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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out [...]

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Yes the rumors are true – I coerced someone into marrying me

Yes the rumors are true – I coerced someone into marrying me

This past Thursday night I coerced a hot chabad girl (she’s too tznius to be a Hot Chani) to marry me, I cornered her in a shul and gave her a nice necklace. Did you know that chabadniks don’t do engagement rings?  Yeah, something about the Rebbe and the Baal Shem Tov in a forest [...]

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New Nesting Houses Mobile Kit In The Shop!

New Nesting Houses Mobile Kit In The Shop!

I’ve had his idea for a nesting house mobile ever since I designed my nesting dreidel mobile, and it has finally come to fruition! It’s a 25 page digital crafting kit with lots of fun pages that you print from your own computer. Mix and match the elements and have fun making some festive mobiles [...]

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Yes, An Orthodox Rabbi Can “Do” a Commitment Ceremony

Our colleague and teacher, Rabbi Steve Greenberg, is an Orthodox rabbi who will go down in history as being the first Orthodox rabbi to officiate a Jewish commitment ceremony and civil marriage for two men. In a recent article in The Jewish Week, Rabbi Greenberg explained that this ceremony which took place in Washington D.C. [...]

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Honorable Mentchen: Wedding Joy

One of the prime expressions of chesed (kindness) is the mitzva of attending a wedding. A wedding is not about having a good time but rather about bringing happiness to the bride and groom by your presence. This is accomplished by speaking and endearing the bride and groom to each other. If the bride and [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production [...]

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Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Following the storm that erupted two weeks ago surrounding the issue of wedding licenses for rabbis, MK Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) proposed a new bill to address one of the core complaints in the controversy. Orbach’s bill, submitted last week, would make it illegal for a rabbi employed by a local religious council to accept [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #4 – November 15, 2011

A beautiful two story building originally built in the 1920’s registered as a historic site by the city of hollywood was recently purchased was recently purchased by Chabad of Northeast Hollywood/Shul of the Lakes will be turned into a Chabad house. Last Wednesday, between a series of understanding Minister Yakov Margi and Rabbi David Stav [...]

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Tzohar wedding crisis resolved

Religious Services Minister Yakov Margi and Tzohar Chairman Rabbi David Stav reached a series of understandings on Wednesday evening, allowing the Modern Orthodox organization’s rabbis to resume their wedding project. The talks between the parties began in the early afternoon hours, concluding with a private meeting between Margi and Stav at the Knesset. Many lawmakers [...]

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Tzohar wedding project shut down

The Tzohar rabbis’ organization is shutting down its flagship marriage project. The Modern Orthodox organization’s management has announced that its volunteer rabbis can no longer register and wed couples – mostly secular – following the Religious Services Ministry’s decision to significantly reduce the number of marriage certificates allotted to Tzohar, as first reported by Ynet. [...]

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Camel Ranch Eilat

The Camel Ranch Eilat, located at the entrance to Wadi Shlomo, offers a unique and a diversity of desert experiences suitable for the whole family, children of all ages as well as the senior citizens. Breath-taking and fantastic scenery could be enjoyed while taking the tour. The Camel Ranch was established in the year 1987 [...]

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Without the Rabbinate, I’ll thee wed

Without the Rabbinate, I'll thee wed

The people who attended Yehiel and Tamar’s wedding ceremony two and a half years ago thought they’d come to a typical wedding of a graduate of a hesder yeshiva (combining religious studies with military service ) and a graduate of a religious studies institute for women. The mesader kiddushin (officiating rabbi ) was a well-known [...]

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Praying for a child: Infertility in religious society

In the religious sector, children do not just bring happiness – children are a must. Many religious women will tell you that just months after their wedding, people began staring at their stomachs in search of any changes in size. Infertility is a terrible burden on any woman seeking to bring new life into this [...]

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Rav Ovadia: Shalit’s Return Illustrative of the Resurrection

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said Wednesday that this year’s Hohsana Rabba is infused with the special joy of redemption and gives hints at the joy of the resurrection of the dead due to the return of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas and held captive for 1,941 days. “What great joy there is [...]

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Ben Stiller is Not a Patrilineal Jew

I also tuned in to Saturday Night Live following a 25-hour fast and then watching my Detroit Tigers lose in their first game of the ALCS to the Texas Rangers. I thought it was funny that Ben Stiller opened his monologue with a Yom Kippur reference and stated that “My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Irish-Catholic, [...]

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Wedding benchers suck – give me something useful

I wonder when the wedding bencher madness began, I know that it’s been a minhag yisroel for at least 70 years or so because I remember seeing a wedding bencher from 1929 when I was a wee little one. When I was young we had the bencher drawer, under a heaping pile of benchers from [...]

