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Young Couple Making Aliyah from Pittsburgh Wins $10,000

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Nefesh B’Nefesh has announced the winners of their new aliyah contest, the “Wedding Gift Challenge”, awarding 25 newlyweds prizes to help start their new life in Israel. Nefesh B’Nefesh sought to encourage young American couples to discuss aliyah by enticing them to enter a social media-based contest to win prizes including a sum of $10,000. […]

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With Children Under Chuppah

Years of expectations to receive the special approval that they have completed their conversion process and can get married according to Jewish Law; several years of fighting for Israeli recognition as conversion seekers, while their children already live in Israel as Jews; and decades of leading a double life: Colombian Jews who know they have […]

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Haredi Groom Gets Cold Feet, Flees Wedding

A young couple from the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem canceled its wedding recently on the eve of the event, after the groom escaped from the banquet hall just moments before the marriage ceremony. The unusual event in the haredi society spread by word of mouth, reaching social networks in recent days. The […]

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NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship. Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli. “He’s getting citizenship,” Walters said. ”He applied, and he’s there now.” Stoudemire went to […]

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Chief Rabbinate Candidate Attacked at Wedding

Candidate for the chief rabbinate Rabbi David Stav was subject to physical and verbal intimidation Sunday night while attending the wedding of the daughter of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy places. Stav said that during the proceedings, several youths shoved him and attempted to hit him and pour water […]

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‘Israel Like Iran’ in Freedom of Marriage

Severe restrictions on freedom of marriage put Israel alongside countries that are among the worst offenders of violating marriage rights, according to Worldwide Freedom of Marriage Project released by the Hiddush - Freedom of Religion for Israel association ahead of the “wedding season,” which begins on the Jewish Holiday of Lag B’Omer. A comprehensive study […]

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Community Invited to Attend Shluchims’ Son’s Bar Mitzvah

Isru Chag will mark the 13th birthday of Eli Chaim Hurwitz, son of Yitzy and Dina Hurwitz who are Shluchim in Temecula, California. This isn’t and ordinary celebration, it is extra special and carries even more meaning to this family, after their father was diagnosed with ALS. Dina Hurwitz wrote the following on her personal […]

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1 in 9 Jews Gets Married Abroad

A total of 12,653 Israelis, mostly Jewish, got married in another country in 2010, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Not all cases were civil marriages. In Israel, 35,887 Jewish couples got married in 2010. The figures show that in 2010, the Interior Ministry was informed of 9,262 marriage ceremonies […]

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No Greater Offense than Voting

More than 10,000 people attended a reception rally organized by the Eda Haredit faction on Sunday for the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum. The rabbi, one of the two leaders of the world’s biggest Hasidic community, arrived in Israel to participate in his granddaughter’s wedding in Beit Shemesh, but thanks to the perfect timing, […]

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I Know My Son… Insights on Suffering & Adversity

Vayechi: Vast cosmic secrets appear couched in the dramatic events surrounding the deathbed blessings bestowed upon Yosef’s two sons Menashe and Ephraim by our saintly forebear Yaakov. The cryptic narrative seems to alert the reader to uncanny Divine insight on the part of Yaakov, the purveyor of the blessings, regarding the future of the two […]

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Between the Lines of the Ketubah

A recent item in Haaretz reported that 20,000 Israeli’s spurn the rabbinate and marry abroad annually. A source in the article suggests that 40 percent of those couples were eligible for marriage by the chief rabbinate and chose otherwise. Also quoted in that article was a representative of the trend: “We have nothing against religion… […]

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‘Joy of Kosher’ Author Moves Her Kitchen to Israel

Jamie Geller, author of “Joy of Kosher,” started a new life in Israel Tuesday, after years of being a highly successful US journalist and TV producer. In an interview with the Jewish Forward several days before leaving the United States, Geller, a household name in thousands of Jewish homes, revealed that she was “a disaster […]

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1 in 5 Israelis Gets Married Abroad

One of five Jewish couples that registered as husband and wife in 2010 married outside of Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Wednesday. More often than not, it is the choice of couples who were denied halachic marriage by Orthodox institutions, but it is also the choice of couples who have had enough of […]

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Tzohar Rabbis to Offer Circumcision

As the struggle to conduct weddings continues, Tzohar is expanding its activity by offering additional religious services. The organization’s rabbis have announced a new initiative: Tzohar Mohels, who will offer friendly, inclusive circumcision ceremonies. The rabbis have promised to meet with clients before and after the ceremony and not charge a higher fee than that […]

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Tzohar Rabbis to Start Secular-Friendly Brit Milah Program in Israel

