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  • Whisper it, but Israel's Ultra-Orthodox community is starting to talk about homosexuality

    09/23/2017 12:27:24 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 19 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 ^ | 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...
  • Rabbis differ on whether Congress should censure Trump

    08/26/2017 1:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | August 26, 2017 | Patrick Leary
    RACINE — Rabbi Dena Feingold believes President Donald Trump's rhetoric encourages hate speech and she believes House Speaker Paul Ryan has the power to do something about it. The spiritual leader of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, Feingold said as much on Monday night on national television during Ryan's "town hall" meeting, when she asked the Republican congressman whether he would support a resolution to censure the president based on his "many sides" remarks regarding the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks ago. Ryan said he would not support censure of Trump, calling Feingold's idea "counterproductive." "If we descend this...
  • Barcelona Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Leave Spain: 'This Place Is Lost'

    08/18/2017 9:34:48 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Aug 18, 2017
    Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said that his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and authorities’ alleged reluctance to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been encouraging his congregants to leave Spain, which he called during an interview with JTA a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe,” for years before the attacks Thursday and Friday, he said. At least 13 victims and five suspected terrorists were killed in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils, 75 miles south of the city.(Snip)Part of the problem exposed by the...
  • Sorry, Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Greenberg – Homosexual relations are not permitted by the Torah

    08/11/2017 5:48:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 10, 2017 | Avrohom Gordimer
    In an interview (in Hebrew) that was sharply criticized even by some rabbis who generally identify with him, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin opined that the Biblical prohibition on homosexual relations only applies to one who voluntarily chooses homosexuality, but that one who considers himself wired as homosexual and feels that he can only experience intimacy with another man is exempt from the prohibition. Rabbi Riskin applied the Talmudic axiom of “ones Rachmana patreh” — that the Torah does not hold one accountable for an involuntary act — as his source for this whopper of a “heter” (halachic leniency). Rabbi Riskin’s position...
  • Thoughts on the Western Wall Controversy

    07/04/2017 11:29:09 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 14 replies
    7/5/2017 | Yomin Postelnik
    Judaism has survived since the Giving of the Torah (and even before) because it is based on adherence to Hashem (G-D Almighty)'s Torah. It does not change with the wind. Societies that have lost morals have fallen by the wayside. Torah never does and never will. Israel has survived based on miracles. The 1948 war can basically be summed up as a fight of real airplanes (the Arab nations) vs paper airplanes (the Jews). 1967's odds were not much better. Hashem is our protector and Torah is what connects us with Him. It is our ultimate weapon. Jews who abandoned...
  • British rabbis want top Sephardi peer fired for pro-homosexuality comments

    07/02/2017 10:39:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 2, 2017 2:36 pm
    A group of rabbis in London for the country’s top Sephardi rabbi to be fired over his comments welcoming growing acceptances of homosexuality. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, who serves as senior rabbi at London’s S&P Sephardi Community, came under fire after saying at a lecture last month that societal acceptance of homosexuality is a “fantastic development” because it opens the door to a more loving society. In a letter Friday addressed to British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and “any would-be panel of appointed Dayanim [religious judges],” the London rabbis, both Sephardi and Ashkenazi, wrote that if he did not remove Dweck...
  • The Left Was Wrong: Trump Did Not Produce Anti-Semitic Hysteria

    06/13/2017 12:42:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 13, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    As I document in my book, “Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph,” which is an explanation of Americanism, leftism, and Islamism, hysteria is a major tactic of the left. If you think about it, there is never an extended period of time—one year, let’s say—during which society is not engulfed by a hysteria induced by the left. The mother of them all is global warming, or “climate change,” as the left has come to call it (because the warming was not quite enough to induce widespread panic). Hysterics like billionaires Al Gore and Tom...
  • US Jews contribute half of all donations to the Democratic Party (25% to GOP)

    06/06/2017 11:43:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 27, 2016 | Jeremy Sharon
    A new study argues that the large majority of American Jews have a deep-seated notion that being Jewish is inextricably bound to being liberal. That idea took hold after the large waves of Jewish immigration to the US in the late 19th century, according to the study’s author, American history professor Gil Troy. American Jewish liberalism and association with the Democratic party is showing no signs of abatement, despite many predictions to the contrary since Ronald Reagan’s presidency, according to Troy’s research, which is being published by the Ruderman Family Foundation's Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of...
  • The Deep Meaning Behind Ivanka Trump's Hat in Israel

    05/23/2017 5:39:51 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 59 replies
    Yahoo Style ^ | 5/22/2017 | Tanya Edwards
    Joining her father President Donald Trump on his trip through the Middle East, Ivanka Trump has dressed more modestly than usual, and that streak has continued during their visit to Israel. The first daughter was photographed wearing a rarely seen accessory (at least on her): a hat. She wore the small navy hat perched on one side on her head, with a headband securing the velvet topper. Her hair was styled in a soft chignon at the nape of her neck. Hats are worn by Orthodox Jewish women following the concept of Tzniut, which is Hebrew for modesty or humility...
  • Can gay and lesbian teens find a home in Orthodoxy?

