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The Shabbos Shiron: A Treasury of Grace After Meals

… Judaica artist Rabbi 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 commentary. A special section details why we eat traditional Shabbos foods, from challah to cholent and kugel! Translation, transliteration, songs, calligraphy, benching and messages walk the scholar and Shabbos

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Shabbos Secrets: The Mysteries Revealed

Shabbos Secrets: The Mysteries Revealed

Shabbos is filled with fascinating rituals, traditional customs that have been practiced throughout the generations. It is through painstaking attention to every detail of these customs that we capture the true spirit of Shabbos. From our weekday preparations to learning the laws of Shabbos and eating the three Shabbos meals, these customs express our love for Shabbos and devotion to the day that …

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Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem

Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem

… of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Outside the city walls is a rock-cut tomb regarded by some to be the area of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. The whole place is covered with trees and bushes and appears to be isolated from the city. Once you are inside, you seem to be in a different world.  With a very peaceful scenery, it is indeed a perfect place for serious reflection.  Since the Tomb of Jesus is considered as the main tourist place, be ready to see an endless stream of …

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The Engaging Shabbos Table

If the goal of your Shabbos table is to create a positive and unifying experience for participants of all ages and backgrounds, here are some simple techniques that encourage everyone’s participation. This format is wonderful for those who would like to invite guests who may be less familiar with Shabbos customs, but it works equally well any family or group, as well.

Set Up

The set up of the table should …

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My car was broken into over shabbos and my two bikes were stolen

I had a dream last night that my car was stolen, so imagine my surprise when I went to get my car from shul tonight and found the rear window smashed and two of my bicycles gone. My first thought was that this week one of the best on record and that I hadn’t been able to show enough appreciation to God for all the good things happening in my life.

My theory is that when things are going too good, something bad has to happen in order to get you close to God again, to me, …

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I’m not done with my conversion, but I won’t be your shabbos goy!

I answered the phone Friday afternoon thinking it was going to be a shabbos dinner invite. It was my neighbor down the street calling who puts together some of the tastiest shabbos dinners in the ‘chood, so I was pretty stoked to see her name pop up on my caller ID. I answered the phone and we exchanged the usual pleasantries.

Hi, How are you, I’m fine and you, B’H, she asks me what my plans were for shabbos dinner, I say that I have no …

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Shabbos in Los Angeles was good

… following facebook status “I have been living in California for over a year and have only gone to LA once” I got to thinking about taking a trip down to LA.

The last time I went to LA I stayed in Venice, Los Feliz and Long Beach so I really didn’t get a good feel for the Pico hood and I wanted to check out the shuls and scene this time, so I drove down for shabbos and I was pleasantly surprised, my stereotypes, based on everyone telling me that LA is a pit of materialism and …

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The cholent sucks here

The cholent sucks here

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When I first moved out here I didn’t mind the green kiddush much, some chips and salsa, veggie sticks, guacamole and several varieties of cookies seemed alright to me – but I’ve been here a year and this is one of the true sides to living in the west.

I’m sure there are shuls in LA that know how to throw a kiddush, but here in the Bay Area and several other west coast …

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Eating Jewish: Corn Latkes

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Any excuse to eat fried foods is a good thing in my books. Fried foods are my weakness, something I just can’t help myself from eating despite knowing that the outcome will usually involve an unhappy stomach and a lot of sparkling water to try to make myself feel better. If there’s anything fried on a restaurant menu, you can almost be certain that I’ll order it and I’m …

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Fighting Fire With Water

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Maybe you received it too. The e-mail was forwarded to me by no fewer than three people, and in each case I was among hundreds of recipients. The photographs in the communication were prefaced by the all-caps pronouncement “THIS MUST BE SEEN AND PASSED AROUND THE WORLD. PLEASE DO SO.” They depicted a throng of Muslim men bowing or kneeling in prayer in the middle of a …

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NYPD Takes Immediate Action After Officer Demands Jewish Pedestrian Write On Shabbos

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A troubling incident occurred on Friday night between an NYPD Officer, and a member of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Community, FlatbushScoop.com has learned exclusively. On Friday night, an individual was walking to his home (in the southern part of Brooklyn) and had just crossed a street, when he was stopped by two officers in a marked patrol car.