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Paul McCartney’s new bride gets synagogue blessing ahead of wedding

Former Beatle Paul McCartney married American heiress Nancy Shevell on Sunday, after receiving a blessing at a local London synagogue. McCartney wed the divorced New Yorker in a civil ceremony at London’s Marylebone Register Office before 30 invited guests, ahead of a reception in his back garden in north London, reports said. He reportedly serenaded [...]

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Anti-Semitism of a Complex Kind

In 1893 the German writer Oscar Panizza published a story called “The Operated Jew,” a synopsis of which reads like a racially charged David Cronenberg film: a young Jewish doctor submits to a serious of painful surgical procedures to conceal his heritage, culminating with a blood transfusion from pure Ayran virgins, but just before his wedding to a [...]

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VIN Exclusive Interview: MBD Says New Release Will Be His Final Album

Thirty eight years after the release of his first album, Mordechai Ben David Sings Original Chasidic Niggunim, the man who has been called the undisputed king of Jewish music has announced the release of what will be his final album. The album, titled Kisufim, is slated to be released on Tuesday by Aderet Music and [...]

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Herzl Beach

Herzl Beach is a widely recognized beach in the wonderful city of Netanya. Herzl Beach is the augmentation from Atzmaut Square and Herzl Street. You can find a newly constructed promenade that is entirely stunning. The sparkling golden sun and the Mediterranean Sea are very inviting. Even by just lying around and enjoying the perfect [...]

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Baptist Village

Baptist Village is Israel’s pride. Within a few minutes from the town of Petah Tikva, you would feel as though you are in an entirely different world. The serene atmosphere, magnificent landscape and the beautiful tress and citrus groves around the place welcomes you to the enchanting Holy Land. Everyone can visit the place anytime [...]

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Restrictions on rabbis from conducting weddings removed

The religious-Zionist rabbinical group Tzohar, which provides rabbis free of charge to perform weddings, announced on Tuesday that it has succeeded in gaining approval from the Council of the Chief Rabbinate to conduct wedding ceremonies. Executive Vice-President of Tzohar, Nachman Rosenberg, said that Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar in particular was critical to advancing the [...]

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Iranian Jewish designer redefines couture

The bells at the door tinkle, and the fashion designer Simin jumps up from a velvet bench and politely excuses herself. Outside her 4,000-square-foot Robertson Boulevard studio, a leggy brunette steps out of a Lincoln Town Car. Lisa Vanderpump, the British-born actress and restaurateur, better-known as one of the six “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” [...]

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Is Caroline Kennedy’s Husband Edwin Schlossberg Jewish?

Yes, Edwin Arthur Schlossberg is a Jew. All four of Schlossberg’s grandparents were Russian (Ukranian) Jews born near Poltava and arrived in the United States at Ellis Island. In 1986 Schlossberg married Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Hyannis Port when Caroline was 28 and Ed was [...]

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Palestine flag outside haredi wedding

One of the most talked about weddings in the ultra-Orthodox sector was held last weekend under a veil of secrecy. Chaya Sara Nehama, 19, granddaughter of the late leader of the extreme Neturei Karta faction, Moshe Hirsch, married 16-year-old Menachem Mendel Reuven.The family became known for its ties with the Palestinian Authority leadership: The father [...]

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DIY Succulent Centerpiece

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

Wouldn’t you like to make a fuss free and gorgeous succulent centerpiece using only succulents or succulents combined with your favorite flowers? I don’t know about you, but I love the fact that succulents have become oh so popular in the world of floral arranging and wedding decor. So when I collected some of these [...]

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Dvar Torah Eikev: I Think, Therefore I Love

This week will be my seventh wedding anniversary, so I figured I’d discuss something related to love. Love is referenced 6 times in this week’s parsha, with the one experiencing the love sometimes man and other times God.  But unlike the numerous metaphorical references to God’s body parts in this week’s parsha — arms, hands, [...]

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Picture from the Parasha: Funerals and weddings

This Shabbat, Va’et’hanan – following the fast of the Ninth of Av memorial for the destruction of both Holy Temples (586 BCE and 70 CE) – is called Shabbat Nahamu, from the opening words of the haftara prophetic portion cited above. But when one tries to imagine the enormity of the tragedy – the loss [...]

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Our Good Friends the Essermans

Earlier this week, Melissa Fay Greene wrote about the adoption of her daughter, Helen, from Ethiopia, and telling jokes at church. Her new book, No Biking in the House Without A Helmet, is now available. My husband and I are white people. We shop at R.E.I. for the clothes. We have cousins on both sides who [...]

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Gay, Jewish New Yorkers: Mazel tov to the newlyweds!

Maybe you’ve heard: As of last Sunday, same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York. The law, which passed in June, went into effect over the weekend. Let’s recap some of the Jewish highlights this new law brought about, shall we? There are quite a few of them! At the stroke of midnight [...]

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