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Widow of Former Chief Rabbi Asks Jews to Pray for Pollard

Rabbanit Tzvia Eliyahu, widow of Israel’s former Chief Sephardic Rabbi HaRishon LeTzion, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu zts”l, put out a special request on Sunday and asked Jews around the world to say a prayer for Jonathan Pollard in the synagogues during the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The rebbetzin mentioned the words of her late husband, who said [...]

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Tisha B’Av, Ride, and Mayer

Over the weekend, I was at a Modern Orthodox temple honoring Tisha B’Av, the 9th day in the month of Av, the saddest day in the Jewish year. I was dressed modestly, wearing a skirt to my ankles, my arms covered to my wrists, and like Jewish mourners throughout the world and throughout time, I [...]

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Easy TuBishvat Combo–Almond-Silan Baked Apples for TuBishvat

TuBishvat isn’t some kind of trivial pursuit question (remember that 80s game in which players showed off their command of arcane and irrelevant information) TuBishvat is mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud’s list of New Years (Any cheder boy will tell you that there are four the best known being Rosh Hashana) and TuBishvat is the [...]

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T-Shirt of the Week: Headin’ For The Hills

How wonderfully fortuitous to find this “Mountain Jew” t-shirt from ShalomShirts.com just as we’re off to retrieve Yenta boy from camp in North Carolina. A month in the mountains is a long time—I wonder if he’ll come back with a beard? Speaking of Mountain Jews, I recently received a link to an Examiner.com article that [...]

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Jewish group promoting polygamy?

Are we about to witness a new phenomenon in Israel in the coming years – one man married to several women? Tens of thousands of leaflets were distributed in synagogues across the country recently, promoting the ancient custom and presenting it as a solution for the single daughters of Israel. The phenomenon of a man [...]

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Eating Jewish: Iraqi Purim Delicacies

With preparation for Purim in full swing, there is no doubt that many people are thinking about Hamantaschen, which has become synonymous with this holiday in North America. Although these triangular cookies are delicious and I love to both eat and make them during Purim celebrations, I also wanted to explore what other dishes are [...]

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The Traditional Jewish Wedding Meal

As in other Jewish celebrations, Jewish weddings involve festive meals. The food served during the wedding reception will mainly depend on the ethnic origin and historical backgrounds of the Bride and Groom. Know your historical background. Ashkenazi Jews are of European origin and their menu traditionally composes of meats, roast potatoes and vegetables. Sephardic Jews, [...]

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants. 1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the [...]

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Sephardi leader Yosef: Non-Jews exist to serve Jews

Israeli Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his weekly Saturday night sermon said that non-Jews exist to serve Jews. “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,” he said during a public discussion of what kind of work non-Jews are [...]

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How to Plan a Jewish Wedding Meal

Just like any other celebration, a Jewish wedding culminates with a festive meal. The food that will be served will mainly depend on the historical background of the couple - Ashkenazi or Jews of European origin, and Sephardi or Jews of Middle Eastern , Spanish and Portuguese origin. Traditionally, kosher food is prepared for the Jewish [...]

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Sefer Tehillim on CD-Rom

The Book of Psalms Now for the first time ever, you can study Psalms through the power of your computer. You will appreciate not only the words and sounds of these Five Holy Books but also understand the meaning of its often cryptic passages. ‘Tehillim on CD-ROM’ with its clear easy reading fonts, simplified translation [...]

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Torah Anthology - Me’am Lo’ez - Available individually

Five Books Of Moses: 20-Volume Set and Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiTranslated by: Rabbi Aryeh KaplanPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book [...]

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Like a Braided Candle

Songs for Havdalahby Gail Javitt While there are many CD’s of Sabbath music, this is the only available collection devoted entirely to the music of havdalah. It contains songs from the Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions, in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. Each song presents a different facet of a rich and enduring liturgical and musical [...]

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Torah Anthology Yehoshua

Joshuaby Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiTranslated by: Rabbi Nathan BushwickPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It [...]

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Torah Anthology Shoftim

Judgesby Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiTranslated by: Rabbi Nathan BushwickPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It [...]

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Torah Anthology Shmuel 2

Samuel Vol. 2Translated by: Rabbi Nathan BushwickPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed [...]

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Torah Anthology Shmuel 1

Samuel Vol. 1Translated by: Rabbi Nathan BushwickPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed [...]

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Torah Anthology Melochim I

Kings Vol. 1by Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the [...]

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Torah Anthology Melochim II

Kings Vol. 2by Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the [...]

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Torah Anthology Yemiyahu 1

Jeremiah Vol. 1by Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the [...]

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Torah Anth Yermiyahu 2 Jeremiah

Jeremiahby Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the spiritual climate [...]

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Torah Anth Trei Asar12 Proph V2

12 Prophets Vol. 2by Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed [...]

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Torah Anthology Trei Asar

12 Prophets Vol. 1by Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed [...]

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Torah Anthology Mishlei v.2

Proverbs Vol. 2by Rabbi Shmuel YerushalmiPart of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the [...]

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Torah Anthology Mishlei v.1

Proverbs Vol. 1Part of the ‘Torah Anthology Tanach’ series. The Torah Anthology is a clear, modern translation of Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the spiritual climate of [...]

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Ladino-English/English-Ladino Concise Encyclopedic Dictionary

Judeo-Spanishby Dr. Elli Kohen and Dahlia Kohen-Gordon This unique book is the first Ladino dictionary for English speakers! Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish or Judezmo, was the language spoken by Sephardic Jews who settled in the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in the 15th century. Definitions for the words include the origin, the [...]

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Folktales of the Jews Volume 2

Tales from the Sephardic DispersionEdited by Dan Ben-Amos and Dov NoyTranslated by: Lenn Schramm Folktales from Eastern Europe presents 71 tales from Ashkenasic culture in the most important collection of Jewish folktales ever published. It is the second volume in Folktales of the Jews, the five-volume series to be released over the next several years, [...]

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Yalkut Meam Loez

11 Volumes; Hebrewby Rabbi Yaakov Culi Set of 11 vols.Me’am Lo’ez, hailed as ‘the outstanding work of Ladino literature.’ Written by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, one of the greatest Sephardic sages of his times, the book was first published in 1730. It changed the spiritual climate of the entire Mediterranian region.Eastern Jews esteemed Me’am Lo’ez as [...]

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Sefer Tehillim on CD-Rom

The Book of Psalms Now for the first time ever, you can study Psalms through the power of your computer. You will appreciate not only the words and sounds of these Five Holy Books but also understand the meaning of its often cryptic passages. ‘Tehillim on CD-ROM’ with its clear easy reading fonts, simplified translation [...]

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Mikve Israel Synagogue Tzedakah Box - Polyresin

Curacao, Antillesby Artist Reuven Masel A favorite tourist spot in the Caribbean, Mikve Israel was founded in 1651 by Sephardic Jews from Amsterdam. It is the oldest remaining congregation and the oldest synagogue building in use in the continents of North, Central and South Americas. Today it serves a congregation of 350 members. An in-depth [...]

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