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Liz Lerman: Still Dancing, Still Crossing

This July marks one year since choreographer, author, and innovator Liz Lerman parted ways with her dance company, formerly the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (now just the Dance Exchange) to fly solo as an independent choreographer. Known for projects that integrate dancers from across the intergenerational spectrum, as well as explore the intersection of dance [...]

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Jewish Married Men Dating Site

I am three years into my separation from my husband, and still no get. His ruv told him that he should not give me a get until we resolve the legal matters in our civil divorce. The court system is clogged and we can’t even get a court date.  So I fully expect to be [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 34 - June 13, 2012

At least for one day, all ethnic tensions played second-fiddle to  Harmony Day, at Hamilton-Metz Park. As the summer is nearly upon us in its official capacity, we soon will mark the legal-age since the infamous 1991 Crown Heights riot. The day’s activities commenced with a march down Empire Boulevard in the morning, and ended [...]

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Variant Readings of a Bruno Mars Marry You Lyric

We like the popular music of Bruno Mars. It is mostly happy and upbeat. Even the unrequited love theme in “Grenade” comes out as a positive lyric in some strange ways. The blog Jewlicious recently pointed us to a music video that wonderfully draws on a Bruno Mars song, “Marry You.” Dancing Jews, um, Juice: [...]

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Does Mixed Seating at Shul Really Hurt your Kavannah?

No. I don’t pray to a cross, and no, I’m not an angry davener. Let me explain. I live on the upper west side. I have for more than ten years. I have done the usual thing regarding shul which is OZ by night and The Jewish Center Shabbat morning. But week after week and [...]

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My Two Moms: Jewesses with a Different Kind of Attitude

I am a lucky girl. I have two women who I call mom. Well, one I call mommie and the other emma (Hebrew for mother), but that’s just semantics. I have two maternal figures and role models who inspire me to be a better woman now, and to be a better mom when my time [...]

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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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Do-overs and Learning From Mistakes

“The broken tablets were put with the new ones into the Ark.” -Talmud, Menachot 99a What can we learn from the fact that Moses put the broken tablets into the Ark along with the new tablets? We move on from our mistakes, but we also take the lessons along with us. In helping to form [...]

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Drake’s Bar Mitzvah (Again)

In Judaism when a Jewish man turns 83 he ceremoniously celebrates his bar mitzvah for the second time. The reason for this is that Judaism believes that the length of a man’s life is 70 years so at 83-years-old he symbolically turns 13 once again. Aubrey Drake Graham, AKA “Drake”, is only 26 and far [...]

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Is Nicki Minaj Jewish?

No, pop singer Nicki Minaj is not a Jew. She is multiracial — of African, Trinidadian and Indo-Asian descent (Times). She has riled up the Church with her song performance at the Grammy Awards. Catholic League takes aim at Minaj A leading Catholic activist group is upset with Nicki Minaj for her exorcism-themed performance at [...]

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Vayechi: The Gift of An Ethical Will

Vayechi: The Gift of An Ethical Will

In 1997, when Mitch Albom published his now famous Tuesdays with Morrie, he essentially presented three gifts. The first, of course, was his gift to society. Albom, a Detroit sportswriter who I’ve grown up reading, shared the inspiring wisdom of his college professor Morrie Schwartz. Publishing this book was also a gift to himself as [...]

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Sharing the Interesting Stuff I Find Around the Web

I have developed a new habit lately and that is to basically share everything I want to look at in the future, on my facebook profile. It just occurred to me that although I have the max amount of friends (5000 + a backup account approaching 1000) not everyone is on Facebook and I had [...]

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United With Israel to Celebrate Chanukah with IDF Soldiers

United with Israel, in conjunction with the Thank Israeli Soldiers organization, will be holding its first annual IDF Chanukah party on Sunday. During the party, American and Israeli students and families will join together with Israeli soldiers and commanders at the Anatot Military Base in Pisgat Zeev, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The event will [...]

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New Torah Occupies Wall Street

Only a stone’s throw from Zuccotti Park where protestors clashed with police last Wednesday evening, scores of Wall Street businesspeople and residents took to dancing in the rain at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Battery Place. The occasion was the dedication of a newly completed Torah Scroll by Chabad of Wall Street. Area residents, [...]

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The Unplugged Bar

The Unplugged Bar is a famous Israeli bar that lies right in the obverse of the New Tourist Center, straight diagonally from the Hayam Mall and the beach, located in the heart of the city and subsequently to another recurrent Eilat watering hole, called the Underground. The Unplugged mainly has two facets: A bar that [...]

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Moshava Park

The Moshava Park can be found in Rishon LeZion, Israel. It was established to be a citrus grove by the first groups of people who founded the city of Rishon. It is a beautiful place that has an agricultural farm and resort-like ambiance. The park was recently renovated and had more trees and unique landscape. [...]