They asked him for his …

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Shabbos meals that last too long piss me off

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One of the ills affecting the Jewish community of the Bay Area is lengthy meals. I am sure this exists elsewhere, but never have seen it get so out of hand and I have felt that it’s high time for things to change. In general the hachnasas orchim is amazing here.

There aren’t too many single folks in most of the shuls and in general someone will invite you out. I like to

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Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

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I generally don’t read blogs, heck I schedule most of my blog posts, tweets and other goodies so I don’t have to spend valuable outdoors time keeping up with this wonderful online community that has been outgrowing this blog and forcing some fans to even meet each other in real life.

I find that every few days, I get an email from someone asking me to add their blog to my …

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New York City Water Warning

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New York City officials have detected elevated lead levels in the water in dozens of privately owned buildings. They are telling New Yorkers to run their taps for 30 seconds before drinking water, cooking with it or using it to make baby formula anytime the tap has not been used for several hours.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection found elevated levels …

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The King of Shabbos

… often do you read a story that makes you laugh out loud or wipe tears from your eyes? It’s rare to find honest writing that is powerful, moving, and inspirational, but words that come from the heart enter the heart. From the voice of a man who has struggled, hurt, and grown–and laughed with joy over the process–comes The King of Shabbos and Other Stories of Return, a collection of eighteen tales that will make you think and feel in a new and different way. Zalman Velvel is simply a …

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The Sanctity Of Shabbos

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen

A comprehensive guide to the laws of Shabbos and Yom Tov as they apply to a non-Jew doing work on behalf of a Jew.

Available in hardcover

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The Gift of Shabbos: Insights from the Sfas Emes on the Sabbath and its observances

… scholars. But the concise and complex language and thought process of this classic were daunting to all but a select few. But Rabbi Yosef Stern has distilled these profound; scintillating, pithy, incredibly rich discourses into enlightening and inspiring English essays.

The Gift of Shabbos is a clear and brilliant work. Among the topics it explores are:

–Melachah (creative work)

–Menuchah (rest)

Shabbos as a Divine gift

–the three meals

–Lechem Mishneh (the two loaves of …

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The Shabbos Home

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Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen has earned renown as an authority in Halachah as it applies to the questions and dilemmas of modern life. Now he continues the trailblazing accomplishment of his distinguished earlier works, on the laws of Shabbos and the unique questions of child-rearing.

There are any number of questions that require knowledge of the halachic principles and how to apply them. This is Rabbi Cohen’s forte. He is a master at taking the mystery out of complex …

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The Shabbos Home - Volume 2

Basic to every Jewish home is a practical, reader-friendly guide to Shabbos observance. In this final volume of his two-volume The Shabbos Home (and the last volume in his series on the laws of Shabbos), Rabbi Cohen addresses hundreds of real-life situations and questions.

From flowerpots to food coloring, cosmetics to electricity, partitions to bird cages, he explains the underlying principles and …

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And You Shall Surely Heal

… Torah and Medicine

FROM THE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

“Preservation of Life Pushes Away (Docheh) Shabbos:” Clarifications within the general discussion, and in the opinion of Rambam

The Study of Medicine by Kohanim

Diverse Approaches to the License to Heal

Is There Life After Life? Superfetation in Medical, Historical and Rabbinic Literature

Collaborative Reproduction: Unscrambling the Conundrum of Legal Parentage

Abortion of the Diseased Fetus in Jewish Law

Jewish Bioethical …

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Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own

… Babies have been born and grown up, friends have moved or divorced, but the principals continue to gather in her rustic Cape Cod home to participate in a seder that Piercy takes joy in tweaking each spring to make it more meaningful. In this journey through the ritual, Piercy coaxes us toward “a significant contemporary interpretation, rather than an emphasis on what is strictly ‘correct’ or traditional.†She reminisces about her grandmother, who thought herself …

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Shabbos Delights

… that helps explain why it is so uniquely successful. Rabbi Aryeh Leib Lopiansky teaches Chumash to American students in Israel. They needed Torah thoughts to present at the tables of their Shabbos hosts, and he undertook to provide them — two for each of the three Shabbos meals.

