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Tzohar Rabbis to Offer Circumcision

As the struggle to conduct weddings continues, Tzohar is expanding its activity by offering additional religious services. The organization’s rabbis have announced a new initiative: Tzohar Mohels, who will offer friendly, inclusive circumcision ceremonies. The rabbis have promised to meet with clients before and after the ceremony and not charge a higher fee than that [...]

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What’s the Deal with Frummies and Their Gaudy Furniture?

I had no idea what chargers were until it came down to figuring out what we wanted to put on our wedding registry. Apparently they are plates that you don’t use, except to put under the large dinner plates when setting a table, I put my foot down “they sounded super dumb and gaudy to [...]

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Columbia Celebrates Its First Chassidic Wedding

The sea of bearded men in black frock coats and fedoras, lifting their voices in ancient Hebrew chants, was the first hint that this was no ordinary South Carolina wedding. Then there was the striking brunette bride, her eyes shielded by a rectangular face covering, led by her parents and grandparents seven times around the [...]

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This May Be My Last Post as a Single Man…

In preparation for my wedding this coming Sunday, I spent the last 3 days in the woods. A 26 mile solo backpack in the Yosemite high country, followed by some good hitchhiking to get back to my car and a day riding my bike at Mammoth Bike Park rounded out my idea of a mighty [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 34 - June 13, 2012

At least for one day, all ethnic tensions played second-fiddle to  Harmony Day, at Hamilton-Metz Park. As the summer is nearly upon us in its official capacity, we soon will mark the legal-age since the infamous 1991 Crown Heights riot. The day’s activities commenced with a march down Empire Boulevard in the morning, and ended [...]

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Mark Zuckerberg Gets Married to Priscilla Chan

In the run up to the big Facebook initial public offering this past week, the media went Facebook crazy and tried to get interviews from everyone connected to Mark Zuckerberg. Of course that included the rabbi of his childhood congregation. In an article on The Scarsdale Daily website, Rabbi David Holtz of Temple Beth Abraham was quoted [...]

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The Business of Haredi Weddings

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) there are 135,000 households that see themselves as part of the haredi sector, and with an average of six members in each haredi family, roughly one million people belong to the haredi sector in society. This means that nearly every haredi family has a family member undergoing [...]

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Bnei Brak - Parents Worry After Entire Girls Seminary Class Not Engaged Yet

The girls in one class in a prestigious girls’ seminary in Bnei Brak are worried about a “wedding drought.” While dozens of girls from other classes are already successfully matched, none of the girls in the class has gotten engaged since the beginning of the year. The 19-year-old girls study in a post high-school track [...]

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Kallah Sues After Being Dumped Via Text Message

A 22-year-old kallah in Israel is seeking compensatory damages after being “dumped” by her chosson via a text message to her mobile phone. Yediot Achronot reports the two were scheduled to get married until they had an argument two weeks before the chupah, surrounding finances. They spoke on the phone following the dispute and then [...]

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Weddings are about the simcha, not the money!

The natural progression of wedding planning dictates that somewhere along the way you should register with some big box store to take the fun out of gift giving. The first time I heard about wedding registries, I really didn’t believe it, what was the point of getting a gift if you knew what you were [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paper Accordion Rosette Flowers

Paper accordion rosettes, and paper accordion flowers are all the rage in DIY wedding and party decor, and for good reason! They’re so simple to make and look amazing in groups. I’ve shared these accordion flowers with you before, as a fun accordion medallion bouquet centerpiece, and as festive Succah decorations, and as elegant golden [...]

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Giant Paper Flowers Sneak Peek

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making some giant paper flowers, ever since I saw the gorgeous giant paper poppies. Fortunately for me, we are in the midst of preparing for a family wedding, and a chance to satisfy some of my crafting desires! I thought I’d share a little sneak peek at [...]

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Happy Yom Yerushalayim

44 years ago in the Six Day War the IDF took the Old City in a fierce battle and united Jerusalem under a single government. From our point of view as a young Orthodox Yeshiva student at the time, this accomplishment was a great miracle. The old city of Jerusalem under Jewish control meant that [...]

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My Brother’s Big Fat Secular Wedding

We had asked our rabbi if we were even allowed to attend, and he told us since there is an assumption that Jewish weddings on the whole are at least kosher style that we were permitted to go but that, of course, we shouldn’t eat anything. I was relieved since I knew that telling my [...]

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Reflections of an Israeli monarchist on the eve of the royal wedding

Reflections of an Israeli monarchist on the eve of the royal wedding

I consider myself qualified to meddle in the affairs of the British royal family, about which I began to hear as a mere child, and especially about Prince Charles. This happened courtesy of my mother who frequently informed me about the prince’s habits and way of life in order to drum into me the fact [...]

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Isla Fisher Wants to Be a Rabbi

Music Rooms reports that the actress Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”), the wife 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 [...]

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Non-Jews Take Ketubahs Now, Too

I have mixed feelings about ketubot. On the one hand, they’re beautiful marriage contracts. On the other hand, they’re actually prenuptial agreements that someone drew flowers on. Weird. Like the mezuzah, ketubot are apparently the next big thing among non-Jews. The Austins are part of a growing phenomenon of non-Jews incorporating the ketubah, a document [...]

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Gawker Blames the Jews: Scandalous Affairs Begin at Purim Parties

The Times published a scandalous wedding announcement. Gawker wrote it up. And somehow the Jews get blamed for marital scandals that start at Purim parties. And no, so far the Times hasn’t apologized and then un-apologized for running a controversial wedding story. This weekend’s New York Times wedding section tells the salacious tale of two [...]

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