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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 36 - June 27, 2012

Forty years ago this past week, Rabbi Sally Priesand was ordained as a Reform rabbi,thus making her the first woman rabbi to be ordained after the Holocaust. And in the years that followed, the Conservative movement continued to ordaining women, Recently Modern Orthodoxy has given women new leadership roles. While the government tries to find [...]

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What is the Penalty for Eating a Non-Kosher Hot Dog?

Here we go. We knew this would not be pretty when we saw that ambulance chasing lawyers were suing Hebrew National. It is a desecration of the reputation of Judaism. Now the whole premise of Kosher foods is coming under close scrutiny and it is not pretty. Because the secret is that today there is no [...]

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Eating Jewish

Eating Jewish

You ever learn that Gemara where Bruriah lists all the kosher foods that are stand-ins for non-kosher food, in order to show that even though we are commanded to sanctify ourselves, Judaism isn’t restrictive? What a preachy, party-line, pile of s**t.* There’s this girl I work with who is the nicest, most awesome person I [...]

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Saying Jewish Blessings for the Food

Judaism teaches us that saying blessings in many activities that we do are very important. Doing this is especially important when we are about to eat. “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalms 24:1). “a man should taste nothing before he utters a blessing,” [...]

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Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

Shabbat or Sabbath is one of the most popular Jewish observances. Shabbat is observed a few minutes before sunset every Friday until a few minutes after the first three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night. This Jewish observance is considered a festive day and a festive meal are traditionally eaten. Here are some [...]

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Judge Kimba Wood Responds to Imbalanced Simchas for Jewish Babies

Judge Kimba Wood Responds to Imbalanced Simchas for Jewish Babies

In my second year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I took a year-long seminar that focused on Jewish life-cycle observances. Of course, we covered all the basics like the bris, the Jewish wedding and the Jewish funeral. But we spent more time discussing life-cycle events that traditionally had been given short shrift. [...]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. [...]

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Healthy Jewish Cooking

Food plays an important role in Jewish tradition. Jewish cuisine is best known for its richness and influence from different cultures. Most Jewish food served nowadays are rich in fat which when consumed in large amounts can pose many health risks. Judaism requires us to maintain good health. In Deuteronomy 4:15, God commands us to [...]

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The Jewish Bris Ceremony

The Jewish religion is known for being unique. Every holiday is full of meaningful traditions that make every celebration special. Every life event is honored and celebrated in Judaism such as birth, adulthood, marriage and death. The bris is an important Jewish celebration because it is the very first life event celebrated in a Jewish [...]

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Why Celebrate the Passover?

Passover is probably one of the most recognized words when you talk about Judaism. Passover is an important part of the Jewish religion. It is based on the story of the Israelites who were freed from slavery in Egypt. We celebrate Passover to remember the freedom of our ancestors, their redemption form the hands of [...]

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The Jewish Way of Mourning

The Jewish way of mourning provides us a way to face our grief while at the same time help those who are grieving. The Jewish mourning tradition is based on two principles: Kavod Hamet (paying respect to the deceased) and Nichum Avelim (giving comfort to the mourners). The body of the deceased should be treated [...]

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The Jewish Way

Living the Holidaysby Rabbi Irving Greenberg Comprehensive and compelling presentation of Judaism as revealed through its holy days. Explanation and interpretation of each holiday’s origins and background, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance; detailed instructions for each holiday’s observance, stressing how the rituals, prayers, foods, and songs associated with each holiday reflect and reinforce its central [...]

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Kosher for the Clueless but Curious

A fun, fact-filled, and spiritual guide to all things kosher.by Shimon Apisdorf Clueless about Kosher? Kosher foods, kosher cooking, and the kosher dietary laws are one of the most widely known yet least understood areas of Judaism and Jewish life. Kosher for the Clueless but Curious is the first book ever to present all aspects [...]

