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Shalom Bayis for Hire

Sometimes I hesitate to say that I’m bookkeeping or tax, because if you think about it, the most valuable part of my output is shalom bayis. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, turn to your spouse right now and tell them that you forgot to file your taxes for the past couple of […]

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Are Personal Lubricants Kosher?

The Guardian reported (“Kosher lube puts oral sex on the menu for Orthodox Jews”) that yes, now some personal lubricants are kosher. The US-made Wet range of lubes now has eight lines that have been given a religious stamp of approval, including its “Ecstasy” product. This means that rabbis from the Rabbinical Council of California have inspected Wet’s 52,000 sq […]

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Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, An Educator Who Survived the Gulag

Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, as well as an activist for Jewish education under Communist rule and when he arrived to live in Israel, passed away on June 18 at age 84. He was the director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Bnei Brak, Israel. He was born into a Chassidic family in Kishinev, Moldova, […]

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Jordan: Haredi Clothing Provocative

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan is requiring local travel agencies to inform Israeli travel agencies of several conditions for Israelis’ visits to the kingdom. The Jordanian ministry has issued an unofficial warning advising Israeli tourists not to wear religious clothing or conduct religious ceremonies in public places during their stay in the […]

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Teaneck Gets The Shalom TV Channel

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the addition of the new Shalom TV Channel to Optimum’s comprehensive line-up. Shalom TV, available on channel 138, is America’s Jewish television network with a strong array of shows covering the panorama of Jewish life and of interest to everyone. Shalom TV programming addresses everyone with a sense […]

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National Religious Pioneer Rabbanit Rachel Neriya Passes Away

Rabbanit (Rebbetzin in Yiddish) Rachel Neriya z”tl, the widow of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriya z”tl, passed away Thursday. She was 91, and passed away on 21 Kislev, almost 17 years to the day of the passing of Rabbi Neriya. Together with her husband, Rabbanit Neriya was one of the most influential figures in the Mizrachi […]

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Right Wing Echo Chamber Announces Sore Losers Response to President Obama’s Victory

The right wing echo chamber, as broadcast by Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk, has announced the intent of the vast right wing conspiracy not to accept their presidential election defeat with grace or with good-sportsmanship, but to continue the negative rhetoric of the campaign and to behave badly as sore losers. In Teaneck […]

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Beach Segregation Angers Secular Bathers

A stretch of beach in Ashdod has become a bone of contention between residents of the southern port city in recent weeks after the municipality chose to shut it down, seemingly in order to shield religious bathers from secular ones. Like most Israeli cities located on the shore of the Mediterranean, Ashdod has a sex […]

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Why are Pesach Hotels so Expensive?

Trudging in the snow, it’s time for many orthodox Jews to celebrate their alleged holiday of freedom by parting with about $4000 per family member for some fancy Pesach hotel.  (Do the math: including the flights, rental car, etc.) The experience is unlike anything Moses had in mind when he instructed the children of Israel […]

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Cyril Domb, 92, combined science, Judaism

Prof. Cyril Yechiel Domb, FRS, who died last week aged 92, was a theoretical physicist who in addition to his scientific works and publications, devoted much time to the explanation of conflicts between science and traditional Jewish beliefs. Born in London in 1920 into an Orthodox family, Domb studied and lectured in some of the […]

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Our Work is Published in the World’s Most Expensive Jewish Books: $970 or $1,004

Our Work is Published in the World's Most Expensive Jewish Books: $970 or $1,004

These may be the World’s Most Expensive Jewish Books. And they have our work inside. The Law of Agriculture in the Mishnah and the Tosefta Translation, Commentary, Theology ($970 if ordered from Brill) ($1,004 from Amazon) Our contributions are Berakhot (pages 398-574) and Hallah (pages 2601-2627). The book set is not titled accurately. Tractate Berakhot, the first in […]

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In First Primary Battleground, Jews Are Non-Factor

