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Poland to review constitutionality of kosher ban: Jewish groups horrified by ritual slaughter ban

Poland will set up a committee to investigate whether it is possible to re-establish ritual Jewish slaughter in Poland, because the current ban might actually be constitutional.

TJC’s Jewish News Week In Review: October 25, 2013

Awarding a million dollar to Michael Bloomberg and explaining why,
Dr. Ruth’s Life Story brought to the Stage
Expanding an Old Jewish Institution in a new way

and more of the Jewish News that’s changing your world right now on the Week In Review.

Power outages remain in Cuyahoga, Geauga counties
About 18,005 are still without power in Cuyahoga County following the Oct. 24 snowstorm, according to a FirstEnergy outage map. (full story)Why there is still no ‘Entourage’ movie
It seems the “Entourage” cast members could use some help from someone like superagent Ari Gold. (full story)Jewish studies professor to highlight scholar weekend
When Richard Elliott Friedman was a young boy, he thought he wanted to be Rashi – the medieval French rabbi famous for writing commentaries on the Torah. (full story)

Player of the Week: Danielle Buchinsky
Junior Danielle Buchinsky capped an outstanding season as Laurel School’s No. 1 singles player with a fourth-place finish in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II girls’ state tennis tournament Oct. 18-19 at The Ohio State University in Columbus. (full story)

Know a student athlete you would like to nominate for High School Player of the Week? Coaches and parents should email Ed Wittenberg at ewittenberg@cjn.org by noon on Sunday. Provide the player’s name and statistics for the week and a contact telephone number and email.

Regina Brett, a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning columnist, will write a biweekly column for the Cleveland Jewish News beginning Friday, Nov. 1. To learn more about Regina, clickhere.

Weekend’s Best Bet
Sunday, Oct. 27: Temple Israel Ner Tamid’s fourth annual speaker’s program with Michael Scharf, 7 p.m., 1732 Lander Road, Mayfield Hts. Tickets: $25 general admission, $100 meet-and-greet reception. 440-473-5120 or www.tintcleveland.org/scharf.

B’nai mitzvah – week of Oct. 25
Ariel Cohen, Saturday morning, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami
Bradley Jacob Gilbert, Saturday evening, Park Synagogue
David Gold, Saturday morning, Congregation Shaarey Tikvah
Sophie Greff, Saturday evening, Jewish Family Experience at the John Carroll University Green Road Annex
Morgan Wynne Kahn, Saturday morning, Beth Israel-The West Temple
Evie Rose Krislov, Saturday morning, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation
Ally Marchewitz, Saturday afternoon, The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood
Jake Marchewitz, Saturday afternoon, The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood
Daniel Myeroff, Saturday morning, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Jack Newman, Saturday morning, Park Synagogue
Dylan Siegler, Saturday evening, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Click here to read the complete b’nai mitzvah listings at cjn.org.
This Day in History
1921: Simchat Torah is celebrated for the first time during the presidency of Warren Harding and for the second time under the strictures of the Volstead Act.

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The first Festival of Jewish Culture, held outside the National Palace of Culture in Sofia on September 15 2013. Visitors were introduced to Jewish traditions, cuisine, art, literature, film, music and dances. Bulgarian television celebrity chef Uti Buchvarov prepared a huge Shakshuka (one of the most popular egg dishes in Israel) for the visitors. The event was, organized by Shalom, the organization of the Jews in Bulgaria.
Israel’s ambassador in Sofia, Shaul Kamisa-Raz attended the event.

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Shdema Mezuzot affixing

“There Will Be No Other Sovereignty in Eretz Israel Other than the State of Israel”

The Deputy Minister of Religious Services declared at the ceremony in which a mezuzah was affixed to the cultural building in the Shdema base that was restored to Jewish hands: “Shdema will be a flourishing community. There will be no other sovereignty in Eretz Israel other than that of the State of Israel”

Hundreds of participants, from the supporters of the settlement enterprise from throughout all Israel, were present Friday morning, Rosh Hodesh Heshvan (October 4, 2013) at the impressive and moving ceremony in which a mezuzah was affixed to the Eretz Israel cultural structure at Shdema in eastern Gush Etzion.

