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EXCLSUIVE VIN News.com One Thousand Dreidels And Still Going Strong

Brooklyn, NY – The biography of Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran is long and storied. OU Kosher’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Founder and Editor in Chief of Behind the Union Symbol, a highly acclaimed kashrus magazine published by the Orthodox Union. Published author. But perhaps one of the titles that Rabbi Safran wears most proudly is owner of one of the largest private dreidel collections in the world.

The walls and shelves of the Safran’s Borough Park home are lined with dreidels of every size, shape and material. Made out of ceramic, silver, wood, Jerusalem stone, crystal, paper cuts, recycled magazines and more, the collection features an astonishing array of dreidels from all over the world including Israel, the United States, Scotland, India, Spain, Poland, Austria, Russia and Turkey. There are dreidels made by Rosenthal, Azoulay, Gore, Lev Shneiderman, Raphael Carl, Amy Gilron, Stefan Egei, Gregory Ruvinsky, Eli Yashar, Lladro, Waterford, Lenox and Radko. Dreidel candles, besamim boxes, music boxes, a dreidel menorah. A crystal dreidel decanter. A diamond encrusted dreidel that once belonged to a mekubal. Rabbi Safran’s continuously growing collection is nothing short of fascinating.

But for Rabbi Safran, the collection is not just about the dreidels themselves but about their ability to recreate the childhood magic that makes Chanukah the most special of yomim tovim as well as their ability to commemorate the countless miracles that Hakadosh Baruch Hu has bestowed upon Klal Yisroel.

While Rabbi Safran has previously allowed his dreidel collection to be photographed, VIN News is proud to present an exclusive, first ever video tour of this truly impressive display.

Enjoy a twenty minute guided tour as Rabbi Safran opens the doors of his home, proudly sharing his priceless collection with VIN News readers, showcasing not only hundreds of dreidels but also featuring Rabbi Safran’s thoughts on the spirituality and true meaning of this most treasured Chanukah item. Rabbi Safran’s accompanying message is excerpted from “The Dreidle — The Miracle in Our Lives,” found in his most recent book, Meditations at Sixty — One Person, Under G-d, Indivisible, KTAV, 2008. (available from Safrane@ou.org

 Yeshiva University Hanukkah Dinner Points of Light

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At Yeshiva University’s Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, President Richard M. Joel recognized eight people who exemplify YU, and called each one up to light a candle on a symbolic menorah. “There are many lights that shine brightly at Yeshiva, and we have made it our tradition to identify eight points of light who serve as exemplars of the past, present and future of Yeshiva University, and of our hopes for tomorrow,” he said

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Understanding Hanukkah

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Rabbi Haber The Chanukah Menorah is symbolic of the Oral Torah

Rabbi Haber, shlita, in the name of Rav Tzadok HaKohen and the Netziv, uncovers the connection between the Chanukah Menorah and the Oral Torah. There is a 3rd Torah. In addition to the Written Torah and the Oral Torah, there is the Mesorah (or Tradition) that was also passed down from Hashem to Moshe on Har Sinai.

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The First and Biggest Legal Battle for a Public Menorah

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Rabbi Yaacov Haber The secret of the wine and the Bread Chanukah

Rabbi Haber shlita takes us on a deeper look into the Miracles of Chanukah. The connection of the Miracle of the Menorah burning 8 days and it’s relation to the Burning Bush. And what is the secret of the Wine and the Bread? Rabbi Nachman the Breslover taught that MalkiTzedek showed Avraham Avinu that in order to mekarev the Canaanim you have to give them Wine (representing the mesorah-tradition) and the Bread (representing something new that is nogayah- relavent – to them) The wine gets better when it’s aged (and that comes from Hashem) and the bread is better when it’s fresh (and that’s something that is more from the works of man). The “Light” that Hashem gives to us calls for us (if not obliges us) to elevate ourselves in Holiness with our actions. There is also a connection between the Written Torah and the Oral Torah that represents the same principle. The Written Torah is unchangeable. And, although the basic principles set forth in the Oral Torah are also unchangeable, it can be adapted to the times by the Rabbis.

