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Celebrating My Right to Vote: Women’s Equality Day

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With Women’s Equality Day just around the corner, voting has been on my mind. And, I’ll admit it, voting isn’t usually on my mind—especially during August. But Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates women’s right to vote, has me thinking about voting. I’m a pretty civic-minded person—fast to roll my eyes at people who tell me […]

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The Yenta, the Conservatives and Attorney General Sam Olens at the JEA

Ooooh, nothing like pissing off the alterkockers before 10am. Yesterday, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens came to speak at the Jewish Educational Alliance, and before I could even start asking him annoying questions, I got into it with two extremely conservative members of the community about Edward Snowden, the NSA and President Obama. “Snowden’s a traitor!” groused one […]

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Finally, a Chillul Hashem Caused by Modern Orthodox People

In a rare moment of achdus, Ultra-Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews rejoiced at the news that a Modern Orthodox group had finally made a chillul hashem. Apparently, the Yeshiva of Flatbush class trip took a detour when the students and chaperone were kicked of the plane to Atlanta for not cooperating or listening to the general […]

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Small-Town Dixie Jews a Dying Breed

Bert Rosenbush Jr. enjoys a bittersweet form of celebrity in his hometown of Demopolis, Ala.: He’s the last living Jew there. It’s a form of prominence he shares with Phil Cohen of Lexington, Miss. In Natchez, Miss., Jerold Krause is one of just a dozen Jews left. And Selma, Ala., a town that was central […]

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First Israeli Student Union President at Yale University

Daniel Avraham has made history at Yale University after having been elected as the first Israeli to serve as the institution’s student union president. The 24-year-old Jerusalem native is a graduate of Gymnasia Herzliyah high school and a former intelligence officer in the IDF. A sophomore in Yale’s exclusive program for ethics and economics, Avraham was elected […]

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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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John Galliano’s Fashion: Anti-Semitic Absolution?

Remember ol’ Mr. Mean and Nasty John Galliano? You know, the fashion designer who was on top of the gilded world until he was caught on video gabbling about how much he loves Hitler? Well, he’s a Chasidic Jew now. No, not really. But to make his grand public reappearance at the Oscar de la […]

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Police Recover Stolen Brooklyn Torah Valued at $30,000

A Torah that was reported to be stolen and estimated to be worth around $30,000 was found, according to officials. The Brooklyn Torah, belonging to Rabbi Binyamin Tamaiev of Congregation Agudath Sholom of Flatbush, was reportedly found inside the rabbi’s stolen car. His gray 2007 Toyota Corolla was stolen from the 3700 block of 18th […]

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How Being A Jewish Mother Informs My Politics

My political views are shaped by three important facets of my life – I’m Jewish, I’m a woman, and I have kids. For starters, I grew up Jewish in Orange County, CA, where there were even fewer Jews than Democrats. I never felt intentionally discriminated against, but it was hard not to feel ‘other’ when […]

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Lakewood Isn’t What it Used to Be

It’s been a while since we last talked; I hope you’re doing well in Eretz Yisroel now. It’s been years since you’ve moved away from Lakewood and I wanted to let you know; you’re not missing anything. This whole town is overrun by baalebatim and machers who did not come here for BMG. People don’t […]

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Lubavitcher Bochur to Page at Republican Convention

Lubavitcher Bochur Yosef Abrahamson has been selected to receive the very competitive and prestigious honor to serve as a Page for the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney will be officially nominated to run for president. The convention will take place at the end of August in Tampa Bay, Florida. Yosef was selected in 2008 […]

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Orthodox Jewish Woman Runs for NY State Senate

For the first time, an Orthodox Jewish woman is running for office in the New York State Senate. 22-year-old Mindy Meyer, a law student from Flatbush, is running on the Republican platform against Democratic State Sen. Kevin Parker. Meyer, who received her degree from Touro College in New York, works as an intern in the court of Judge […]

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Of Peonies & Penises: Anita Steckel’s Legacy

Anita Steckel was 82 when she died last March. But Anita, her many fans would insist, was way younger than most of us will ever be. When you read about Steckel’s artwork, it doesn’t take long for the words “erotic” and “feminist” to surface. Yes, Anita did regularly pay visual homage to overtly sexual male […]

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From NY to Elon Moreh; From Pen Pals to Friends

Jewish teenagers from the Magen David Yeshiva in Flatbush, New York met with their Israeli counterparts living in Elon Moreh, as part of Israel Connect’s ‘school twinning’ program. As part of the program’s ongoing efforts to connect Jews in the Diaspora to Jews living in Israel, Israel Connect, in conjunction with the Shomron Liaison Office, […]

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Open House at New Oholei Torah Kindergarten

