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Is Google Glass Jewish?

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Even though the last name Glass is often associated with Jews, no, Google Glass is not Jewish. Google Glass is a shiny piece of technology and as such does not have a personal religious affiliation. But the fine folk at Rusty Brick software are busy at work developing JewGlass - apps for Jews who use […]

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Israel Inaugurates New Mixed-Prayer Plaza

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About a dozen women sit underneath a large Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. They’ve been here close to 24 hours, and are getting tired. They are members of Women of the Wall (WOW), a 25-year-old group of women from all denominations that wants equality for women at the Western Wall. Currently […]

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Iceland’s Handful of Jews Keep Faith Alive

Iceland has no synagogue, no rabbis, no Jewish community center or organized structure. In fact, Judaism is not even one of Iceland’s state-recognized religions. Still, Iceland has about 100 Jews who call this North Atlantic island home. And last year, roughly 50 of them gathered in a hall downtown on Erev Rosh Hashanah for services […]

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Iceland’s Few Jews Grapple with Faith

Iceland has no synagogue, no rabbis, no Jewish community center or organized structure. In fact, Judaism is not even one of Iceland’s state-recognized religions. Still, Iceland has about 100 Jews who call this North Atlantic island home. And last year, roughly 50 of them gathered in a hall downtown on Erev Rosh Hashanah for services […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 85 July 17, 2013

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley in Arizona, one of the fastest-growing states in America has been searching for a permanent home. They have based operations in such varied locations as a rented apartment, hotel rooms, boardrooms, the living room of a house, a local storefront, and the nearby Jewish Community Center and […]

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Netanyahu Filmed Scribing Torah at Masada’s Ancient Synagogue

As part of a tourism initiative this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the wind-swept Judean mountain top fortress of Masada, along the Dead Sea. During his visit, the prime minister participated in a special ceremony and then was filmed writing a letter in a Torah scroll that is currently being written atop the mountain fortress in the […]

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Synagogue Built on Highway 6

End to dangerous prayers by side of road: The Derech Eretz company, which operates Highway 6, Israel’s electronic toll highway, has assigned a portable structure to be used as a synagogue by drivers seeking to stop and pray during their journey. Initiated by Migdal Haemek’s Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, the new synagogue was inaugurated […]

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Pray and Go: Highway Synagogue Opens on Route 6

The renowned rabbi and Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman has successfully established a highway synagogue for religious commuters who find themselves stuck on Route 6 while the specified time for the upcoming prayer is drawing to a close. The three Jewish prayer services – morning, afternoon and evening – are delimited by strict […]

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Holland Jews Welcome King with Prayer

Together with millions of Dutch people celebrating the coronation of Willem-Alexander as Holland’s new king on Tuesday, the nation’s Jews celebrated this historic day in their own way – with a special prayer and an ancient traditional blessing. The prayer, which has been distributed among the Jewish communities of Holland in recent days, states: “May […]

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Iranian who Attacked Rabbi is Repeat Offender

Last week police in Paris arrested an Iranian man for attacking and stabbing a rabbi and his son near a local synagogue. Now police have found that the man attacked at least two other Jews. Following the man’s arrest police viewed surveillance tapes from the area around the synagogue and elsewhere in the city. They […]

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Western Wall Rabbi Questions Sharansky Plan

Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said rabbis must weigh whether to oppose a compromise proposal over egalitarian prayer at Judaism’s holiest site. In a statement Thursday, Rabinowitz vowed to fight against “the slightest deviation” from customary practice at the Western Wall. However, he left unclear whether the compromise forged by Jewish Agency […]

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On my Father’s Yahrzeit my Thoughts on His Immortal Soul

At the breakfast at the Park East Synagogue this morning in honor of my dad’s yahrzeit I spoke briefly about the dimensions of the immortality of his soul. I explained that by observing the mourning customs and reciting Kaddish for the soul of the departed, we seek immortality on its behalf in heaven above and […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 74 - April 10, 2013

The Jewish Historical Institute in Poland has opened a contest for a design to commemorate the Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was considered to be the pinnacle of 19th century architecture, that was blown up by the Nazis after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in May 1943. A representative from the institute said that no one […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 72 - March 21, 2013

Pope Francis reaches out to Rome’s Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to continue to strengthen the increasingly close ties between Catholics and Jews. Just hours after he was elected the first Latin American pope in history, Francis sent a letter to Rome’s chief Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, saying he hoped […]

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Is the Jewish Soul Immortal?

