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Forefather’s Merit: Magen Avraham

We begin the Shemone Esrei with the words, “Hashem open my mouth so my lips can speak your praises.” In a verse in Ezra-Nechemya, Hashem is described as, “U’merom al kol bracha utehila.” He is more exalted than any blessings or praise we can offer. Our prayers are only a small token of what Hashem [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 33 - June 6, 2012

One of the oldest operating synagogues in California the Wilshire Boulevard Synagogue, is set to receive a Hollywood makeover after a 10 pound piece of plaster fell from the ceiling which damaged the building. The congregants, whom many are Hollywood executives, have helped spearhead a $150 million renovation, which is set to be completed in [...]

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Savvy Auntie Blessings

There is something very special about an aunt and uncle’s relationship with their nieces and nephews. No one has demonstrated the importance of the relationship between an aunt and her nieces and nephews better than Melanie Notkin, who launched SavvyAuntie.com. Here is the second column I have published on the SavvyAuntie.com blog and it is [...]

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Progressives Welcome Conservative Gay Weddings

Leaders of progressive Jewish movements in Israel as well as gay rights groups welcomed the adoption of guidelines for wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples by the Conservative Judaism movement in the US. The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards – which rules on the Conservative stream’s stance on matters of Jewish law – [...]

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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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Rare 15th Century Jewish Siddur to be Auctioned in Paris Sale

A rare 15th century festival prayer book written in Hebrew and estimated to be worth up to $800,000 will be exhibited in New York next week ahead of its sale at Christie’s Books and Manuscripts auction in Paris next month. The 400-page illuminated prayer book, or Mahzor, that was probably made in Florence is considered [...]

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Five Minute Passover Seder

Some people want to have a very fast seder. This guide is for them. 1) Kaddesh – Sanctify the day with the recitation of Kiddush *Leader says Boruch Atoh Ado-noy Elo-haynu Melech Ho-olom Boray P’ri Ha-Gofen and 2 other blessings in the Hagadah *Drink the 1st cup of wine. Lean to your left while eating. [...]

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New from Talmudic Books: Tzvee Zahavy, “God Bless You: The Origins of Jewish Prayers and Blessings - Kindle Edition”

New book of the day! From Talmudic Books: Tzvee Zahavy, “God Bless You: The Origins of Jewish Prayers and Blessings - Kindle Edition” It is a big book. 370 pages in print! Description: Covers the origins of Jewish prayer in the first five centuries of the Common Era, known also as the epoch of early [...]

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Our Work is Published in the World’s Most Expensive Jewish Books: $970 or $1,004

Our Work is Published in the World's Most Expensive Jewish Books: $970 or $1,004

These may be the World’s Most Expensive Jewish Books. And they have our work inside. The Law of Agriculture in the Mishnah and the Tosefta Translation, Commentary, Theology ($970 if ordered from Brill) ($1,004 from Amazon) Our contributions are Berakhot (pages 398-574) and Hallah (pages 2601-2627). The book set is not titled accurately. Tractate Berakhot, the first in [...]

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Hindus send greetings to Jews on Sukkot

Hindus have sent greetings to Jewish communities all over the world for the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a release in Nevada, expressed warmest greetings on the upcoming Sukkot, wishing happiness, health, peace, joy, prosperity, blessings and good times to all the Jews. Rajan Zed, who is the President of Universal [...]

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Nephew Of Murdered Kabbalist Threatened With Death By Known Criminal

Nephew Of Murdered Kabbalist Threatened With Death By Known Criminal

Ynet is reporting that a known criminal threatened to kill Rabbi Moshe Turgeman, the nephew of the murdered kabbalist Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, as he was going home from his yeshiva in Netanya Tuesday night. Last month, Abuhatzeira was murdered by a follower, Rabbi Asher Dahan, who was upset that Abuhatzeira’s blessings and advice to him [...]

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Re’eh - Giving Blessings Not Curses

Re'eh - Giving Blessings Not Curses

It has become very common for businesses and organizations to send out weekly email messages to their list of subscribers. There is nothing unusual about that. But I’ve noticed an increasing number of individuals who have begun to share their own wisdom and commentary on the issues of the day with their friends and family. [...]