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Hanukkah Chanukkah History Rabbi Weisblum חנוכה וההיסטוריה הרב ויסבלום

Hanukkah Chanukkah History Rabbi Weisblum חנוכה וההיסטוריה הרב ויסבלום This subjects are talked about: Beit Hamikdash, Holy Temple, Moriah Mountain, Pilgrim, King Solomon, The destruction and rebuild of the first temple, Chagai and Malachi the prophets. The rebuilt and destruction of the second temple. Judah the Maccabi, Yehudah Hamaccabi, Lighting the golden menorah, Hanukiah, Chanukiah, Hashmonaim, Talmud, Israel, Syria, Greek culture, Matthiyahu, Hellenist movement, Hanna and her seven sons. Talmud Tractate Gitten 57. Hanna’s words to Abraham Avinu, Kiddush Hashem, The victory of a few against many. Battles, meaning of the word Hanukkah, idol worshiping, Hashmoniam Dynasty, priesthood, Queen Shlomzion, Kingship, Kohanim, Mircale, oil, Rambam, Maimonides, Torah Learning, Hanukkah gelt, driedels, Hanukkah candles, Hallel Prayer, Ramabn, Nacmandies, Midrash, Blessing of the preists חנוכת החנוכה רב חנוכה והיסטוריה הרב ויסבלום על הנושאים: בית מקדש, בית מקדש, הר המוריה, עליה לרגל, שלמה המלך, ההרס ובנייה מחדש של בית המקדש הראשון, חגי ומלאכי הנביאים .בניה וחורבן בית המקדש השני. יהודה המכבי, יהודה המכבי, הדלקת מנורת הזהב, החנוכייה, החנוכייה, חשמונאים, התלמוד, ישראל, סוריה, התרבות יוונית, מתתיהו, התנועה ההלניסטית, חנה ושבעת בניה. תלמוד מסכת מסכת גיטין, 57. דבריו של חנה לאברהם אבינו, קידוש שם, הניצחון של מעטים מול רבים. קרבות, משמעות המילה החנוכה, אליל סגידה, חשמונאים שושלת הכהונה, שלומציון המלכה, המלכות, הכוהנים, נס, שמן, רמב”ם, הרמב”ן, לימוד תורה, החנוכה מעות חנוכה, סביבון, נרות חנוכה, תפילת הלל, המדרש , ברכה של

Ханука Ханука обычаи и законы, раввин Weisblum обсуждаются следующие темы: заповеди Хануки, Бейт-Гилель и Бейт-Шамай, Тосафот, сколько свечей в сутки, Рамбам, Маймонид, кодекс еврейского закона, Шулхан Арух, сефарды, ашкеназы, Талмуд, благо за свечами, почему мы говорим о Боге. Суббота, Пурим, царица Есфирь, Чудеса, Пасха, сефарды, ашкеназы, Мордехай, Святой Храм, Псалтирь, Земля Израиля, Навуходоносор, царь Давид

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he Enlightened Maccabee – Full Lecture

The Jewish holidays are the centerpieces of our year. These are the days when we remember events that forever changed the course of our history.

But they are much more than that. The festivals are pauses in time, primed for personal introspection and spiritual reconnection: windows to the psyche, fortifying us with tools for facing everyday challenges. Kaleidoscopes of beauty and meaning, they change how we see ourselves, our relationships, and our world.

The Enlightened Maccabee
The Message of Chanukah in a Modern World
by Mrs. Malky Bitton


TSC Women’s Shi’ur (11/10/13) – Illuminating Our Hearts During Hanukkah

The Sephardi Center is delighted to present a shi’ur from world-renowned speaker Orit Riter on the topic of “Illuminating Our Hearts During Hanukkah”.

