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  • UK preservation group aims to restore, revive Europe’s abandoned synagogues

    04/11/2018 5:45:21 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9 Feb 2018 | Stuart Winer
    A British organization has launched an ambitious project aimed at restoring old, abandoned synagogues across Europe and bringing them back to community life, and commemorating communities that were wiped out in the Holocaust. The Foundation of Jewish Heritage has identified 3,300 pre-Second World War buildings used for Jewish prayer, of which at least 19 could be brought back into use - out of an estimated total of 17,000 that were in use before the Second World War. The remaining buildings, of which just 718 are still being used as synagogues, have been carefully catalogued based on their artistic, urban, and...
  • How Many Jewish New Years?

    04/01/2018 5:07:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    My Jewish Learning ^ | April 1, 2018 | Michelle Alperin
    Time, in its essence, is an unceasing flow on which human beings have imposed meaning with arbitrary divisions and markers–years, months, weeks, days, minutes, and seconds. These units of time serve as measures for human activity in education, commerce, leisure, agriculture, and religion.
  • Debating the Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions Against Israel

    01/01/2018 2:53:21 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec 31, 2017 | Alan Dershowitz
    Zionism was the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, not a colonial enterprise. Nor is Israel in any way like South Africa, where a minority of whites ruled over a majority of blacks, who were denied the most fundamental human rights. In Israel, Arabs, Druze, and Christians have equal rights and serve in high positions in government, business, the arts, and academia. BDS is not a protest against Israel's policies. It is a protest against Israel's very existence. West argued that BDS would encourage Israel to make peace with the Palestinians. I replied that Israel would never be blackmailed...
  • Are The Fried Locusts In My Taco Kosher?

    12/27/2017 1:45:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Forward ^ | December 27, 2017 | Ilan Ben Zion
    The beady eyes in my taco glare back amid the citrus salsa and avocado, and peek out from behind a leaf of cilantro. The first bite is crunchy, and faintly nutty, like toasted corn — if toasted corn came with six legs and a pair of wings. Before long I’m popping individual fried locusts into my mouth like peanuts. But this isn’t a street stall in Oaxaca, Mexico. I’m in my Jerusalem apartment and my girlfriend is having a conniption over the pile of disembodied grasshopper legs I’ve left on the chopping board in the kitchen. Over the phone, my...
  • Why the God-Haters Hate Israel

    12/17/2017 1:17:19 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Dec 17, 2017 | Trevor Thomas
    One of the greatest evidences that there is a God -- to whom we owe our very lives, and whose Word we are to follow -- is the mere existence of a nation called Israel. Thus the rampant hatred for the children of Abraham. Nevertheless, science again makes clear what Scripture long ago revealed. A 60 Minutes episode from 2000 -- for which I have a transcript -- reported on a genetics study that revealed a “priestly Y-chromosome” among the general Jewish population. In other words, all those who claimed to be Jewish priests (only males) shared a common male...
  • The Rest of the Story [Chanukah]

    12/14/2017 1:58:51 AM PST · by jjotto · 9 replies
    chabad.org ^ | undated | Asher Lowenstein
    ...There were many people who, enthralled by the appealing lifestyle of the Greeks, sought to discard their Jewishness and embrace the new customs: they were the Hellenists, in whose eyes all of the traditional practices were impractically archaic. To perform circumcision or refrain from eating pork could only further the Jewish particularity and distinctiveness, which was what the Hellenists were fleeing from. For them, the solution was to proclaim all of the Jewish customs unbinding and irrelevant... t the other extreme were a group of people led by the Maccabees, whose only concern was defending their heritage. Their indignation was...
  • Liberal NY Orthodox synagogue to stop announcing LGBT weddings after complaints

    12/13/2017 9:36:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    A flagship liberal Orthodox synagogue in New York will stop congratulating same-sex couples on their weddings following a complaint by the Orthodox Union. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx will no longer announce the weddings of its LGBT members in its newsletters in accordance with a policy dictated by the OU, the largest association of Orthodox synagogues in the United States. The policy was set out this month in response to complaints from other member synagogues, which take a harder line on opposing same-sex marriage. Orthodox Jewish law, or halacha, prohibits same-sex marriage, and Orthodox rabbis are not...
  • HOW AMERICAN JEWS ADOPTED—AND ADAPTED—THANKSGIVING

    11/23/2017 8:44:28 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 44 replies
    Tablet ^ | November 22, 2017 | Jenna Weissman Joselit
    No sooner had it become a national holiday than America’s Jews took to its growing repertoire of rituals with gusto. Thanksgiving was a day in which “all classes and masses participated and delivered the same Yankee Doodle with slight variations,” observed one San Francisco Jew in 1884. Much like their neighbors, America’s Jewish citizens prepared a sumptuous repast at home and saw to it that the underprivileged among them, especially those of their coreligionists in orphanages and old-age homes, were treated to a turkey with all the trimmings. [snip] Focusing on what they had in common rather than on the...
  • Argentine Jewish businessman, 4 friends among dead in NYC terrorist truck ramming

    11/03/2017 2:59:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Five of the fatalities in the terrorist truck-ramming attack in New York City on Tuesday afternoon were Argentine tourists celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, including one Jewish businessman. At least eight people were killed and about a dozen injured when a truck rammed into a crowd on a bike path in downtown Manhattan in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called “an act of terror.” According to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry, the victims are Diego Enrique Angelini, Ariel Erlij, Hernán Diego Mendoza, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi. Erlij, 48, is a Jewish steel mill owner from the...
  • One year later it remains difficult to believe (Schadenfreude marinated in schmaltz)

