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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 32 - May 30, 2012

Two bronze sculptures created by artist Sigalit Landau have been stolen from the yard of an art collector in Herzliya. The two statues, “Vomitus-Narcisus,” created in 2007, and “Stranded on a Watermelon in the Dead Sea,” from 2009, were both placed in the collector’s yard during the past year. Each of the sculptures, which were [...]

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North Carolinians Welcome New Torah

Some 300 community members and guests turned out for a special Torah dedication ceremony, parade and family fun fair at Chabad in Greensboro, NC. The ceremony marked the completion of a brand new Torah scroll that will now find its home in the shul at the Chabad center, which is run by Rabbi Yosef and [...]

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Masorti Groups to Avoid Hotels Denying Torahs

The Rabbinical Assembly, an international association of Conservative rabbis, announced last week at its annual conference in Atlanta that it would be advising all Conservative and Masorti Jewish groups to patronize only those hotels that make their Torah scrolls available for them to use. Masorti is the name given to the Conservative movement outside of [...]

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Rabbis Pass Hotel ‘Equality of Treatment Resolution’

A new resolution was passed by the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis, at its National Convention in Atlanta earlier this month that calls upon Israeli hotels to treat all denominations of Judaism equally. Over the past year, there has been an increasing number of cases when Conservative Jewish groups have wished to [...]

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Miracle in Tzfat: Boys Find Stolen Torah Scrolls

Three grade school boys accidentally found six stolen Torah scrolls in an abandoned building where they wanted to establish a clubhouse. The incredible story unfolded Sunday afternoon when nine-year-old Ariel Chaim Erdstein and three friends entered the ruins of a building and were shocked to discover the Torah scrolls, worth more than $250,000. Thieves stole [...]

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Senior Ultra-Orthodox Leader Pays Historic Visit to Israel Museum

The head of the Karlin-Stolin Hasidic dynasty received a behind-closed-doors tour of the Israel Museum last week, the first official visit there by a major ultra-Orthodox leader. Rabbi Baruch Shochat is known for his openness to art and culture, and encourages his followers to take an interest in art and archaeology. The guided tour of [...]

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Know Before Whom You Stand: Learning from Everyone

These words are displayed over the ark containing the Torah scrolls in many synagogues: Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omed (“Know Before Whom You Stand”). Thousands of Jewish people see this reminder in front of them while sitting in synagogue. Of course, the phrase reminds us to keep in mind that we stand before God while we pray [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 16 February 08, 2012

A cache of ancient Jewish scrolls from northern Afghanistan has recently come to light is creating a storm among scholars who say the landmark find could reveal an undiscovered side of medieval Jewry. The 150 or more documents, date back from the 11th century, were found in Afghanistan’s Samangan province and most likely smuggled out [...]

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Save a Torah Fraud Pleads Guilty

Menachem Youlus, 50,  plead guilty to mail and wire fraud in a federal court in Manhattan, admitting he had fraudulently obtained funds for rescuing “lost or hidden” Holocaust-era Torah scrolls he never recovered. “Between 2004 and 2010, I falsely represented that I had personally obtained vintage Torah scrolls — in particular ways, in particular locations [...]

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Ancient Jewish Scrolls Found in North Afghanistan

A cache of ancient Jewish scrolls from northern Afghanistan that has only recently come to light is creating a storm among scholars who say the landmark find could reveal an undiscovered side of medieval Jewry. The 150 or so documents, dated from the 11th century, were found in Afghanistan’s Samangan province and most likely smuggled [...]

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Old Jewish Scrolls Found in Afghanistan

A cache of ancient Jewish scrolls from northern Afghanistan that has only recently come to light is creating a storm among scholars who say the landmark find could reveal an undiscovered side of medieval Jewry. The 150 or so documents, dated from the 11th century, were found in Afghanistan’s Samangan province and most likely smuggled [...]

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Revised USCJ Luach

Revised USCJ Luach

Today is the second day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the beginning of the new Jewish month. It is also the seventh day of Hanukkah. That means that the past two mornings have been long, complicated prayer services with Torah readings from two separate Torah scrolls, Hallel (songs of praise for both Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh), [...]

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Johnny Cash and the Jews

By Matthue Roth – originally posted on Jewniverse Johnny Cash’s moody, often dark music is matched only by his even more tumultuous life. For years he wrestled with marital infidelity, an addiction to amphetamines and other drugs, and attempted suicide. Then Cash became a born-again Christian, and developed a deep commitment to the Jewish roots of his religion. [...]

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Virtual Dead Sea scrolls get more than a million hits in just one week

More than a million people have visited a new website featuring high-resolution photographs of several Dead Sea Scrolls since the site was launched less than a week ago by the Israel Museum and Google Israel. The website provides a detailed view of five of the most complete scrolls, which were found at Qumran and date [...]

