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

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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5 ways that frum women can empower themselves

5 ways that frum women can empower themselves

… being frum because they have feminist tendencies, for instance Sara Hurwitz the first orthodox Rabbi isn’t frum because she shows her ervah – not her boobs, but her bangs. Everyone likes a little power once in a while and if you frummies really want to get a taste of feminism without actually being called a feminist (this will destroy your childrens chances of pursuing a life of welfare and Lakewood) here is a list of things you can do.

I would recommend that only women on a …

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Syria Invites Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto to Visit Damascus

Syria Invites Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto to Visit Damascus

… it guns down its own people while attempting to retain power, the Syrian government has invited Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto to visit the country where many of his forefathers are buried, and to daven at their Damascus kevorim.

Over the course of Mimouna celebrations at Moshav Gimzo, between Lod and Modi’in, last week, Jack Avital, the visiting head of the Brooklyn-based Sephardic National Alliance, told Rabbi Pinto that the Syrian ambassador to the US, Imad Moustapha, had asked him to …

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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 …

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Register Now for Shir Hashirim with Rabbi Yehoshua Geller in our upcoming Summer Semester!

Shir Hashirim, written by Shlomo Hamelech, and one of the five megillot, is a poetic allegory of the relationship and love between Hashem and the Jewish people. We will look into the text and explore both the simple and the deeper levels of the words, using Midrash and other commentaries, and attempt to uncover the deeper meaning in the story of the megilla.

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Remembering Rabbi Stern at Passover

Remembering Rabbi Stern at Passover

… A Jewish American treasure was lost last week as we prepared to retell 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 …

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Top Free iPad iPhone Android Passover Apps

Top Free iPad iPhone Android Passover Apps

… seder last year. So this is the first year we can explore the Passover apps. We confine this brief list to free apps plus one at.99. There are others at reasonable prices. Here they are:

No Chametz! – free – what you need to search for Chametz and a link for selling it for a fee.

iSellChametz -free – Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – the National Synagogue – will sell you Chametz at no charge. Donations to his synagogue suggested. Find this app on the Android Market …

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Rabbi calls for sacrifice on Temple Mount

Rabbi calls for sacrifice on Temple Mount

… the Passover sacrifice received a first significant rabbinical backing recently. Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a prominent religious Zionism leader, has called on the public to perform the sacrifice mitzvah on the eve of the Jewish holiday, in about two weeks.

Speaking during a Halacha lesson in Jerusalem last week, the rabbi warned that Jews evading the mitzvah were risking “Kareth” – a supernatural punishment for transgressing Jewish Law.

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Rabbi Lau sends Shalit ‘Passover kit’

Rabbi Lau sends Shalit 'Passover kit'

Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau last week sent a “Seder kit” to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Hamas in Gaza for four and a half years.

The package, which includes matzot, wine and a Passover Haggadah, was handed over to the head of the Red Cross delegation to Israel, Juan Pedro Schaerer.

Lau, the former chief rabbi of Israel, told Kol Hai Radio that he had visited the …

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Rabbi Run

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 …

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Rachmistrivka Rabbi: Tsunami result of Haredi Arrests in Japan

Rabbi David Twersky, leader of the Rachmastrivka Hasidic dynasty, says the recent tsunami in Japan, which has left thousands of people dead, was the result of the arrest of two yeshiva students by Japanese authorities after being convicted of smuggling drugs.

“The Japanese don’t understand why they keep on receiving blow after blow, and it never ends. If they want it to stop, they …

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Group petitions court to halt vote on Jerusalem chief rabbi

Group petitions court to halt vote on Jerusalem chief rabbi

… is asking the High Court of Justice to put a freeze on the process of electing a chief rabbi for Jerusalem until the regulations governing the process are altered to better represent the public and prevent political deals.

Ne’emanei Torah Ve’avoda on Monday filed a petition asking the court to basically reduce 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 …

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

A frail and elderly rabbi who leads the nation’s Syrian Jewish community from a synagogue on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty 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. …

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Isla Fisher Wants to Be a Rabbi

… of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, joked that after converting to Judaism she now wants to become a rabbi.

Isla became engaged to the comedian in 2004, and studied for three years before completing her conversion in early 2007. The 35-year-old star took on the Hebrew name Ayala, the Hebrew word for Doe. Isla has joked she is so enamoured with the religion that she’s thinking of becoming a rabbi.

“You study, then have a test. In fact, I’m thinking of becoming a mohel. [Pause] If you …

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Metzger slams recent trend of ‘rabbi letters’

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger spoke out sharply on Wednesday night against the trend of rabbis’ letters addressing various social or political causes, declaring that such letters led to disparagement of religious leaders.

In an address to members of Netzach U’Magen, a religiously- oriented organization that commemorates fallen Israeli soldiers, Metzger slammed the “mode” of letters that the …

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Livni named one of 150 ‘women who shake the world’

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni is one of the top 150 “women who shake the world,” according to a list compiled by Newsweek and the website Daily Beast in honor of the “Women in the World” conference taking place this week in New York.

The magazine praised Livni as a leading advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a former foreign minister, and the first woman to serve as Israel’s opposition …

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Rabbi Wolpo regrets inciting remarks

Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo, chairman of the SOS Israel and Our Land of Israel movements, is taking back his call to fire rubber bullets at Israel Defense Forces soldiers and beat them up in response to similar actions on their part during the evacuation of Jewish communities in the West Bank.

