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Jewish France: JN1’s Jordana Miller explores the history of Europe’s largest Jewish community

I’m here in the Marais, the historic Jewish neighborhood of Paris. You may be surprised to know that Jews have been living in France for more than sixteen hundred years. It’s one of the oldest diaspora communities. Over the centuries, pogroms, expulsions, legal discriminations and the Holocaust failed to destroy this community which continued to grow, adapt and find its place in French society. Today there are more than 500,000 French Jews, that’s the largest group in Europe. Join me for a special report as we look at this community’s history, its many faces and the future challenges.

Simon Schama’s ‘The Story of the Jews’: BBC Jewish series proves popular at Cannes festival

The BBC is just one of many major content producers here in Cannes trying to sell their programmes to new markets. One show they have had no problem in selling aims to do what may have previously been thought to be impossible, and tell “The Story of the Jews.”

HZ Hun Synagogue 2011 News

This architecturally interesting synagogue is the second largest in the world and is a living memorial to the hundreds of thousands of Jews from Hungary who died during the holocaust.
It s also a reminder of the huge importance Jewish culture has played in Eastern Europe.
When the Great Synagogue was inaugurated on September 6 1859 Jews had not yet achieved full civil rights in Austro-Hungary yet it was one of the biggest ever Jewish houses of worship.
Unusually it boasts twin towers outside and is constructed on an asymmetric plot.
It s called the Dohany street Synagogue after the street it s in but it is also known as the Great Synagogue.
This 151 year old building was constructed in the centre of the city on the Pest side of the river.
It can hold up to five thousand people – three thousand seated the rest standing.
As Szabolcs Borbely an art historian explains the key architect behind the synagogue s design was neither Jewish nor Hungarian
As the architecture it s so important to know that the architect of the synagogue was a German born Christian architect. His name was Ludwig Forster. He was born in Germany but in that time in the 1850s when the building was made he was working in Vienna. He was the chief architect of the city of Vienna. But the guy he was a Christian. He usually was building churches and not synagogues. So this is the reason why also from the outside we have the towers. The towers are not usual for a synagogue. We don t need the towers but for a church its a very common thing. And not just on the outside also the interior part. The interior part has several elements came obviously from the Christian architecture. I mean we have the three aisles the basilican shape downstairs. Then we have the pulpits which is a very unique thing for a synagogue. We have two of them a pair of pulpits.
This masterpiece of 19th century architecture is also influenced by Muslim architecture that draws upon Moorish designs.
Major events have taken place here including the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest in May 1896.
Nowadays tourists flock here to marvel at the building s magnificence as well as watching events such as Klezmer concerts.
But on Jewish High Holidays the synagogue is not open to visitors.
The only other synagogue that can touch this for size is in New York This is the second largest synagogue in the world after the New York s Emanu-El Temple. And this is the largest synagogue here in Europe. And you know its not about the seat numbers because we have 3000 seats here but in Jerusalem there is a synagogue the Belz Beit synagogue in the central of the city which can host more than 6000 people. But this is not the reason. The reason is the inner space. We have more then a 1000 square meters more then 10.000 square feet as the inner space of the synagogue. So that s why it s so special. says Borbely.
During World War II the synagogue was used as a concentration camp where Jews were herded together be

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Section WEEKLY Parasha Parashat Toldot Part 2 SHIURIM & COMMENTARIES

Weekly Torah Portion Toldot

The classic tale of deception and intrigue. But who is deceiving who? and who is really being fooled? Ya’akov dons precious garments and goat skins, but by doing so is he deceiving his father Yitzchak, or is he opening Yitzchak’s eyes for the first time to a lifetime of deception he has suffered at the hands of Esau, the real master of the bluff?

Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)
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Permiso para Mentir – Halajà en la Parashà, Parshat Toldot

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Cheshvan 27, 5774 · October 31, 2013
Inwardness: The Path To Posterity
Toldos; Genesis 25:19-28:9

Adapted from
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, p. 191ff; Vol. XXV, p. 123ff

A Lasting Legacy

All of us want to be remembered. We want our lives to bring something lasting into the world. This is the message of Parshas Toldos: that a person can leave a legacy that will continue to thrive after his passing.

Our Rabbis offer two definitions of the word Toldos:

a) Progeny,1 this includes a person’s biological children and his “spiritual children,” i.e., individuals whom he has taught.2 Both types of children perpetuate a person’s influence.

b) The chronicles of one’s life and experiences.3 When a person’s life is filled with inner meaning, stories about his life provide inspiration for people in coming generations.

A Fountain of Inner Strength

With whom does the Torah choose to associate the message of Toldos ? Yitzchak.4Two things reflect the nature of Yitzchak’s Divine service: a) unlike his father Avraham, he never left Eretz Yisrael,5 and b) his efforts were focused on digging wells.6

Avraham spread G-dliness in the lands in which he sojourned. He “proclaimed… to the entire world… that there is one G-d and it is befitting to serve Him. He would travel from city to city and from country to country, gathering people and proclaiming [G-d’s existence].”7

Yitzchak, by contrast, never traveled outside the Holy Land, and even within Eretz Yisrael, we do not find many stories of his efforts to reach out to others. His Divine service had an inward focus.

This is reflected in his preoccupation with digging wells. Digging a well involves removing layers of earth to uncover hidden sources of life-giving water. Spiritually, “digging” refers to the work of reaching one’s G-dly core and tapping it as a source of inner strength. Each of us has a neshamah which is “an actual part of G-d;”8 every entity is maintained by a G-dly spark. Yitzchak’s goal was to activate these inner potentials, bring them to the surface and, use them to initiate positive change.

In this manner, the awareness of G-d becomes an integral part of one’s life. It does not remain dependent on the teachings of others, but comes from one’s own insight. This in turn enables one to realize the G-dliness present in every element of existence.

In this context, our Sages interpret9 the verse,10 “Dwell in this land,” as “Cause the Divine Presence to rest in this land” help the world manifest its G-dly core.

Inwardness Which Leads Outward

This is surely a worthy path of Divine service, but why is it associated with the nameToldos, which means “progeny”? It would seem more appropriate to associate the concept of Toldos with the Divine service of Avraham, for he actively sought to communicate the awareness of G-d to others.

By naming this reading Toldos, our Rabbis underscore the fact that the inwardness of Yitzchak also produces “progeny.” Yitzchak’s Divine service and the positive influence it generated attracted the attention of others and motivated them to follow his guidance. In this vein, our Torah reading relates that Avimelech, king of the Philistines, and Phicol, his general, came to visit Yitzchak and told him: “We have seen that G-d is with you.”11

Yitzchak’s Divine service brought them to a recognition of G-d’s active presence in the world. Indeed, the awareness inspired by Yitzchak was more permanent than that generated by Avraham, for it came from the people themselves. Yitzchak’s internalized bond with G-d inspired the people around him to perceive G-d’s influence.12

To Communicate to Our Children

In the most complete sense, our desire to be remembered is focused on our children. We want them to continue and further our principles and values. And here a difficulty arises: Yitzchak’s children were Esav and Yaakov. Yaakov indeed perpetuated and enhanced Yitzchak’s Divine service. Esav, however, rejected Yitzchak’s path entirely. Moreover, this difficulty is compounded by the fact that a major portion of the Torah reading concerns itself with Esav. Indeed, on the phrase “And these are the toldos of Yitzchak,” the Midrash states13 that the word toldos refers specifically to Esav.