On Sunday, 20 of Sivan, well over 350 people traveled to East Flatbush from Crown Heights and other points of New York for the premier viewing of the newly built East Flatbush Kindergarten. The guests were awed with the new construction, fabulous design and overall atmosphere of the school. It was truly a day where […]

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Few Politicians Will Challenge Hynes On Kol Tzedek Secrecy

With increased scrutiny on the handling of sex-abuse cases involving members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox community, some elected officials are beginning to take a stand on practices tied to District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. But few elected officials this week wanted to take a position one way or the other regarding another controversial practice of Hynes’ […]

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JWA Releases “D.C. Stories”: A New Oral History Exhibit for Jewish American Heritage Month

JWA Releases "D.C. Stories": A New Oral History Exhibit for Jewish American Heritage Month

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush officially proclaimed May Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) to recognize Jewish contributions to American culture over the past 350+ years. President Obama’s 2011 proclamation declares that “this month, we embrace and celebrate the vast contributions Jewish Americans have made to our country… We remember that the history […]

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Is the Internet Asifa a Scam?

I went to Shul in Ditmas Park (near Flatbush) this past shabbos and the related over a horrible story about a 15 year old bais yaakov girl led astray by her friend who pointed her to an unmentionable website. Her mother logged on the computer and had found that her daughter had visited the unmentionable […]

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You Know You’re Frum and Off the Derech…

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who got into a graduate program far from any major Jewish community. He calls me up ranting and raving about how the only Jews in his town aren’t even real Jews because they’re reconstructionists. I found this odd, coming from a person who keeps […]

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US Federal Courts to Consider J’lem Passport Issue

The US Supreme Court returned to the lower courts the issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” on their passports. The decision delivered Monday was a success for the family of Jerusalem-born boy Menachem Zivotofsky. His family for years has sought to force the State Department to agree to state on his […]

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Jewish Headstones Vandalized in Florida Cemetery

Jewish headstones at a cemetery in Bushnell, Florida were vandalized over the weekend, the Associated Press reported. Several headstones in two sections of the Florida National Cemetery, which were identifiably Jewish, were pushed over or dug out. The headstones were marked with the Jewish Star of David. Detectives in central Florida are investigating the incident […]

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Ten Greatest Songs of All Time

This Shabbos is called Shabbos Shirah because of the song sung at the splitting of the Red Sea. Another song is read in the haftorah, the Song of Devora. The Medrash says there will be 10 great songs for Hashem. Nine have already been sung and the tenth in the the times of Moshiach. Here’s […]

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Ben Stiller signs for HBO pilot on Jewish family living in Washington

Ben Stiller has signed for the HBO pilot “All Talk”, which will focus on a Jewish family living in Washington D.C., an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. The source also confirmed that “M*A*S*H” star Alan Alda is in talks to co-star with Stiller. The pilot – whose tone has been described as “politically, […]

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Dvar Torah Shmos: Biblical Editorializing

Unlike what we may all have been taught to presume as necessarily true from 3rd grade and onward, the fact that the Torah says very little and the biblical commentators say very much is of great import — in other words, there is a difference between the two and just because Rashi says something doesn’t […]

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What are your red flags of dating?

I was just talking with my new GF about my red flags of dating. The biggest one for me is when a girl states that she cannot pee in the woods, if you know me it’s actually not so ironic, but many people find it to be insane. But get this moshel, the girl of […]

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Mobile Internet Sites Come to Chareidi Community To Push For Signatures In Rubashkin Petition

As the final deadline for signatures on the White House Rubashkin petition approaches this Shabbos, activists have waged an all out campaign to make computers available to the large percentage of the chasidishe population that does not have internet access by bringing computers to these areas, including Borough Park, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Monroe and […]

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Holon Story Gardens

The Story Gardens of Holon is the only story-telling park in Israel. It is a very unique park intended to enrich a child’s imagination and interest to some of the most famous children’s stories. The park also enhances the awareness and love of every child and visitor regarding children’s literature. There are currently a total […]

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Another Jewish memorial defaced in Poland, in latest string of anti-Semitic incidents

Vandals have defaced a Jewish memorial in eastern Poland by rearranging bushes forming the Star of David into a Nazi swastika, police said on Monday, in the latest of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in the area. “Unknown assailants, most likely overnight, vandalized a monument commemorating a former Jewish cemetery,” a police spokesman in the […]

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You can take the Jew out of Flatbush

You ever notice that FFB’s (frum from brooklyn’s) will never talk to you once they leave Brooklyn? Like, I was just in Orlando with some friends, and I Jew-waved to everyone I could find. The Modern Orthodox crowd waved back and smiled (except when I was smoking in Disneyworld, which is apparently one step under […]

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Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Rice rejected Cheney’s contention that she misled President George W. Bush about nuclear diplomacy with North Korea. “I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans,” Rice said in her first public comments on the matter. “You can […]

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