a nation that has “too much history and too little geography,” as Sir Isaiah Berlin said. Yet even in their exile, the Jews never truly left the land of their birth. Rather, they lifted it from its native soil and …

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Jewish People, Jewish Thought

Jewish People, Jewish Thought

Dr. Robert Seltzer

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Like every distinctive heritage, Judaism must be understood as a creative response to ultimate issues of human concern by members of a group that has faced a unique concatenation of political, economic, and geographical circumstances. And the Jewish historical experience is more unusual than most. Standing both …

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What Shall I Do With This People? Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism

What Shall I Do With This People? Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism

Milton Viorst

Publisher: Free Press

“What shall I do with this people?” was Moses’ exasperated question to God in Sinai, and it is posed once more in Milton Viorst’s searching account of the crisis in Judaism today. Not since the destruction of the Second Temple, argues Viorst, have Jews displayed such intolerance toward one another or battled so fiercely over ideology. And these …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of …

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

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

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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Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends

Anita Diamant

Publisher: Schocken Books

People converting to Judaism will find this a helpful handbook for themselves, their families, and friends. Married to a convert herself, Diamant anticipates all the questions, doubts, and concerns, and provides a comprehensive explanation of the rules and rituals of conversion, and offers practical guidance toward creating a Jewish identity .

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The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography

The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography

Joanna Lindenbaum, Ilan Stavans, Susan Chevlowe (editor)

Publisher: Yale University Press

While American Jews are commonly considered a homogenous ethnic group, the reality today is far more complex. Conversion, adoption, intermarriage, and immigration have transformed the fabric of Jewish communities, as they have the United States as a nation. This fascinating book explores questions of …

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The History of People

The History of People

To me, history is telling stories about people. I have always been fascinated by people’s lives, the decisions they make (or don’t), and ultimately what happens to them. One of my objectives in writing  The SPHAS was to have an opportunity to tell the stories of the players and, in some cases, the fans who attended the games. Who were the SPHAS? Where did they come from? Why were …

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What Chinese People Think about Jews

My last post began with a list of stereotypes about Jews. We tell jokes; we like Chinese food; etc. While living and teaching in central China a few years ago, I ran into a few stereotypes that were new to me. I was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guizhou Province teaching English at a university WAY off the beaten path. I was one of a small handful of foreigners –- and the only …

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Destruction of Unity – The Three Weeks

Chazal say that the second Beit Hamikdash was destroyed because of sinat chinam-baseless hatred. In Hebrew there is only one word for love, ahavah-feeling empathy and identity with another person. The opposite of this is sinah-purposely distancing oneself from someone with whom you would ordinarily have a close relationship. For example, if you would normally say hello to someone and you …

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Independence Day for an American rabbi

In a way, 4th of July is the American Shavuot: the moment when people summon the divine voice by bringing about liberation.

In 1914, Mary Antin, an American Jewish writer and immigration activist, described the founding of the United States in biblical terms:

“I have chosen to read the story of ’76 as a chapter in sacred history…. Once the thunders of God were heard on Mount …

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Maintaining Jewish life in Israel’s ‘Sin City’

Maintaining Jewish life in Israel's 'Sin City'

VIDEO - For the purpose of revitalizing community, a hidden synagogue on 126 Ben Yehuda Street was chosen by a young group of Tel Avivians.Once a desired location was found, people needed to be inspired to join Jewish community life.

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Jewish Names

Parshat Shemot begins, “V’ele shemot bne yisrael habaim mitzrayama“-These are the names of the people of Israel who came to Egypt. The Baal Haturim notes that the first letters of this verse spell out “sheviye“-imprisonment. Even when the Jews were imprisoned in exile, they stood out. They maintained their identity by keeping their Jewish names, language, and dress.

Tosfot is …

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1,000 people attend prayer service for New Square arson victim

About 1,000 people attended a prayer service yesterday for Aron Rottenberg in New Square.

Rottenberg received burns to 50 percent of his body after police say he was attacked last month by Shaul Spitzer, 18, over what synagogue he chose to worship at.

The service was held at the same synagogue Rottenberg chose not to pray at.

Police say they are also investigating other possible …

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Design Museum Holon

Design Museum Holon

Design Museum Holon is the first national Design Museum located in the newly urbanized city of Holon, which is a few miles south of Tel Aviv. Ron Arad architects designed the museum in the year 2003 of March. The group of architects met the challenge of producing an international standard edifice to highlight, convey and include the principles of design. They spent four years in creating the …

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In a new light: Avivah Zornberg and the tale of Joseph

In a new light: Avivah Zornberg and the tale of Joseph

I have long seen myself as the dissident daughter of an orthodox father, a truant who broke her father’s heart by turning my back on his cherished orthodoxy and living a more experimental way of life. It is therefore a delicate matter, this fascination of mine with the Other Daughter – the good girl – the one whose father did not call out after her in censure, the one whose …

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Fun things that piss off frum people

Thinking of the lists that Heshy and other contributors are making, I thought of another one — things that piss of frum people, but the items themselves might not really be all that bad.  And these are fun to orchestrate if you can.

Sure the gays piss off frum people and so do people who insist on paying with the credit card, send their frum kids to public school, or vote for …

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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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Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Bringing it home

Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity - Bringing it home

Last week, I had the great privilege of attending the conference “Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Uncovering a legacy of innovation, activism, and social change.” (JWA was a conference sponsor, and you can check out Judith Rosenbaum’s response to the conference  here !) As a research intern for Professor  Joyce Antler , the conference convenor, this past summer, I spent …

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Three people killed in light aircraft crash in Haifa

Three people were killed Thursday when a light aircraft crashed in Haifa’s airport.

According to initial reports, the plane’s engine burst into flames when the aircraft was taking off, causing it to crash in the site of the Haifa Airbase Technical School.

Magen David Adom rescue services reported that the three people were dead at the site of the crash.

Last month, two people …

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The Best Entertainers on Earth

The Best Entertainers on Earth

This blog post is a contribution by Cobby, an occasional Writer of Blogs/articles on various websites regarding Entertainment.

Jewish people might be out numbered by people belonging to other religion but they can’t be outnumbered by the contribution towards countless fields that we live in. Whether its in the line of  science, literature, medicine, and economy. Name any field you …

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Jewish philanthropists help people with disabilities

A new initiative aimed at uniting philanthropic efforts to improve the treatment of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and to raise awareness of their needs was announced Friday by the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), an international umbrella organization for Jewish philanthropy.

Some 13 Jewish foundations, including the Ted Arison Family Foundation in Israel, the Jewish …

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