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The Shabbos Shiron - Hebrew/English

A treasury of Grace After Meals and Zemiros, translation, transliteration, commentary, laws, customs and songsby Rabbi Yonah WeinribIllustrated by: Yonah Weinrib Much more than a bencher, this volume captures the entire Shabbos experience! From preparing for Shabbos through Havdallah, you’ll learn about the customs, traditions, laws and zemiros for Shabbos, with exquisite illumination and inspiring [...]

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Jewish Holidays Cookbook

Festive meals for celebrating the year.by Jill Bloomfield Ages 9-12 The traditions and recipes of Judaism are celebrated in this beautiful modern cookbook geared toward kids and their families. Eleven Jewish holidays are discussed and accompanied by recipes for the ancient and modern foods traditionally served. Kids can lead the charge on braiding their first [...]

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Jewish Holidays Cookbook

The traditions and recipes of Judaism are celebrated in this beautiful modern cookbook geared toward kids and their families. Eleven Jewish holidays are discussed and accompanied by recipes for the ancient and modern foods traditionally served. Kids can lead the charge on braiding their first challah or making their own kugel, while spending time learning [...]

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Brave New Judaism - When Science and Scripture Collide

An expert looks at how the different denominations of Judaism respond to biotechnological advances. Clones, genetically modified foods, frozen embryos, stem cells, gene therapy: these are some of the new discoveries and scientific developments that are guaranteed to change our lives and our society forever. How does Judaism, an ancient religion, come to terms with [...]

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Around the Family Table: A Comprehensive “Bencher” and Companion for Shabbat and Festival Meals and other Family Occasions

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Publisher: Jewish Lights Around the Family Table is a practical and inspiring book of devotion and prayer for the Jewish home. Many uplifting and ancient Jewish traditions are rooted in the home and celebrated with the family. This book of prayer and celebration is intended to serve as a guide for meaningful [...]

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Hanukkah, 2nd Edition: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration

Dr. Ron Wolfson Publisher: Jewish Lights Create a meaningful and happy Hanukkah in your home—with story, celebration, food and song . . . This newly-designed, easy-to-use edition of a classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more family ideas, and new resources for every aspect of your holiday celebration. Information on every aspect of Hanukkah is [...]

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How to Keep Kosher: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Jewish Dietary Laws

Publisher: William Morrow “Traditional Judaism injects sanctification into the ordinary habits of everyday life.Keeping kosher helps us pause and think about what we eat, and how we eat it, and elevates the act of eating.” What does it mean to keep kosher? Many may be familiar with the basics: no bacon, no shrimp, no cheeseburgers. [...]

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Nutrilicious - Food for Thought and Whole Health

Edith Rothschild Publisher: Feldheim Nutrilicious is a real potpourri: -Timely but not time-consuming -Humorous but not funny -Inspirational but not preachy -Serious but not sad -Educational but not boring -A wake-up call but not threatening “This book literally contains the ingredients for living healthy. I commend the author for sharing her soul and her experiences, [...]

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The Healthy Jew: The Symbiosis of Judaism and Modern Medicine

Mitchell B. Hart Publisher: Cambridge University The Healthy Jew traces the culturally revealing story of how Moses, the rabbis, and other Jewish thinkers came to be understood as medical authorities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such a radically different interpretation, by scholars and popular writers alike, resulted in new, widespread views on the salubrious [...]

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Going Kosher In 30 Days!

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein Publisher: The Jewish Learning Group Kosher is in. And going kosher has just become easier than ever before! “GOING KOSHER IN 30 DAYS” will teach the simply curious and those seriously considering going kosher all the whys and hows of kosher. Over eleven million people will buy kosher food this year, and [...]

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Kosher for the Clueless but Curious

Kosher foods, kosher cooking, and the kosher dietary laws are one of the most widely known yet least understood areas of Judaism and Jewish life. Kosher for the Clueless but Curious is the first book ever to present all aspects of kosher—including the kitchen sink—to readers who are filled with curiosity but are hungry for [...]

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