Check out Orit Riter’s website: dailydoseofemuna.com

Enjoy a sample shi’ur of hers on YouTube: “Now what? Keeping the Emuna after the Hagim” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLsZXr…)

Orit’s Biography

Orit Riter always had a vision. A few years after graduating from culinary arts school, she followed her dream and opened her own catering business. A few years later she made another business decision. She decided to obtain Glatt kosher supervision and expand her markets.

Raised in an observant home and schooled in public schools, Orit had lost her connection to Yiddishkeit until her business life triggered her longing for a close connection to HaShem. To read more, visit thesephardicenter.com/wp-content/uploads­/2013/07/oritbio.pdf

For more info, check out http://www.thesephardicenter.com / http://www.torahsource.org

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Rabbi Yaacov Haber shlita Chanukah – Am Yisrael Transformer of the World

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Shlita, explores the history of the Chashmanoyim and their rewards and punishments. They are the cradle of Xtianity (John the Baptist was Yani, the Chashmanoy King of Israel). The purpose of Am Yisrael is to transform the materiality, that Hashem placed into the world, into Holiness so that the Shechina can reside within the world once again. Therefore, the King (Hashem) has made Am Yisrael into His Matronisa (His Queen). He made Klal Yisrael the Matronisa and directed that the world must go through Klal Yisrael in order to relate to Him (the King). Hashem placed all of the tools of war in Klal Yisrael and made Klal Yisrael His Shomer (His Guard).

Rabbi Bentzion Shafier Chanukah The Power Given to Man

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Kislev 14, 5774 · November 17, 2013
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Kuntres Acharon, beginning of Essay 6

The last two Essays explained how the observance of the commandments seeks out the exiled sparks hidden in this world and thereby suffuses it with G‑dliness. They also pointed out that the same is true of the study of their laws. The present Essay goes one step further, and explains that the laws of the Torah transcend the world beyond any possible comparison.

When David triumphantly brought back the Ark from its captivity in the hands of the Philistines,1 it was placed on a wagon. David had momentarily forgotten the stipulation of the Torah,2 “On the shoulder shall they carry it.” Commenting on this episode, our Sages3 teach that David’s forgetfulness came as a punishment for his having referred to the laws of the Torah as “songs”:4 “Your statutes were songs for me in my place of terror.”

Why should this expression be regarded as an offense? And in what way is it related to its punishment?

These are among the questions discussed in the Essay before us, and at greater length in Likkutei Torah and Or HaTorah, and in Derech Mitzvotecha, Mitzvat Masa HaAron BaKatef.

דוד, זמירות קרית להו כו׳

“David! You call them songs?!”5

Because he had referred to the laws of the Torah as “songs”, David was punished by being made to6 “stumble in a matter that even schoolchildren know” — that the Ark is to be carried on the shoulders.

הנה בזהר: שבחא דאורייתא ורננה כו׳

In the Zohar7 we find the expression, “the praise of Torah and its song” — the Torah is a hymn and a song to G‑d.

ולהבין מהו השבח להקב״ה, כשזה אסור או מותר

Let us understand, what is the praise of G‑d when a particular object is forbidden or permitted.8

הנה הוא על דרך: מה גדלו מעשיך ה׳, מאד עמקו מחשבותיך

A similar concept is implicit [in the verse],9 “How great are Your works, O G‑d, Your thoughts are very deep.”

Why does the verse make the deed precede the thought? The Alter Rebbe will soon explain that from an appreciation of G‑d’s great works one begins to understand the depth of His thoughts.

כי הנה נודע שכל העולמות, עליונים ותחתונים, תלוים בדקדוק מצוה אחת

As is known, all the worlds, the exalted and the lowly, are dependent on the meticulous performance of a single mitzvah.

