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Young Couple Making Aliyah from Pittsburgh Wins $10,000

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Nefesh B’Nefesh has announced the winners of their new aliyah contest, the “Wedding Gift Challenge”, awarding 25 newlyweds prizes to help start their new life in Israel. Nefesh B’Nefesh sought to encourage young American couples to discuss aliyah by enticing them to enter a social media-based contest to win prizes including a sum of $10,000. […]

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With Children Under Chuppah

Years of expectations to receive the special approval that they have completed their conversion process and can get married according to Jewish Law; several years of fighting for Israeli recognition as conversion seekers, while their children already live in Israel as Jews; and decades of leading a double life: Colombian Jews who know they have […]

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Haredi Groom Gets Cold Feet, Flees Wedding

A young couple from the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem canceled its wedding recently on the eve of the event, after the groom escaped from the banquet hall just moments before the marriage ceremony. The unusual event in the haredi society spread by word of mouth, reaching social networks in recent days. The […]

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NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship. Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli. “He’s getting citizenship,” Walters said. ”He applied, and he’s there now.” Stoudemire went to […]

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Royal Baby, Royal Motherhood? || Kate, it Seems, has Done her Job

He’s not yet three days old, only weights 3.8 kilograms and doesn’t even have a name. Yet Baby Cambridge, third in line to the throne and pronounced beautiful by his doctor, is currently occupying the world’s attention. Kate, it seems, has done her job. Throughout British royal history, the existence of the heir and the […]

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Rabbinical Council of America Issues Letter of Support for Rabbi Stav

The Rabbinical Council of America, an extensive association of Orthodox rabbis in North America, issued a letter of public support for Rabbi David Stav, a candidate for the position of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, following a harsh denunciation of Stav from Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef Saturday night and an unseemly incident on Sunday at […]

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Chief Rabbinate Candidate Attacked at Wedding

Candidate for the chief rabbinate Rabbi David Stav was subject to physical and verbal intimidation Sunday night while attending the wedding of the daughter of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy places. Stav said that during the proceedings, several youths shoved him and attempted to hit him and pour water […]

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May his Memory be a Blessing — and a Song

Savannah is still reeling from the sudden loss of its greatest musical ambassador, Ben Tucker. The man with the mighty jazz hands was killed Tuesday as he was playing his other favorite thing, golf: He was driving his golf cart across an abandoned race track on Hutchison Island when a Texas man illegally racing his […]

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Celebrating Gift of Torah to Jewish People

The holiday of Shavuot, celebrated by Jews this week, is one of the three biblical pilgrim festivals in Judaism – in addition to Passover and Sukkot. In translation to English, “Shavuot” means weeks, describing the seven weeks between Passover, when the Hebrews were historically freed from Egypt, to the day when their Torah was received. […]

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‘Israel Like Iran’ in Freedom of Marriage

Severe restrictions on freedom of marriage put Israel alongside countries that are among the worst offenders of violating marriage rights, according to Worldwide Freedom of Marriage Project released by the Hiddush - Freedom of Religion for Israel association ahead of the “wedding season,” which begins on the Jewish Holiday of Lag B’Omer. A comprehensive study […]

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10 Things That Could Lead to Mixed Dancing

A modern, Orthodox, Jewish couple, preparing for a religious wedding, meets with their rabbi for counseling. The rabbi asks if they have any last questions before they leave. The man asks, “Rabbi, we realize it’s tradition for men to dance with men, and women to dance with women at the reception. But, we’d like your […]

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Why is Women of the Wall Such a Hot Button?

Let’s face it: the cost of a wedding is obscene. Ours was out of town, super low-key AND made possible by the assistance of many very kind people, but just seeing the bills (even though they were marked ‘PAID’) were enough to make you choke on your cud. Mix into that the idea that you […]

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Make her Wedding Night Good!

Let’s face it: the cost of a wedding is obscene. Ours was out of town, super low-key AND made possible by the assistance of many very kind people, but just seeing the bills (even though they were marked ‘PAID’) were enough to make you choke on your cud. Mix into that the idea that you […]

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Community Invited to Attend Shluchims’ Son’s Bar Mitzvah

Isru Chag will mark the 13th birthday of Eli Chaim Hurwitz, son of Yitzy and Dina Hurwitz who are Shluchim in Temecula, California. This isn’t and ordinary celebration, it is extra special and carries even more meaning to this family, after their father was diagnosed with ALS. Dina Hurwitz wrote the following on her personal […]

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Wedding Websites and Apps Are New Buzz

Couples about to be married can add  a “Wedsite” to their pre-wedding to-do list. Not too long ago wedding guests had to make a phone call to inquire where the couple was registered for gifts. They didn’t know much about what to expect at the wedding. And they likely had to wait for the rabbi […]

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Jewish Photographer Henry Grossman’s Unique Eye on the Beatles