Is the Jewish soul immortal? Yes, tradition teaches us that if the proper procedures are followed, the Jewish soul is immortal. And the immortality is redundant. The soul of a departed loved one lives on in a vertical immortality in heaven and in a horizontal immortality as part of the collective of the Jewish people. […]

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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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Holocaust Commemorated in Istanbul

Guests of the Ortaköy Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Istanbul – a holy place that has witnessed countless weddings, ceremonies, bar mitzvahs and hopeful prayers throughout decades and generations – commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. Millions of Jews, who were systematically murdered by Nazi regime during World War II, were commemorated in […]

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The Crime of Wearing a Tallit

Empathy is never easy. As a man, I confess that I have struggled to be empathetic to the cause of the Women of the Wall (Nashot HaKotel). This group of women has been coming to the Kotel Hama’arivi (Western Wall) in the Old City of Jerusalem for close to a quarter century to pray in […]

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Role of the 21st Century Rabbi

A recent editorial in The Forward demonstrates how much the American rabbinate has changed in the 21st century. The economy has made it difficult for many rabbis to find good jobs; and for them to keep good jobs when the synagogue or organization falls on tough financial times. A reduction in the number of congregations […]

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The Times v. the Orthodox Male Control Over the Non-Sacred Space at the Western Wall

The Times is helping to stir up anti-Orthodox political sentiment in Israel by focusing in a report on the denial of rights to women at the Western Wall. Talmudic Analysis In fact the area of prayer at the Wall is not a holy site in formal Judaism. It is outside the location of the ancient […]

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Magnificent Old City Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue to be Restored

One of the most magnificent synagogues in the Old City, the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, is to be restored by the Jerusalem Municipality. After the successful restoration of the Hurva Synagogue, the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem Ltd. (JQDC) has undertaken to rebuild the synagogue, […]

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Major Prayer Rally to be Held in Moscow

A major prayer rally will be held Tuesday in Moscow, with thousands of Jews gathering to pray for the success of the IDF an the safety of all Israelis during Operation Pillar of Defense. The prayer family comes after a letter was issued by Russia’s Chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar, urging Jews in communities around the […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 55 - November 7, 2012

Volunteers from the Rabbinical College of America Chabad Headquarters of New Jersey together with its new division Rutgers Jewish Outreach headed into the evacuated and powerless city of New Brunswick and handed out free self heating Kosher meals to all the students stuck without electricity or food. Previous commentaries have queried which of the two […]

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Rabbi Yosef: Secular Cannot be Cantor

A secular person must not be allowed to serve as a cantor at a synagogue, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has ruled. If the synagogue manager erroneously allows it, worshippers had better go back home and pray alone – rather than take part in such a quorum. In honor of the High Holidays, Shas […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 49 - September 26, 2012

Dozens of parents whose daughters study in state-religious schools appealed to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar  in hopes to end to the gender discrimination in Oral Law studies. According to the parents, that boys begin studying the Talmud in the fifth grade, while girls must settle for Mishna studies which infringes on the right to equality. […]

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Worldwide Weather Forecast for Yom Kippur

The Yom Kippur fast day on Wednesday will be accompanied by relatively comfortable weather in most of the world but much warmer in Israel. Temperatures will rise in Israel on Wednesday, reaching the upper 20s Celsius (mid-80s in Fahrenheit) but reaching a scorching 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) in Be’er Sheva, the largest city in the […]

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An Awesome New Tradition for Yenta?

For us Jews, the time between Rosh Hashanah (The New Year) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) are known as The Days of Awe. If I may take the liberty of paraphrasing the sacred liturgy, the basic concept is that during this time, God sits over a big book, writing out everyone’s destinies for […]

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240 ‘Accessible’ Services to be Held on Yom Kippur

A joint project of Tzohar, the Ba’yachad bridge-building organization, the Israel Association for Community Centers and the Ministry for Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, will see more than 240 “accessible” prayer services held across the country on Yom Kippur. The motivation behind what is now an annual campaign is to create a welcoming experience for […]

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Widow of Former Chief Rabbi Asks Jews to Pray for Pollard

Rabbanit Tzvia Eliyahu, widow of Israel’s former Chief Sephardic Rabbi HaRishon LeTzion, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu zts”l, put out a special request on Sunday and asked Jews around the world to say a prayer for Jonathan Pollard in the synagogues during the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The rebbetzin mentioned the words of her late husband, who said […]

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A Historical American Tour of Rosh Hashana

While Rosh Hashana is described in America during the colonial period, the Revolutionary War period and the War of 1812, The New York Times selected the year 1859 as the first time to focus on the holiday. Here are a few selections from that article. “The services commenced at 6 a.m. and continued until noon.” […]

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