דרך משל: אם הקרבן כשר, נעשה יחוד עליון, ועולים כל העולמות לקבל חיותם ושפעם

For example, if an altar offering is valid then a Supernal Union in theSefirot is effected, and all the worlds are elevated to receive their life-force and spiritual sustenance.10

ואם שינה, שקיבל הדם בשמאלו, דרך משל, או שלא בכלי שרת כשר, או שהיתה חציצה

However, if [the celebrant] altered the precise requirements of the law — if, for example, he received the blood of the offering with his left hand, or in an invalid vessel, or11 if there was a separation12 —

אזי נתבטלה עליות העולמות, וחיותם ושפעם מחיי החיים, אין סוף ברוך הוא

then all the elevations of the worlds that would have been accomplished are nullified, as is the life-force and sustenance that they would have receivedfrom the Source of Life, the Ein Sof, blessed be He.

וכן בתפילין כשרות, מתגלים מוחין עליונים דזו״נ, שהם מקור החיים לכל העולמות

So, too, through the use of valid tefillin there is revealed the Supernal Intellect of Zu”n, Za and Malchut of Atzilut, the source of life for all the worlds.

ובדקדוק אחד נפסלין, ומסתלקין המוחין

Yet through [the omission of] one required detail they are invalidated, and the Intellect departs.

וכהאי גוונא בדקדוקי מצות לא תעשה

The same applies to the detailed requirements of the prohibitory commandments — a single detail affects all the worlds.

והלכך המתבונן מה גדלו מעשי ה׳ שבריבוי העולמות וכל צבאם

Let one therefore ponder how great are the works of G‑d in the multiplicity of worlds and all their hosts,

ואיך כולם בטלים במציאות, לגבי דקדוק אחד מדקדוקי התורה

and how all of these are literally null, relative to any one of the specific requirements of the Torah,

שהוא עומק מחשבה העליונה וחכמתו יתברך

for it is the profundity of the Supreme thought and the Divine wisdom.

אשר בדקדוק קל, עולים כל העולמות ומקבלים חיותם ושפעם, או להיפך, חס ושלום

For through [the observance of] one minor specification, all the worlds ascend and receive their life-force and spiritual sustenance — or the reverse, G‑d forbid.

In the case of a detailed requirement of a prohibitory commandment, transgression brings about (G‑d forbid) a descent in all the worlds.

ומזה נתבונן גדולת עומק מחשבתו יתברך, שהוא בבחינת בלי גבול ותכלית

From this we may ponder the prodigious profundity of G‑d’s thought, which is boundless and endless,

ומעלתה לאין קץ ותכלית על מעלות חיות כל העולמות

and which infinitely transcends the vitality of all the worlds.

שכל חיותם שופע מדקדוק אחד ממנה

For their entire vivifying power issues from a minor requirement of [G‑d’s thought],

שהוא נמשך ממקורו, הוא עומק מחשבתו יתברך

[this requirement being] drawn from its source, namely the depth of G‑d’s thought that specified it.

כמו שער האדם הנמשך ממוחו, על דרך משל

Analogously, man’s hair issues from his brain,

וכנודע מהתיקונים והאידרא רבה

as is known from Tikkunei Zohar and Idra Rabbah.

וזאת היתה שמחת דוד המלך, עליו השלום, שהיה מזמר ומרנן לשמח לבו בעסק התורה בעת צרתו

This was the delight of King David, may he rest in peace, as he sang to gladden his heart in his Torah study during his time of anguish.

He was overjoyed when he contemplated how the entire world is of no account, relative to one minor specific detail of the Torah.

