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Gluten-free bakery style hamantaschen

These were my first Hamantaschen. What is a Hamantaschen, you might wonder? These cookies are little three-cornered wonders that puff up into bite-size pastries filled with any number of things, including jam, chocolate hazelnut spread, nuts, dates, and perhaps most commonly, poppy seed filling or prunes.

Their triangular shape is sometimes called evocative of the ears of the villain …

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Massive Manhunt for Perp Who Shot Cop “Execution Style”

Police signed murder charges Saturday against a 19-year-old man they accuse of fatally shooting a New Jersey police officer who had driven up beside him and started to question him.

A massive manhunt is under way for Jahmell W. Crockam, who is charged with killing Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz on Friday. Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said Crockam is known by the …

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Traif Is Going Out of Style

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Ask most Orthodox Jews about Kashrus and Reform Judaism, you’ll most likely hear a snicker from the uninformed or a reference to the “Treyfe Banquet” (see: New National Museum of American Jewish History In Philadelphia Apparently Misses the Mark) from the more informed. As far as I know, Reform Judaism has never officially sanctioned Kashrus observance.

I …

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Howard M. Sachar

Publisher: Vintage Books

“A rich and balanced account. . . . There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World

“Magisterial . . . Sachar situates Jews on a global stage. . . . [He] relates an immensely complex …

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South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) in Johannesburg, South Africa


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Sail Tower

Sail Tower in Haifa, Israel is one of the tallest, continuously habitable building situated in Palyam Street in the city of Haifa. It is named after Yitzhak Rabin, a general and Israeli politician, the fifth prime minister of Israel until his assassination last November 4, 1995.

A skyscraper and officially the District Government Center Building B as portion of Haifa’s District …

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Dreaming of a heimishe kiddush

Every once in a while I actually remember my dreams, rarely do I have great ones, but this past Friday night I dreamed of kiddush. Not only did I dream of kiddush, I dreamed of the ideal yeshivish/hemishe/chassidish shteeble style kiddush that I have not had in many moons.

Northern Californians don’t really do kiddush so well, sure they have great food and interesting stuff, but I …

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Special Mission

Special Mission

Our friend Logan is a college student in New Jersey.

Hello Reb Lazer,

I wanted to tell you something that happened to me a couple weeks ago. I go to a secular college in New Jersey and there is very little Jewish presence on campus. I am the only one I’ve ever seen on campus with a kippa and tzitzit. In short, I stick out like a sore thumb.

Read More : @ lazerbrody.typepad.com …

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Masada Sound and Light Show

Masada Sound and Light Show takes place at the Masada National Park in Arad Israel. It is located approximately 18 kilometers south of Ein Gedi and 12 kilometers north of Ein Bokek. The cable-car is on the east (Dead Sea) side of the site.

Masada is a craggy natural fortress in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea on which the Judean King Herod the Great built a palace in classical …

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Top 50 things to do in Israel

Western Wailing Wall

1.) Western Wailing Wall

Western Wailing Wall is situated at the foot of the western side of the temple of mount in the old city of Jerusalem. Considered as the most holiest place for Jews wherein thousands of Jewish worshiper believes that the presence of God’s spirit is always in the holy temple for thousands of years.

2.) Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem …

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Joan Krizack wins Champion of Freedom Award for the Documenting Diversity Project

In 1998, Northeastern University announced that it had received a two-year federal grant to “identify, locate, secure, and make accessible the most important and at-risk historical records of Boston’s African American, Chinese, gay and lesbian, and Latino communities.” Later that year, I met Joan Krizack, Northeastern’s University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, who …

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Eritrean volcanic ash cloud heading toward Israel

A volcanic ash cloud created after a volcano erupted in the northern African country of Eritrea is heading toward Israel, the Israel Meteorological Service confirmed on Tuesday.

It is not yet certain whether the cloud will disrupt flights in the area.

Read More: @ haaretz.com …

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Beit Rubin Museum

Beit Rubin Museum is an attractive little Museum situated at 14 Bialik Street in Tel Aviv, Israel. It has a collection of art books, documentary information and a video in English regarding the artist Reuven Rubin, as well as his studio is all on exhibit in the Museum.

The artist, Reuven Rubin was born in the year 1893 in Romania. Rubin came to Israel and studied in Jerusalem’s Bezalel …

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New Cookbook Adds ‘Kosher Elegance’ to Shavuot Table

New Cookbook Adds 'Kosher Elegance' to Shavuot Table

Quick – you’ve got 30 minutes, it’s almost Shavuot and you’ve got to put together a decent-looking meal. Something out of the ordinary to impress your guests.

Where do you turn?

If you were smart and kept up with the latest offerings on the new cookbook shelf – or if you were real lucky and someone went shopping for you instead – you can open up Kosher Elegance: The Art …

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Dreams and Visions Gallery

Dreams and Visions Gallery is found in the Artists Quarter of Tzfat. A Safed artist named Sheva Chaya brings it to life. She is a graduate of Princeton University, and makes use of the famous artwork called the glassblowing displays and her dynamic paintings from watercolor tries to illuminate traditional liturgy and Jewish mystical concepts, which motivates her as an artist.

