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New Chabad Center at Sarah Lawrence College

New Chabad Center at Sarah Lawrence College

Wisdom with understanding,” the motto of Sarah Lawrence College, fits perfectly with the ideals of Chabad, which is opening a center at the Bronxville campus in time for the 2012 fall semester. Rabbi Sruli and Mushka Deitsch will begin their activities as full Chabad representatives, where they will introduce a variety of Jewish educational and [...]

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It is Mommy Edith’s Yahrzeit - Please Quit Smoking Today

In 2000 my mother Edith Zahavy passed away on the 4th day of Tammuz after six months of hospitalization at Mt. Sinai in NYC. She was 79. For 63 years she smoked, mostly menthol cigarettes. The corporate tobacco pushers hooked her into addiction by giving her free samples outside her school, Hunter College, when she [...]

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Lubavitcher Named Jewish Chicagoan of the Year

Yakov Yarmove once had his career path laid out, then went down a different road. Kosher consumers can be happy he did. Yarmove’s official title is corporate business manager for ethnic and specialty foods for SuperValu, the parent company of Jewel-Osco grocery stores and 15 other supermarket chains throughout the country. In that capacity, he [...]

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Harold Grinspoon Invests in Jewish Families Through PJ Library

Jewish philanthropists of the “mega” variety are always looking for the best ways to use their fortune to benefit the Jewish community. Many of them have set up philanthropic foundations and have paid professionals advising them how to realize the best return on investment for their substantial donations. In the past two decades, billionaire donors [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 32 - May 30, 2012

Two bronze sculptures created by artist Sigalit Landau have been stolen from the yard of an art collector in Herzliya. The two statues, “Vomitus-Narcisus,” created in 2007, and “Stranded on a Watermelon in the Dead Sea,” from 2009, were both placed in the collector’s yard during the past year. Each of the sculptures, which were [...]

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Rabbi Lichtenstein’s Foreword to Mikra and Meaning by Nathaniel Helfgott

Rabbi Lichtenstein's Foreword to Mikra and Meaning by Nathaniel Helfgott

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgott has written an incisive and perceptive book of literary approaches to selected biblical texts, Mikra and Meaning. The work must be examined within the literature of such studies written for the modern Orthodox reader, that is the college educated observant Jew. It stands out as a remarkable success within that genre. What [...]

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Women’s Strides Spotlighted this Spring at Reform Movement’s Graduations, Ordinations

This month marks 40 years since the ordination of the first woman rabbi in America. And the Reform Movement is doing some serious celebrating. Not only was the history-maker herself­­­ ­ –– Rabbi Sally Priesand –– the Special Guest at the New York Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s ordination ceremony earlier this month, but [...]

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I Was at Mt. Sinai: A Personal Revelation Story

Much of the disharmony in the Jewish community today can be attributed to the divergence of opinions concerning the revelation of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Regardless of what individual members of the Jewish faith believes actually occurred at that mountain, the essential issue for the Jewish people on the eve of the Shavuot festival [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 29 - May 9, 2012

The UJA-Federation of New York have set a Guinness World Record by making  1,660 sandwiches in one hour to be donated to feed the hungry. After recording the event for Guinness World Record certification, the sandwiches were donated to the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills and to the Long Island-based Interfaith Nutrition Network.The [...]

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DNA Links Prove Jews are a ‘Race,’ Says Genetics Expert

DNA Links Prove Jews are a ‘Race,' Says Genetics Expert

In his new book, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People,” Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, claims that Jews are different, and the differences are not just skin deep. Jews exhibit, he writes, a distinctive genetic signature. Considering that the Nazis tried to [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 28 May 2, 2012

The 49thInternational Bible Quiz for Jewish youth is one of Israel’s Independence Day’s noble traditions, was held on Thursday morning at the Jerusalem Theater.  Elehanan Bloch a student from the Yeshiva High School of Yeruhuam was this year’s winner. Elhanan’s parents, Ido and Orit, came to Yeruham within the Bnei Akiva movement and are aiding [...]

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Israeli Student Wins 49th Int’l Bible Quiz

Israeli Student Wins 49th Int'l Bible Quiz

The 49th International Bible Quiz for Jewish youth – one of Independence Day’s noble traditions – was held on Thursday morning at the Jerusalem Theater. Israel’s Elehanan Bloch - a student from the Yeshiva High School of Yeruhuam - was this year’s winner. Elhanan’s parents, Ido and Orit, came to Yeruham within the Bnei Akiva [...]

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Lucy Kramer Cohen: A Public-Spirited Woman, A Private Inner Life

Ever dream of making a film about someone you wanted the world to know more about? I did, and after ten years, I have completed A Twentieth Century Woman: Lucy Kramer Cohen 1907-2007 about the life of my aunt.  It started out as a family project, but as the years went by, I found it [...]

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Only College Hebrew Classes in North Texas Face Imminent Closure

After ten years of being the only university in the North Texas area that offered Hebrew studies, the University of North Texas has decided to eliminate the program due to low enrollment, NT Daily reported. “Our numbers are not great, because it’s not French or Spanish,” said Ruth Precker, the adjunct professor hired in 2002 [...]