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The “O”-Word

The recent suggestion by the rabbi of a West Coast Orthodox congregation that one of the birchos hashachar (morning blessings) recited each day by Torah-observant Jews be eliminated—he sees it as insufficiently enlightened—is a reminder of an unpleasant but pressing task facing the Jewish community: To define the word “Orthodox.” Words are mangled with disturbing [...]

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From Apher To Pe’er-Tisha B’av

The Midrash tells us that Hashem asked the great sages and prophets, “Al mah avda h’aretz,”-Why was the land lost? Nobody was able to answer until Hashem Himself said, “Al shelo barchu b’Torah techila“-Because they did not recite the blessings on the Torah. This seems puzzling. Normally, a mourner begins mourning after the burial and [...]

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Thousands attend funeral of slain kabbalah rabbi

Thousands of people on Friday attended the funeral of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira who was stabbed to death on Thursday night in Be’er Sheva while he was hosting guests for consultation at a yeshiva near his home. Among the participants in the funeral events were family members and leaders of the Shas movement. Abuhatzeira will be [...]

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Growing In Ruchniyut During The Three Weeks

Growing In Ruchniyut During The Three Weeks

When we visualize the Beit Hamikdash in its glory, we imagine there was nothing holier than it. Yet Chazal tell us that studying Torah is even greater. “Hashem consoled David who did not merit to build the Beit Hamikdash, “One day of Torah learning in your courtyard is greater in my eyes than one thousand [...]

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Declaration of Dependence

Today is Independence Day. Guess this is one of those quirky years when it coincides with July the 4th. It is a day when we grill the flesh of bovines in our backyards and our own epidermis’ on beaches. Somewhere, deep in the hidden strata of our collective societal subconscious, we also exult in breaking [...]

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The Never Ending Book

On Monday, C. Alexander London wrote about being an accidental adventurer. He will be blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s Author Blog. By the far the question I am asked most often by my young readers is, as well as by teachers and librarians: “When does the next Accidental Adventures book come out?” It’s a flattering question [...]

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Parshat Bechukotai: Blessings of the Torah

Parshat Bechukotai begins, “If you will walk in my statutes to keep my commandments and perform them.” We learn from this that there are three parts to Torah: l’amol, to work at it and study it; lishmor, to know it and protect it within ourselves through consistent review; and v’asitem, to practice it by actually [...]

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Jewish And Kabbalah Jewelry

Jewish jewelry has a great look and a powerful spiritual value, built in technology of healing, protection, success and positive energy. It offers the oldest wisdom on earth, tracking back more then 4000 years. Using the universe laws, Kabbalah jewelry items will provide you the wisdom to solve your real life issues. Jewish jewelry represents [...]

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Dvar Torah Behar: Conditional Guarantee

For the past year or so, I’ve been reading the government welfare blessings in English while the guy reads it aloud in the shul at which I daven and just tonight, I discovered a correlation with something from this week’s parsha. When we ask that “Yisrael yishkon lavetach” (Israel should dwell in security), I see [...]

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Principles of Faith: A Deeper Glimpse Into Prayer

Shacharit begins with the morning blessings that relate primarily to the world as we know it. Psukei D’zimra, a selection from Psalms, follows. These poems are meant to express who we are in a greater context. Next comes Shema and its blessings, which move us a step higher. Shema tells us that Hashem is one [...]

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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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Tzedakah and Jewish Obligation

Tzedakah is an important aspect in Judaism. It is a Hebrew word for charity (giving assistance, helping people who are in need, sharing our blessings to poor people). The idea of charity or Tzedakah in Judaism is different from how most people view charity. In Judaism, giving to people in need is a sign of [...]

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The Maccabees: A Story of Faith and Courage

For thousands of years now, we have been celebrating Hanukkah. We decorate our house with Jewish symbols like dreidel, the menorah and the Star of David. We make our Hanukkah shopping list, wrap our gifts and give tzedakah. We greet people a “Happy Hanukkah,” light our menorah, say blessings and enjoy the festive Hanukkah dinner [...]

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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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Why do secular and non-observant Jews love chanukah?

Why do secular and non-observant Jews love chanukah?

That’s an easy one, because you don’t have to do anything! Unlike most of the other holidays, the requirements to celebrate chanukah are something everyone can do, be joyous, light the menorah say some blessings and eat oily foods, easy stuff – especially if you don’t keep much of anything else. Add to that, the [...]

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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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