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Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg sued for $1 BILLION over ’3rd Intifada’

Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg are being sued for more than $1 billion over a controversial page on the social networking site that called for violence against Jews.

The suit was filed by American attorney and activist Larry Klayman in the D.C. Superior Court on Thursday. He’s also the founder of the conservative public interest group Judicial Watch.

In the lawsuit, which was …

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Comedy worlds collide as Facebook founder meets Jewish alter egos

Comedy worlds collide as Facebook founder meets Jewish alter egos

Life, film, comedy – and Jews – came hilariously, if not awkwardly, together on Saturday night as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg came face to face with both the Hollywood actor who recently portrayed him on the big screen as well as a comedian who regularly lampoons him on the silver one.

Making what could count as his comedy debut, the Facebook chief joined the opening …

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The £9BILLION man: Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune set to double as Facebook raises £323m in deal

The £9BILLION man: Mark Zuckerberg's fortune set to double as Facebook raises £323m in deal

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune has doubled to £9billion overnight after a huge cash injection from Goldman Sachs.

The bank has invested £291million in the social networking site with Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies putting in a further $32million, the New York Times reported.

Facebook is now valued at £32billion catapulting 26-year-old Zuckerberg …

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Inspired by Facebook, Israeli couple names their daughter Like

Everybody likes babies. Some people like unique names. An Israeli couple likes both.

The couple decided not to wait for Facebook users to click on the “like” button when seeing photographs of their newborn baby girl. Instead, they pre-empted them by naming her: Like.

The most popular names for girls in Israel currently are Noa, Maya and Tamar.

But Lior and Vardit Adler, from Hod …

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange WILL be extradited to Sweden to face sex attack allegations, judge rules

The founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, will be extradited to Sweden to answer sex attack allegations, a judge has ruled.

The 39-year-old Australian is accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another during a week-long visit to Stockholm in August.

He denies any wrongdoing and has sought to fight the case on the grounds that if he is sent to …

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Facebook, Transparency and the Next World

Like everybody and his old chum from 10th grade biology, I’m on Facebook. Thanks to Facebook, reconnecting with people from the past has never been easier. Type in the name of someone you knew at any phase of your life – elementary school, summer camp, your first job out of college – and quite likely, you’ll find a picture of that very person, all grown up with a whole life story …

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Crazy Facebook Profiles

Crazy Facebook Profiles

Just thought I’d throw out something light to start off your weekend. This super cool looking Israeli dude named Tal Spiegel has been changing his Facebook profile picture almost every day for about a year (and every day since the end of February).

What makes this little project of his so unique is that every picture has involved his face being superimposed on some form of a pop …

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Is Facebook or Smoking more assur?

It’s not another satirical piece by me, it’s actually a fairly lengthy discussion in one of the yeshiva world news coffee room forums and it’s a pretty hot debate. The basic premise is that smoking will cause you physical harm, but facebook will cause you spiritual harm which will lead to physical harm in the long run so facebook is obviously worse.

As can be expected, Rav …

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Facebook Is No Friend

If Mark Zuckerberg tries to friend me, I will decline. Nothing personal. His vision just doesn’t resonate with me, so why let him into my social network?

Zuckerberg, in case your cave isn’t wired, is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. He is 26 years old, and a billionaire for inventing Facebook, where people share personal information, photos, and random thoughts with …

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Thoughts on joint husband-wife facebook accounts

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I hate joint facebook accounts, I think they are stupid, but I understand them and I feel that should too.- – sound confusing? It has become a “thing” amongst Rabbis especially, to have joint husband and wife facebook accounts which make for very confusing facebook chats, messages and other random postings that you cannot decide which side of the facebook profile …

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Israeli Army Uses Facebook to Catch Female Draft Dodgers

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An article in All Facebook, the unofficial Facebook blog, reports that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been using the social networking site to nab female Israelis who claim to be religious enough to be exempted from army service. Apparently, their activity on Facebook tells a different story — one the army is interested to learn.

Here’s the full article about …

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New provocative photos of IDF soldiers on Facebook

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Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence has posted a new set of photos of soldiers posing in Gazan homes during Operation Cast Lead.  The pictures appeared Sunday on the Facebook social networking site, two months after reserve soldier Eden Abergil made headlines posting similar photos.

The album, titled “Cast Lead,” features three photos. The first shows an IDF …

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Santa Monica jumps on the male circumcision ban bandwagon

A week after it was announced that a bill to ban male circumcision made it on the November 2011 ballot in San Francisco, a similar campaign was proposed on Wednesday in Santa Monica.

The group MGM Bill wants the anti-circumcision measure on the November ballot in Santa Monica. The San Diego group got more than 7,700 valid signatures from city residents, meaning voters will be asked to …

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Lenin’s Jewish roots confirmed

In a country long plagued by anti-Semitism, such heritage can be a significant taint, especially for the founder of the Soviet Union who is still revered by many elderly Russians.

For the first time ever, ordinary Russians can now see documents that appear to confirm long-standing rumors that Vladimir Lenin had Jewish heritage.

Among dozens of newly released documents on display …

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Jaclyn Friedman speaks out against slut-shaming and victim blaming at Slutwalk

Jaclyn Friedman is a ‘Jewess with Attitude’ who talks the talk and walks the walk — the Slutwalk, that is. Jaclyn Friedman, founder and the Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, is a powerful voice in the current Feminist movement. Co-author of Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape , she is particularly concerned with tearing down …

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Do You “Like” My Name?

A couple in Israel recently decided to name one of their children Like , because of liking things on facebook. They have two other children. One is named Dvash (which means honey) and the other is named Pie (as in strawberry rhubarb).