Although Esav’s conduct did not openly demonstrate that he was Yitzchak’s son, the connection nevertheless existed. This is reflected by our Sages’ statement14 that Esav’s head was buried “in the bosom of Yitzchak his father.” Similarly, our Sages explain15 that, in contrast to Yishmael, who is not considered an heir of Avraham, Esav is considered one of Yitzchak’s heirs. For the home of Esav’s soul, his head, contained powerful divine sparks associated with Yitzchak.

For this reason, Yitzchak desired to give his blessing to Esav rather than to Yaakov. As a father, Yitzchak was constantly struggling to motivate Esav to live up to his spiritual potential, and he thought that granting these blessings to him would further this purpose.16

The pattern which G-d invested in the world, however, is that Esav will not uncover his spiritual potential independently. Instead, it is Yaakov and his descendants whose Divine service reveal this resource. This is reflected in the labors of the Jewish people in the present exile, identified as “the exile of Edom (Esav)” to uncover the spiritual potential which Esav possesses.17

The final consummation of these efforts will come in the Era of the Redemption, when “deliverers will go up to Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esav, and the sovereignty will be G-d’s.”18 At that time, the powerful spiritual energies which Esav possesses will surface and be given appropriate expression.

A Source of Light for All Mankind

Our Sages relate19 that in the Era of the Redemption, Jews will praise Yitzchak, telling him: “You are our Patriarch.” For in that era, the inward thrust of Yitzchak will permeate all existence. “The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G-d. The Jews will be great sages and will know the hidden matters, attaining an understanding of their Creator to the [full] extent of mortal expression.”20

Although all Jews will then live in Eretz Yisrael, they will as their ancestor Yitzchak did influence mankind as a whole, motivating all to seek G-dly knowledge. “And it shall come to pass in the end of days that the mountain of G-d’s house will be established on the top of the mountains…. and all the nations shall flow unto it. Many people shall say: ‘Come let us ascend the mountain of G-d… and He will teach us of His ways.’ ”21May this take place in the immediate future.

1. Rashi, Genesis 25:19.
2. See Sanhedrin 19b, Rashi, Numbers 3:1.
3. Seforno, loc. cit.
4. This is borne out by the fact that both Parshas Noach and Parshas Toldos begin with the words: Eleh toldos, “ These are the chronicles of….” Nevertheless,Parshas Noach is given that name because the lessons it teaches center on the concepts of satisfaction and repose (see the essay entitled “Genuine Satisfaction: Noach’s Legacy”). By contrast, Parshas Toldos, which focuses on the chronicles of Yitzchak’s life, communicates the importance of creating a posterity.
5. See Genesis 26:2-3, and Rashi’s commentary. See also Bereishis Rabbah 64:3.
6. Genesis 26:18ff.
7. Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Avodas Kochavim 1:2, based on Sotah 10a,Bereishis Rabbah, the conclusion of sec. 54.
8. Tanya, ch. 2.
9. Bereishis Rabbah 64:3.
10. Genesis 26:2.
11. Ibid. :28.
12. In this way, Yitzchak’s “progeny” resembled him as children resemble a father.
13. Shmos Rabbah 30:3.
14. Targum YonasonGenesis 50:13. Toras Chayim 89d cites this statement in the name of the Zohar. See also similar quotes in Sotah 13a, Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer, ch. 39.
15. Kiddushin 18a.
16. This provides every parent with a lesson in relating to children, even if, ח׳׳ו, their conduct like Esav’s is lacking. A parent should never give up, and should continue trying to develop his child’s inner potential foreover.Since “all Jews are responsible for one another” (Shavuos 39a), this lesson applies not only to our children, but with regard to every member of the Jewish nation. We must, to quote the Mishnah (Avos 1:12): “Love the created beings and bring them close to the Torah.”
17. Examples of the realization of Esav’s spiritual potential can be seen in the converts from among his descendants: the prophet Ovadiah, Onkelos, and Rabbi Meir (Torah Or, Toldos 20c).
18. Ovadiah 1:21.
19. Shabbos 89b.
20. Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim 12:5.
21. Isaiah 2:2-3.
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Cheshvan 27, 5774 · October 31, 2013
Esau and His Wives

A key point in the life of a person is marriage. This applies to any human being in the world. For the Jewish people, marriage is also central to one’s identity as a Jew. In this week’s Torah reading, Toldot, we read about the first intermarriage, which caused great grief to the parents of the Jewish partner. At the same time, we learn something about the beautifully positive dimension of a wedding.

Last week’s Torah reading made clear that Abraham was very concerned that his son Isaac should marry someone from Abraham’s own family, and certainly not a Canaanite.1 We thus see that even at this early stage of development of the Jewish people, there was a definite concern about who one should, or should not, marry.

In this week’s reading2 we read about the two sons of Isaac, Jacob and Esau. Jacob was a spiritual person while Esau, by contrast, was a man of violence.

Predictably, it was Esau who married out. The Torah tells us that when he was forty years old he married two women, both from the Canaanite tribe of the Hittites. Esau’s non-Abrahamic wives caused “bitterness of spirit to Isaac and Rebecca.”3 The Sages comment that they persisted in serving idols. It is interesting that Rebecca herself had been born into an idol-worshipping family. Yet as soon as she married Isaac she dedicated herself to service of the One G‑d, Creator of Heaven and Earth. By contrast Esau’s Hittite wives, although they were in Isaac’s home, offered incense to idols. Rashi says the scent of this incense provoked Isaac’s blindness.4

Later in the reading, Rebecca tells her husband Isaac about how worried she feels that their son Jacob might end up marrying a Hittite girl, like Esau.5 There were no other young women in the vicinity. This was one of the reasons why Jacob was sent away from home, north-eastwards, to find a wife from Rebecca’s family, as we see in next week’s reading.

An intriguing point is that one of the Hittite wives of Esau is called Yehudit. It sounds just like a Jewish name and indeed, the Talmud says that “anyone who denies idolatry is called Yehudi.” Rashi explains that really she had a different name, but Esau called her Yehudit in order to pretend to his father that she had truly adopted worship of One G‑d.6

These events took place over three millennia ago, yet they sound quite familiar in terms of our own time. Yet it is also interesting that Esau married a third wife, who was quite different. She was a daughter of Ishmael, and thus a granddaughter of Abraham. Her name was Mochlat, which means “Forgiveness,” and Rashi comments7 that from her we learn that bride and groom are forgiven all their sins on the day of their wedding.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe comments8 that the Torah is hinting that Mochlat’s own actions reflected this idea. She was indeed a genuinely fine and spiritual person. So why did Esau marry her? On one level, only because he wanted to look good in his father’s eyes. On another level, comments the Rebbe, Esau too had a spark of good, which explains why his father Isaac loved him. Eventually, through the course of history, that spark of good in Esau and his descendants will be revealed.