The Tzohar rabbinical organization, which helps to involve non-religious couples and their families in religious wedding ceremonies, is introducing a brit milah program “friendly” to non-observant Jews in Israel. The initiative, which will help parents circumcisetheir sons according to normative Jewish law, was born in response to the rising number of couples foregoing ritual circumcision, […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 34 - June 13, 2012

At least for one day, all ethnic tensions played second-fiddle to  Harmony Day, at Hamilton-Metz Park. As the summer is nearly upon us in its official capacity, we soon will mark the legal-age since the infamous 1991 Crown Heights riot. The day’s activities commenced with a march down Empire Boulevard in the morning, and ended […]

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Rabbinate Eases Wedding Regulations for Tzohar Rabbis

The Chief Rabbinate has released a new set of criteria for rabbis who can officiate weddings, indicating a breakthrough in the negotiations with the Tzohar movement, whose officials have long claimed that they are being discriminated against by Israel’s top religious authority. The new regulations make allowances for Religious-Zionist rabbis who have so far been […]

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Progressives Welcome Conservative Gay Weddings

Leaders of progressive Jewish movements in Israel as well as gay rights groups welcomed the adoption of guidelines for wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples by the Conservative Judaism movement in the US. The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards – which rules on the Conservative stream’s stance on matters of Jewish law – […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Gets Married to Priscilla Chan

In the run up to the big Facebook initial public offering this past week, the media went Facebook crazy and tried to get interviews from everyone connected to Mark Zuckerberg. Of course that included the rabbi of his childhood congregation. In an article on The Scarsdale Daily website, Rabbi David Holtz of Temple Beth Abraham was quoted […]

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New Siddur a ‘Ner Tamid’ for Brazil’s Jews

A new daily siddur (prayer book) has just been published for Brazil’s Jews by the Shavei Israel organization. Included in the “Ner Tamid” (“Eternal Flame”) siddur are the original Hebrew prayers with a phonetic translation into Portuguese. In addition, the siddur features a Portuguese-language translation to enhance comprehension by those who do not understand Hebrew. […]

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Sefirat Haomer Part I: The Special Event of Kabbalat Hatorah

The days of sefirat haomer are days of spiritual preparation for the holiday of Shavuot. The Netivot Shalom notes that the order of the moadim: Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, are a way for a person to come closer to Hashem. It starts with Pesach and peaks at Shemini Atzeret. Pesach and the period of sefirah […]

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The Business of Haredi Weddings

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) there are 135,000 households that see themselves as part of the haredi sector, and with an average of six members in each haredi family, roughly one million people belong to the haredi sector in society. This means that nearly every haredi family has a family member undergoing […]

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Kallah Sues After Being Dumped Via Text Message

A 22-year-old kallah in Israel is seeking compensatory damages after being “dumped” by her chosson via a text message to her mobile phone. Yediot Achronot reports the two were scheduled to get married until they had an argument two weeks before the chupah, surrounding finances. They spoke on the phone following the dispute and then […]

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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production […]

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Tzohar wedding crisis resolved

Religious Services Minister Yakov Margi and Tzohar Chairman Rabbi David Stav reached a series of understandings on Wednesday evening, allowing the Modern Orthodox organization’s rabbis to resume their wedding project. The talks between the parties began in the early afternoon hours, concluding with a private meeting between Margi and Stav at the Knesset. Many lawmakers […]

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Camel Ranch Eilat

The Camel Ranch Eilat, located at the entrance to Wadi Shlomo, offers a unique and a diversity of desert experiences suitable for the whole family, children of all ages as well as the senior citizens. Breath-taking and fantastic scenery could be enjoyed while taking the tour. The Camel Ranch was established in the year 1987 […]

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Without the Rabbinate, I’ll thee wed

Without the Rabbinate, I'll thee wed

The people who attended Yehiel and Tamar’s wedding ceremony two and a half years ago thought they’d come to a typical wedding of a graduate of a hesder yeshiva (combining religious studies with military service ) and a graduate of a religious studies institute for women. The mesader kiddushin (officiating rabbi ) was a well-known […]

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Rav Ovadia: Shalit’s Return Illustrative of the Resurrection

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said Wednesday that this year’s Hohsana Rabba is infused with the special joy of redemption and gives hints at the joy of the resurrection of the dead due to the return of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas and held captive for 1,941 days. “What great joy there is […]

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Baptist Village

Baptist Village is Israel’s pride. Within a few minutes from the town of Petah Tikva, you would feel as though you are in an entirely different world. The serene atmosphere, magnificent landscape and the beautiful tress and citrus groves around the place welcomes you to the enchanting Holy Land. Everyone can visit the place anytime […]

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