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Kabbalah Centre’s Berg Sent Packing from Newsweek’s List of Top Rabbis

When I read  Newsweek magazine’s expose of the Kabbalah Centre and its questionable foundation for a children’s school in Malawi founded with millions of dollars from Madonna, the first thing I thought about was the annual Newsweek list of the top fifty American rabbis (technically: the most “influential” rabbis).

Rabbi Yehuda Berg, the son of the controversial founder of the Kabbalah Centre, has …

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Rabbis: Save the Sabbath, Change Lag BaOmer

Rabbis: Save the Sabbath, Change Lag BaOmer

… Lag BaOmer bonfires postponed by a day, in order to prevent Sabbath desecration.

The Tzohar Rabbis Organization, which calls itself a “window between worlds” – the secular and the religious – has contacted the Education Minister, the Chief Rabbis, and others in an effort to effect the change.

Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer period between Passover (Pesach) and Pentecost (Shavuot), is the anniversary of the death of the holy Sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai nearly 2,000 …

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Some Reform rabbis doubt new movement chief’s devotion to Israel

NEW YORK – A group of Reform rabbis and activists has launched a campaign protesting the nomination of Rabbi Richard Jacobs as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism, casting doubt on Jacobs’ devotion to Israel.

Ads taken out by the group in several Jewish weeklies in the United States state that Jacobs “does not represent the pro-Israel policies cherished by Reform Jews.”.

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Rabbis slam attack on Reform synagogue

Rabbis slam attack on Reform synagogue

A number of rabbis and public figures from the city of Raanana have signed a letter strongly condemning the  desecration of a local Reform synagogue.

“This act, like other acts of violence, saddens all of us,” the letter said. “We stress that the Torah condemns any act of violence and harm to our fellowman.”

The synagogue’s windows were smashed with stones last weekend, and the writing “It …

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Haredi rabbis: Don’t volunteer in MDA

… by senior haredi leaders, including leader of the Lithuanian faction Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv, Rabbis Nissim Karelitz, Chaim Kanievsky, Aharon Leib Shteinman, the Sanz and Erlau Rebbes and others.

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Rabbis attend burial ceremony of dozens of Holocaust-era victims in Romania

… in the eastern city of Iasi.

The daily Eveniumentual Zilei reported Tuesday that seven rabbis from the United States, Britain and Romania took part in Monday afternoon’s ceremony.

In November, a Holocaust-era mass grave containing the bodies of an estimated

100 Jews was discovered in a forest, offering further evidence of the country’s involvement in wartime crimes.

Read More: @ haaretz.com

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Media Matters: Glenn Beck says Reform Rabbis are like Radicalized Islam

Media Matters: Glenn Beck says Reform Rabbis are like Radicalized Islam

Glenn Beck says that Reform rabbis are like radicalized Islam because they took out an ad asking for his termination.

(a) Glenn Beck, come to my local synagogue where an Orthodox rabbi talks radical right wing politics every week.

(b) Have you lost your mind making such comparisons? No wait, obviously you have.

Here is the recording, check it out at minute 3:00, and the transcript, courtesy of Media Matters. Thanks …

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US rabbis: Recognize our conversions

New front against Chief Rabbinate over conversions: Dozens of Orthodox rabbis from the United States sent a letter to Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Monday, demanding that he recognize the conversions performed by them and allow the converts to immigrate to Israel.According to the rabbis, the Interior Ministry consults with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate when determining which conversions performed abroad would be recognized under the Law of Return, and usually …

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Rabbis Throw Planned New Jersey Hebrew Charter School Shalom Academy Under the Bus

Rabbis Throw Planned New Jersey Hebrew Charter School Shalom Academy Under the Bus

… a major new school project under the bus is not a very kosher thing to do, especially when the rabbis in question have no visible education credentials or experience.

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U.S. Orthodox rabbis avoid ruling on organ donations from brain dead patients

U.S. Orthodox rabbis avoid ruling on organ donations from brain dead patients

Under strong fire, the country’s major Modern Orthodox rabbinic body is seeking to clarify its position on a study by its own authorities that is seen as casting doubt on the permissibility of vital organ donation by Jews who are brain dead, yet upholding the right of Jews to receive such organs.