1. Genesis 23:19-28:9.
2. See also 27:46.
3. Gen. 26:35.
4. Rashi to Gen. 27:1.
5. Gen. 27:46.
6. Rashi to Gen. 36:2. See Talmud Megillah 13a.
7. Rashi to Gen. 36:3.
8. See Likkutei Sichot vol. 5 p.163 ff and vol. 35 p.118.
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Cheshvan 27, 5774 · October 31, 2013

The Dual Service of Yitzchak

The Torah portion of Toldot begins by stating:1 “These are the chronicles of Yitzchak, son of Avraham. Avraham was Yitzchak’s father.” Our Sages inform us2 that the verse repeats “Avraham was Yitzchak’s father,” to tell us that Avraham and Yitzchak were similar.

The similarity between Avraham and Yitzchak is a bit difficult to understand in light of the fact that the spiritual service of the former involved the attribute of love (“Avraham who loves Me”3) while the service of the latter was performed in awe and fear of G-d (the “fear of Yitzchak”4).

More perplexing is the fact that with regard to Yitzchak we find two seemingly opposite aspects. While on the one hand his spiritual service was that of awe and fear, his very name denotes joy and laughter.5 His physical life as well was extremely bountiful — “He prospered mightily until he was tremendously wealthy.”6

This anomaly might be explained by the fact that although the spiritual service of Avraham and Yitzchak were entirely dissimilar — one serving out of love and the other out of fear — the difference existed only in the primary aspect of their service; they were not one-dimensional.7 Thus Avraham also served with awe, while Yitzchak’s spiritual service also contained love.

While this is indeed the case, Yitzchak’s very name is that of joy and laughter, so we must perforce say that these attributes were fundamental to his service.

How can this be?

One of the differences between love and fear is that love involves the attachment of the lover to the object of his love. Hence the individual who loves is not nullified before that which he loves; quite the contrary, he feels and is aware of himself, and senses that through his love he comes closer to his beloved.8 But a person is nullified before that of which he is in awe.

An example would be the relationship of a child and his parent, and a servant and his master. The child’s relationship to his parent is mainly one of love. This causes him to be drawn to his parent.

The relationship of a servant to his master is primarily one of awe and fear. This brings a feeling of self-abnegation and insignificance before his master, and an acceptance of his master’s yoke.

The same is true with regard to divine service. The relationship of the Jewish people to G-d is both that of children and servants — “You are children unto the L-rd your G-d,”9“They are My servants.”10 Contemplating one’s closeness to G-d (“You are our Father”11) arouses and reveals one’s love for Him; contemplating that He is our King arouses and reveals a feeling of awe and self-abnegation.

The ultimate purpose of awe, however, is not to generate a feeling of insignificance. Rather, because one feels oneself to be unimportant in and of oneself, one is better able to draw close to G-d.

In fact, a person can come even closer to G-d through awe than he can through love. For since love implies a continued awareness of self, and mortal man is necessarily limited, his closeness to G-d must be limited as well. It is only when a person nullifies himself through awe that he becomes able to receive a measure of G-dliness that transcends his human limitations.

The same is true with regard to Yitzchak. His spiritual service of awe and fear served as a prelude to the true and unlimited happiness, joy and closeness to G-d that can best be realized through self-effacement.

Thus, although the spiritual service of Avraham and Yitzchak were externally dissimilar, at their core they were essentially the same — a coming ever closer to G-d.

Based on Likkutei Sichos , Vol. XXX, pp. 103-107.

1. .Bereishis 25:19.
2. .Bava Metzia 87a; Tanchuma, Toldos 1; Rashi on this verse.
3. .Yeshayahu 41:8.
4. .Bereishis 31:42. See also Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan ben Uzeil, ibid., et. al.
5. See Bereishis 21:6 and commentary of Rashi ; Rashi Bereishis 17:19. See alsoTehillim 105:9, and Toras Chayim, Toldos, p. 5a, 5d.
6. .Bereishis 26:13. See also commentary of Rashi to this verse as well as to the previous verse.
7. See Iggeres HaKodesh, Epistle XIII (119b), et al.
8. See Sefer HaArachim-Chabad I, erech Ahavah chs. 2-3, and sources cited there.Ibid., erech Ahavas HaShem, ch. 4, and sources cited there.
9. .Devarim 14:1.
10. .Vayikra 25:42, ibid., verse 55.
11. .Yeshayahu 63:16.

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Why Be Jewish Panel @ Limmud Oz 2013

While there is no shortage of options outlining how one can practise Judaism in our community, the question of why engage with anything to do with Judaism is rarely addressed. This expert panel aims to shed light on this question from a range of perspectives.

This panel took place at Limmud Oz — 8-10 June 2013, University of New South Wales. It featured:

Bryan Conyer
Bryan Conyer has worked in Jewish education for many years, with a passion for nurturing pluralism within the Jewish community. Bryan received a PhD from Sydney University, after researching pluralism in Jewish Schools. He now works as the Deputy Principal Jewish Life, Emanuel School, and has a full-time job raising four gorgeous children.

Rebecca Forgasz
Rebecca Forgasz is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne. She has previously worked in exhibition-related roles at major state institutions and she is an experienced Jewish educator. Rebecca holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies as well as a Diploma of Education.

Jeremy Lawrence
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence is Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue, Sydney. He is a religious advisor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies; a founder member of the NSW Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS); and President of the Religious Zionist Organisations of Australia. He is active in interfaith dialogue and has represented the New Zealand and Australian Jewish communities to government. Rabbi Lawrence has an MA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. His interests include computer animation, magic, environmental issues, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Rabbi Lawrence presented the Jewish welcome to Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Sydney in 2008.

Moderator: Ittay Flescher


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Rabbi Eli Feldman, the director of Young Adult Chabad, said the Jewish community experienced racial slurs “from time to time but for it to degenerate to physical 
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Polish Jews mourn death of Tadeusz Mazowiecki, first post Haaretz

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great statesman and friend,” Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, said in a 
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New Jewish Center A Boon to Life in Siberian CapitalLubavitch.com

“It was freezing, and the Jewish community center was housed in a 300-square-foot shack without indoor plumbing,” recalls the now Chief Rabbi of Novosibirsk, 
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Anti-Defamation League honors Northfield couple at 100th Press of Atlantic City

Gail and Doug Stanger were the honorees at a special dinner at the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center to celebrate the 100th year of the 
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Iraq Wants Jewish Archive to Prove Ownership of the Tower of BabelFrontPage Magazine

Return the Jewish archive to the Iraqi Jewish communities abroad. 2. Send the archive to Iraq where it will be kept in storage against the day that the Jews claim 
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BRCA gene cancer risk for Ashkenazi Jews the focus in West HartfordWest Hartford News