I might be the only person in the world who doesn’t have an issue with Gwenyth Paltrow naming her kid Apple, but I was horrified by the whole Monroe and …

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Iran: Bin Laden held by US before death

Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was a prisoner in US custody for “sometime” before he was killed by the American military, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday.

“I have exact information that bin Laden was held by the American military for sometime… until the day they killed him he was a prisoner held by them,” the hardline president said in a live …

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The Old Cemetery

The Old Cemetery in Tel Aviv is also known as the Trumpeldor Cemetery situated in Trumpeldor Street, Tel Aviv. The cemetery was founded in 1903 in an open area nortwards Jaffa during  a cholera epidemic hit the city of Jaffa. The casualties of the epidemic were the first people buried in the cemetery, followed by the early residents, city founders, persons who are known in the city and …

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Doctoring Photos for Religious Reasons

The whole media storm over the doctored photo of the National Security Team in the Situation Room (being briefed with the president and vice president on the Osama Bin Laden raid) has raised many questions and additional controversy.

Yesterday, I took part in an ad hoc Facebook forum moderated by journalist Steven I. Weiss that centered on the ethics of altering photographs. The …

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61 really frum things

When I asked for ideas on Facebook (click the link to add me as a friend) for the following list people got it all wrong, they suggested long sentence type of things and I was really looking for one word answers. Although all of the other answers I received got me thinking about future lists I can do regarding the ways of frum folks, for now this is merely a list of frum things.

Weak …

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Not Disclosing Medical Conditions In Shiduchim Is Dishonest

It was just before Shabbos during the intermediate days of Pesach that Rabbi Benjamin Fisher, founder and head of the Magen Licholah organization, received a phone call from the principal of a Jerusalem seminary for haredi girls.

The principal told Fisher that a student of hers, who had gone on a number of dates with a yeshiva student with the intention of marrying, had telephoned her …

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Kabbalah Centre’s Berg Sent Packing from Newsweek’s List of Top Rabbis

Kabbalah Centre's Berg Sent Packing from Newsweek's List of Top Rabbis

When I read  Newsweek magazine’s expose of the Kabbalah Centre and its questionable foundation for a children’s school in Malawi founded with millions of dollars from Madonna, the first thing I thought about was the annual Newsweek list of the top fifty American rabbis (technically: the most “influential” rabbis).

Rabbi Yehuda Berg, the son of the controversial founder of the …

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Tisch Family Zoological Garden in Jerusalem

Tisch Family Zoological Garden in Jerusalem

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, publicly recognized as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens was formerly founded in 1928 by the late Prof. Aharon Shuloy, one of the pioneers in the field of zoology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  It started out as a small children’s zoo located at Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem. In 1947, the zoo was transferred to the Hebrew University on …

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Why, on this night, do we include women’s voices?

In collaboration with JewishBoston.com, JWA are putting the finishing touches on a new Haggadah that highlights women’s voices. (Keep an eye out for it next week.) As we’ve been thinking about seders and traditions and the different ways we could include women’s voices in the Haggadah we’re creating, I wanted to hear more from you about your traditions and how you include …

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Online Exodus: Give Moses a ‘Like’

If Moses had Internet access, a Facebook profile and basic knowledge of English, this is probably what the Exodus would look like. On the other hand, for that to happen, God should have been online too. But wait, God is everywhere – so there’s no problem.

The video was created by the Aish HaTorah organization, which works to raise awareness to Judaism and bring the public closer …

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Yet to come: Orgasm Inc. and the invention of female sexual dysfuntion

Yet to come: Orgasm Inc. and the invention of female sexual dysfuntion

Last night I saw Orgasm Inc. , a documentary film by Liz Canner about the medicalization of female sexual pleasure and the race to find a cure for so-called “female sexual dysfunction.” Orgasm Inc. was produced by Chicken and Egg Pictures, a hybrid film fund and production company that provides money and mentorship to women filmmakers making socially conscious films.

Chicken and …

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Esther’s in Vegas

That’s right, Esther’s in Vegas. No, not THAT Esther? We’ll shift our focus to Queen Esther in less than two weeks. For now, the focus is on another Esther.

Connected Jewish leaders know that Esther Kustanowitz, the writer and social media consultant, is in Las Vegas because her Twitter and Facebook feeds pinpoint her location there. She’s at Tribefest, the Jewish Federations …

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Vizhnitzer Rebbe bans contact lenses

The article reads like satire, but unfortunately it is not…

Leaders of the Vizhnitz Hasidism have issued new instructions in regards to the purchase of eyeglasses, as part of their attempt to combat modernization.

In a special sermon to the young yeshiva students of the Hasidic dynasty, considered one of the biggest in the haredi sector, Rabbi Israel Hager, the successor of the …

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Rabbi, how do you like my glasses?

Leaders of the Vizhnitz Hasidism have issued new instructions in regards to the purchase of eyeglasses, as part of their attempt to combat modernization.

In a special sermon to the young yeshiva students of the Hasidic dynasty, considered one of the biggest in the haredi sector, Rabbi Israel Hager, the successor of the Vizhnitz Hasidism’s founder, discussed the dangers inherent …

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Is Madonna Jewish?

No, superstar singer and dancer Madonna is not a Jew. She was born and brought up Catholic. But in recent years she has been linked to the Jewish mystical practice called Kabbalah.

On Madonna’s 2005 album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor” the tenth track is controversial because it is called Isaac and contains allusions to the Kabbalah. Rabbis in Israel (mistakenly) thought …

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