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Tips in Welcoming Non-Jewish Guests to a Jewish Wedding

Are you having a Jewish wedding and inviting some non-Jewish friends over? Traditional Jewish weddings are in many ways different to other types of weddings so it is important to do every effort to make them feel comfortable during the occasion. Here are some tips to make your non-Jewish friends welcome during your Jewish wedding.

If you are making a website for your wedding, include a section that will …

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Germany awards Jewish leader Order of Merit

… Germany after war, but instead stayed and played an integral role in rebuilding the country’s Jewish community.

“We are honouring a woman who all of Germany can be proud of,” said President Christian Wulff at the award ceremony.

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Jewish Marriages

Jewish Marriages

… or kiddushin derived from kadosh, meaning to sanctify and render holy, which is the betrothal ceremony, The betrothal becomes official when the groom gives the bride an object of at least inconsiderable value (In modern practice these have been referred to as the symbolic engagement ring and the value is no longer nominal), in the presence of two witnesses; or the signing of a contract (ketubah), also in the presence of two witnesses, and nissuin also called huppa, the actual marriage …

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The Complete Jewish Wedding Companion

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein

Publisher: The Jewish Learning Group

The ultimate guide to understanding and enjoying a traditional Jewish wedding experience.

The Jewish Wedding Companion takes you through all the steps — from the engagement to the wedding — with clear instructions, explanations, and directions. It also includes all relevant prayers, liturgy, and blessings.

Great for newly engaged couples, parents, and …

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This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection, and Joy

Debra B. Darvick, David Wolpe

Publisher: Eakin Press

In This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection, and Joy fifty-two voices enable readers to experience a calendar’s worth of Judaism’s strengths—community, healing, transformation of the human spirit, and the influence of the Divine. Within these pages are stories of joyous engagement and poignant loss. Readers will meet a teen who followed the path of Judaism after a chance …

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The Jewish Book of Why

The Jewish Book of Why

… Publisher: Penguin

Why do Jews eat gefilte fish?

– Why is a glass broken at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony?

– Why must the chapter of curses in the Torah be read quickly in a low voice?

– Why are shrimp and lobster not kosher?

– Why do Jews fast on Yom Kippur?

– Why are some Matzot square while others are round?

If you’ve ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers. In this complete, concise, fascinating, and …

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Ketubbot: Marriage Contracts from the Jewish Museum

Ketubbot: Marriage Contracts from the Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum, NY, Claudia J. Nahson (Introduction)

Publisher: Pomegranate

Marriage is one of the most important mitzvot (commandments) in Judaism, and the Scriptures are replete with verses encouraging the union of man and woman. One of the essential elements of a Jewish wedding ceremony is the writing and transfer of a contract, or ketubbah (plural ketubbot).

Originally formulated to …

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The trouble with nice Jewish boys and girls

I recently got wind of the 2011 Nice Jewish Guys calendar, described thusly:

Firemen and Chipendales have had their spotlight long enough! This Nice Jewish Guys Calendar turns the spotlight on the underrated characteristic that pecs and tight buns can’t deliver…niceness. The Nice Jewish Guys Calendar features a different mensch for every month of the calendar year. Meet Brian, whose favorite movie is Annie Hall, and …

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Weekly Wrap Up: Miss America fallout, Jewish feminism stalls, and more

Miss Massachusetts Loren Galler Rabinowitz did not win the Miss America pageant, but that doesn’t mean we we can’t talk about it. Ms. Magazine wonders why we haven’t been protesting the pageant, while The Daily Femme takes issue with the fact that the winner, Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan, is too young to drink – or even vote. Heeb laments Rabinowitz’ loss, but reminds us …

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Pillar of Italy Jewish community dies

Pillar of Italy Jewish community dies

Tullia Zevi, a pillar of Italy’s Jewish community and an ardent anti-fascist who spent the war years in exile in Switzerland, France and the US, died Saturday. She was 91.