With growing concern over what preventive measures Jewish women should take, Chabad of Greater Hartford in West Hartford is organizing a community 
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Efforts to clear the name of ‘China’s Schindler’ dealt setbackWantChinaTimes

 decision made nearly four decades ago to impeach the late ambassador Ho Feng-shan, the man known mainly in Jewish communities as “China’s Schindler.”.
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Attack in Bondi puts focus on racial violenceSBS

“If we continue to demonise different parts of our community, whether it’s people of the Muslim community, or Jewish communities, or our asylum seekers, 
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This day in Jewish history / Ovadia goes to Jerusalem, discovers Haaretz

There he quickly became the acknowledged leader of the small and ailingJewish community. The three letters he wrote and sent back to Italy serve as important 
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Shrugging off assassination attempt and critics, Vadim Rabinovich Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Over the years, the feisty oligarch has battled Ukrainian authorities, business rivals and Jewish community leaders, some of whom have expressed resentment 


A Miracle and an Outrage in WashingtonConnecticut Jewish Ledger

The National Archives is now exhibiting restored holy books and communal documents that belonged to the Jewish community of Iraq. In 1940, the Iraqi Jewish 
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Jewish Community donates $100000 to Lac-MéganticCJAD

The Montreal and Toronto Jewish communities have combined efforts to donate $100 000 to Colette Roy Laroche, the mayor of Lac Mégantic, to help rebuild 
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KOLOT – Speaking out for those who cannot speakConnecticut Jewish Ledger

As Jewish clergy engaged actively in the Jewish community, the only visible figure I can see within our ranks who is speaking out forcefully against these 
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Where medicine and Jewish law meetConnecticut Jewish Ledger

The conference explored the ways in which Israeli medical institutions utilize Jewish law to form national policy as well as several important ethical and halachic 
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The New York Times: Telling Readers How to Think About IsraelConnecticut Jewish Ledger

I quote, “If England is defeated and its allies overwhelmed, it will provide a final solution to the Jewishquestion, which in our mind is the greatest danger.”.
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Torah Portion – ToldotConnecticut Jewish Ledger

This man was a disciple of one of the most virulently anti-Zionist pre-World War II Jewish leaders. He was raised to think that Zionism was equal to apostasy, and 
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“Everybody’s rabbi”Connecticut Jewish Ledger

The Italian community experienced discrimination as well as Jews and other minorities, says Angelo Tomasso’s son Michael, who currently serves on the Board 
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LETTER – Take action to strengthen sanctions on IranConnecticut Jewish Ledger

It was important for the Ledger to quote former President George W. Bush’s remarks to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations 
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Conversation with… Ron LeshemConnecticut Jewish Ledger

With only two television networks, Israel – faraway, isolated, and war-weary – has created a TV industry that is a premier exporter of programs, from drama series 
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A bat mitzvah surprise, on iceConnecticut Jewish Ledger

She joined Congregation Mishkan Israel in 1960 and soon became involved in the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, until it was dissolved 


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Section This Day, In Jewish History : 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

The Martyrs of Mumbai (This Week in Jewish History) Dr. Henry Abramson

Pakistani terrorists attacked the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, 29th of Heshvan, 5769 (26 November 2008). Part of a concerted attack that killed 179 and wounded hundreds, they murdered the young Chabad emissaries running the house, Rabbi Gavriel and Mrs. Rivky Holtzberg. Their infant son, who turned two the day after his parents were brutally killed, was heroically rescued by his Indian caregiver.

This day in Jewish history / Founder of Shakespeare in the Park diesHaaretz

His parents, Samuel Papirofsky, a trunk maker, and the former Yetta Miritch, a seamstress, were both recent Jewish immigrants from what would become Poland 
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This Day, October 30, In Jewish HIstory by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

1270: Eighth Crusade comes to an ignominious end. The crusade started under the banner of France’s anti-Semitic King Louis IX. But he died of stomach 
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This Day, October 30, In Jewish HIstory by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

Noah’s “Discourse,” a copy of which resides in the archives of the AmericanJewish Historical Society, focused on the universal history of Jewish persecution at 
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This day in Jewish history / JewishAmerican composer’s signature Haaretz

‘Appalachian Spring,’ the third in Aaron Copland’s ‘Americana’ ballet pieces, has become one of the most beloved and performed pieces in theAmerican 
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This Day, October 30, In Jewish HIstory by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

Noah’s “Discourse,” a copy of which resides in the archives of theAmerican Jewish Historical Society, focused on the universal history of Jewish persecution at 
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This day in Jewish history / Ovadia goes to Jerusalem, discovers Haaretz

 serve as important historical documents regarding the communities he passed through on his way to Palestine, and on the state in which he found the Jews of 
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The Hebrew Language is The DNA of Creation

Rabbi Mordechai Kraft

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important message : for all non jews that watch this video if you want to have a share to the world to come to be in haven in the after life you just need to keep the 7 laws of noah and you will be righteous non jews with a ticket to heaven



Newtown’s Shir Ami Synagogue hosts ‘The History of Judaism in The Midweek Wire

Entitled “The History of Judaism in Comics,” Waldman used graphic novels penned  for people who don’t know you can learn about Jewish history in comics.
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A Cultural History of Jewish DressThe Jewish Voice

Each chapter covers a specific time period and il¬lustrates how Jewish dress functions in that era and how it is shaped by the historical and religious emphasis 
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Poland’s new Jewish museum to celebrate life, not revisit the The Olathenews

Yet the $100 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews, whose gala inauguration Friday is timed to coincide with the anniversary of that uprising, is not meant 
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Background: History and IdeologyChabad.org

Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is the world’s largest Jewishorganization andis considered the most dynamic force in 
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A Miracle and an Outrage in WashingtonConnecticut Jewish Ledger

If you happen to be in Washington, DC, between now and January, you can see a piece of Jewish history that was never supposed to see the light of day.
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November 28, 2013—When Chanukah, Thanksgiving, and Family Jewish United Fund

Thirteen years later it looks like the Jewish calendar has finally caught up with us  But here’s the lesser known fact-it is also National Family HealthHistory Day.
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The Bitter And The Sweet At Kristallnacht ServiceThe Jewish Week

Welcoming the Sabbath is a joyous task for Jews. But Jewish history, marked with so many tragedies, cannot be ignored. There are moments in the Jewish 
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Jewish American explores her family’s past in Eastern EuropeThe Olathenews

We spent most of a day at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, where Jan Jagielski gave us a tour of the museum as well as his library archives. He had 
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Judaism: Background NoiseArutz Sheva

Judaism: Background Noise  speaker and educator, admired the world over for his audio tapes/CDs, videos and books, particularly on Jewish history.
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The Keeper of Montreal’s Jewish HistoryTablet Magazine

With astounding sharpness and a salty sense of humor, King gave us a memorable tour of MontrealJewish history, stringing in anecdotes from his own 
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This Day, October 30, In Jewish HIstory by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

Noah’s “Discourse,” a copy of which resides in the archives of the AmericanJewish Historical Society, focused on the universal history of Jewish persecution at 
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Shalom, Newfoundland: A Jewish Culture GuideShalom Life

