Home » Search in archive Search results for: “this is how we jewish”

How an Asian Convert to Judaism became Unlikely Leader of Unusual Synagogue

2192900701

What do a Japanese rabbi, a Korean church and a Chinese restaurant have in common? For Temple Isaiah of Great Neck, on Long Island, N.Y., the answer’s no punch line. The three components have all played a crucial role in the congregation’s colorful 46-year history. For 37 years, this Reform congregation held the majority of […]

| | Read More »

Jewish Giving: Then and Now

ShowImage.ashx

What is an ideal Jewish society? One in which giving is unnecessary? In which giving comes naturally? If a society is truly ideal, then tzedaka (righteous giving) should be unnecessary because there shall be no needy: “There shall be no needy among you…” (Deuteronomy 15:1) But not even Deuteronomy – with its endless directives preparing […]

| | Read More »

How to Make a Shofar for High Holidays

shutterstock_9260140_wh

One of the most pinnacle points of the Jewish High Holidays is the blowing of the shofar, which happens no less than 100 times during Rosh Hashana alone. So Jewish News One went to the Golan Heights to one of only three shofar factories in the world to discover how a kosher shofar is created. […]

| | Read More »

Mishpacha Propaganda

normal-family

When you live out of town, you don’t get the frum magazines until months down the line. You might absentmindedly walk out with the shul’s edition, the one that says DO NOT REMOVE written across it in black marker, and it’s such a relief to have new Jewish reading material in this outpost of frumkeit […]

| | Read More »

Rosh Hashana: The Sound of the Shofar

ShowImage.ashx

What is the essence of our faith, the purpose for which the Jewish people have been placed in the world? Fascinatingly enough, the answer is to be found within the central prayer of our Rosh Hashana liturgy: the three blessings, uniquely found within the Additional (Musaf) prayer of Rosh Hashana, of “Malchuyot” (kingship), “Zichronot” (remembrances) […]

| | Read More »

Moscow Mayoral Candidate did not Praise Holocaust, Jewish Staffers Say

ShowImage.ashx

Jewish staffers for the campaign of Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny denied reports that he praised the Holocaust. “To my knowledge, he never made the statement attributed to him,” Maxim Katz, deputy director of the Navalny campaign for the Sept. 8 election, told JTA on Tuesday. Katz, 29, a Moscow politician who lived in Israel […]

| | Read More »

Abbas to Host Rosh Hashana Toast with MKs

Knesset members are used to attending new year’s toasts with their supporters around the country ahead of Rosh Hashana. But as many as 40 ministers and MKs will be attending a very different toast on the eve of Rosh Hashana this year when they travel to Ramallah at the invitation of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud […]

| | Read More »

Summer and the Educator

1185663_843300302330_1449342496_n

Somehow summer has flown by—it’s August 19, which pretty much came out of nowhere. If you’re anything like me, summer started with grand plans and lofty ambitions. The pages in the calendar stretched on and on, and great adventures were planned for sometime later this summer. And, somehow… summer is coming to a screeching, halting […]

| | Read More »

“It Could Lead to Mixed Dancing” is Antiquated and Needs to be Replaced

404576_10151446310020073_1015025022_n

Whenever something is banned or restricted in the frum community, people like to jokingly say that it could lead to mixed dancing. This line is from our parents generation, yet somehow it has remained the one line that people can say half jokingly in response to some of the crazy chumros and bans in recent […]

| | Read More »

What Can We Do About the Tuition Crisis?

poor-people

Dear Readers, H-E-L-P! I may sound like a broken record to Matzav readers, and yes it is always an issue every year around this time, but so many of us are suffering and nobody is helping us. Please, there is probably no bigger issue facing Klal Yisroel today than the tuition crisis and what it is […]

| | Read More »

Polish Photographer Uses Jewish Cemetery for Naked Photo Shoot

Polish photographer Lukasz Szczygielski has apologized for conducting a photo shoot with a half-naked model at the Jewish cemetery in the southern Polish town of Checiny. Szczygielski explained that he wanted to draw attention to the neglected cemetery. “I wanted to draw attention to the neglect of the place. The cemetery is forgotten, he told […]

| | Read More »

West Coast Shluchim Gather

On Sunday, 12 Elul, the Shluchim of the West Coast held their annual Kinus. This year however, it was held in a very unique place – Temecula, California – where Rabbi Yitzy Hurwitz is on Shlichus. The Kinus, with the theme of Simcha, Bitochon and Emunah, was held there in order to give chizuk to […]

| | Read More »

Is Sam Horowitz’ Bar Mitzvah Dance Video Kosher?

ShowImage.ashx

Sam Horowitz performed a dance at the Omni Hotel in Dallas to celebrate his bar mitzvah. Sam danced on stage in November 2012 with eight (visibly taller) women dancers in a number that lasted less than three minutes where he appears on stage about halfway through. As of 8/18/2013 the video has received 726,000 views […]

| | Read More »

Jews in Sports: A Fair Fine

Israel_Davis_Cup_Team

First it was the Israeli Lacrosse women. Now it’s the Israeli Davis Cup men’s turn for the limelight. Throughout the world of organized sports there has come and gone opportunities for organized religion and sports to collide and create a raucous, and rarely this crash doesn’t comply. Last week, the Israel Davis Cup team learned […]

| | Read More »

Israeli Tech Startup Wants Silence

Silentium Israel Tech Startup (2)