As the nation’s political attention pivots from Iowa to New Hampshire this week, Rabbi Levi Krinsky, the emissary of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester for the past 22 years, is feeling a little lonely. Without a Democratic primary fight, the Jews of this fiercely independent state, who number about 10,000, aren’t being courted as heavily as […]

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A look at Jewish social media

While Jews, since the times of Abraham and Moses have been on the cutting edge of media development for the last four thousand years, it seems Jewish organizations didn’t really get the hang of social media. Perhaps it’s an issue we have with “letting go” (did someone say Jewish mother?) We gathered some insights from […]

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Chabad Welcomes Delegates at Big Tent for Israel

As hundreds of Israel supporters converged on Manchester’s “Big Tent for Israel,” Chabad was on hand to offer participants the opportunity to do a Mitzvah. The Chabad booth, manned by L’Chaim-Chabad Rabbis and volunteers, helped many put on Tefillin or do other Mitzvos to merit the land and people of Israel. Organizers of the Big […]

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French Consul Injured After Israeli Raid On Gaza

France’s consul to the Gaza Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were injured during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. Valero told reporters the three were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza, which is located 200 meters from the site of an Israeli missile attack, […]

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Absentee Owner Tax Could Slash Jerusalem Rent Prices

One reason for high housing prices in Jerusalem, say economists, is the demand caused by the fact that so many homes are bought up by wealthy Jews from abroad, who use the apartments just a few weeks a year, when they visit for holidays or for the summer.  The high prices for purchasing and renting and the severe […]

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EU Jews fear anti-circumcision laws

After the kosher slaughter ban – the circumcision ritual is in danger too:European rabbis and senior Jewish officials have been acting in recent months against an initiative to ban circumcision in three countries. Rabbi Menachem Gelley of London, vice president of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), revealed the issue during the organization’s 27th annual […]

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Subway station billboard battle is latest flareup in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A subway station billboard war is the latest flareup in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The dispute began with posters urging an end to U.S. military aid for Israel, prompting a City Council member to demand an end to the ads - and spawning an upcoming series of counter-ads. “This is a highly political campaign with a controversial underlying […]

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Jewish community shocked and appalled by UK riots

“The Jewish community, like all right minded people, will have been shocked and appalled at the wanton destruction and criminality witnessed on our streets over the last few days,” Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies. “Attacks on businesses and property are also assaults on the lives and livelihoods of decent hardworking people, […]

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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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Israeli orchestra makes musical history by playing Wagner piece in Germany

Musical history was made here last night when an Israeli ensemble - the Israel Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roberto Paternostro, for the first time played a composition by Richard Wagner at the annual festival devoted to the composer’s works. Last night marked the orchestra’s first rehearsal of Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” an orchestral piece, in preparation […]

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We remember Esther M. Broner

We were saddened to wake up to the news that Esther M. Broner passed away yesterday. A beloved novelist, playwright, ritualist, and feminist writer, Esther M. Broner was born on July 8, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan. Her writing, including Her Mothers (1975), A Weave of Women (1978) and many others, made her one of the most […]

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The End of the World And Other Good News

Geez, I’ve been so self-absorbed lately that Saturday’s upcoming Apocalypse totally slipped my radar. Christian evangelist Harold Camping has been warning us for months via billboard and a doozy of a PR campaign that “beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment,” which […]

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In Mubarak’s final hours, defiance surprises U.S. and threatens to unleash chaos

After a week of crossed signals and strained conversations, the Obama administration finally had good news: Late Wednesday, CIA and Pentagon officials learned of the Egyptian military’s plan to relieve President Hosni Mubarak of his primary powers immediately and end the unrest that had convulsed the country for more than two weeks. The scheme would […]

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Court: Does rabbinic ordination equal academic degree

After a preliminary hearing on Tuesday determined that the issue should be handled in the courts, the Jerusalem Labor Court will be deciding over the next few months whether rabbinic ordination should be recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, vis-à-vis the Civil Service Commission’s prerequisites for the position of a supervisor in the haredi […]

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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 […]

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