World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused with Jewish history and culture, some of which is waiting to be discovered.
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Lisa Kudrow Speaks Out On Jewishness, Anti-SemitismThe Jewish Week

Kudrow also mentioned taking Jewish history classes and learning Hebrew during her time at Vassar College, as well as asking Elie Wiesel for his autograph.
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Young hands raise restored marker for Alabama’s oldest Jewish al.com

Ryan Sophie Small, 2, examines a refurbished historical marker that was  the state’s oldestJewish congregation has a newly refurbished historical marker.
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Yaakov and Yisrael: The integration of body and soulSun-Sentinel

He sensed that throughout Jewish history we would be similarly bound with a knife on our neck-facing near death. Physical strength would be needed. What the 
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NBA champions visit top American high school in IsraelCleveland Jewish News

AMHSI, in partnership with Jewish National Fund (JNF), brings American  history curriculum that includes site visits to the places where Jewish history occurred 
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Would-be nun’s Holocaust historyEureka Street

This suburb in Melbourne’s south-east has a large Jewish population, and so it seems  belying the tumult of history and identity that ebbs beneath the surface.
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Rabbi Avraham Skorka Best Friend of new Pope

Masorti Rabbi Avraham Skorka, Rector of the Seminario Best Friend of new Pope.
Live Interview on Channel 10 in Hebrew

Rabino Sergio Bergman

Actualmente se desempeña como Legislador del PRO, es Rabino del Templo de la calle Libertad, Presidente de la Fundación Argentina Ciudadana, Director Ejecutivo de R.A.I.C.E.S., y lidera la Red Comunitaria de Fundación Judaica.
Miembro fundador de Memoria Activa.
Es autor de cuatro libros. Egresado de la Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Realizó un Máster en Educación, graduado Suma Cum Laude, en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén; Master en Literatura Rabínica en el Hebrew Union College; y Master en Estudios Judaicos en el Jewish Theological Seminary.

The Shul’s 30th Annual Dinner – Featured Video

Rabino Samy Pinto

U.K. Jewish Film Festival Set to Open With Ilan Duran Cohen’s ‘The Hollywood Reporter

LONDON – The 17th year of the U.K. Jewish Film Festival opens Oct. 30 with a  Organizers said on the eve of the event that 53 of its movies will mark their U.K. 
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Jewish Community Center hosts 47th Book and Arts FairBuffalo News

This year’s fair features 15 events and readings, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a presentation from archivist Chana Revell Kotzin of the Jewish Buffalo 
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A look at what’s lined up for this year’s Jewish Book FestivalSt. Louis Jewish Light

The 2013 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival has planned an array of author- and book-related events, from sports and humor to the financial world and world affairs, 
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Around 400 young Jews gathered in St Petersburg for the Limmud European Jewish Press

St. Petersburg is today the second largest Jewish community with around 100,000 Jewish  round-table discussions, music and a wide-range of cultural events.
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JNF women’s luncheon features author of ‘Cool Jew’Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Jewish National Fund will host a noon Arizona Women for Israel luncheon and a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception Wednesday, Nov. 6, at private homes. Both events 
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Best of the best: ‘Disney Junior Life on Tour! Pirate and Princess Detroit Free Press

$21.50-$53.50. A large contingent of authors will be featured at the 62nd annual Jewish Community Center Book Fair, a 12-day event which begins Wednesday 
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This Weekend: The Festival Of Lights Shines At The Jewish Heritage The Jewish Week (blog)

The all-day festival features events that will please a range of tastes: walking  of Chanukah,” in which the artist explores Chasidic-Jewish themes and folklore.
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Not quite HollywoodAustralian Jewish News

Urwand was treated like a rock star with television interviews and personal appearances, including at Jewish literary events and Holocaust related institutions, 
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Shreveport mega pet-adoption event scheduled for SundayShreveport Times

Shreveport mega pet-adoption event scheduled for Sunday  labor at the first ever Adopt-a-Pupevent at B’nai Zion Jewish Temple at 245 Southfield Road.
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Mastering Emotional Intelligence – Being in control of 
Do you sometimes feel overcome with negative emotions when things aren’t right ? Discover 


Hayom Yom 

R. Aizik Homiler related: When I came to Lyozna I met elder chassidim who had been chassidim of the Maggid and of R. Menachem Mendel of Horodok. They used to say:

Have affection for a fellow-Jew and G-d will have affection for you;

do a kindness for a fellow-Jew and G-d will do a kindness for you;

befriend a fellow-Jew and G-d will befriend you.

Hayom Yom 13 hechvan

Le Baal Chem Tov avait coutume d’enseigner la Guemara à ses disciples. Il délivrait son enseignement avec une grande finesse et beaucoup d’érudition. Il y incluait le Rambam, le Alfassi, le Roch et d’autres commentaires des Richonim portant sur le traité qui faisait l’objet de l’étude.
Le Baal Chem Tov traduisait le texte en Yddich. Lorsqu’il enseigna le traité Erkin et parvint à l’affirmation de nos Sages (15B) selon laquelle “un langage triple tue trois personnes”, le Baal Chem Tov expliqua:
“La médisance tue tous les trois, celui qui en est l’auteur, celui qui en fait état et celui qui l’écoute. Certes, cette mort n’a qu’une dimension spirituelle. Mais elle est encore plus grave qu’un crime physique.”
(Le “langage triple” est celui de l’homme qui rapporte une médisance. Il agit ainsi en tant que “troisième personne”, intermédiaire, entre l’auteur de ce propos et celui qui l’écoute.)

St. Petersburg Inaugurates New Torah Scroll | CrownHeights.info zalman

Hundreds of community members and guests participated this Sunday in the festive inauguration of a new Torah scroll that was donated by six community 
CrownHeights.info – Chabad News, Crown Heights News, Lubavitch News
Torah in one hand, newspaper in the other, rabbi-lawmaker makes administrador

Torah in one hand, newspaper in the other, rabbi-lawmaker makes Argentine history. When he takes the oath of office in December as a new member of 
Sergio Bergman
Jacob the Trickster, Telephone Torah Study, Thursday, October 31st Yanir Dekel

This week on our Telephone Torah Study we’ll study how Jacob (with an assist from his mother Rebekah) changed his destiny through trickery Toldot 
Beth Chayim Chadashim

The phantom forefatherJewish News of Greater Phoenix

The phantom forefather Toledot, Genesis 25:19-28:9 jewishaz.com | 0 comments. In this week’sTorah portion, we encounter the tragic figure of Eisav, or Esau.
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Bnei Torah Party Invited to Coalition Talks in YerushalayimYeshiva World News

aurep The Bnei Torah list which earned a seat in the Jerusalem City Council has been invited to take part in negotiations as the new city coalition is being 
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When a Torah sage proves all too humanNew Jersey Jewish News

I first became aware of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef over 40 years ago, as a yeshiva student in Israel. I came across his edition of the Passover Haggada. I have no 
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The wells of peace: Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