In a statement released January 6, the Rabbinical Council of America reiterated that it …

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Rabbis take a stand on road safety

… on the endless carnage on Israel’s roads and highways during which they decided that Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar would draft a special prayer – which will be recited by local rabbis at locations in their area which have witnessed road accidents.

The committee also decided that committee member Rabbi Yaakov Roza, who serves as the rabbi for the ZAKA organization, would give rabbis updates on accidents within their area.

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Rabbi: Coordinate Joseph’s Tomb visits

Rabbi: Coordinate Joseph's Tomb visits

Samaria Chief Rabbi Elyakim Levanon called on rabbis and religious leaders this week not to send their students to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, without coordinating the visit with the Israel Defense Forces.

Speaking following Sunday’s  shooting incident at the holy site, which left one Jewish worshipper dead and several injured, the rabbi condemned religious leaders encouraging their followers to pray there. …

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No Entrance!

The sign on the entrance to the main sanctuary of a synagogue in the USA where I spoke several months ago really made me laugh.

Some people mean well, but they flub it when they try to get their message across. The directors of the synagogue probably wanted to convey to the congregants that it’s not respectful to walk in the door in the middle of the rabbi’s sermon. Maybe they also …

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Can you use Marijuana on Passover?

Can you use Marijuana on Passover?

Via Earth Times with a big smile. Is cannabis kosher for Passover?

JERUSALEM (UPI) In Israel, rabbis are trying to determine if hemp and its cousin, marijuana, are on the list of legumes that some Jews must abstain from during Passover.

This year, the Green Leaf Party, which advocates legalization of marijuana, warned its members by e-mail that it may be considered kitniyot, or a legume. Observant Ashkenazi Jews abstain from kitniyot during the holiday.

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Remembering Rabbi Stern at Passover

Remembering Rabbi Stern at Passover

… the story of our freedom.

Rabbi Jack Stern, past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, passed away a week ago tomorrow after living an extraordinarily full and passionate life.

Rabbi Stern’s passing right before Passover reminded me of when I first met the Stern family, as a student at Hebrew Union College in New York City.  Rabbi Stern’s son, David, had recently been ordained at HUC and came to Dallas’ Temple Emanu El the summer before I left for HUC.  Needing to …

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Peres: Israel’s ties with Egypt are historic

Peres - Israel's ties with Egypt are historic

… in Egypt in order to come to the land of Israel.

The president also spoke about the role of rabbis in the “pursuit for peace.”

Read more : @ haaretz.com

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Possibilities for Passover

Possibilities of Passover

… like another take on the same, try  the Sipping Seder.  Not so funny for quinoa fans that  rabbis now want a quinoa free Passover. Finally, take a look at the  Tablet Haggadah, you’ll be glad you did.

Read more : @ chron.com

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Top Sephardi rabbi’s aide tied to illegal porn sales

In early 2005, porn producer and actor Ashley Gasper realized that someone was bootlegging his films. Counterfeit copies of “Jules Jordan’s Flesh Hunter 6” and “Jules Jordan: Feeding Frenzy 2,” among other titles, were showing up among the DVDs being returned to his distributor.

According to a recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Gasper …

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Pesach Inspiration

Our Rabbis teach us that Yaakov received the brachot from Yitzchak on the night of Pesach. Yitzchak specifically chose this time because on this night the heavenly vaults of blessing are open. On the outside we may appear like Esav, we may feel very far from Hashem, yet the night of Pesach gives us the strength to transform ourselves into Yaakov. We can tap into the profound, inherent, …

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Unpaid bill makes holy site go dark

Unpaid bill makes holy site go dark

It’s a lesson that the rabbis who manage one of Israel’s most popular Jewish pilgrimage destinations have now learned the hard way: Even holy sites have to pay the electric bill.The tomb of Moses Maimonides, one of Judaism’s pre-eminent sages, has been plunged into darkness because of a debt to the electricity company totaling $11,500.