The event marked five years of struggle against anarchists and leftists and against the past plans of the government to give over the place to the Arab Palestinians. It was held with the participation of public figures, including Gush Etzion Regional Council head Davidi Perl, Israel Prize laureate Geulah Cohen, Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, the Bayit Yehudi candidate for the Jerusalem city council Adv. Herzl Yehezkel, and hundreds of supporters of the settlement enterprise and Eretz Israel.
The event was opened with greetings by the heads of the Women in Green movement, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, who called for the application of Israeli sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria, and not to be satisfied with the establishment of new communities. “The application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria means that the land is ours, and is not up for negotiations. This is our demand of the government, the Knesset, and the public at large,” Katsover said , and then she read the congratulatory letter to the event by the Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli Edelstein.

In the congratulatory letter that he sent to the event, Edelstein wrote: “The Gush Etzion area has an abundant history of special women who ‘built the House of Israel.’ On one side, standing on the main road, is the tomb of the Matriarch Rachel, who weeps and ‘refuses to be comforted for her children, who are gone.’ And on the other side stands Shdema, that connects Jerusalem and Tekoa, the place of the woman of Tekoa who acts on behalf of the unity of the people, ‘that the one who is banished be not an outcast from him.’ Israel is redeemed by the merit of righteous women, and by the merit of tenacious and fighting women, who are persistent and experienced in struggles, the women of Women in Green and the Committee for a Jewish Shdema , Shdema will yet develop and become an important and central settlement point.”
After the speeches, the audience turned to the stage of affixing the mezuzot on the structure’s doors, following which the audience gathered for the artistic program of Kabbalat Shabbat songs with David Litke, Steve Rodan, and Shalom Weissberg. In the background was an exhibition of paintings by Shmuel Mushnik from Hebron. The event concluded with spontaneous dancing and the promise to return and advance the Jewish foothold in Shdema, until it becomes a flourishing settlement that will ensure territorial continuity between the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homah and Gush Etzion.

‘Spirit’ of Sukkot can be tasted in Jerry Parness’ etrog liquorthejewishchronicle.net

Dr. Jerry Parness stood in his Squirrel Hill kitchen fastidiously scraping and squeezing, trying to extract the last juices of the just-concluded festival of Sukkot.
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ewish Professionals Gather in Toronto to Discuss Challenges in the Shalom Life

Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA (JFC-UIA) strengthens Jewish life in Canada, Israel and overseas in partnership with Jewish Federations and communities 
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Jewish Federations chiefs call for free Jewish preschoolJewish Telegraphic Agency

The idea was one of four proffered by Silverman and Siegal to “intensify — and make affordable — the most effective vehicles for engaging people in Jewish life 
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Warsaw Jews to open first JCC in Polish capitalJewish United Fund

Funded by JDC, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the Koret Foundation, and many other donors, the new JCC is the second in the country and 
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4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmericaHuffington Post

Its key findings — that younger Jews are not only less connected to, but are also less interested in, Jewish life — puts in sharp relief the challenge before us.
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‘Start-up Nation’ meets Europe at Berlin event for Jewish professionalsJerusalem Post

 gathering of hundreds of young Jewish professionals from Israel and across Europe,  with the Jewish world and engage people not affiliated with Jewish life.
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Jewish Survivor of the Holocaust Writes First MemoirDigitalJournal.com

Braun has written her first memoir “Fragments of my Life” about her experiences running and hiding during WWII with her Jewish family. “I am part of the last 
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Campaign Power Hours setCleveland Jewish News

5: noon to 1 p.m., “Celebrating Our Jewish Life and Ensuring Our Jewish Future,” experiences and stories that celebrate the community’s love of Jewish life and 
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Breakthrough Jew – Jon BernthalShalom Life