Zevi, the only female president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the longtime vice president of the European Jewish Congress, died in Rome, current union president Renzo Gattegna said

Condolences poured in from Italy’s president, …

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Montreal Jewish leader: Vandalism not always made public

Not all recent acts of vandalism against the Montreal Jewish community have been made public, the head of the Montreal Jewish Federation Combined Jewish Appeal’s security coordinating committee has disclosed.

Recent media reports have focused on anti-Semitic incidents directed at five synagogues and a school on January 16. However, the head of the committee, Rabbi Reuven Poupko, told The Jerusalem Post that there were other acts of …

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UN chief: Holocaust denial is intolerable

… Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Holocaust denial is intolerable, while attending a ceremony marking the upcoming International Holocaust Memorial Day in New York.

The ceremony, at Park East Synagogue in New York, was attended by representatives from countries including Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, Hungary and Italy.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, who presided over the ceremony, called Ban a “mensch”, AFP reported on Saturday. Despite his recent criticism of …

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Eating Jewish: Recipes for a tasty Tu B’Shevat table

Eating Jewish: Recipes for a tasty Tu B’Shevat table

… and two grains found in the land of Israel.

According to Gil Marks in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, the seven species are either eaten in the order in which they’re mentioned in Deuteronomy, namely wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates or in order of their importance in ancient Israel, wheat, barley, olives or olive oil, dates, grapes or wine, figs and pomegranates.

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Merkel honored by US Jewish group

The American Jewish Committee has honored German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her outspoken support fo r Israel and the Jewish people as a whole. The group’s executive director David Harris on Thursday presented Merkel with its Light unto the Nations Award at the chancellery in Berlin.

Harris says in a statement that “outspoken support for the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and …

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The “Tiger mother” vs. the Jewish mother: The dangers of stereotypes

… as opposed to a more permissive “Western” strategy. Inevitably, a comparison to the famed Jewish mother arises, and for good reason.

At the outset, the similarities between Chua’s audacious, coldly demanding, punitive “Tiger Mother” and the familiar archetype of the overprotective Jewish mother seem apparent.

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Spring Valley - Police Arrest Two For Breaking Into Jewish Cars

Spring Valley - Police Arrest Two For Breaking Into Jewish Cars

The Spring Valley Police Department arrested last night two individuals who were seen breaking into vehicles on Dorset Road, it all began when a car alarm went off alerting a spring valley resident who saw two people fleeing the scene, he immediatly called police who caught up with the suspects after a short foot chase onto the property of a private home where the individuals were …

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Who was the MLK of the Jewish world?

… me how diverse an audience I have.

As usual I expected people to bring up the usual suspects for Jewish leaders that brought Jews together, although in my mind Kahane is the exact opposite of Martin Luther King, it was interesting to see the other nominees for the Martin Luther King of the Jewish world.

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Put a Jewish woman in environmental activism “On the Map!”

Next week is Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday for trees. The meaning of the holiday has undergone some major evolution over the years; it started as a tax deadline, was co-opted by Kabbalists and then the Zionists, and is now considered a holiday celebrating the environment and environmental activism in a broad sense. At the Jewish Women’s Archive, our Tu B’Shevat tradition is to seek out and celebrate Jewish women …

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Jewish group tells Fox to fire Glenn Beck’

A U.S. Jewish group has called on Fox News to fire its popular political commentator Glenn Beck, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Sunday.

Jewish Funds for Justice called to fire the controversial pundit over a series of what they call ‘disturbing’ remarks, including an attack on left-wing Jewish billionaire George Soros.

Late last year, Beck dubbed Soros a “puppet master” …

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Eating Jewish: Moroccan chicken with olives and lemons

My inspiration for the dishes I write about on Eating Jewish come from a variety of places that range from the numerous cookbooks that I have around my apartment, articles concerning Jewish food in newspapers and magazines, or simply the ingredients that I happen to have on hand at the moment. However, for this dish my inspiration came from my own academic work concerning the Moroccan Jewish community of Montreal.

My research focuses on the …

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A Jewish Miss America—What Are the Chances?

