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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 26 April 18, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 26 April 18, 2012

A Connecticut condominium association has reversed their decision to ban the display of mezuzahs on the doorposts of residents’ apartments. One resident was instructed to remove her mezuzah from her doorpost or face a $50 fine per-day. Once she learned that the decision was changed. she will be permitted to display the religious artifact. Last [...]

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Orthodox Union Introduces ‘Keeping Kosher’ App

With Passover just a month away a new app aims to help consumers keep kosher throughout the eight-day Jewish festival and to stay up to date on kosher products throughout the rest of the year. Released by the Orthodox Union (OU), which promotes the values of the Orthodox Jewish community, the app called OU Kosher [...]

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“License to Kvell,” New Blog from Author Joel Samberg, Stirs Up a Little Wit, Sarcasm & Introspection

Hartford, CT, USA, January 19, 2011—Journalist and author Joel Samberg, whose last book was called “Grandpa Had a Long One,” is the writer behind “License to Kvell,” a one-month-old humor/commentary blog with a Jewish twist. The blog, which appears most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at http://LicenseToKvell.blogspot.com, has been called ‘a kosher breath of fresh air’ [...]

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Saying Jewish Blessings for the Food

Judaism teaches us that saying blessings in many activities that we do are very important. Doing this is especially important when we are about to eat. “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalms 24:1). “a man should taste nothing before he utters a blessing,” [...]

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Managing a Jewish Household

Running a traditional Jewish household is not easy. A number of Jewish traditions have to be observed all throughout the year. Here are some tips on how you can manage a Jewish household. Decorate your home with Jewish symbols like the mezuzah which is placed at your front door, Kiddush cups, menorah, Shabbat candles and [...]

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Hanukkah and Generosity

Hanukkah is a time of giving. It is during this time of the year that we give gifts to friends and share our blessings to our favorite charity. You don’t have to go far if you want to show generosity and share your blessings this holiday season. You can start your good deed within your [...]

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Hanukkah is family time!

Hanukkah is one of the widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the world. Hanukkah is a time to spend time with the family. This Jewish holiday is also a time to share your blessings and to show generosity. Hanukkah is a great time to show people you love the most how important they are to you.  [...]

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Have a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews. Christmas is celebrated by Christians. But what about interfaith families? Combining holiday traditions is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. This is a good way to unite family members of different religious traditions. Decorate both for Christmas and Hanukkah. Prepare the Hanukkah menorah and light it during the [...]

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How to Observe the First Night of Hanukkah

For many Jewish families, the first night of Hanukkah is the most important one. The first night of Hanukkah opens the entire eight-day celebration. Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by preparing Jewish traditional foods, lighting the Hanukkah menorah, saying special prayers, and exchanging gifts. Jewish games like the dreidel and the Hanukkah gelt hunt [...]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Past

The annual festival of the Jewish people Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and popular events in the Jewish culture. The festival is celebrated for eight straight days in December or late November as per the Gregorian calendar which begins on 25th of the month of Kislev, [...]

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Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

Aside from the story of Judah Maccabees, the rededication of the temple and the miracle of the oil, a lesser known story tell of charming and beautiful widow, Judith. She was the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, father of the Hasmonean family who saved her village town of Bethulia, in the land of Judea [...]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with [...]

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Chanukah and Tzedakah

Chanukah is a time to give gifts to our loved ones. Chanukah is a special holiday which is often celebrated with dreidel games and lively parties. For many Jewish parents, the Festival of Lights is also the perfect time to teach their children generosity and to share blessings received by God. Some families give tzedakah [...]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. [...]

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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their [...]

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How to pay a Shiva call

We are not alone. This message of Judaism conveys about death and bereavement, were every law and every custom of Jewish mourning and has at its core the overwhelming motivation to surround the dying and the grieving with a supportive community. Some may say that facing death and grief elevates a person’s feeling of aloneness, [...]

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Tips on Hosting a Great Hanukkah Party

Hanukkah is the perfect time to host a party for your family and friends.  People gather during this time of the year to enjoy the festive meal, exchange gifts, recite blessings and to light the Hanukkah Menorah. Hosting a Hanukkah party is as easy as 1..2..3.. with these party planning tips. Hanukkah is a celebration [...]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of [...]