The Torah says that Isaac’s workers found a “b’air mayyim chayyim, a well of living  Torah itself is also known as a ‘well of living water,’ as the same talmudic 
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Iraqi Jewish belongings to go on display in USNew Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a 
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FOR THE LOVE OF TORAHCommunity Magazine

The Rambam, in Moreh Nevuchim (chapter 51), says that the secret to success in learning Torah is to be completely focused and immersed only in Torah.
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Weekly Torah study slatedAgoura Hills Acorn

Weekly Torah study slated  rabbinic intern Jonathan Rothstein-Fisch have started a weekly evening Torah study class at 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Nov.
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Pew Response: Torah Is The AnswerThe Jewish Week

They reject the Torah and mitzvot as having come directly from God and dismiss the eternal obligation Jews have to learn Torah and perform the mitzvot.
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Australia reassured on gay, security issues for SochiChicago Tribune

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Olympic team have been reassured by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promise that gay athletes will be welcome at next 
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Yeshivat Shaare Torah High School is excited to announce the appointment of Rabbi David Sutton as the new Menahel of Shaare TorahBoys High School.
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Poland’s new Jewish museum to celebrate life, not revisit the The Olathenews

WARSAW, Poland In the heart of the former Warsaw ghetto, where Jews rebelled against their German oppressors 70 years ago, Poland is unveiling a new 
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AP PHOTOS: Israeli military’s power, in war-machine memorials and The Province

The military’s influence is ever-present in Israeli civilian life. Most Jewishmen are required to enlist at the age of 18 for three years of mandatory service followed 
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Bondi victims: ‘We won’t change our livesAustralian Jewish News

VICTIMS of last Friday night’s alleged anti-Semitic attack in Sydney insist they’re not going to let the broken bones and bruises they suffered affect their proud 
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Best of the best: ‘Disney Junior Life on Tour! Pirate and Princess Detroit Free Press

Best of the best: ‘Disney Junior Life on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure;’ 62nd annual JewishCommunity Book Center Fair 
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Background: History and IdeologyChabad.org

Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and have affected almost every facet of Jewish life.
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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Appointed to Dual Professorship at YU The Jewish Voice

“It has long been our desire to welcome him into this next stage of his life by having him work at Yeshiva University to both inspire the next generation of Jewish 
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Clergy reflect on Proposition 8The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

On a wall of the Autry National Center — among Los Angeles Jewish  (House of New Life), the banner is presented as a symbol of gay liberation in Jewish life.
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Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky to speak on ‘The Secret of the Dreidel’Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

He now lives in Jerusalem and teaches in various yeshivas and seminaries in  The JewishEnrichment Center, Kehillas Shomrei Emunim, Ohr Hatorah, The 
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On the afternoon of 3 Marheshvan, 5774 (Oct. 7, 2013), the entire Jewishnation  Throughout her life, Rabbanit Margalit Yosef a”h, who passed away in 1994, 
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להקת סרוגים במחרוזת חסידית

צילום: אמיר שיינבום
עריכה: הדס שליסל

Haisraelim band | Jewish Wedding

תזמורת חסידית | להקת הישראלים בליווי חתן וכלה | טקס החופה |

הקות לחתונה,להקה חסידית,להקה,להקות חתונה,מוזיקה לאירועים,Jewish Wedding,mariage juif,Wedding Band להקת הישראלים.
ראשית נאחל לכם בשעה טובה והמון מזל טוב והצלחה.
באתר הלהקה תוכלו למצוא מידע אודותינו ועל דרכנו היחודית בעשיית השמחה שלכם לחוויה מוסיקלית. בכדי להמחיש את רמתו הגבוהה של הערב אותו אנו מגישים, הן מבחינה מוסיקלית והן ברמת ההפקה, כמעט בכל עמוד תמצאו סרטונים על הלהקה.
מתוך הבנה ששימחתכם הינה מאורע יחודי – של “פעם בחיים” עבורכם, אנו מגישים לכם אירוע שמורכב מהרמה המוסיקלית הגבוהה ביותר שבנמצא, כזו שתימצאו רק בהפקות המוסיקליות הגדולות, שמורכב מחווית הגשה שונה, מתפאורת במה יחודית, מעריכת חופה שמחה ומוסיקלית, מנגנים מקצועיים וצוות של שלושה זמרים שיגישו לכם את השירים העכשוויים והמקובלים בעיבודים חדשניים. הביצועים המוסיקליים של הישראלים מוגשים בכל סגנון אפשרי לבחירתכם: חסידית, רוק, מזרחית, תמנית, ישראלי, לטיני ולמעוניינים גם לועזית. לכן, לפני האירוע יתאם עימכם מנהל האירוע של הישראלים את כל הפרטים, עד האחרון שבהם, כולל את אשר עולה בדמיונכם הפורה או הפרוע… כדי שתהיה לכם חוויה מוסיקלית מושלמת.

Rock Your World 2013: Saul Kaye

behind the scenes Elana Jagoda


Kaye, Jagoda walk the line JewishlyJewish News of Greater Phoenix

The December 2012 wedding of these two icons of the Bay Area Jewish music scene drew almost royal coverage from the area’s Jewish newspaper, j. the 
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Leitmotif in LeipzigAustralian Jewish News

But for the international Jewish community, a year saturated in homage to classical music’s most infamous anti-Semite is a fraught one indeed. Wherever 
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Confessions of a Jewish Halloween GrinchJewish Daily Forward (blog)

I explain, again, for the umpteenth time, that Halloween is not an important holiday, itʼs not a Jewish holiday. And unlike Thanksgiving, a national holiday with 
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Be a part of the Annual Campaign; help save lives around the worldJewish Community Voice

After concluding the season of fall Jewish holidays with Simchat Torah, where we completed and re-started the annual cycle of reading the Torah, the Jewish 
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There Are Thieves in the Temple. Or Are They Sacred Messengers?Tablet Magazine

It is partly in order to be able to answer such questions that I have been reading Daf Yomi. TheTalmud is a text much maligned in Western culture, both in its 
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The Torah Revolution: Everything that Hashem has spoken we shall Ariel ben Yochanan

B”H – Peace comes because G-d gives it to you for Torah compliance! No Torah  It sickens me the way the govt/media treat the Torah lovers in Israel”.
The Torah Revolution: Everything that Hashem has spoken we shall do (Shemos [Ex.] 19:8)
Elated Community Welcomes New Torah to Harlem | CrownHeights zalman

The streets of Central Harlem were filled with music and dancing Sunday as, for the first time in almost a century, a new Sefer Torah was welcomed to the 
CrownHeights.info – Chabad News, Crown Heights News, Lubavitch News
Esser Agaroth: “Tzohar Law:” Torah vs. State Under the ChuppahEsser Agaroth

“Tzohar Law:” Torah vs. State Under the Chuppah. כ”ו לחודש השמיני תשע”ד. Arutz 7: ‘Revolution’? New Law Lets Marrying Couples Pick Their Rabbi 


Berlin: Jewish Student House Brings Torah to Young German JewsYeshiva World News

An official opening ceremony was held at Berlin’s first Jewish student house  activities and serve as a venue for pro-Israel lectures and eventsin response to 
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KOLOT – Speaking out for those who cannot speakConnecticut Jewish Ledger

