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Museum Might be Ordered to Return Nazi-Seized Art

The German Historical Museum may be legally compelled to return 4,259 posters to Peter Sachs, the son of the German Jewish art collector Hans Sachs, whose collection was unlawfully seized by the Nazis on orders from Joseph Goebbels, the head of Hitler’s propaganda ministry. Matthias Druba, the attorney for Peter Sachs, told The Jerusalem Post [...]

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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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Chabad to Build $7 Million Jewish Community Center

Some 350 prominent guests, partnering politicians, and lay leaders attended the Chabad Russian Center of South Florida’s Inaugural Gala at the Surf Club in January, where plans to build a $7.7 million Jewish Russian Community Center in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida where unveiled. The 35,000 square foot Jewish Russian Community Center will be the base [...]

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A Very Jewish Super Bowl

This year’s Super Bowl Sunday will place two major Jewish philanthropists against each other. The New York Giants are co-owned by the Tisch family and the New England Patriots are owned by the Kraft family. Joint Media News Service’s Jacob Kamaras provided the “who’s who” for both families and which Jewish organizations they all lead. [...]

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Jews Outraged, Horrified By Preacher’s Ceremony Using Holy Torah

Jewish leaders are criticizing a ceremony that involved a controversial megachurch leader being wrapped in a religious scroll and exalted as a “king” to the applause of his parishioners. The video from a service last Sunday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church shows Ralph Messer, a Messianic preacher, instructing two men to slowly wrap Bishop [...]

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Jewish University Produces Super Bowl Halftime Show

Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday on Sunday, Yeshiva University produced a 35-minute halftime show featuring three professors who share their thoughts on the spiritual side of sports. You could say it’s the Modern Orthodox take on Tebow’s evangelical Christian beliefs. The Y.U. Torah Halftime show is the brainchild of Moshe Isaacson, Y.U.’s director of interactive [...]

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Ten Greatest Songs of All Time

This Shabbos is called Shabbos Shirah because of the song sung at the splitting of the Red Sea. Another song is read in the haftorah, the Song of Devora. The Medrash says there will be 10 great songs for Hashem. Nine have already been sung and the tenth in the the times of Moshiach. Here’s [...]

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Sunday School Redux

Thas’ right, the Yenta’s back in her old classroom, herding the little Jewish kindergarteners into circle time and picking sequins out of my hair on Sundays. I know I left my post a year and half ago to have just the tiniest amount of free time, maybe spend a morning alone with El Yenta Man [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 15 February 1, 2012

The HBO pilot “All Talk” a show that focuses on a Jewish family living in Washington will star Ben Stiller. The show whose tone is being described as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent” – is written by “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” author Jonathan Safran Foer. A historic prayer service was conducted in [...]

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Times’ Ethicist Tackles Is SABBATH SHMOOZING Jewish? and Is it Kosher to Hand Out $50 Bills During Kaddish?

Times' Ethicist Tackles Is SABBATH SHMOOZING Jewish? and Is it Kosher to Hand Out $50 Bills During Kaddish?

Signs of a slow ethical quandary day. The ethicist at the Times, Ariel Kaminer, has to be scraping the bottom of the moral barrel with a question like the one he covered this past Sunday from one “NAME WITHHELD” writer. Read it in all its gory details and you will see why anonymity is so [...]

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World Class Resort Chosen for National Jewish Retreat

World Class Resort Chosen for National Jewish Retreat

In an exciting move bound to cause a lot of excitement in the Sunshine state and throughout the country, the 2012 National Jewish Retreat will be moving to the luxurious Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This year’s retreat will take place July 31- August 5, 2012 (12-17 Av, 5772), and will [...]

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Sundance Town Gets Kosher Restaurant

Sundance Town Gets Kosher Restaurant

Just in time for the Sundance Film Festival, which descends on this winter hamlet each January, Canyons Resort opened the glatt kosher Bistro at Canyons. The bistro is the only full-service kosher-certified restaurant in Utah and is thought to be the first-ever kosher eatery at a North American ski resort. The Bistro’s offerings are on [...]

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Space to Grow for Krivoy Rog Children

Space to Grow for Krivoy Rog Children

Snowy weather and cold January temperatures didn’t stop parents and children from the Krivoy Rog Jewish community to come out and celebrate the opening of a new facility, Sunday. The Ukrainian community’s 10-year-old kindergarten moved into a new space—a beautifully designed building where the foundations of Jewish education will be laid for the city’s Jewish [...]

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Thailand’s Chabad taking terror threat seriously

Thailand’s Chabad taking terror threat seriously

Chabad rabbis in Thailand on Sunday said they were taking safety precautions after reports emerged that a terror cell was planning to attack Israeli and Jewish targets in the country. Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor of the Jewish Association of Thailand said he was in close contact with the authorities and they had taken measures to [...]

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Talmudic Tempest: Did Triumphant Tebow Transgress a Taboo?

Talmudic Tempest: Did Triumphant Tebow Transgress a Taboo?