Rabbi Israel Deri, one of the managers of the site in the Galilee city of …

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Rabbi Run

I haven’t had much luck with rabbis. Or is it that they haven’t had much luck with me? I don’t know. But it’s been an issue. Why else would I be writing about it?

Common sense should tell me that since I’m speaking of perhaps only four or five rabbis, then I’m speaking of much less than one-hundredth of one percent of all the rabbis in the world, and as such, it shouldn’t be much of an issue after all. …

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Manischewitz Cook-Off National Finals 2011

Manischewitz Cook-Off National Finals 2011

The Fifth Annual Man-O-Manischewitz National Cook Off just finished, and, man, I’m still buzzing. There was some serious high-octane, high-pressure, high-quality cooking, and I don’t think I expected to see any of that. I mean, this is Manischewitz you’re talking about — the matzah and wine people.

But this wasn’t your bubbe’s Manischewitz. Not only was the competition a …

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Group petitions court to halt vote on Jerusalem chief rabbi

… the weight of the religious services minister in the process.

In a city like Jerusalem, the rabbis are elected by a body composed of 48 people – 24 representatives of synagogues, 18 from the city council, and another six who represent the religious services minister.

Read More: @ jpost.com

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Rabbi pleads guilty in connection with Brooklyn money-laundering, corruption scheme

Rabbi pleads guilty in connection with Brooklyn money-laundering, corruption scheme

… today to using a religious charity to launder illegal cash.

Saul Kassin, 79, was among 43 rabbis and politicians apprehended during a shocking morning of arrests in July 2009 — a spectacle that was the culmination of the biggest federal sting operation ever in New Jersey.

He had vowed to fight the charges but gave that up in Trenton federal court today.

Read More: @ nypost.com

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Does Jewish Meditation Exist?

… understood as a brilliant Jewish meditation of compassion, expressed in the scribal idiom of rabbis. Needless to say that needs to be explained at greater length, as we will do  in our forthcoming article on the subject.

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State Police rabbi’s ‘official’ plates under fire

A $100,000-a-year State Police rabbi who carries a badge and presents himself as a police officer has equipped his private vehicle for years with “official” license plates registered to an Orange County village where he is not employed.

The rabbi, Bernard Freilich of Brooklyn, has transferred the special plates from vehicle to vehicle dating back years by submitting registration …

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The New Maxwell House Haggadah Has a Teaneck Connection

Our block, Milford Terrace in Teaneck, is a talented block boasting artists, doctors, nurses, rabbis, lawyers, teachers, professors, engineers, businesspersons and more.

One of our neighbors has written a new translation for the most classic Haggadah of all time – the Maxwell House haggadah.

The Jewish Week has covered this new edition with a lovely feature story.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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Desecration, attacks at ancient Jewish cemetery

Desecration, attacks at ancient Jewish cemetery

… overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City holds row after row of graves. Biblical prophets, revered rabbis and a prime minister are buried there. Yet many of the tombstones have been smashed, litter is strewn around and tethered donkeys defecate on top of graves.

The ancient cemetery is just one point of contention in the struggle for control of Jerusalem, an explosive issue in decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Read More: @ apnews.myway.com

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Jizz in my pants – the frum edition

Jizz in my pants – the frum edition

… Wonder if we can meet when they start reading the haftorah

I can’t concentrate on this rabbis speech

Then I see you get out of your seat

And then I jizz in my pants

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30% of haredim: Katsav innocent

30% of haredim: Katsav innocent

… innocent. This, according to a Ynet and Yesodot Center for Torah and Democracy survey following a rabbis’ letter of support for Katsav.The survey was conducted by the Panels institute among 501 respondents – a representative sample of the adult Jewish population in Israel.

Eighty-three percent of all respondents said they do not agree with the rabbis’ claim that Katsav is not guilty and has suffered injustice, 9% agree with the claim, and the rest have no opinion on the matter. …

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