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Summer at the Teaneck Swim Club, the Tenafly JCC Outdoor Swimming Pool

Summer at the Teaneck Swim Club, the Tenafly JCC Outdoor Swimming Pool

The start of summer. With nice weather ahead we look forward to swimming outdoors every day in Tenafly or Teaneck. TSC open on weekends now and every day starting 6/21/2012. JCC OTP open on Sundays now and every day starting 6/17/2012. And here are some of the other pools that we’d like to swim in…We’ve [...]

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The War on Parve: Finding the Morsels of Mass Distraction.

The War on Parve took an odd turn when it was revealed that Trader Joe’s did  not change its chocolate chips last week. They are the same chips as they always were — namely the best parve chips you can get, for cheap.  So why did the OK change their labels from parve to D? [...]

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Evidence of Canaanite Jewish Rituals in Reign of King David

Evidence of Canaanite Jewish Rituals in Reign of King David

A Hebrew University archaeologist has uncovered spectacular evidence confirming the reign of King David and that non-Jews believed in one Creator. Architecture that was uncovered pre-dates the First Temple built by King Solomon. Prof. Yosef Garfinkel announced on Tuesday the discovery of objects found in the ruins called  Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified border city in [...]

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‘I Love Jews But Hate Israel’ T-Shirt Sparks Controversy

CafePress, the online retailer that sells custom made products, removed the “I Love Jews But Hate Israel” T-shirt from its site after the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to the company imploring them to remove the offensive content. The online retailer sent an e-mail to Arutz 7, following an article published on April 29, [...]

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Liberation in Poetry: Who Knows One

It should be easy to speak praise at a time of liberation. It is not. Even as shackles fall from our wrists, we are faced with the quandry of recognizing freedom when we see it and knowing how that freedom can be used. Over the many years I spent writing the poetry cycle that became [...]

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The Final Passover Countdown

So, tomorrow is a first for El Yenta Me and me: Hosting the Passover seder. Actually now that I think about it, many years ago while were dating, the two of us did host a weird gathering of friends on the first night of Passover at a sushi restaurant. EYM’s impressive interpretation of the wasabi [...]

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United in Tefillah

These are trying times, to be sure. Without trying very hard, the Orthodox world finds itself united in the way it deals with its heavy hearts and foreboding thoughts. People are all doing the same thing – only differently. What we are all doing is employing the Kol Yaakov. To be sure, we are doing [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 21 March 14, 2012

13 israelis are part of the world’s billionaires list with Idan Ofer, director of Ofer Group leading the list of Israeli billionaires in the 161st spot, with an estimated fortune of $6.2 billion. Beny Steinmetz of Steinmetz Business Group ranked eight spots bellow Ofer, with a net worth of $5.9 billion. Another Ofer brother, Eyal, [...]

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p JewishMisanthropy Announces “Kosher Camera” that Erases Women in Real Time

Yesterday eJewish Philanthropy released a special, satirical Purim edition of their usual newsletter called pJewishMisanthropy. The whole thing is absolutely hilarious-at least it should be to any of us working in the Jewish communal world who read often-vague articles about the future of “peoplehood,” “Jewish innovation,” “leadership,” and “engagement” in the ever-changing Jewish American/Israeli landscape. [...]

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Maybe What You Didn’t Know About Romeos

I’m humbled and astounded by the positive reaction to this week’s Civil Society Column in Connect, “Lunch with the Romeos.” People have been emailing and calling all week with stories of their own about this particular group of Old Guys who Rule. I even got a shout-out in Adam Solender’s weekly newsletter—shepping nachas, yo! What [...]

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‘Hurt by Terror – but Not Defeated’

In March 2008 a terrorist infiltrated the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem and murdered eight young students. On Thursday night, the anniversary of the deadly attack was marked by a night of Jewish music, in an event that has become an annual tradition. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat addressed the crowd at the event, and spoke [...]

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Nude images hung in religious J’lem neighborhood

The Secular-haredi tensions over the exclusion of women reached new heights in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Yovel where there is a growing haredi community. Local bulletin boards were recently pasted with pictures of women posing almost entirely in the nude. The pictures were put up suring the Sabbath and included a caption that read: [...]

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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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Finding Our Voice When We’ve Stretched Too Far

The question of this post is directed at brave and inquiring minds which let go of attachments to material and professional accomplishments and replace them with goals more eternal. It is among people such as these that I think this question would most likely arise. It is not a particularly convenient question, as it requires [...]

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Jewish Agency plans to ax funding for immigrant students

Thousands of immigrants could be forced to drop out of school if the Jewish Agency moves forward with a plan to end scholarship funding at the end of the current academic year. Senior agency officials say the Jewish Agency plans to stop transferring funds to the Immigrant Student Authority toward the end of the year, [...]