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Florida Chabad House Grows with a Torah

Approximately 100 congregants marched the streets by singing, dancing and celebrating Chabad of Pembroke Pines’ first owned Torah. This procession in the streets of Pembroke Pines recently was an emotional celebration for the synagogue’s founder, Rabbi Mordechai Andrusier, as the Torah was dedicated in the memory of his grandmother Chana and nephew Yonatan. “Some people [...]

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How Cute Is Your Family? We’ll Be the Judge

This week God may be judging you based on your sins, but here at MJL we are judging you based on your family photos. Specifically, your Jewish holiday photos. Do you have some classics of your kids making matzah balls with Bubbe? Lighting Shabbat candles? Doing tashlikh? Beating the willow? Dancing with the Torah? Do [...]

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Welcoming Shabbat the secular way

Some people express their love for Shabbat by lighting candles, other add a synagogue prayer, a meal and songs. Some love it through dancing, and others – like the Beit Tefilah Israeli organization (“Israeli Prayer House”) – love it next to the sea. Every Friday, hundreds of people gather on a hill at the northern [...]

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Haoman17 in Jerusalem

Haoman 17 in Jerusalem has been regarded as one of the top nightclubs in the world. Famous DJs from around the world spin house music, techno, trip-hop and acid jazz electronic music. This fashionable dance club has two dance floors that could accommodate just about 200 party animals. It is chicly decorated with a high-tech [...]

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Passover Kid’s Craft: A Dancing Wine Goblet Paper Chain!

A simple and cute Passover craft to decorate your home—a dancing wine goblet paper chain! You do the cutting and let the little ones do the decorating with markers or even glue and collage materials. I love the results however I must tell you that given the light-weight paper I used and the pattern I [...]

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The most annoying frum Jews

There are a lot of different sects and sub groups within orthodoxy and some of them are quite annoying, this post came out of the idea I had to write about whether Messianic (Yechi) chabadnicks or Nannach Bresslovers were more annoying, but then I realized that there are loads of others that can make the [...]

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Sex, drugs and oligarchs

Men exposing their behinds, spraying ketchup on top of a sex doll and snorting white powder while singing obscene lyrics – this is not a drunken student hoax but a video featuring some of the Ukraine’s most wealthy Jewish oligarchs.Kiev’s Jewish community might have managed to get passed the embarrassment had it not been for [...]

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Tips in Welcoming Non-Jewish Guests to a Jewish Wedding

Are you having a Jewish wedding and inviting some non-Jewish friends over? Traditional Jewish weddings are in many ways different to other types of weddings so it is important to do every effort to make them feel comfortable during the occasion. Here are some tips to make your non-Jewish friends welcome during your Jewish wedding. [...]

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Dancing in a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings are festive occasions. Foods, drinks, music and dancing are all part of the festivities. Modern Jewish weddings choose to have secular bands playing for them. Traditional Jewish weddings on the other hand include Hora as their wedding dance. Enjoy your time as a guest in Jewish weddings with the following tips: In secular [...]

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Yes, Jews Rock Too

Yes, Jews Rock Too

We all know that Jews can rock. After all, you only need to listen to Bob Dylan or Gene Simmons of Kiss to know that. But there are also some Jewish singers who are rocking Jewish music… and I don’t mean Jon Fishman leading Phish in “Avinu Malkeinu.” I remember in 1999 when the Jewish [...]

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Dancing and Heckling at the Dueling Jewish Fundraiser Mega-Meetings

Dancing and Heckling at the Dueling Jewish Fundraiser Mega-Meetings

At the same time that the Chabad Hasidic rabbinic leadership met Brooklyn, the Federation of Jewish charities mainly lay leadership met in New Orleans. Amazingly this caused a conflict and quandary for not a single person. There is not the slightest overlap between these two organizations of Jews who were meeting simultaneously to plot their [...]

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Hanukkah and the City: Celebrating Hanukkah in New York

New York has one of the largest Jewish populations in America so Hanukkah celebrations are always grand. New Yorkers have different ways of celebrating Hanukkah. Some people follow the traditional way of observing Hanukkah while some spend the night in a modern way. From Hanukkah parties to public lighting of Hanukkah menorahs, New York has [...]

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Jewish Marriages

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would [...]

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Simchat Torah Mysticism in the Age of YouTube

Google Images and YouTube videos are helping Jewish educators create new midrash and bring sacred meaning to age-old traditions. Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz created an innovative, interactive experience for the seven hakafot (circles) of Simchat Torah. Her “Seven Dances for Simchat Torah in the YouTube Era” is available on the Sh’ma Koleinu website. Sh’ma Koleinu is [...]

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