The world has gone on since the horrible events of August 21, 2013 that took  As Jewish clergy engaged actively in the Jewish community, the only visible 
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Be a part of the Annual Campaign; help save lives around the worldJewish Community Voice

After concluding the season of fall Jewish holidays with Simchat Torah, where  and (of course) fundraising events the Jewish Federation organizes each year.
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YU Lecture Offers a Closer Look at Nehama LeibowitzThe Jewish Voice

Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies held its inaugural event of the fall semester’s special lecture series, “Nehama Leibowitz 


Don’t Bet Against the Jews! – Michael Medved at 
Radio host Michael Medved talks about his personal journey in Judaism, the inexplicable 
How to Craft Sparkling Candle Holders – Jewish 
Watch our Jewish crafting guru, Abbey, demonstrate how to create unique candle holders that 
Torah in one hand, newspaper in the other, rabbi-lawmaker makes Haaretz

“I believe that Torah can also be taught in the legislature. I’m against the union of state and religion. I’m in favor of the separation of church and state, but also in 
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Berlin: Jewish Student House Brings Torah to Young German JewsYeshiva World News

t An official opening ceremony was held at Berlin’s first Jewish student house earlier this week. The house, which is partly run by students, will provide Torah 
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Yaakov and Yisrael: The integration of body and soulSun-Sentinel

After all, Esav was merely a hunter while Yaakov was a student of Torah Yaakov on the other hand, would be the spiritual heir who would teach Torah and 
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Open Wells, Open Hearts (Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)Huffington Post

This week’s Torah portion is full of well-known biblical stories that center around food. Esau famously gives away his birthright to his younger brother, Jacob, 
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Women of the Wall should lead through actionSun-Sentinel

They could have read from a Torah scroll (theirs is damaged by water, but many others are available in the holy city of Jerusalem). They could have touched the 
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Schumer Still Pressing On Iraqi Jewish ArchiveThe Jewish Week

Under an agreement with the Bush administration at the time, the more than 2,700 artifacts — including partial Torah parchments and ancient prayer books 
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Rav Auerbach Shlita on Effort to Compel Allegiance from AvreichimYeshiva World News

On page 3 of the Tuesday 25 Cheshvan 5774 edition of HaPeles, affiliated with the Bnei Torah party, Rav Auerbach sends a clear message to “bnei yeshivos 
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Teaching health and wellness through sacred textsSun-Sentinel

Judaism’s sacred texts and the Torah teach us to “treat the body with the utmost respect, to keep it working in the best way possible,” Jacobs said. “The body is a 
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ABOUT TOWN WITH MARK SNYDER: Israeli Naval Commandos to Patch.com

For further information contact Rabbi Jonathan Hausman at Ahavath Torah  Ahavath TorahCongregation is located at 1179 Central St in Stoughton.
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Jerusalem rabbi recalls Lou Reed’s ‘Jewish soul’Jerusalem Post

Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman says late rock icon and musical pioneer kept his feelings about Judaism private, was connected to his family andJewish roots.
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The Rose in Bloom by Ezekiel’s WheelsBoston Herald

It didn’t start out that way, though. Last August, we received an invitation to the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. The Festival is a competition.
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New Jewish Center A Boon to Life in Siberian CapitalLubavitch.com

They rented facilities and opened up a synagogue, soup kitchen, k-12Jewish day school system, and summer camps—breathing new life into a community of 
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Songs of Life Commemorates Rescue of Bulgarian JewsFree Times

For Tchonev and his wife Sharon, it’s also a personal story. Sharon Tchonev’s Jewish grandparents were among 49,000 Bulgarian Jews saved from the fate that 
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Goldberg leads new HillelSun-Sentinel

Jewish life is alive and well at FAU,” said Goldberg, 40, of Boca Raton. “I want to engage as many students in Jewish life as possible,” Goldberg said during 
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The night Lou Reed came to my houseSt. Louis Jewish Light

She is also the author of several books: Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish  to East-Central Europe and Upon the Doorposts of Thy House:Jewish Life in 
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Judy Finkelstein-Taff of Chicago Jewish Day School receives 2013 Jewish United Fund

Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School at Chicago Jewish Day School (CJDS), was one of three educators from across the spectrum of Jewish life to receive The 
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BRCA gene cancer risk for Ashkenazi Jews the focus in West HartfordWest Hartford News

It is the first class of a new six-week course, titled Life in the Balance, about the Jewish perspective on everyday medical dilemmas. The course is accredited for 
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Zombies, Vampires, and Things That Come Back to Life: A Rabbi’s Tablet Magazine

‘Tis the season for discussions of how kosher it is for Jews to celebrate Halloween. But the fascination with “the undead” isn’t limited by the calendar; it’s ongoing 
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Welcoming the Sunrise in JerusalemChabad.org (blog)

Ukrainian-born Alex Levin lives in Rishon Lezion, Israel. His works, many of which depict Jewish life in Israel, have been admired by Israeli presidents and 
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World Jewish Relief launches new microsite celebrating diverse range of Jewish survival stories

What emotions and memories does the word “survival” make you think about? In the Jewish community alone so many people have stories to tell about survival. So I’ve come to North London to speak to World Jewish Relief about a new microsite they’ve launched, documenting the stories of survival within the Jewish community.

Dutch museums identify exhibits looted by Nazis: many artworks seized from Jewish owners

Following an intensive survey, Dutch museums have identified 139 works of art in their collections that were likely snatched forcibly from Jewish owners during the Nazi regime. A review is under way of Dutch artwork dating back to 1933 to establish if they were stolen from Jewish families during the Holocaust. The review has issued the names of 20 people whom the museums said definitely had 61 pieces stolen from them.

Maccabi Tel Aviv officials reflect on Europa League campaign ahead of Eintrach Frankfurt tie

Maccabi Tel Aviv is continuing its European campaign in group F of the Europa League with their third game, here at Frankfurt, Eintrach Frankfurt.

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Wednesday Cheshvan 26 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Tol’dot, Revi’i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 119, 97 to end.
Tanya: To understand how (p. 593) …stressing before G-d. (p. 595).

The true way is to know one’s character, truly recognizing one’s own deficiencies and one’s good qualities. And when one knows his deficiencies – he should correct them with actual avoda, and not satisfy himself merely with bemoaning them.1

1. See Tevet 23.
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Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.
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Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday, the second of four batches to be released as part of a deal that set in motion the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (full story)

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“Challenges on Peacemaking in Israel-Palestine” with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jeff Halper, 6:45 p.m., Bertram Woods Library, 20600 Fayette Road, Shaker Hts. Free. www.shakerlibrary.org.
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1944: The Nazis deported Margot and Anne Frank from Auschwitz to Belsen, where they both died five months later.