Henry Grossman wasn’t a fan of the Beatles when he first started photographing them in 1964, but he would become intimately familiar with the group, snapping thousands of photographs of the Fab Four over the next five years. More than 1,000 of these photos have been collected in his new limited edition book, “Places I […]

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1 in 9 Jews Gets Married Abroad

A total of 12,653 Israelis, mostly Jewish, got married in another country in 2010, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Not all cases were civil marriages. In Israel, 35,887 Jewish couples got married in 2010. The figures show that in 2010, the Interior Ministry was informed of 9,262 marriage ceremonies […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 68 - February 21, 2013

Two women who exemplify the inner and outer beauty of the Jewish Queen Esther were honored during Chabad of Western Monmouth County’s 25th annual Jewish Women’s Day program. The annual event held in memory of Rebbitzen Chaya Mouska Schneerson OBM, was highlighted by Proclamations issued by Marlboro Township Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Manalapan Township Mayor […]

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Holocaust Commemorated in Istanbul

Guests of the Ortaköy Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Istanbul – a holy place that has witnessed countless weddings, ceremonies, bar mitzvahs and hopeful prayers throughout decades and generations – commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. Millions of Jews, who were systematically murdered by Nazi regime during World War II, were commemorated in […]

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A Jones by Any Other (Married) Name

I recently got engaged, and despite the fact that my byline is short and simple, figuring out what to do about my last name will be tricky. While I write under the name Abigail Jones, my full name is Abigail Goldsmith Drachman-Jones. That’s eight syllables, 29 letters, four words and one punctuation mark. It’s a […]

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Senior Haredi Rabbis: Voting a ‘Holy Duty’

Prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis have declared that voting in the Knesset elections taking place Tuesday is a “holy duty” from which no one can be exempt. Senior Lithuanian leader, Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, instructed a yeshiva student to exercise his right to vote although it is his wedding day, and the same ruling was issued by […]

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No Greater Offense than Voting

More than 10,000 people attended a reception rally organized by the Eda Haredit faction on Sunday for the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum. The rabbi, one of the two leaders of the world’s biggest Hasidic community, arrived in Israel to participate in his granddaughter’s wedding in Beit Shemesh, but thanks to the perfect timing, […]

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I Know My Son… Insights on Suffering & Adversity

Vayechi: Vast cosmic secrets appear couched in the dramatic events surrounding the deathbed blessings bestowed upon Yosef’s two sons Menashe and Ephraim by our saintly forebear Yaakov. The cryptic narrative seems to alert the reader to uncanny Divine insight on the part of Yaakov, the purveyor of the blessings, regarding the future of the two […]

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Non-Jews Doing Hanukkah

A couple years ago I wrote about non-Jews observing certain Jewish customs. I looked at such examples as Justin Bieber reciting the Shema in Hebrew before each concert as well as non-Jews maintaining kosher diets, hanging mezuzahs on their front doors, dancing the Hora at weddings and erecting sukkahs. The new trend seems to be […]

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We’re Grateful For… Having Come A Long Way, Baby

As we approach this year’s Thanksgiving, I asked some of the JWA staff members how far they’ve come—personally or politically, culturally or collectively—and how that’s inspired a sense of gratitude. Here is a sampling from Etta King, Michelle Cash, Stephen Benson, and Ellen Rothman. Etta King, Education Program Manager This year, I am truly grateful […]

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Is Eric Cantor Jewish?

Yes, Eric Cantor is a Jew. Wikipedia reports about Kantor: Cantor, the second of three children, was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Mary Lee (née Hudes), a schoolteacher, and Eddie Cantor, who owned a real estate firm. His paternal family immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s and his maternal grandfather was […]

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Simcha Overload

Weddings! Bar mitvahs! Chopped liver! ‘Tis a season of most joy in Yentaland these days as we recover from yesterday’s Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival and prepare for my Brother the Doctor’s wedding this week, along with the continued and possibly never-ending planning of Yenta Boy’s impending ritual of manhood. Yes, simchas are all about […]

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AP: In Germany it’s Pay to Pray

For our Teaneck Orthodox neighbors Shul membership has its rewards. Paid up members get priority and perks in aliyot to the Torah and chances to lead services. In Germany according to the AP the church makes it clear. If you want the religious services of the church, you need to pay up. We cringe at this […]

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Chief Rabbi: Better Not to Pray Than to Pray Reform

Non-Orthodox groups have reacted angrily to Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar’s comments about them in an interview given to the Makor Rishon newspaper ahead of Rosh Hashana. Asked whether it would be better for a secular Jew who happened to be away from home on Rosh Hashana to pray with a Reform congregation or by himself […]

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Between the Lines of the Ketubah

A recent item in Haaretz reported that 20,000 Israeli’s spurn the rabbinate and marry abroad annually. A source in the article suggests that 40 percent of those couples were eligible for marriage by the chief rabbinate and chose otherwise. Also quoted in that article was a representative of the trend: “We have nothing against religion… […]

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