In the year …

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American Jewish organizations laud U.S. decision not to attend Durban 3

The American Jewish Committee lauded the Obama administration for its decision not to take part in the upcoming United Nations’ Commemoration of the Durban World Conference Against Racism, set to take place in September in New York.

The conference, referred to as “Durban 3″, is to mark the 10-year anniversary of the contentious 2001 conference in the South African city of Durban …

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Safari Park

Safari park in Ramat Gan, Israel or formally known as the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, is a stimulating and uplifting way to experience and see some of the animals of our world. The animal park opened it’s doors to the general public in 1974 as an African animal park. Seven years after, in 1981, a zoo was organized and established in the middle of the park to take the place …

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Bahai Shrine

Bahai Shrine

Bahai Shrine is found at the center of Haifa City. It is said to be the second holiest shrine of the Baha’i Faith. Before reaching the Shrine, you will first pass through their Immaculate Bahai Gardens, which was perfected in 2001. The Bahai Shrine and Gardens serves as a serene monument to the first leaders of Baha’i Faith. Devotees from different parts of the world would visit this …

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White City in Tel Aviv

White City in Tel Aviv is the unique urban and historical constructions of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, a combination of over 4,000 Bauhaus and architectural style of buildings built in Tel Aviv from 1920′s to 1930′s. It is a blend of exceptional significance of the various styles by German Jewish architects who migrated after the eminence of Nazis to the Palestine Mandate, a legal commission for the …

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

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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My Brother’s Big Fat Secular Wedding

We had asked our rabbi if we were even allowed to attend, and he told us since there is an assumption that Jewish weddings on the whole are at least kosher style that we were permitted to go but that, of course, we shouldn’t eat anything. I was relieved since I knew that telling my family, my mother in particular, that we wouldn’t be able to make it would be the start of World War …

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Church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem

The Church of Mary Magdalene is one of Jerusalem’s main attractions on the Mount of Olives with its unique style.  David Grimm created the design of the church in the traditional Russian style with tented roof that was popular in 16 th and 17 th century in Russia.   It also includes seven golden onion domes that have been newly painted and glitter in the sun. With its beautifully …

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Obama hosts Passover seder at the White House

Obama hosts Passover seder at the White House

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a Passover seder at the White House Monday night together with his wife Michelle and a small group of Jewish and non-Jewish staff and family. This is the third year in a row in which Obama has hosted a seder.

The tradition started in 2008 when, after a long day on the campaign trail, then-Senator Obama gathered a group of staff members for an impromptu …

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Babette Restaurant

Israel is a collection of soaring towers, magnificent views and settlers from different countries religions and ethnicities, but came together and agreeing upon one single content, waffles. A stones throw away from Ben Yehudah street, on Shammai, sits Babette’s brasserie of heavenly treats and fancies.

Babette’s open it’s doors to the public 20 years ago in 1991 and since then been …

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German Colony in Jerusalem

The German Colony is a vicinity, located in southern Jerusalem and spreads out from both sides of Emek Refaim street. It is formed in Israel during the second half of the 19 th century by the affiliates of the Templar Society known as the Templars.  They are mainly farmers who belong to a German Christian group. The colony was constructed in a German village style with thatched rooftops of …

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A Five Minute DIY Decor Project: A Square Crepe Paper Flower Wreath!

If you’ve got some  Mexican crepe paper flowers on hand, and a simple square frame…..well then you’re in business! In just a few minutes you can create a fun little decorative piece to add a shot of color to your dresser top or any of those newly spick and span corners of your home. Simply wrap the wire stems of your flowers around a frame, and voila, you’ve got yourself a new piece …

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Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?

HaShalom forest is a small grove of pines sandwiched between the Abu Tur neighborhood and main promenade in Jerusalem. Anyone walking along the road that snakes through the grove can see a green pipe rising from the ground and reaching a height of several meters.

This pipe, if journalist Simcha Jacobovici is to be believed, this is the physical tip of an archeological detective story in …

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What Would Tevya Say?

Mel Gibson is old news, but he’ll be back, sooner or later. And not just to promote a new movie, if you know what I mean.

He obviously has some deep-seated issues with Jews, African-Americans, woman, cops (especially if they’re Jewish), ex-wives (especially if they’re women)… You get the picture. Ever look into his eyes when he’s in one of his crazy modes? Makes me scared. …

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Tunisia decries Israeli call for Jews to emigrate

Tunisia decries Israeli call for Jews to emigrate

Tunisia’s government on Monday condemned an effort by Israeli officials to entice Tunisian Jews to emigrate to Israel over concerns about possible economic hardship in the North African country.The “ill-disposed” call from Israeli officials amounted to meddling in Tunisia’s domestic affairs, an effort to sow suspicion, and “an attempt by Israel to tarnish the post-revolutionary …

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Eating Jewish: Oznei Haman (Haman’s Ears)

There are many Purim sweets that are modeled after Haman’s anatomy or clothing. The most popular of these are Hamantaschen (this blog has featured two great recipes this week that I definitely have to try), but in this post I want to write about the lesser known treat of Oznei Haman, also known as Haman’s ears. After a bit of Internet research, I realized that many people also know …

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