White House meets with Jewish groups on IranLas Vegas Sun

The White House has updated Jewish and pro-Israel groups about its talks with Iran amid concerns by some of the groups about the U.S. easing sanctions 
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Probe: Dutch Museum Artworks May Be From Nazi TheftArutz Sheva

A probe by Dutch museums revealed today (Tuesday) that 139 pieces of art may possibly be among property taken from Jews by Nazi invaders during World 
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Danish Crown Prince Visit: 70 Years Since Holocaust RescueArutz Sheva

On Wednesday the Danish Crown Prince Frederik will make his first visit to Israel in commemoration of 70 years since the rescue of Danish Jewsfrom the 
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The Arab-Israeli Peace Process Is Over. Enter the Era of Chaos.Tablet Magazine

Maybe it’s good news then that the lake of crocodile tears shed for 80 years over the Palestinian cause is about to evaporate into the thin desert air because the 
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Israel submits to human rights review by UN bodyU.S. News & World Report

GENEVA (AP) — Israel defended its treatment of Palestinians and others on the  an anti-Israel bias reflected in a disproportionate focus on theJewish state’s 
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Haley HershCleveland Jewish News

Haley Hersh, daughter of Elissa Klein Hersh and Allan Hersh, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2 at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. She attends Beachwood 
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Civil Marriage Threatens Lapid-Bennett AllianceArutz Sheva

“This is a dangerous initiative that would create a binational state – oneJewish nation, and one ‘civil’ nation,” Chetboun warned. “The nation ofIsrael has 
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Sefer HaTanya – First Printing of Hebrew-German Edition / Das Buch Tanja zweisprachig

On Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5772, Shluchim, Anash and children from four countries – Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium travelled far to watch the very first printing of a Hebrew-German Tanya in Darmstadt, Germany, farbreng, say “Lechaim” and learn from the first galley proof.

Das Buch Tanja – Erstausgabe

Zu den am häufigsten gedruckten jüdischen Büchern gehört das Buch “Tanja”, das seit dem ersten Druck im Jahre 1796, in über 5’000 Ausgaben gedruckt wurde.

Das Buch wird als wichtigstes Werk des Chabad Chassidismus angesehen. Es nimmt vier Jahrtausende jüdischer Weisheit und kondensiert sie um die grossen persönlichen und existentiellen Fragen des Lebens zu beantworten. Das Buch Tanja hat die Art, wie wir über G-tt, die menschliche Seele, die Welt und unseren Platz darin nachdenken, revolutioniert. Der Autor, Rabbi Schneor Salman von Lijadi, einer der ersten Exponenten des Chassidismus, zeichnet einen praktischen Weg auf, wie der Mensch ein spirituelles Leben im Einklang mit seinem Wesen und Lebensaufgabe führen kann.

Am Chol Hamoed Sukkot trafen sich in Darmstadt, Deutschland, Chabad Schluchim, Rabbiner und andere Interessierte aus Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz und Belgien um den Druck des ersten zweisprachigen hebräisch/deutschen Tanja zu erleben. Eine Sukka wurde draussen vor der Druckerei für das Farbrengen und das traditionelle “Lechajim” aufgestellt und aus den ersten Druckfahnen wurde gelernt.

Drei Fachleute arbeiteten drei Jahre daran das Buch Tanja auch für die deutschsprachigen Länder zugänglich zu machen: Rabbiner Levi Sternglanz, Wien, der bedeutendste deutsche Übersetzer der chassidischen Philosophie, Ralf de Jong, Essen, ein bedeutender Grafiker und Professor für Typographie und Dr. Ittai Joseph Tamari, München, ein Spezialist für alte hebräische Schriften aus Europa. Diese Ausgabe trägt die Editionsnummer 5296.

Entstanden ist eine Ausgabe mit hebräischem Originaltext und einer verständlichen deutschen Übersetzung jeweils auf einer Doppelseite gesetzt. Lesefreundliche Typografie, mehrfarbiger Druck, kurze Erklärungen und Quellenangaben sowie ein Glossar zeichnen das Buch aus.

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The Laws Of Jewish Conversion by Rabbi Mordechai Becher

How to become jewish?

Konvertiten – ORF Beitrag

mit Aufnahmen im Haus der Zukunft – Bet Halevi
mit Rabbiner Levi Sternglanz

Lukas Feivel Czech und Levi Sternglanz sind Juden, sie waren es aber nicht von Geburt an. Beide sind im jungen Erwachsenenalter zum Judentum konvertiert – Czech zu einer reformierten Gemeinde, Sternglanz zu einer orthodoxen. Sie sind Beispiele für zwei völlig unterschiedliche Wege zum gleichen Ziel – jener Religion, die am besten dem eigenen Weltbild entspricht.

Japaner konvertiert zum Judentum und wird Rabbiner

Ein christlicher Pastor aus Japan konvertiert zum orthodoxen Judentum und wird Rabbiner in Jerusalem.

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From Christian Pastor To Jewish Rabbi (Conversion to Judaism)

An intriguing story of an evangelical Christian Pastor and his wife who in exploring the roots of their faith and their search for the truth arrive at the doorsteps of Judaism.

Yaakov Ephraim and his wife Sarah Devorah are living in Morristown, New Jersey where he is learning in kollel in Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim (a division of the Rabinical College of America) and touring North America to tell his story.

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וידיאו מדהים – הדלקת נרות חנוכה בבית מרן הרב מרדכי אליהו

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מרגש ומיוחד מאד! צפו בהדלקת נרות חנוכה בביתו של מרן הראשון לציון הרב מרדכי אליהו זצוק”ל המלצה: לא כדאי לכם להדליק נרות חנוכה לפני שראיתם את הוידאו הזה…
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הרב בועז שלום ענינים שונים הלכות חנוכה, טו’ כסלו, תשע’א

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28/10/13 – Maharal of Prague’s Netivot Olam – w/R. Daniel Koh

~ Course Description ~
Based on the writings of the Maharal of Prague Rav Daniel takes us on a profound and life changing journey through the inner landscapes of Teshuva

~ R. Daniel Kohn ~
Rav Daniel is a founding member of the village of Bat Ayin, Rabbi of the village, and a sought after facilitator of spiritual growth programming. He is also an accomplished saxophone and clarinet klezmer musician. He is especially drawn to the contemplative works of the Maharal and Chassidut Chabad, and serves as a model for the profound spirituality and continued personal growth that he teaches so well.

~ Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov ~
Sulam Yaakov is the Nachlaot Community Beit Midrash for Leadership Development. Located in the heart of Jerusalem Sulam Yaakov offers daily morning meditations, Shaliach Tzibur training, morning seder, self-development workshops and more.

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17/10/13 – The Torah of Rebbe Nachman – w/R. Raz Hartman

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 ~ Rav Raz – Likutei Moharan

~ Course Description ~
A profound in depth study of the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav facilitated by Rav Raz Hartman of the Va’Ani Teffilah community in Nachlaot.

This learning will take place in Hebrew.

~ Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov ~
Sulam Yaakov is the Nachlaot Community Beit Midrash for Leadership Development. Located in the heart of Jerusalem Sulam Yaakov offers daily morning meditations, Shaliach Tzibur training, morning seder, self-development workshops and more.

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