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10 Sifrei Torah Burn in Netanya

A fire that started in the Shifat Revivim synagogue near the Chabad neighborhood in Netanya, Israel Monday night incinerated 10 Sifrei Torah, some of them critically. There were no human casualties. Naftali David, head of the Hatzolah organization in the Sharon valley told the website that “the firefighting teams that reached the holy ark rescued [...]

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500-year-old Jewish Skeleton Found in Brazil

Brazilian archaeologists unearthed what they said are the 500-year-old remains of a Jewish man in Recife. A report Thursday in the online edition of the Rio de Janeiro-based O Globo described the discovery earlier this month as a perfectly-preserved skeleton of a male adult. The skeleton was found during earthwork in Recife in northern Brazil, [...]

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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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The Jacket Rule is More Nonsensical

We stirred up quite a controversy with our “Dear Rabbi” column where we offered advice regarding a rule requiring the wearing of a necktie in a local synagogue on the Sabbath in order to receive an aliyah - a Torah honor. A local synagogue which has such a rule took this as a direct criticism [...]

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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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Arizona Community Awaits State-of-the-Art ‘Home’

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley—in arid 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 synagogue. None [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 83 - July 4, 2013

A Dutch court on ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy. The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland. [...]

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Rabbis Visit Rural Australia in Synagogue on Wheels

A synagogue on wheels rolled into Daylesford last week. The Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia van cruised around the Hepburn Shire with Rabbis Dov Zaetz and Peretz Chein as part of their mission to connect with Jewish people living in rural and regional Victoria. The pair spent two days in Daylesford and plan to travel across the Nullarbor [...]

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Without Wearing Neckties, Israeli Jewish Adults Attending Synagogue ‘Happy and Healthier’

Even though the ordinary Israeli who attends synagogue does not even own a necktie, a social scientist has “proven” that “Israeli Jewish adults attending synagogue ‘happy and healthier’” In fact the researcher involved already knew the answers before he even conducted his “studies.”Professor Jeff Levin has spent his career “proving” the health benefits of religion [...]

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But Why Do They Have to be Rabbis?

In the wake of the Yeshivat Maharat graduation on June 16, many of my right-wing friends have approached me, The Feminist, about Orthodox women entering the rabbinate. “But why do they have to be rabbis?” is one of their frequently asked questions. “Why can’t they just be rebbetzins, or do something else with their lives? I just don’t understand [...]

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Shul Destroyed by Fire, Being Rebuilt

Get close enough to the building that used to house the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont and you’ll get a whiff of its burnt-out interior, empty since an Oct. 14 fire ravaged the building. Things are finally looking up for the beleaguered temple, however. On Sunday, about 150 supporters and dignitaries turned out for the ground-breaking for [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 82 - June 26, 2013

Catherine Afarian calls herself a “love child of the ‘70s.” Her mother discovered that she was pregnant after she had broken off a relationship of less than a year. Afarian has never met her biological father, but her mother always said he came from a big Italian family. In late 2010, though, Afarian learned that a [...]

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Non-Congratulations to the New Non-Rabbis

Thirty years ago, in 1983 we were happy to start sending our women Jewish Studies major graduates at the University of Minnesota to train to become rabbis in the Reform movement. We told them to go out and become full head rabbis of synagogues, not assistants or educational directors. Some did. We were proud. This [...]

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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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A New Chabad House Planned for West Boca

Chabad of West Boca Raton, an Orthodox synagogue known for its outreach to unaffiliated Jews, broke ground last week on a 1.2-acre parcel on State Road 7, on the south side of the Shoppes at Boca Greens. Chabad’s rabbi, Zalman Bukiet, remembers moving to Boca Raton 24 years ago with Rabbi Moshe Denburg and their [...]

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N.Y. Yeshiva Graduates its First Class of Female Religious Leaders

Yeshivat Maharat, which trains Orthodox Jewish women to be religious leaders, held its first graduation ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony, in which Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Rachel Kohl Feingold and Abby Brown Schier graduated, was attended by some 500 people. The graduates are set to work for Orthodox synagogues and institutions. Maharat is a Hebrew acronym [...]

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Reb Leibel Bistritzky, Provider of Physical and Spiritual Sustenance

Rabbi Yehudah Leib (“Reb Leibel”) Bistritzky, 86, a prominent and much loved figure in the Chabad-Lubavitch community and beyond, passed away on May 13. He was more commonly known as “Reb Leibel.” Reb Leibel escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 12. He subsequently developed a special relationship with the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef [...]

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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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UK Jews Express Support for Local Muslims Following Attack

Synagogues and Jewish groups in London have offered support and solidarity after a suspected anti-Muslim attack at an Islamic community center in a northern suburb of the capital, The Jewish Chronicle reported. The Al-Rahma Islamic Center, which was home to the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, was destroyed by fire, started in the early hours of Wednesday morning. [...]

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UK Jews Honor Lord Sacks

Members of the UK Jewish community gathered recently to honor Lord Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Lord Sacks has held office since 1991 and will step down later this year. Approximately three thousand people convened at the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue, to attend [...]

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Elkin: The Jewish People Are Not Alone

Anti-Semitism is not just an Israeli or a Jewish problem, but is first and foremost a problem for any society in which it is allowed to manifest itself, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism which convened in Jerusalem, Elkin said that there should be a [...]

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OU Lends Hand to Oklahoma Aid Network

The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma, which is on the ground organizing relief efforts for the communities hit hard by last week’s devastating tornado, has received $15,000 in disaster-relief funds from the Orthodox Union. The funds were received just before the Jewish Sabbath, and are being distributed over the Memorial Day weekend and throughout [...]

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Merkel Accepts European Jewry Prize

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given the Lord Jakobits Prize for European Jewry at a ceremony at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels. During the acceptance speech, Merkel said her government was a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution to the Mideast conflict. “We hope that Israel and its neighbors can live [...]

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Turkey’s Jews Worship Quietly

As visitors heave open the thick, vault-like metal door to the Neve Shalom Synagogue on a discreet side street in the Galata neighborhood of European Istanbul, a skittish guard confronts them. Guests are shuttled through secure, windowless rooms to an X-ray machine and metal detector. Pockets are emptied and passports surrendered. The guard questions the [...]

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Haredim Advised to Emigrate from Israel

Dozens of copies of a booklet calling on ultra-Orthodox Jews to emigrate from Israel were handed out last week near the main synagogue in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood, on the backdrop of the battle between Israel’s haredi and secular publics over the attempt to draft yeshiva students to the Israel Defense Forces and introduce core [...]

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Divine Profiling? Exploring The “Chosen People” Doctrine

It’s The Jews Again! Jerusalem (SatireWire.com) Update – Jews, who’s troubled, 10,000-year term as G-d’s “Chosen people” finally expired last night, woke up this morning to find that they had once again been hand-picked by the Almighty. Synagogues across the globe declared a day of mourning. Asked if the descendants of Abraham shouldn’t be pleased [...]

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PM Tours Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum

As a Chabad emissary in Shanghai, Rabbi Abraham Greenberg has abundant experience putting tefillin on other people. But even Greenberg was surprised when Avner Netanyahu, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s youngest son, approached him during his father’s tour of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and asked if he had a pair of tefillin on Tuesday. The [...]

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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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Imagine an Off The Derech Utopia

Imagine a Neo Hasidic community, where you can believe in evolution, the Big Bang and the FSM, you can play basketball, football and hockey, wear a t-shirt, jeans and Rashi-gatches, unlimited masturbation, loads of kishka, kugel and cholent, you can eat lobster on Yom Kipur and pizza on Pesach, you can have premarital relationships and [...]

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