It’s no secret that Israel is the Silicon Valley of the Middle East. With thousands of tech companies and start-ups, Israel has become just as well-known as a center for technology innovation as it is for hummus. Between two visits to Israel earlier this year, I made my annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land for […]

| | Read More »

Is Steve Lonegan, the Anti-Spanish Former Mayor of Bogota, Jewish?

medium_slx

No, New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan is not a Jew. He is Catholic and attends St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Bogota. Back on 7/17/2006 here is what we posted on our blog about Mr. Lonegan when he tried to get a Spanish advertising billboard removed from his town… Don’t confuse this town […]

| | Read More »

17 Yemenite Jews Brought to Israel in Covert Operation

The Jewish Agency on Wednesday night helped a group of 17 Jews to move to Israel from Yemen, in a covert maneuver reminiscent of 1949-50’s Operation Magic Carpet, the first mass aliya after the foundation of the state. Citing heightened security concerns and increasing tensions in Yemen, two sets of parents were brought directly to […]

| | Read More »

Avraham Fried, ‘Samaria Jews are Our Heroes’

img439021

Popular hassidic singer Avraham Fried made an appearance in Karnei Shomron in Samaria (Shomron) this week, drawing a crowd of approximately 1,300. “The last time I was here was 17 years ago, a long time,” Fried told his audience. “But thank G-d, I’m here with you this evening in Karnei Shomron, praise G-d!” He expressed […]

| | Read More »

Nefesh B’ Nefesh Flight Brings 330 more North American Immigrants to Israel

Some 330 North Americans making aliya to Israel arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday morning on a flight chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh. Among the new arrivals were 125 young people making aliya in order to serve Israel in the IDF. This summer, a total of 2,500 olim were expected to arrive in Israel on Nefesh […]

| | Read More »

Elul Already?

JewelsCover2013a

This new moon brought more than the end of Ramadan and a little PMS: It marks the beginning of Elul, the last month of the Hebrew year before we repent and do it all over again. Some Eluls I get really hairshirt-y about it and list an alphabet of sins I’ve committed over the past […]

| | Read More »

PM Turned Down Kosher Food, Preferring ‘Treif’ on Poland Trip

During a state visit to Poland in June, Jewish community members said they witnessed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government officials eat non-kosher food – and the community is very angry and upset at the Prime Minister’s behavior. Two months after the visit by Netanyahu and his ministers, members of the community told Arutz […]

| | Read More »

Facebook Doesn’t Have “Shidduch Requests” for a Reason

“Hi there” Shalom — notice how this is the first conversation I have ever had with this person on Facebook, and mind you, the last time I saw this person panim el panim was probably 6 years ago, and I think that conversation consisted of various ‘hello’ synonyms. “Just putting out the word that we […]

| | Read More »

The Tragedy of the Four SEED Boys

Four SEED boys came to Orchard Beach this summer. And the results were not good. They were Shimon, Akiva, Elisha, and another Shimon; students from a small yeshiva in Monsey who were sent to spread Torah “out of town” over the summer. The first Shimon started at the swirly blue marble countertops at the home […]

| | Read More »

US Jewish Leaders Urge Netanyahu to Resume Peace Talks

A broad range of US Jewish figures wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks restart. “We recognize that achieving a two-state solution will require a territorial compromise that provides for a Palestinian state without jeopardizing Israel’s security,” said the letter, initiated by the Israel Policy Forum and signed by 140 […]

| | Read More »

WUJS: Empowering the Next Generation on Campus

The perceived linkage between Judaism and Zionism can be a turn-off for some students, believes Chaya Esther Pomeranz, newly elected chair of the World Union of Jewish Students. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Pomeranz said that despite having been raised as a religious Jew in Israel, where Zionism and Judaism are “one and […]

| | Read More »

Is England’s Future King Jewish?

Mazel Tov! After much anticipation, at 4:24 p.m. in London on July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth. The Royal bundle is an 8lbs. 6oz. son, future King — and perhaps a real Jewish Prince. For those of you who haven’t heard, according to lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Kate’s mother, Carol, is the daughter of […]

| | Read More »

10 Ways to Know You’re in a Modern Orthodox Shul Without Going into Shul

Anyone with a kindergarten level of Jewish education can tell they’re in a modern orthodox shul, the mechitza, the seating style, the siddurim, the flags, there are literally dozens of ways to tell. However, being able to tell you’re in a modern orthodox shul without actually stepping foot into the sanctuary can make things a […]

| | Read More »

Polish Jews to Turn to Constitutional Court over Slaughter Ban

Poland’s Jewish community is preparing to go to their country’s Constitutional High Court to lift a ban on kosher slaughter that has been in effect since January, Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Michael Boni, the Polish Administration and Digitization Minister requested leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities file the […]

| | Read More »

Sternberg Hot Dog Story Confirmed

The Sternberg Hot Dog story is one of those frum Jewish urban legends that has never been confirmed. It goes as follows, a girl at Camp Sternberg (a large frum girls camp in upstate NY) was playing around with a frozen hot dog and it broke and became lodged inside her. From a yeshiva guys […]

| | Read More »

Conan O’Brien Teaches Halacha (Jewish Law)

As the founder and director of a kosher certification agency, people often send me anything and everything having anything to do with kosher certification. So last week when the Rabbinical Council of California first certified a sexual lubricant product as kosher and then rescinded the certification, you can imagine I received several articles about the […]

| | Read More »