    11/03/2017 2:34:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Jewish Chronicle ^ | November 2, 2017 | Erika Dreifus
    So much has changed, not least the US presidency, writes Erika Dreifus from New York What a difference a year makes. At the end of October 2016, I was travelling in Israel with a group from my home congregation. Our 10-day voyage was scheduled to return us to Newark Liberty International Airport early on Tuesday morning, November 7 — in time to vote in that day’s U.S. presidential election. But just in case we encountered any delays, I obtained and submitted an absentee ballot prior to departure. Much about those days lingers in memory: the Israeli hotel breakfasts — still...
  • Humans love dogs more than other people: study

    11/01/2017 7:24:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | David K. Li
    Humans love dogs more than their fellow man. Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns – one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions. “Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human “Harrison.” Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man’s...
  • Watch Your Language

    10/31/2017 9:32:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2017 | Paul Greenberg
    It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood when the sukkah mobile drove up. Sukkot, the Jewish feast of tabernacles, or booths, had arrived. And with it, all the accessories thereof in order to celebrate it in style. Including a couple of rabbis and a mobile sukkah or harvest booth. Soon enough a gentile friend or two, attracted by all the commotion, showed up. Oh, happy day! For what is a Jewish festival without guests in attendance? Hospitality is, after all, a mitzvah, a commandment. And so is the study of Scripture. All the pieces were in place, and it...
  • One Man Against the World

    10/28/2017 5:53:45 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 27, 2017 | Rabbi Moshe Grylak
    Singled-out and entrusted with an eternal mission Who exactly was Abraham? “At a very early age, he began to wonder about the world. He would think about it day and night, and ask himself, How could it be that this great wheel (the universe) is constantly turning, and no one is turning it? And who brought it into existence — for it could not have brought itself into existence” (Maimonides, Hilchos Avodah Zarah 1:3, based on the teachings of the Sages). (snip) He alone, among the whole society around him, was engaged in these thoughts. Among the blindly obedient masses,...
  • Jewish Allegiance To God After the Holocaust Has No Precedent

    10/05/2017 5:15:42 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 59 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 5, 2017 | Shmuley Boteach
    Find me one nation that has been more devoted to God throughout history than the Jewish people? Find me one nation that has stuck with God despite pogroms, auto-de-fes, expulsions, inquisitions, ghettoization, non-stop persecution, and, ultimately, the Holocaust. Find me a people that continues to honor the Sabbath, put on tefillin, affix mezuzot, keep kosher, marry in the faith, build synagogues and go to mikveh, even after their parents and grandparents were turned into ash at Auschwitz. Find me one nation, like the State of Israel, that honors the complete rights of its 1.5 million Muslim citizens in the heart...
  • Sukkot And The Nations

    10/04/2017 1:44:56 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 10/3/'17 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    One of the unique features of the Sukkot service in the Beit HaMikdash was the daily offering of bulls, with the number declining from thirteen on the first day to seven on the seventh and last day. Throughout the holiday of Sukkot, a total of seventy bulls were offered, corresponding to the proverbial seventy nations of the world. These bulls served as atonement for their sins, which would ensure that they, too, were blessed with heavenly rain and prosperity. “Rabbi Yochanan said: Woe to the idolaters who lost something and they don’t know what they lost. For when the Beit...
  • Happy New Year

    09/29/2017 4:22:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2017 | Paul Greenberg
    I'm on probation these days. For it's that time of year when Jews put themselves on trial before the High Judge, so I write today's column from the dock, being my own accuser and, at the end of these Ten Days of Repentance, my own defense attorney. Even my own forgiver, if I can show myself sufficient mercy. It's a simple assignment, and there's really nothing to worry about. Because the fix is in just between you, me and the whole world. The presiding judge loves me, and at the drop of a prayer will forgive anyone who calls upon...
  • Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre

    09/29/2017 1:21:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Various | September 29, 2017
    As you know, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, begins today at sundown and ends tomorrow at sundown. The evening service begins with the Kol Nidre. It has a haunting melody. Listen. This is the translation from Aramaic: All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘konam,’ ‘konas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect;...
  • Whisper it, but Israel's Ultra-Orthodox community is starting to talk about homosexuality

    09/23/2017 12:27:24 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 20 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9/23/2017 | Judy Maltz
    I still can't copy, even though I restarted my iPad. Yikes! Read at the link.
  • What Will Your Rabbi Talk About This Week?

    09/19/2017 4:49:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    Tomorrow night is Rosh Hashana, one of the two High HoIy Days of Judaism, or "Days of Awe," as they are called in Hebrew. The other High Holy Day, nine days later, is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Just as there are many Christians who only go to church on Christmas and Easter, there are many Jews who only go to synagogue on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The combination of the unique importance of the High Holy Days and the uniquely large number of Jews in synagogue makes the rabbis' sermons on these days their most important of...
  • Trump gives hope to Jewish push for FEMA aid to houses of prayer

    09/11/2017 11:25:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | September 12, 2017 | Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    JTA - A tweet by President Donald Trump on Friday night, with Houston recovering from Hurricane Harvey and his sister Irma set to ravage Florida, is renewing hope among Jewish groups that have long advocated for emergency assistance to houses of worship. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” Trump said on Twitter, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Attempts in the past two Congresses to extend FEMA protections to houses of worship had broad bipartisan support, but were stymied by the Obama administration’s concerns...