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Israeli Universities Join Petition Against Tax Exemption for Yeshivas

Israel’s universities and colleges have joined a petition against the Interior Ministry for alleged unfair exemptions of yeshivas from city taxes. Student unions from around the country filed the petition to the High Court of Justice about two months ago after the ministry’s director general issued a directive changing the criteria for exemptions. According to [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 23 March 28, 2012

More children are suffering accidents from poisoning to drowning during the two weeks before Passover than during any other fortnight in the year. The dangers are even greater during the week before the Festival of Freedom, when children are on school holiday and parents are involved in intensive cleaning preparations. Parents are told to protect [...]

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StarTribune.com: Are Liberal Arts Colleges Kosher?

Liberal arts colleges are kosher although they are having a tough time proving it, reports the StarTribune. “In tough times, liberal arts colleges defend their value,” recounts the efforts at St. Olaf’s in Northfield MN: …St. Olaf has transformed its career center, called the Center for Experiential Learning. “I don’t know why that name was [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 20 March 7, 2012

Germany turned its focus to internal security. The unrest in Berlin during the summer of 1918 led the Prussian Ministry of the Interior to make a surprising decision. Bernhard Weiss, a little-known Jewish war hero and recipient of the Iron Cross First Class, was ordered to leave the front lines and serve as deputy head [...]

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Is Rush Limbaugh Jewish?

Yes, Rush Limbaugh is a Jew. Rush’s Conservative Gentile persona is a successful act that has earned him record multimillion dollar contracts in the radio business. Rush’s real name is Ronald Levy. He was born on the upper West Side of Manhattan. His father was a dermatologist and his mother a junior high school librarian. [...]

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Chabad Girls of Melbourne Remember the Fogels

A Chabad-Lubavitch girls’ school in Melbourne, Australia has found a unique way to honor the memory of five members of an Israeli family murdered by two teenage Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists. The Beth Rivkah Ladies College released 100 blue balloons Wednesday morning in solidarity with Israel and in memory of the slain Fogel family. Each [...]

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The Barack Obamulke Yarmulke

There is much discussion about “The Jewish Vote” in the ongoing presidential race. While “Jews for George” made headlines during the 2004 campaign and more Jews than expected voted for McCain in 2008, in the 2012 election the political pundits are already predicting a large shift among Jewish voters, who historically have voted overwhelmingly Democrat. [...]

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Anti-Israel Attitudes Spreading at U.S. Universities, Report Says

A report released February 8 by The David Project, one of a handful of Jewish groups devoted to campus activism on Israel, paints a nuanced picture of the challenges Israel faces on U.S. university campuses. Called “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and Colleges,” the paper claims that universities are host to [...]

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Cyril Domb, 92, combined science, Judaism

Prof. Cyril Yechiel Domb, FRS, who died last week aged 92, was a theoretical physicist who in addition to his scientific works and publications, devoted much time to the explanation of conflicts between science and traditional Jewish beliefs. Born in London in 1920 into an Orthodox family, Domb studied and lectured in some of the [...]

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Extreme Segregation at College Cafeteria

Students at the Haredi College of Jerusalem were surprised recently to see a tall screen separating between men and women at the institution’s public cafeteria, in addition to the gender segregation in classrooms. The students expressed their wonder over the complete separation, as the college is headed by Rabbanit Adina Bar-Shalom, the daughter of Shas [...]

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Sweden to Chabad: No Jewish Homeschooling

Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries to Sweden have been threatened by the city of Gothenburg with thousands of dollars in fines for home schooling their children, as the Swedish government attempts to force this Jewish family to send its children to public school. On January 26, Rabbi Alexander Namdar and his wife Leah, representatives of the worldwide Chassidic [...]

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Jesus, We Can Finally Talk About Jesus

Jesus, We Can Finally Talk About Jesus

I’ve always said that the only times Jewish people mention Jesus are when they stub their toe, miss the bus, or tell you about their theater tickets to a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera. Two new books will change that. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Kosher Jesus and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (edited by Marc Z. [...]

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Why kids Who Go to Yeshiva in Israel “Frum-Out”

Why kids who go to yeshiva in Israel “frum-out”

We have all seen it before, your next door neighbors kid, fresh off the boat from his year in Israel. The different yarmulke, maybe the longer tzitzis, that kissing of his hand after he shakes yours (maybe it’s an immunity thing), his harder more violent kavannah filled shuckeling and the talk of Hashem’s beauty and [...]

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Vayechi: The Gift of An Ethical Will

Vayechi: The Gift of An Ethical Will

In 1997, when Mitch Albom published his now famous Tuesdays with Morrie, he essentially presented three gifts. The first, of course, was his gift to society. Albom, a Detroit sportswriter who I’ve grown up reading, shared the inspiring wisdom of his college professor Morrie Schwartz. Publishing this book was also a gift to himself as [...]

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Michigan Wins Sugar Bowl, Receives Kiddush Cup

It’s been a great beginning of 2012 for Michigan sports teams. The Michigan State Spartans won the Outback Bowl in a nail biting 3rd overtime victory, the Michigan Wolverines won last night’s Allstate Sugar Bowl in overtime, and Michigan State beat Wisconsin last night in an exciting down-to-the-buzzer game of college hoops. The Red Wings [...]

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Is the Orthodox Spell Broken? Is Haredi Gender Segregation Harrassment and Self-defeating?

Is the Orthodox spell broken? Is in fact Haredi gender segregation in Israel both illegal sexual harassment and also totally self-defeating? Such is the claim of Zvi H. Triger of Israel’s College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) School of Law. He has published a closely argued and well documented 49 page paper with 244 footnotes [...]

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