Growing up with a feminist mother who also happened to own a modeling agency, I am no stranger to the paradox of the Miss America pageant. Yes, for 90 years it’s been about pretty girls with stupendous orthodontia parading around in nude pantyhose and bathing suits and high heels. But it’s also about talent, presence and community service and scholarship—the winner gets her …

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Jewish leaders reach out to public school kids in effort to deter hate crimes

Jewish leaders reach out to public school kids in effort to deter hate crimes

Jewish leaders Tuesday began talking to Williamsburg public school students after a rash of hate crimes in the neighborhood targeting Hasidic residents.

Hasidic and Hispanic residents have lived side by side in the neighborhood for years – but rarely talk to each other or understand much about each others’ worlds.

For the students at Intermediate School 318, what they heard about how …

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Jewish leader: Palestinian state declaration not a defeat

Gabriel Zaliasnik, president of the Jewish community in Chile, thinks Israel’s Foreign Ministry is making a big mistake.

Having spent the last few weeks battling local pro-Palestinian groups in an effort to influence his government not to recognize Palestinian statehood, Zaliasnik believes the statement that eventually emerged from Santiago last Friday accepting Palestinian independence while acknowledging Israel’s right …

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Arizona’s first Jewish Congresswoman with attitude

… Times mention another unusual fact about Gabrielle Giffords: that she was the state’s first Jewish congresswoman.

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Is Robert Gibbs Jewish?

Is Robert Gibbs Jewish?

No, Barack Obama’s former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is not a Jew.

Gibbs was born in Auburn, Alabama on March 29, 1971. He is married to Mary Catherine Gibbs, an attorney. They live in Alexandria, Virginia with their six-year-old son. Gibbs’ parents now live in Apex, North Carolina, where his mother Nancy is acquisitions director for the libraries at Duke University.

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How Well Do You Know Jewish Cities?

Sorry, that title is a little misleading. What I really meant to say was, how well do you know Jewish cities from 1939? There is a reason for my question–and no, it does not involve taking a quiz on MJL (but feel free to by clicking on the image to your left!). Instead, it involves everyone’s favorite quiz website, Sporcle.

Today, Sporcle’s featured quiz on their homepage asks you to name the top 52 cities in the world in terms of Jewish population in 1939. When I saw the …

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My All Time Jewish Basketball Team

… project of Nextbook) basketball fans are able to create their own starting lineup among the best Jewish-American Basketball players of all time. Tablet teamed up with FreeDarko, “the amazing five-year-old collective of basketball writers known for its wit, one-of-a-kind drawings, and revealing focus on unorthodox statistics, to let you select your top all-time Jewish-American starting five, plus a Jewish coach.”

I’m glad I didn’t have to choose a Jewish American team owner because …

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Rep. Dave Camp Should Force Staffer to Grant Ex-Wife a Jewish Divorce

… ill-prepared staffer to answer our questions and try to assure us of his boss’s support of the Jewish State.

Since Dave Camp represents the 4th Congressional District of Michigan (an area pretty far north of where I live), I didn’t think I’d find myself lobbying him on any other issues in the future. And I surely never thought I’d lobby him on the issue of an agunah — the case of a Jewish woman whose ex-husband refuses to grant her a get (a Jewish bill of divorce).

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Eating Jewish: Krupnik (Polish Barley Soup)

If I had to choose one word to describe the last few weeks it would, without a doubt, be indulgence. Between my birthday celebrations and holiday celebrations, I’ve done quite a lot of feasting. Friends and family have fed me delicious meals and I’ve also had the opportunity to cook some fabulous food as well. Yet, as good as it all was, when thinking about what to make for dinner …

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Jewish Wives Gone Wild

… I know Hollywood isn’t known for its functional relationships, but what has gotten into our hot Jewish icons?

First, Scarlett Johanssen divorces “Sexiest Man Alive” Ryan Reynolds. Actually, in spite of his truly amazing abs, he’s always seemed like a tool ( Two Guys and a Girl and A Pizza Place, anyone?) So maybe this isn’t so bad. No kids, and he’s not Jewish anyway. The Jewish single men of the world best get themselves some haircuts and start a’courtin’ Miss ScarJo, …

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