    05/20/2017 4:30:11 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 14 replies ^ | 5/17/2017 | Eitan Oram
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  • Why The Jew?

    05/02/2017 9:33:37 AM PDT · by RArtfulogerDodger · 13 replies
    Right Wing Conservative News Blog ^ | May 2, 2017 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    The gentiles—the goyim—the Infidel; they think they know about the Jews. It’s all about the International Jew Conspiracy; the Rothschilds; the Rockefellers and the Roosevelts and others (who are all really, actually Jews). But they really don’t know the Jew at all. I am not a religious Jew. I am an inculcated cultural Jew. I’m a propagandized Jew—educated in my distant youth, by some minor Talmudic and rabbinical purveyors of Jewry. And yet, here I am, a right wing, deplorable, conservative Trumper. To me, Limbaugh, Coulter, Levin, and Hannity are commies. Well…not really. But almost. I am not a religion...
  • The Full Promised Land of Israel

    04/14/2017 9:05:15 AM PDT · by johnk · 15 replies
    god-original-land-grant-of-israel-to-abraham by Geoffrey Grider August 17, 2016 The tiny, little fraction of Israel proper that the Jews have at the current moment pales in comparison with how much God says they really have. “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” Genesis 13:15 (KJV) In our day, much is made of the current conflict between Israel and the mythical Palestinians and the seemingly endless battle over who is entitled to how much of the land. People talk about the ownership of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the...
  • [At] Tufts University, [a] Surprise BDS Resolution Brought for Vote Days Before Passover

    04/09/2017 4:35:06 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 4/9 | Rachel Frommer
    Jewish student leaders at Tufts University “are working intensely” to combat a surprise boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution initiated by an anti-Israel group for a vote days before Passover, the campus chaplain told The Algemeiner on Friday. “Yesterday, without any forewarning, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) put forward this resolution, to be voted on by the [Tufts Community Union (TCU)] student senate this Sunday night,” said the campus Hillel’s executive director, Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, who also serves as a research professor in the department of music and the Judaic studies program. “The Hillel Jewish community is deeply disturbed...
  • The Danger of Jewish Self-Hatred

    03/23/2017 3:52:32 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 21 replies
    vanity ^ | 3/23 | self
    as everyone has heard today, a suspect was apprehended in Israel today for making threatening calls to JCCs around the country. Unlike the Muslims, I will not argue for leniency or mercy for him on account of colonialism/imperialism/Zionism, nor will I do what a lot of blacks do by blaming bad behavior on slavery/Jim Crow. Whatever his motive, rape him, do whatever to him in prison and I'll laugh at him. What likely IS the culprit is the plague of Jewish self-hatred. I've seen it from the time I was a kid to the present, and this loser is an...
  • FR Weekly Torah: Parashat Ki Tisa - Golden Calf & Depression

    03/16/2017 12:04:25 AM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 13, 2017 | Rabbi Yitz Wyne
    Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא Next read in the Diaspora on 18 March 2017. Parashat Ki Tisa is the 21st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 30:11 - 34:35Next week: Parashat Vayakhel / פרשת ויקהל Next read in the Diaspora on 25 March 2017. Parashat Vayakhel is the 22nd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 35:1 - 38:20
  • FR Weekly Torah: Parshat Tetzaveh

    03/08/2017 10:48:07 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 7 replies
    Breslov Research Institute - YouTube ^ | Mar 5, 2017 | Breslov Research Institute
    In this week's Torah video, Reb Chaim Kramer discusses the weekly portion, Tetzaveh through the lens of Breslov Chassidut. Learn about the pure oil of the menorah, and the connection regarding the midrash on the nature of the Jewish people which is like an olive tree and olive oil, and more. Reb Chaim explains the problem of assimilation, the many wars against and attacks on the Jews over time, and how the Jewish people miraculously rebuilt themselves again and again. We learn about the kohanim and their special begadim (clothing) and the spiritual correction each item of clothing effected as...
  • Parshas Terumah: "Be Prepared" - Rabbi Aba Wagensberg

    03/03/2017 4:36:14 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/1/2017 | Rabbi Aba Wagensberg
    Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה Next read in the Diaspora on 04 March 2017. Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1 - 27:19Next week:Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה Next read in the Diaspora on 11 March 2017. Parashat Tetzaveh is the 20th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
  • The Jewish Neo-Nazi and the Chabad Rabbi

    03/01/2017 4:30:01 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 4 replies
    Chabad ^ | February 27, 2017 | Menachem Posner
    Csanád Szegedi grew up in a mildly racist milieu in Miskolc, a midsized town in northeastern Hungary. His father was the scion of an old noble family of Magyars, a point of pride for the young Szegedi, who was born in 1982 and came of age in the chaotic years following the fall of the Soviet-influenced Hungarian People’s Republic. Although the city had a large, crumbling synagogue in its center, like most of his peers, Szegedi chose to ignore it. For them, it served as a fading manifestation of the city’s Jews, many of whom had met their deaths in...