Following the row sparked by his remarks, Wolpo said Tuesday evening, “God forbid should anyone fire …

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Rabbi Wolpo: Fire rubber bullets back at soldiers

National rift deepening- SOS Israel Chairman Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo called on West Bank settlers living in outposts and their supporters to use violence against soldiers and officers who use crowd dispersal means during evacuations.

In a radio interview Saturday night, Rabbi Wolpo estimated that Israel was heading toward a civil war. “The army decided to fight against settlers and against the people and State of Israel.

“So when …

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Rabbi Attacked in Switzerland

It has been learned that the assistant rabbi at the Lausanne Synagogue in Switzerland was punched and verbally attacked by three youths last Wednesday night, February 23. The anti-Semitic incident occurred as he left the area around the synagogue.

CICAD, French-speaking Switzerland’s Inter-community co-ordination against anti-Semitism and defamation, reports that the assistant rabbi has pressed charges against his …

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Rabbi, how do you like my glasses?

… yeshiva students of the Hasidic dynasty, considered one of the biggest in the haredi sector, Rabbi Israel Hager, the successor of the Vizhnitz Hasidism’s founder, discussed the dangers inherent in modernizations on the secular street and urged the students not to wear metal glasses and contact lenses.

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Update On Rabbi Eli Hecht, Sitting in Spanish Prison

Update On Rabbi Eli Hecht, Sitting in Spanish Prison

… Rega, a regional radio program in northern Israel, has been following the unfortunate story of Rabbi Eliyahu Hecht. Last week he interviewed Rabbi Yehuda Dunin, a representative of the committee that was established to secure Hecht’s freedom from the Spanish jail where he is currently being held.

Ami Cabri is a longtime host of the large radio station, and has made it his duty to follow the story of the rabbi who has denied the allegations leveled against him since the day he was …

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Uganda rabbi says defeat in election not kosher

Uganda rabbi says defeat in election not kosher

Uganda’s only rabbi is contesting the outcome of Friday’s election to parliament, saying the vote was rigged.

According to results released on Saturday, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu came second with 14,872 votes in the race for MP for Bungokho North constituency in the Mbale District, trailing behind the winner, Yahaya Gudoi, from the ruling NRM party with 16,744 votes.

Sizomu told The Jerusalem Post …

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Rabbi Elyashiv: Protest IDF conversions

Leader of the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox faction Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv has called on the public to take part in a mass protest to be staged following Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s ruling legitimizing Israel Defense Forces conversions. Sources close to Elyashiv confirmed the report.

Shortly after Shas’ spiritual leader ruled that army conversions were valid, those opposed to the decision announced they will hold a mass rally against the …

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A Splash in the Bucket List

… live book—but some of us don’t need any more pressure, m’kay?

That’s why your Bucket List should always include a few things that overreach the boundaries of common sense.

Read More: @ yoyenta.com

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Rabbi Druckman blasts haredim at conference on converts

Rabbi Haim Druckman blasted haredi elements who cast doubts on the validity of conversions performed by the State Conversion Authority, which he heads, and by the IDF, during a symposium Monday at Jerusalem’s International Conference Center.

While his opening speech to some 400 rabbinic judges, rabbis and educators dealt more with the positive aspects of conversion at a time when people who …

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“Obama’s Rabbi” Tells President: Free Pollard Now

"Obama's Rabbi" Tells President: Free Pollard Now

As the effort to gain clemency for Jonathan Pollard continues to grow, the Chicago-based Rabbi Capers C. Funnye, Jr. wrote to President Obama and called upon him to free Pollard.

What makes Rabbi Funnye’s call for clemency so unique is that Funnye is related to the President.  Rabbi Funnye’s mother, Verdelle Robinson Funnye, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s paternal grandfather, Frasier Robinson, Jr., were brother and sister, which makes Funnye and Michelle Obama first …

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Pray in mosque, rabbi rules

… and after the sun rises, rather than at home, at dawn or at the airport and without meaning,” Rabbi Baruch Efrati determined recently in a response posted on the Kipa website recently.

The surprising ruling came in response to a question posed by a web surfer living abroad who travels frequently for work purposes: “Most of the time the flights leave very early in the morning. I manage to put on tefilin at home after daybreak, but I don’t have time to wait until I can complete …

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Haifa chief rabbi to be tried for bribery

Haifa Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen was summoned for a hearing by the Jerusalem District’s Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday over alleged acts of bribery and falsifying corporate documents.

Cohen is suspected of taking part in the ‘Rabbi Affair,’ in which false rabbi titles were given to security forces personnel. With the cooperation of the Chief Rabbinate Examinations Department, senior …

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Jews take 5 of top 6 spots in annual list of top US givers

… citizens gave less in 2010 than they have over the past decade, but Jews remained among the top givers, according to an annual survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

In 2010, the top philanthropists in the United States contributed approximately $3.3 billion to charity, according to the Chronicle’s Philanthropy 50, a list that tracks the largest gifts made by individuals each year. That number is some $800 million below 2009 and less than half of the total made up by the top

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Wanted Kiryat Arba rabbi tells supporters: I’m not racist

Some two thousand demonstrators showed their support Tuesday morning for Rabbi Dov Lior, the head rabbi of Kiryat Arba, who is wanted by the police for endorsing the controversial book “Torat Hamelech,” which justifies killing non-Jews.

Rabbi Lior addressed the crowd at the Kiryat Arba demonstration, saying that “a couple of months ago, two Talmudic scholars from Yizhar published a book on the status of Jews and non-Jews. Racism refers to one nation …

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