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Gender fight reaches buses, billboards

Startled ultra-Orthodox Jewish men looked away as the group mounted a challenge to growing gender segregation in the holy city by boarding the public vehicle from the front door and sitting in its first rows. As the male passengers averted their gaze, adhering to a traditional edict to avoid sexual temptation, a religious woman at [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #7 December 7, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, and polarizing political voice Tony Kushner, was awarded $100,000 for “Creative Citizenship” at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala last Dec. 5 in New York. Kushner was recognized for more than his work alone. Independent of his art, Kushner is known for his daring political views, especially as they concern Israel. [...]

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Jerusalem welcomes women back onto ads, just not in ultra-Orthodox areas

Advertisements featuring women are beginning to appear on billboards in parts of Jerusalem, where the absence of female images had prompted a public outcry earlier this year. In the last few days, the television show “Hatzuya” has put up ads that include women, though they appear to be limited to non-Haredi neighborhoods. And the National [...]

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Israel trying to ‘nationalize’ second most visited Jewish holy site

The High Court of Justice rejected last week a request submitted by a yeshiva that operates at the grave of Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron, asking for an injunction against the state’s intention to purchase and use parts of the site for public purposes. The yeshiva’s opposition stems from concerns that the state intends [...]

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To Fur or Not to Fur?

This week’s moral dilemma is brought to you by a bunch of bubbies: I don’t know how this happened, but suddenly my closet contains three fur coats. Well, if you want to get all sartorially technical, two coats and a vest. But still, it’s a lot of animal to be hanging with my J. Crew [...]

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Jerusalem mayor urges police: Stop exclusion of women on ads

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Sunday urged District Police Commander Niso Shaham to put a stop to the exclusion of women’s images from billboards across the city, and to the defacing of advertisements on which women do appear, both trends initiated of late by the local ultra-Orthodox sector. “We must make sure that those who [...]

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Sarkozy Tells Obama, ‘Netanyahu is a Liar’

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in a diplomatic knot after telling President Barack Obama, in what he thought was a private call, “Netanyahu is a liar.” The president also made a negative remark about the Prime Minister. He and President Obama were talking in a private room after a press conference at the G20 summit [...]

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Where have all the women gone?

A recent Jerusalem bus ad promoting organ donation through National Transplant Center (ADI) perfectly summarizes the battle over the public sphere in Jerusalem. The ad campaign asks Jerusalemites to sign an ADI donor card, yet it would seem that women are not invited to join the initiative. Apparently, they have not donated organs and do [...]

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Send Obama a Message

Send Obama a Message

The Obama administration considers Israel a sponsor of terror —at least according to Dick Morris, the disgraced ex-advisor to Bill Clinton, and a host of self-styled “conservative” media. The news was shocking—well, maybe not to the clever folks who knew all along that the president is a secret Muslim, but certainly to the rest of [...]

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Rosh Hashanah Greetings From YWN – As It Enters It’s 7th Year

Rosh Hashanah Greetings From YWN – As It Enters It’s 7th Year

On this Erev Rosh Hashanah morning of 5771/72, we would like to thank our tens of thousands of devoted readers across the globe for visiting YWN each day, patronizing our advertisers, and continuing to make our website grow into your #1 stop for breaking news. We started YWN six years ago, and without your participation, [...]

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Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

After the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave in Qumran in the winter of 1946–47 by Muhammed edh-Dhib, a Bedouin boy, and his cousin, it still took two decades until they were placed on display in a museum. Now, about 65 years after their discovery they can now be accessed online. Today, the [...]

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Ultra-Orthodox photoshop of horrors: Round 2

In May, the Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, made a lot of people angry by photoshopping Hillary Clinton out of a photo in the name of tzniut, or modesty. Within days, the incident spawned a fabulous internet meme where people photoshopped women out of iconic images. The point that photoshop should not be used to [...]

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Blasting the Borough Park Shomrim

Blasting the Borough Park Shomrim

One of the regular weekly features I write for Ami Magazine is a “News and Analysis” piece. Although I don’t usually post those offerings here on Cross-Currents (and even though Marvin Schick posted a fine piece on the subject here earlier this week), I thought I’d share my own take on the New York Jewish [...]

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Secret Service Probing Brooklyn Art Spy Camera Project

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a Brooklyn media artist who reportedly installed a custom app on computers in an Apple store that automatically took pictures of people staring at the screen and displayed the images on other computers. A Secret Service spokesman would not comment Thursday, saying the investigation is ongoing. On the artist’s [...]

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DIY Baby Blocks Fun For Any Age

DIY Baby Blocks Fun For Any Age

DIY baby blocks aren’t just for babies, especially when they’re covered with interesting illustrations or even messages that you can easily apply with decoupage. I made these DIY baby blocks with recycled scrap-pile wood pieces and covered them with a few layers of paper mache before adding the paper napkin images using decoupage. Truthfully, these crafty baby [...]

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