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Swedish King, U.S. Treasury Secretary Unveil Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew unveiled the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal. The medal unveiled Thursday morning at the U.S. Treasury in Washington is inscribed with “hero of heroes” beneath the likeness of the Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. On the flip [...]

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Obama Names New Chief of Staff with Strong Ties to Jewish Community

Obama Names New Chief of Staff with Strong Ties to Jewish Community

U.S. President Barack Obama named as his new chief of staff a security official, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community. McDonough, until now the deputy to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, handled much of the National Security Council’s Israel-related traffic and has strong ties with Jewish groups. He addressed the [...]

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How Do You Feel About the Shoah?

The Craigslist ad below has some perfectly reasonable questions in the grand scheme of things. If you’re about to have a craigslist shabbat meal you’re bound to get some pretty strange and animated responses. Everyone has an opinion on hairy backs, the two state solution (or final solution depending on your political leanings) and your [...]

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Jewish Groups on Hand for Swearing in New Congress

Community leaders, chaplains, activists and representatives from a number of Jewish organizations were on hand for the swearing in of the 113th Congress this past Thursday. Among the groups participating were Agudath Israel of America, American Friends of Chabad Lubavitch of Washington DC, Orthodox Union, Satmar UTA, and The Friedlander Group. Rabbi Yechiel Kalish, National [...]

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Op-Ed: I Am Worried About Jonathan

Jonathan Pollard saved millions of human beings in the Middle East and worldwide from excruciating deaths and painful lifelong physical disabilities. To do that, Pollard sacrificed his freedom. Documents recently released to the National Security Archives at George Washington University provide us, for the first time, with the details of the espionage activities that have [...]

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Sharing Stories, Inspiring Change

Last week, Rabbi Scott Perlo wrote a provocative article in the Washington Post in which he addressed the continuing discomfort that many Jews—even liberal, gender-equity-supporting ones—feel about female rabbis. He suggests that this puzzling phenomenon may be due to the central place nostalgia holds in many people’s feelings about Judaism. It comes as no surprise [...]

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Ways to Tell You’re in a Really Frum Shul

I walked into the shul in San Jose the other day and felt inclined to wash off all the ruach ra’ah and tumah of the internet from my hands before davening. Suddenly I started wondering about how you can calculate a shuls level of frumness just by the fact that they had sinks devoted to [...]

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Road Tripping with Edgar Bronfman

Tuesday night is Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the Trees. To celebrate it, our great friend and supporter Edgar Bronfman wrote about road-tripping with his brother Charles. Just the idea of the two of them on a let’s-discover-America campaign is brilliant and otherworldly, like an Easy Rider of Robin Hood-type do-gooders instead of druggies, but [...]

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Jewish Living: Sabbath

The word Sabbath derives from the Hebrew Shabbat which means to cease or stop. It was derived first in the Biblical entries of Genesis, telling the story of the seven days of Creation. Sabbath is observed as the seventh day of the week, on which we are required to rest, in remembrance of the creation [...]

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How to sit Shiva

The thought of death always makes people uneasy and uncomfortable. In Judaism, sitting Shiva is a week long period of mourning done immediately after the funeral of a close relative. Close relative includes the father, mother, siblings, sons, daughters and spouse, they assume the role of “Halakhic” from the Hebrew word, which means mourner. In [...]

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The Ritual of Urechatz During Passover

Jews usually perform the ritual of hand washing before eating a holiday meal and a blessing is recited after the ritual. During Passover Seder, this ritual is called Urechatz and no blessing is recited. Urechatz is done in preparation for eating Karpas, a vegetable dipped in salt water. Prepare a pitcher of water, basin and [...]

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How to Honor Miriam at the Passover Seder

A Miriam’s Cup is a Jewish ritual object that is placed on the seder table. It is said to symbolize Miriam’s well that provided water for the Israelites in the desert. Instead of wine, it is filled with water and is placed beside the cup of Elijah. Prepare for a goblet and put it beside [...]

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Russia ordered to return documents to Chabad

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A U.S. court ruled that the Russian Federation must return sacred documents to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Last week’s ruling by the Washington, D.C., District Court, which was filed Wednesday, came after over 5 1/2 years of legal proceedings to recover documents seized by the Russian government during World War II. The Russian [...]

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Netilat Yadayim - The Jewish Ceremonial Washing of the Hands

Netilat Yadayim is a traditional washing of the hands with a cup. This practice is commonly observed in Orthodox Judaism. Netilat Yadayim is usually done upon rising in the morning and before eating challah. Netilat Yadayim is a ceremonial cleansing. Your hands should already be clean before doing this ritual. Fill a large cup with [...]

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Guns Missing from Netanyahu Team’s Luggage at JFK

Officials at New York’s JFK Airport are investigating how four handguns disappeared from luggage belonging to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu’s security team. The guns were in two suitcases that went missing when the Israeli security officials flew from New York to Washington on American Airlines on Sunday. Read More: @ 1010wins.com

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Obama: world safer after Washington nuke summit

President Barack Obama declared the world safer Tuesday after a 47-nation summit agreed to a four-year deadline to lock down loose nuclear materials to prevent them from falling into militant hands. “Because of the steps we’ve taken the American people will be safer and the world will be more secure,” Obama said at the end [...]