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What to do During Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is a Jewish holiday dedicated to fasting and self-denial. This is when Jews abstain from food, sexual relations and everything that will give them personal pleasure. Yom Kippur is an important day on the Jewish calendar and all Jews devote their day to fasting and prayers. Prepare yourself [...]

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How is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated?

Rosh Hashanah is a 2-day festival observed on the first and second days of Tishrei. This Jewish holiday is celebrated in lots of different ways by different kinds of Jews. Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish holiday which is observed for two entire days. Generally, this is celebrated with prayer services in synagogues and festive [...]

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Avner & Brachot - Islands of Blessings

Windows or MAC Ages 6 to 12 Avner & Blessings is an interactive multimedia educational adventure guaranteed to entertain and educate. Start out by meeting the characters who accompany you throughout the adventure on the Blessed Islands. Avner is a brave little boy who is lost and needs your help. You will also meet the [...]

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Davka Transliterated Siddur

Windows & Mac The Davka Transliterated Siddur contains the text of the Ashkenazic Siddur in English transliteration in DavkaWriter, Mellel, and RTF formats. The transliteration follows the Sephardic pronunciation. This compilation is perfect for beginners’ services, synagogues, youth groups, and individuals. The text is clearly arranged and marked, and can be used with other existing [...]

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Say-A-Blessing Electronic Keychain

Innovative Product of the Year! Easily recite the correct blessing whenever you eat! Pocket size keychain goes where you do.Simply press the button for the correct food category and repeat word-for-word as the blessing is read slowly and clearly. No more fumbling for the prayer book or messy cards. It is a mitzvah for Jewish [...]

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Davka Transliterated Siddur

Windows & Mac The Davka Transliterated Siddur contains the text of the Ashkenazic Siddur in English transliteration in DavkaWriter, Mellel, and RTF formats. The transliteration follows the Sephardic pronunciation. This compilation is perfect for beginners’ services, synagogues, youth groups, and individuals. The text is clearly arranged and marked, and can be used with other existing [...]

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Shabbat - The Art of Jewish Living; 2nd Editiion

The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the Sabbathby Dr. Ron Wolfson Celebrate the joy of making Shabbat each week in your home with rituals, prayers, blessings, food and song This expanded, easy to use 2nd edition of the classic spiritual source book, Shabbat - The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the [...]

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The Laws of Pesach A Digest - 2009

Special Edition: Includes Birkat HaChamahby Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz, ztlEdited by Rabbi Y.Y. Blumenkrantz, Rabbi Y.M. Blumenkrantz and Rabbi A. Blumenkrantz Updated yearly, this most popular and definitive guide to the laws of Passover also contains the most comprehensive list of permitted foods, household products, and medications for Passover. Also includes articles on pertinent halachac topics. [...]

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Guide to Blessings

The Brochos for Various FoodsEdited by Rabbi Naftali Hoffner A handy and convenient guide explaining which blessing should be said for hundreds of differents foods. Clarifies which blessing should be said when two different blessings seem correct, and offers general guidelines for determining the correct blessings. Includes a full Birkas HaMazon - Grace After Meals.(68 [...]

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The Halachos of K’zayis

by Rabbi Yisroel P. Bodner Knowing what blessings and after-blessings to make on foods is important, but it’s also imperative to know how much food must be eaten in order to qualify for an afterblessing. Now, the complex and little-known topic of k’zayis (literally ‘like an olive’-indicating the portion size that qualifies for an after-blessing) [...]

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The Halachos of Brochos

One Volume Editionby Rabbi Yisroel P. Bodner Thorough discussion of the laws relating to the blessings recited over foods and beverages. Includes a removable guide to appropriate blessings on many foods and food combinations - a quick reference guide for Brocha Rishona and Brocha Achrona of over 700 foods.(304 Pages) Publisher: Feldheim, 1994

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The Laws of Brochos

A Comprehensive Exposition of the Background and Laws of Blessingsby Rabbi Binyamin Forst and Rabbi Aaron D. Twerski Discussion of the development and derivation of halachot relating to the brachot (blessings), as well as the halachot themselves. Includes a comprehensive list of foods and blessings.(423 Pages) Publisher: ArtScroll, 1990

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