The Denver Post reports on a “Talmudic” controversy over a play that won a football game for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Was the team lined up for the play in an illegal formation? And if so, should that not have invalidated the touchdown? Was Tim Tebow’s game-winning touchdown pass for Denver Broncos an [...]

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Surprise! ‘Häagen-Dazs not kosher’

The bad news in Israel keeps piling up. Religious tensions, Iran’s nuclear program and regional instability are all worrying enough – but now Häagen-Dazs ice cream in Israel is under threat, and may become a rarity on supermarket shelves. According to a recent kashrut update from the Chief Rabbinate, Häagen-Dazs is not approved by the [...]

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A ray of sunshine for embattled Beit Shemesh

The wave of intercommunal strife that has engulfed the country in recent weeks has led to a flood of political and media prophecies foreseeing the imminent and apocalyptic collapse of our society. Suburban Beit Shemesh, in particular, has become one of the centers of the unrest, where a microcosmic fault line has developed between the [...]

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Tribute to Rav Yehoshua Heschel Wolhendler Z’l

Rashi (Bereishis 28:10) states that when a tzaadik leaves a city, pana hodah, pana zivah, pana hadarah, its magnificence departs, its luster departs, and its grandeur departs. What are these diverse attributes? How can we differentiate between these different facets of a tzaadik’s presence that Rashi says are sure to be missed when the tzaadik [...]

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The Day Shabbat Started on Thursday Night

How can the Jewish Sabbath start Thursday night? Visit Samoa, where it jump-started the International Date Line. On second thought, rabbis advise not to travel there in order to avoid the complications of its recent move that makes it an island with a 49-hour Sabbath. The International Dateline always has raised questions for Sabbath observers [...]

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The Long and Winding Road… to School

Each week day, 22 children living in Tijuana rise before the sun to catch a shuttle that takes them to school. Why wake so early? School isn’t just around the corner, or even in the next town over. Rather, these kids traverse 40 miles and one international border to arrive at Chabad Hebrew Academy in [...]

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Chanukah Celebration Features Doughnut Menorah

Chanukah Celebration Features Doughnut Menorah

Eight-year-old Aliza and 6-year-old Nochi Zeines drizzled chocolate on a pair of doughnuts, plopped on a dab of whipped cream and finished them off with a handful of sprinkles. Then their father, Sholom Zeines, slid the treats over one of the branches of an 8-foot-high menorah. “It’s a work of art,” Zeines told his children [...]

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Reform heads for 2012 with new leader

Heading into a new year under new leadership, the Reform Movement plans to emphasize broadening community involvement with incoming president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, at the helm. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post after a star-studded biennial conference weekend in Washington, Jacobs talked up his plans to reach out to a broad swath of Jews by both [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #9 December 21, 2011

The Obama administration’s holiday reception season was in full swing. And so began the fastidious frenzy to make the White House’s kitchen kosher last week, a nearly four-hour drill that started at 10 p.m. Wednesday. A deadline approached: a truckload of kosher food was due Thursday at 10 a.m. Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim around the world launched [...]

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Home Depot Partners with Chabad for Chanukah

Chanukah begins Tuesday evening, December 20, but visitors to Home Depot’s St. Louis store got an early start on the Festival of Lights last Sunday building their own, usable, take-home wood menorahs. Now in its fourth year, the Home Depot Menorah Workshop attracted a diverse crowd of 400 children and adults. Children hammered, painted and [...]

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Court authorized exclusion of women

Four years have passed since ultra-Orthodox men forced novelist Naomi Ragen to move to the back seat of a bus. A High Court petition and a revolutionary ruling were apparently not enough to change the treatment of women. Talking to Ynet on Sunday following Tanya Rosenblit’s refusal to sit at the back of a bus, [...]

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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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Jewish US Army vet recalls lessons learned in Iraq

As the last US combat troops left Iraq on Sunday, bringing the nine-year conflict to a close, Jewish war veteran Ilya Bratman reflected on his time in the country. The former US Armored Corps serviceman, who is in Israel for a Limmud FSU leadership summit, remembered the highs and lows of his military career and [...]

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Chief Rabbi: Woman Can Serve on Dayanim Committee

The Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Rav Shlomo Amar, said Sunday he does not object to the idea that women would sit on the Committee for Appointment of Dayanim (Rabbinical Judges). In an interview on Radio Kol Chai, Rav Amar said categorically, however, that women can never be rabbinical judges themselves. “G-d forbid that this bad dream [...]

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Israeli government committee backs ‘Tzohar rabbis bill’

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday decided to support legislation that would facilitate marriage among Jews who wish to avoid dealing with certain Orthodox rabbinical institutions, by allowing couples to register to marry in the rabbinical court of their choice. The bill, sponsored by Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beiteinu ), would, in effect, enable Israelis who [...]

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West Bank rabbi hosts female musicians to protest Israeli women’s exclusion

Rabbi Menachem Froman of the West Bank settlement of Tekoa hosted two musicians - a man and a woman - at his class at the settlement’s synagogue on Sunday, to protest the trend of excluding women from the public square. The guests played music together before a mixed audience. Froman, who heads an Israeli-Palestinian peace [...]

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