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Meat the Mets! Lawyer has delicate question for case’s higher authority

A Federal judge’s Amazin’ apparel caused some consternation Friday during a hearing on whether kosher hot dogs can be sold at Citi Field on the Jewish Sabbath.

The lawyer for the vendor that has been barred from slinging rabbi-approved franks from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday had a delicate question for the case’s higher authority.

“Your honor, I saw you outside the …

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City Moves to Close All Priority 7 Voucher Cases

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Once again Priority 7 vouchers are near the end of the line.

The Bloomberg Administration mailed out letters on Friday, informing the struggling families of 2,200 children – most of them orthodox Jewish – that their subsidized childcare will end on Dec. 31, the middle of the school year.

A coalition of City Council members from Brooklyn is furious and has …

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Are Charlie Sheen, Glenn Beck, John Galliano and Julian Assange Anti-Semites?

… like famous anti-Semitic rants in the past, there has been much debate as to whether these recent cases should be classified as anti-Semitic. In all of these instances, one could argue that “I know it when I see it.”

There are times when a celebrity makes a poor choice, but is likely not being intentionally anti-Semitic.

Read More: @ rabbijason.blogspot.com

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Best Supporting Tummler of the Year

… a lot with motion pictures that many people might put in the ‘Jewish movie’ category.

Cases in point:

When director Robert Aldrich decided to make “The Frisco Kid,” a comedy about a Polish rabbi, played by Gene Wilder, who must cross the Old West to head up a congregation in San Francisco, the inside buzzers were quick to label the project “Blazing Bagels.”

Read More: @ licensetokvell.blogspot.com

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz stands up for women!

… would make the Hyde Amendment (which currently prevents federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s health) permanent and further limit abortion access by making it harder for abortion to be covered by private insurance and also limiting the rape exception to “forcible rape.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the first congresswoman to speak out on this issue.

Read More: @ jwablog.jwa.org

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Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

… wine to quench his thirst. Before long he was sprawled on the ground, dead drunk.

Judith got a pillow and laid the generals head on it. Silently she said her prayers before doing the deed.

“Answer me, O Lord, as you answered Yael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, when you delivered the wicked general Sissera into her hands. Strengthen me this once that I may bring your deliverance to my people whom this cruel man vowed to destroy, and let the nations know that you have not forsaken …

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The Laws Of Yom Tov

… so that the reader has a clear understanding of the rules. Only then does he turn to specific cases. And, as is his forte, he deals with current situations, the sort of utensils and cases that one will not find spelled out clearly in the classic works of Halachah.

A sefer such as this provides refreshing proof that the Torah is timeless, because the principles of every situation can be found in the Talmud and the codes — provided one has the background and understanding to find and …

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The Practical Guide to Kashrus

… in food

–Pesach and chometz

–Separation of challah

–Food and non-Jews

–Kashrus in cases of illness

–Recognizing when to confer with a rabbi about kashrus

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Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices - Body

… series presents traditional and contemporary sources on specific topics, followed by hypothetical cases and study questions to provoke discussion. Supplementing these are brief essays written by a diverse group — political figures and journalists, business professionals and authors, scholars and artists, young voices and old, traditional believers and iconoclasts. As a conclusion, Dorff and Newman present their own reflections, providing a counterpoint to the contributors’ perspectives. …

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Jews and the Olympic Games: Sport - A Springboard for Minorities

… are featured in the book and he describes their personalities, virtues, weaknesses and, in some cases, tragic fates.

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Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels

… exploration of Hasidic Jews struggling to live within their restrictive communities-and, in some cases, to carve out a new life beyond them... When Hella Winston began talking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she was surprised to be covertly introduced to Hasidim unhappy with their highly restrictive way of life and sometimes desperately struggling to escape it. Unchosen tells the stories of these “rebel” Hasidim, serious questioners who long …

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The Tears of the Oppressed - An Examination of the Agunah Problems: Background and Halakhic Sources

… but in many ways the problem has become more acute in recent times. This is because today’s cases of iggun (state of being an agunah) are situations where the husband’s whereabouts are known, but where he cannot or will not give his wife a get. At times, the reasons are objective, such as a husband’s insanity or imprisonment. More often, however, the reasons are subjective, including a husband’s desire simply to spite his wife or to extort monies from her or her family. Individual …

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The Contemporary Torah - A Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation

The Contemporary Torah - A Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation

… 26:7), to reflect the fact that only men were counted in census-taking at this time.

In most cases, references to God are rendered in gender neutral language. A special case in point: the unpro-nounceable four-letter name for the Divine, the Tetragammaton, is written in unvocalized Hebrew, conveying to the reader that the Name is something totally “other”– beyond our speech and understanding. Readers can choose to substitute for this unpronounceable Name any of the numerous divine …

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Who Wrote the Bible?

… in some instances, as in the creation story, and weaving the two voices into one in other cases, as in the flood narrative. So skillfully was this knitting accomplished, Friedman asserts, that its artistry was not fully appreciated for 2,500 years.”For those of us who read the Bible as literature, this new knowledge should bring a new acquaintance with the individuals who wrote it, a new path to evaluating their artistry, and a new admiration for the book’s final beauty and …

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Biblical Stories for Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Sourcebook

… in Greek literature and in real life Greek history to depression and, in a surprising number of cases, to suicide. In contrast, the focus of the Bible is far more optimistic; depression can be successfully dealt with, and suicide is a sad error that should be—and usually can be—avoided. It encourages people to hope and teaches that day-to-day human effort has a purpose and meaning and that heroism is not a fair or useful aim for man to set for himself. The Bible offers the hope of …

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Ketubbot: Marriage Contracts from the Jewish Museum

… in marriage, the ketubbah established the financial obligations of the groom toward his bride in cases of divorce or death.

This hardcover book presents forty ketubbot dating from 1614 to 1989. Originating in Italy, Persia, the Ottoman Empire, the Sephardi communities of Germany and Holland, and the United States, and drawing upon the collection of The Jewish Museum in New York City, these intricately illuminated marriage contracts are unique historical documents as well as beautiful works …

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