Perfectionist that he is, Rabbi Lopiansky searched long and hard to find the thoughts that would be most provocative and well received. Deciding that he would choose selections based on halachic interpretation, …

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Shabbos With Bina, Benny, and Chaggai Hayonah

… back, with his friends Bina and Benny. This time they are exploring the wonders and pleasures of Shabbos, from Sinai to the Shabbos table loaded with delicious delicacies. We join them as they prepare for the great day and learn all about its do’s and dont’s — and especially its joys and duties.

Brimming with information and beautifully illustrated in full color by Liat Binyaminy Ariel, this book makes learning a joy!

Yaffa Ganz is the award-winning author who created this new …

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Chabad Lubavitch of Watermill in Water Mill, New York

… Chabad Lubavitch of Watermill

Address1:

40 Winding Way

Address2:

City:

Water Mill

Location:

New York

Zipcode:

11976

Type:

Chabad Lubavitch

Tel:

1-631-726-3046

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Services:

Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://www.chabadofeastend.com/

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Chabad Shabbos House in Albany, New York

Name:

Chabad Shabbos House

Address1:

316 Fuller Road

Address2:

corner of University Drive

City:

Albany

Location:

New York

Zipcode:

Type:

Chabad Lubavitch

Tel:

518 438-4227

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Services:

Website:

http://www.shabboshouse.com/

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Explosion hits Egypt gas pipeline carrying gas to Israel

Masked gunmen blew up a natural gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel on Wednesday, sending flames shooting into the air in the early hours of the morning and forcing the shutdown of the country’s gas export pipeline to Israel and Jordan.

“An unknown armed gang attacked the gas pipeline,” said an Egyptian security source, adding that the flow of gas to Israel and Jordan had indeed been hit. “Authorities closed the main source of gas supplying the pipeline …

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Netanyahu orders Israeli politicians, security forces to thwart new Gaza flotilla

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his inner cabinet on Wednesday to continue diplomatic efforts to thwart an upcoming Gaza aid flotilla, a statement said on Wednesday, adding that the premier also instructed Israel’s security forces to prepare for the flotilla’s possible arrival.

The flotilla, which was expected to set sail in May, will now probably only embark in mid-June, its organizers preferring to wait for the outcome of the election to

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Maggid: A Blueprint For Self

… Maharal explains that  matzah is a simple food. It contains only two ingredients: flour and water. We should approach Pesach with simplicity.  Simplicity implies  bitul hayesh, self-nullification. Self-discovery entails going back to being ourselves, which is what liberation is about.  Animals have no ambition and no yearnings. This kind of passivity is our enemy. In our hearts we have a whole menagerie which keeps us from discovering ourselves. The more we focus on our failures …

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

… there are those who argue that Berg isn’t even actually an ordained rabbi and doesn’t belong on the list. Some claim that he’s running a cult that is Judaism’s version of Scientology. And then there are those who believe that Berg isn’t a religious figure at all, but rather a businessman running a corporation that sells everything from red strings and holy water to books and astrology sets.

Read more : @ blog.rabbijason.com

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Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem

Hezekiah's Tunnel in Jerusalem

… tourist spots with historical significance. Considered as one of the excellent creation of water engineering in the pre-classical period, this tunnel goes below Ophel in Jerusalem.  The construction period is approximately in 701 BC under the supremacy of the King of Judah, Hezekiah.

In the City of David, which is outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem is Hezekiah’s Tunnel found.  Its length is 1750-foot (530m). If it had stayed on a straight line, the length would have been …

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