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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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200th Torah Scroll Dedicated to the Jewish People’s Army

The National Council of Young Israel and the International Young Israel Movement’s Israel region dedicated on Thursday a restored scroll at the Sirkin army base near Petach Tikvah, immediately north of Tel Aviv. The Torah scroll is the 200th scroll to be donated to the IDF and the first one in the Young Israel donation [...]

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Top 10 things to do in Arad, Israel

1.) Tel Arad National Park Tel Arad National Park is an archaeological site with remnants of an important city from the Canaanite and Israelite periods. It is divided into a lower city and an upper hill,  a citadel and sanctuary that were constructed in the time of King David and King Solomon. It is located on the outskirts [...]

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Qumram National Park

Qumram National Park, where the seven Dead Sea scrolls were found was built on the eighth century BCE until the destruction of the temple in 586 BCE.  When the site was called Secaca, it was then abandoned in the second century BCE. During the Arabic period the site was named Qumran from an Arabic word [...]

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

1.) Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also called as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians, located in the Old city of Jerusalem, far famed as the Christians holiest site and has been an significant pilgrimage since the 4th century. A monumental landmark respected as the Golgotha or [...]

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The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is one of the most famous art and archeology museums with wide extent exhibits of fine arts, biblical archeology from the countries of Africa, South America, Oceana and the far east. Founded as Israel’s national museum in 1965, and located in the Givat Ram hill neighborhood of Jerusalem, with it’s magnificent designed [...]

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Two Torah scrolls saved at Christchurch’s Chabad House

Police initially stopped Christchurch’s Chabad House Rabbi Shmuel Friedman when he tried to reach his stricken building following last week’s earthquake. But when they heard why he wanted to reach the structure, they aided his mission – to recover two Torah scrolls. Accompanied by Israeli backpacker Noam Diamant, Friedman on Wednesday headed towards the city [...]

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Israeli police arrest 4 in Italy synagogue theft

Israeli police have arrested four men in the theft of religious items valued at more than $1 million from a synagogue in Italy, a police spokesman said Monday. The four suspects - Israelis in their 20s - were arrested Saturday, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. They are accused of stealing the items from Milan’s central synagogue [...]

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Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader

Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday. “Someone set fire to the synagogue on Monday night and the Torah scrolls were burned,” Trabelsi Perez told AFP, criticising the lack of action by the security services to stop the attack. “What [...]

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Raphael Golb gets six months in prison for impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls scholar

Raphael Golb gets six months in prison for impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls scholar

A disbarred lawyer convicted of impersonating a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and four other academics online in a campaign to discredit their work is going up the river. A judge Thursday sentenced Raphael Golb to six months behind bars - for his stealing his victims’ e-mail identities and trashing them. Prosecutors wanted up to four [...]

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Dead Sea scrolls going digital on Internet

Dead Sea scrolls going digital on Internet

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Tuesday it was collaborating with Google’s research and development center in Israel to upload digitized images of the entire collection. Advanced imaging technology will be installed in the [...]

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Easy to Prepare Stuffed Cabbage for Sukkot

Sukkot is all about stuffed food and what could be better than preparing a homemade stuffed cabbage. It is also a custom to serve stuffed cabbage during Simchat Torah since the shape of the stuffed cabbage is similar to the Torah scrolls. Here’s a simple stuffed cabbage recipe which is easy to make. You will [...]

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Florida Bank Threatens Chabad Shul To Seize Sefer torah As Foreclosure Assets

Florida Bank Threatens Chabad Shul To Seize Sefer torah As Foreclosure Assets

Members of a Florida Orthodox Jewish congregation said they feel a bank’s action to foreclose on a loan and seize Torah scrolls as assets is unconscionable. Howard Dubosar, a lawyer for Congregation Chabad-Lubavitch near Boynton Beach, said the threat by the Stonegate Bank to seize Torahs is “a desecration. This bank is playing hardball,” the [...]

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Proper Care of the Torah and Other Religious Books

Proper care of Torah will definitely extend the life of these sacred scrolls. Careful use of the Torah is also a sign of respect to God and his teachings. It is therefore important to take good care of the Torah as well as other religious articles. Keep the Torah and other Jewish prayer books in a [...]

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Steps to Becoming a Jewish Scribe

The job of a Jewish Scribe or Sofer is to transcribe Torah scrolls and other religious writings. Becoming a Sofer is not an easy job and requires a lot of extensive training and great skills. A Jewish Scribe must be a God-fearing person and should be faithful to the holiness of the Torah. A Sofer [...]

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How to Participate in the Celebration of Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the conclusion of the annual reading of Torah. Simchat Torah is a Hebrew term which means “Rejoicing of the Torah.” Services for Simchat Torah begins with the Ma’ariv service or evening service. Torah scrolls are removed from the ark. Members of the congregation march around the synagogue in a ceremony called [...]

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