Hot, hip, and heady, the next wave of Jewish artists and influencers has already  In Jon Bernthal’s case, one teacher in particular changed the course of his life.
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Jewish statistics on breast cancer prompt prevention programNaperville Sun

AT A GLANCE What: The first of Jewish Learning Institute’s new six week program Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas is a 
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His life testimonyJerusalem Post

 a stand on defending the Jewish state, Israel’s justice system and free speech.  monuments,” he recounts in his memoir Taking the Stand: MyLife in the Law.
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Jewish studies professor to highlight scholar weekendCleveland Jewish News

When Richard Elliott Friedman was a young boy, he thought he wanted to be Rashi – the medieval French rabbi famous for writing commentaries on the Torah.
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Judaism: Where is Home? Avraham and AliyahArutz Sheva

This week’s dvar Torah is by Rabbi Dr. Yossef Slotnik, director of foreign students  In this week’sTorah reading, Parshat Chayei Sara, we see that his troubles 
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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Complicated LegacyThe Jewish Week

The State of Israel, and indeed the entire Jewish world, lost one of its greatest and most prolificTorah scholars two weeks ago with the death of Rabbi Ovadia 
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Harlem is getting its own Torah after seven decades without a new New York Daily News

It’s Torah time at the Apollo. The Jewish community of Harlem will welcome its newest member this weekend — the first sacred, handwritten Hebrew scriptures to 
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Going to the source to find ‘the one’Jweekly.com

There is a time-honored tradition in Judaism that in every Jewish man’s life, there comes a time when he must stand up and tell his mother he is an adult and will 
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ABC’s of Bar/Bat MitzvahThe Jewish Voice

The phrase translates as “son (daughter) of commandment” — i.e. the young person becomes responsible to observe the commandments (mitzvot) of the Torah.
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Ukraine court says seized Torahs belong to JewsThe Times of Israel

A Ukrainian court has ruled that hundreds of Torah scrolls that were seized by Soviet authorities nearly 100 years ago belong to the local Jewish community and 
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Stroll down Memory Lanethejewishchronicle.net

This week’s Torah portion brings the Book of Numbers, and in many ways the narrative of theTorah, to a close. With the end of B’midbar, our people’s journey in 
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Jewish Music for Carnegie Hall – Kol HamevaserEditors

Different movements throughout both musical and Jewish history have given to modern times a variety of ways to approach music and Judaism, ranging from the 
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Tunes that speak, words that sing at Temple SinaiWicked Local

“Reclaiming Jewish Music: Tunes that Speak and Words that Sing” with artist-in-residence Eleanor Epstein takes place at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St., Sharon.
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Chabad Of East Boca Presents ‘A Reason to Celebrate’The Jewish Press

“Some of my earliest and most powerful childhood memories are bound to the festivities that heralded the arrival of the Jewish holidays,” said Rosh Chodesh 
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My Jewish Learning

Lilith, Lady Flying in Darkness

In Jewish tradition, Lilith is conceived of as the original woman, a thief of babies, and more recently represents women who no longer want to be “good girls.” MORE>


The Evil Eye: Ayin Hara
Witches & Witchcraft in Jewish Tradition
Incantations, Spells & Adjurations
Jewish Curses


Magic & The Supernatural
How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it? Sign up for the quiz challenge for a chance to win an Amazon gift card this month. MORE>


Trick or Treat: On Jews & Halloween
Michele Schipper doesn’t worry about celebrating Halloween with her children, since her own Southern Jewish mother let her trick or treat, with no damage to her Jewish identity. MORE>