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‘Israel won’t be our focus’

Some key Muslim states attending US President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, which began Monday, do not intend to focus on Israel’s alleged nuclear capabilities at the conference, despite Israeli concerns to the contrary. The US administration has indicated it hoped the conference would focus on the issue of preventing nuclear materials from ending up in the hands of terrorists. But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled his participation in the meeting at the last minute, with government sources citing fears that Muslim countries would turn Israel into the issue at the conference if he attended.

Some key Muslim states attending US President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, which began Monday, do not intend to focus on Israel’s alleged nuclear capabilities at the conference, despite Israeli concerns to the contrary. Read More: @ jpost.com

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Tallit Set – How to Care for Your Holy Objects

Although the tallit are holy objects they do not miraculously stay clean all by themselves. Practicing Jews are required to keep the tallit clean and in good repair at all times. However, many worshippers are reluctant to wash their garments. Some seem to like that their tallit shows its age and use. Others are perhaps [...]

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Suddenly Jewish

Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Rootsby Barbara Kessel One woman learned on the eve of her Roman Catholic wedding. One man as he was studying for the priesthood. Madeleine Albright famously learned from the Washington Post when she was named Secretary of State. What is it like to find out you are not [...]

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Devil in the Details

Scenes from an obsessive girlhood.by Jennifer Traig When her father found the washing machine crammed with everything from her sneakers to her barrettes, 12-year-old Jennifer Traig had a simple explanation: they’d been tainted by the pork fumes emanating from the kitchen and had to be cleansed. The same fumes compelled Jennifer to meticulously wash her [...]

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Laws of Daily Living Vol. 1

A comprehensive halachic guide.by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen A comprehensive halachic guide: Morning Routines, Preparations for Prayers, Tallis, Tefillin, The Berachos, Amen, Pesukei Dezimrah. The word for Jewish law is halachah, which also means ‘walking.’ Halachah guides the Jew wherever he or she goes. And Rabbi Cohen’s clear, user-friendly presentation is the perfect guide to [...]

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Sandy Koufax - A Lefty’s Legacy

by Jane Leavy Sandy Koufax defined and distinguished himself by what he did on the baseball field and what he refused to do. He challenged batters and stereotypes. On the evening of September 9,1965, he pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. Less than a month later, he achieved another kind of perfection by [...]

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Countering Suicide Terrorism

Does The World Have the Answer?by The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Characteristics of Suicide Terrorism WorldwidePsychological and Sociological Dimensions of Suicide Terrorism Fundamentalist TerrorismInternational Terrorism Over the past few decades, a number of nations have been forced to contend with the phenomenon of suicide terrorism. Such diverse countries s [...]

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Laws of Daily Living Vol. 1

A comprehensive halachic guide.by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen A comprehensive halachic guide: Morning Routines, Preparations for Prayers, Tallis, Tefillin, The Berachos, Amen, Pesukei Dezimrah. The word for Jewish law is halachah, which also means ‘walking.’ Halachah guides the Jew wherever he or she goes. And Rabbi Cohen’s clear, user-friendly presentation is the perfect guide to [...]

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Karski

How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaustby E. Thomas Wood and Stanislaw M. Jankowski Working for the Polish Underground, Jan Karski witnessed first hand the horrors of the Holocaust during the early years of World War II. Surviving Soviet captivity and Gestapo torture, he escaped occupied Poland in 1942 and embarked on a heroic [...]

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Blessings Washing Cup - Ceramic

by Artist Michal ben Yosef ‘Al Netilat Yadayim’ in Hebrew, is printed on this handcrafted washing cup in various colors. Exact shade of cup may vary.

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Mazel Tov Plate - Porcelain

This reproduction is of a Delft faience 18th Century plate. The Hebrew inscription on this plate is Mazel Tov meaning good luck. The original was probably given as a congratulatory gift on the occasion of a marriage. Today it can be given for any joyous occasion. The Museum’s Mazel Tov plate is porcelain with hand-applied [...]

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Grapevine Washing Cup - Copper - Copper

The burnished copper finish on this hand-crafted washing cup really makes the embossed relief design stand out. Made in Israel. (Embossed pattern may vary.) Click here for the matching washing bowl. 5.5′H

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Copper Washing Bowl

A burnished copper finish and intricate relief design make this hand-crafted washing bowl an object of beauty. Made in Israel. Click here for the matching washing cup. 11.5′D

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Al Natilas Yadaim Towels

Set of 2 - colors vary Plush 100% cotton towels made in Israel. Embroidered in Hebrew with the ending words from the Brochah for washing the hands before meals. Great for use at the Seder and year round too! Colors vary, sorry no choice, or 2 white. 12′x20′

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