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Israeli Universities Join Petition Against Tax Exemption for Yeshivas

Israel’s universities and colleges have joined a petition against the Interior Ministry for alleged unfair exemptions of yeshivas from city taxes. Student unions from around the country filed the petition to the High Court of Justice about two months ago after the ministry’s director general issued a directive changing the criteria for exemptions. According to [...]

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Anti-Israel Attitudes Spreading at U.S. Universities, Report Says

A report released February 8 by The David Project, one of a handful of Jewish groups devoted to campus activism on Israel, paints a nuanced picture of the challenges Israel faces on U.S. university campuses. Called “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and Colleges,” the paper claims that universities are host to [...]

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London Students Celebrate Green Sabbath

This past Friday night, 30 students from London’s Imperial College and other universities’ international study abroad programs celebrated an eco-friendly Sabbath with Chabad-Lubavitch of South Kensington. Caroline Glassberg-Powell, a computing student at Imperial College, served as co-host and chef with math student Sam Gonshaw, preparing a kosher menu that consisted of a three-course vegan meal [...]

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Jewish Studies in Decline?

Jewish Studies in Decline?

Reports prepared recently for Israel’s Council of Higher Education have brought despairing news about the condition of the humanities in the country’s universities. Especially dispiriting is the report on Jewish studies, once the crowning glory of Israel’s flagship Hebrew University—and, in the report’s inadvertently nostalgic words, “an investment in the nurturing of the deep spiritual [...]

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How to Choose a Jewish College

Some Jewish students prefer to study in Jewish universities instead of going to secular colleges. They feel that the distractions from non-Jewish colleges may affect their studies. Finding the right Jewish college is easy with these few steps: Use your resources to do research. You can find resources by using search sites like Google and [...]

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UK chief rabbi: Universities failing in anti-Semitism fight

UK chief rabbi: Universities failing in anti-Semitism fight

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks accused university authorities on Tuesday of “turning a blind eye and a deaf ear” to the increasing number of inflammatory speeches taking place on campuses across the country. Speaking at the Department for Communities and Local Government ahead of a report being launched on anti-Semitism in the UK, the chief [...]

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On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz

25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdomby Arthur Kurzweil Arthur Kurzweil, himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, and publisher, has been a disciple of Rabbi Steinsaltzs for over 25 years, as well as the Rabbis designated chauffeur in the United States. While stuck in countless traffic [...]

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The Case for Israel

by Alan Dershowitz Alan Dershowitz is a best-selling author, widely respected as a civil libertarian, legal educator, and noted defense attorney. In his impassioned and closely argued book, The Case For Israel, sets the record straight and explains why Israel, while not perfect, is the sole outpost of liberty and democracy in the Middle East-a [...]

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Israel: People, Land, State

A Nation and It’s HomelandEdited by Avigdor Shinan The People of Israel is a national entity with various names (Hebrew, Jews), a tortuous history of more than three thousand years, a religion, a culture, a common historical memory, and diverse hopes for the future. The Land of Israel is the accepted appellation for a territory [...]

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DavkaWriter Dimensions II

DavkaWriter Dimensions II ? Jewish Texts for Hebrew/English Word Processing DavkaWriter Dimensions II is a collection of ready-to-use Hebrew texts in DavkaWriter Platinum 5/6 word processing format. In addition to the Hebrew texts listed below, it also includes two texts with English translation as well - the Haggadah and the Tanach. This compilation is perfect [...]

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The Holocaust Chronicle

John Roth Ph.D. Publisher: Publications International A booklet published in Jerusalem in 1940 by the United Aid Committee for the Jews in Poland termed the extermination of Europe’s Jews sho’ah, a Hebrew word for mass slaughter. In the 1950s the word “Holocaust” came into common usage to describe the catastrophe that befell Jews during the [...]

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Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Jon Entine Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine vividly brings to life the profound human implications of the Age of Genetics while illuminating [...]

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Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar

Lewis Glinert Publisher: Routledge Press This new edition of “Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar” is an up to date and practical reference guide to the most important aspects of modern Hebrew as used by contemporary native speakers of the language. It presents an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use [...]

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Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

Deborah Lipstadt Since the publication of Denying the Holocaust in 1993, Deborah Lipstadt, a professor at Emory University, has refused to take part in debates with deniers. To do so, she argues, gives them the legitimacy they crave as “another viewpoint.” The fact that the Holocaust occurred is not a matter of opinion and should [...]

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Howard M. Sachar Publisher: Vintage Books “A rich and balanced account. . . . There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World “Magisterial . . . Sachar situates Jews [...]

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Crisis, Covenant and Creativity

Nathan Lopes Cardozo Publisher: Urim Publications Crisis, Covenant and Creativity deals with some of the most widely discussed issues in contemporary Jewish religious life. How do religious people deal with tolerance when they are convinced that their religious beliefs carry the truth and that others are mistaken? To what extent should the modern application of [...]

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Caught in the Crack: Encounters With the Jewish- Muslims of Turkey-A Spiritual Travelogue

Reuven Alpert Publisher: Orot Inc. In 1666, the mystic Shabbetai Zevi of Izmir (Smyrna) convinced most of the Jewish world that he was the righteous Messiah come to redeem his people Israel. Much of the Christian world, particularly Protestants in Western Europe, were equally fascinated by the tidings from the East (though they might have [...]

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A Spiritual Life : A Jewish Feminist Journey

Merle Feld Publisher: SUNY Explores the complex facets of a Jewish woman’s spiritual coming-of-age, capturing the emotional and spiritual reality of contemporary Jews as well as religious seekers of all types. A unique memoir that interweaves poetry, narrative, meditation, and social history, A Spiritual Life explores the complex facets of a Jewish woman’s spiritual coming-of-age, [...]

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On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the most brilliant and influential rabbis of our time. He has been lauded by Time magazine as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar” and by Ted Koppel of Night Line as “one of the very few wise men that I’ve ever met.” Arthur Kurzweil—himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, [...]

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Legends of the Jews

Louis Ginzberg Publisher: JPS Binding: 7″ x 10″, 1650 pages, Hardcover The JPS classic reissue of a Jewish masterpiece, reset in two volumes with all new indexes. To this day Legends of the Jews remains a most remarkable and comprehensive compilation of stories connected to the Hebrew Bible. It is an indispensable reference on that [...]

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How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now

James L. Kugel Publisher: Free Press Scholars from different fields have joined forces to reexamine every aspect of the Hebrew Bible. Their research, carried out in universities and seminaries in Europe and America, has revolutionized our understanding of almost every chapter and verse. But have they killed the Bible in the process? In How to [...]

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Understanding the Hebrew Bible - A Reader’s Guide

Elliott Rabin Publisher: Ktav Understanding the Hebrew Bible: A Reader¡¯s Guide is written clearly and jargon-free and provides an orientation to the vast compendium of biblical materials by explaining the different kinds of writing found in the Bible, including storytelling, law, history, prophecy, wisdom and poetry. Each section is informed by current biblical scholarship, but [...]

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