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Orthodox Union OU Shabbat Shalom Weekly
Announcing Jew in the City’s 2013 Orthodox Jewish All StarsAllison JosephsU.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Nobel Laureate Robert Aumann are among ten individuals who have been named 2013 Orthodox Jewish All Stars by Jew in the City.READ MORE » Announcing Jew in the City’s 2013 Orthodox Jewish All Stars
Last Call to Register for Birthright
Register now for the winter program of a lifetime with Israel Free Spirit Taglit-Birthright! You’ll learn about the Jewish homeland, tour Israel’s many amazing sites and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Your Israel experience starts with the click of mouse.
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Spiritual SlaveryRabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh WeinrebMy lifelong belief in the illegitimacy of slavery has been continually tested by the fact that our Torah recognizes a place for slavery in our society. The slave takes such a central place in our halachic system that Maimonides devotes an entire section of his Code of Law to the laws of slaves.READ MORE » Spiritual Slavery
Beginning the JourneyBritain’s Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksG-d promises, but we have to act. G-d promised Abraham the land, but he had to buy the first field. G-d promised Abraham many descendants, but Abraham had to ensure that his son was married, and to a woman who would share the life of the covenant, so that Abraham would have, as we say today, “Jewish grandchildren.”READ MORE » Beginning the Journey
Be a ManOU PressThe Torah fails to identify Eliezer when searching for a wife for Yitzchak; Eliezer is not mentioned by name in the text at all. Instead, two terms are used interchangeably to describe the anonymous envoy: eved, “servant,” and ish, “man.” Why is that?READ MORE » Be a Man
Uncommon DecencyRabbi Ari KahnWhen the time arrives to find a bride for Yitzchak, Avraham sends his most trusted servant on a quest to find a suitable spouse.READ MORE » Uncommon Decency
The SAGE Initiative: 4-Week Fall Series for Active Retirees
The Orthodox Union, in collaboration with STAJE and Congregation Bnai Yeshurun is proud to present a 4-week fall series that focuses on ‘The SAGE Initiative”. A forum focused on enhancing the educational opportunities for active retirees in the Jewish Community.
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  • Torah Tidbits Audio Phil Chernofsky is the educational director of the OU Israel Center and the editor of Torah Tidbits, the Center’s weekly Torah publication distributed throughout Israel.
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OU and Partners Establish Boulder Emergency Fund, Following FloodsOU StaffWith winter fast coming to the Rocky Mountains, and with emergency relief desperately needed by the victims of the flood, Achiezer, the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel of America, and the National Council of Young Israel, have come together to announce an emergency fund to assist people whose homes were destroyed during recent devastating floods to the area.READ MORE » OU and Partners Establish Boulder Emergency Fund, Following Floods
The Rarest Blue (audio)Stephen SavitskySavitsky talks with Baruch Sterman, author of “The Rarest Blue” which covers the mitzvah of Techelet.READ MORE » The Rarest Blue (audio)
Finding Common Ground With Your SpouseAdina SoclofYitzchok and Rivka are obviously a match made in heaven, however they do differ in their parenting methods. This theme of differing ideology when it comes to raising our children is something we continue to see in modern times.READ MORE » Finding Common Ground With Your Spouse
Mindful EatingAlan FreishtatWhen we formulate a food plan, we focus on our food intake. But learning how to eat mindfully while enjoying and savoring each bite of food is just as important.READ MORE » Mindful Eating
Batches of BarleyEileen GoltzSee why this delicious little grain is more than just a sidekick to your mushroom and beef soup!READ MORE » Batches of Barley
Mesoras HaRav Chumash Publication Launch Events:
October 27th – Teaneck, NJ
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יוסי ברגר קול מבשר – יעקב שוואקי yossi berger
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לרכישת האלבום “בין הצלילים”…

“הניגון הזה, ” מספר רזאל “מסחרר אותי תמיד – הוא ממש מתנה בשבילי – יש בו משהו שלא נח לרגע – לוקח אותך שוב מעלה מעלה …לעוד סיבוב ועוד סיבוב… כשהקלטנו את האלבום – הייתה לי מחשבה פתאום להפגיש אותו עם העולם המוסיקלי ממנו צמחתי – העולם של המוסיקה הקלאסית. זה התחיל בתור הגיג ולאט לאט תפס “גודל ” אם כי עדיין התוצאה הזו נתפסת בעיני כסוג של “אנקדוטה” – אך בכל אופן ברוך ה’ משמחת ומרעננת”.

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