1. II Shmuel 6; I Divrei HaYamim 13.
2. Bamidbar 7:9.
3. Sotah 35a.
4. Tehillim 119:54.
5. Sotah 35a.
6. Sotah 35a.
7. II, 8b.
8. Note of the Rebbe: “As is explicit in many sources, including Tanya, there are in fact six specific categories — mutar [‘permitted’], kasher [‘fit for use’], tahor[‘pure’], (and also, as in Tanya, end of ch. 52, patur [‘exempt’]?), and their respective opposites. It seems to me that the Alter Rebbe chose just these two categories [‘forbidden’ and ‘permitted’] because they embody a principle common to them all: assur [lit., ‘bound’] implies that something is held in the clutches of thesitra achra [and hence cannot be elevated to G‑d], while mutar [lit., ‘unbound’] is so called (as in Tanya [ch. 7; see also ch. 8]) because a permitted thing is free to be elevated.”
9. Tehillim 92:10.
10. Note of the Rebbe: “Cf. the end of Iggeret HaTeshuvah.
11. The Rebbe notes that the first example is a change that relates to the person; the second is a change that relates to the vessel; while with regard to “there was a separation” the Rebbe notes that “both of the preceding stages were done without any change.”
12. “Separation” (chatzitzah) can denote (e.g.) the intervention of a foreign body between the Kohen and (i) the vessel (Zevachim 24a, in the mishnah) or (ii) the floor (the Gemara there, 15b) or (iii) his vestments (ibid., 19a).
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Kislev 14, 5774 · 11/17/2013
“Today’s Day”
Shabbat Kislev 14* 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayishlach, Shevi’i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 72-76.
Tanya: “David! Do you call (p. 621)…his time of trouble. (p. 623).

Birkat hamazon (pp. 88-94) is said over a cup of wine even without ten (people having dined together). The cup is held in the palm of the hand, the fingers extending upward. Hold the cup from Rabossai mir velen benchen1 until after the third b’racha,2 when it is placed on the table.

In one of my father’s sichot, he explained a subject, of which this is the core:

There are tzadik, yashar, tamim and chassidTzadik3 is so called regarding his fulfillment of the positive mitzvot, thereby eliciting revelations inherent in the creative order.4

Yashar5 is so called regarding his fulfillment of the negative mitzvot – which draws forth revelations beyond the creative order. Tamim, (man of) earnestness6 elicits revelations (from a level of G-dliness at which) “the taste of the tree and its fruit is the same” – the co-joining of the Encompassing (soveiv)7 and Permeating (memalei)8modes of Divine influence.

Highest of all is Chassid, and here there are three levels: (a) Worldly affairs do not disturb or distract him. Every individual can, and every individual must, attain this level. (b) All his affairs “are G-dliness.”9 Though this level “is not distant from you etc.,”10 it is still not within everyone’s reach. (c) The level described in Tikunei Zohar, “Who is a chassid? He who conducts himself with benevolence towards his Creator – towards His nest”11 – which means that he seeks to unite the Holy One blessed be He, and His Shechina12 within those who dwell in the lower worlds – not merely to quench the thirst of his own soul; as explained in Tanya.13

*. This day marks the marriage, in 5689 (1928) of the Rebbe of righteous memory with the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka of blessed memory, daughter of the Previous Rebbe of blessed memory.
1. “Gentlemen, let us say the Blessings.”
2. I.e. after the words “…who in His mercy rebuilds Jerusalem. Amen.” (p. 91).
3. Lit. “saintly person.”
4. Seder hishtalsh’lut, “The Order of Downward Progression.”
5. Lit. “upright person.”
6. Cf. Tishrei 4, p. 93.
7. A mode of G-d’s creative force transcending the creative order.
8. Divine Immanence, enclothing itself within the creative order. See Translator’s Notes (p. 120 in the printed version).
9. See Supplementary Footnotes, (p. 130 in the printed version).
10. Devarim 30:11.
11. Introduction to Tikunei Zohar 1b.
12. See Supplementary Footnotes, p. 130.
13. See Supplementary Footnotes, p. 130.
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Today’s Mitzvah
Kislev 14, 5774 · November 17, 2013
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Positive Commandment 196
Gifts upon the Discharge of a Jewish Bondsperson

“You shall surely provide him from your flock, from your threshing floor, and from your vat, you shall give him from what G‑d, your G‑d, has blessed you”—Deuteronomy 15:14.

Upon the discharge of a Jewish bondsperson, we are commanded to give him [or her] gifts, to assist him in his newfound freedom. We must not allow him to leave empty-handed.

Full text of this Mitzvah »

Negative Commandment 233
Discharging a Jewish Bondsman Empty-Handed

“When you send him away free, you shall not let him go away empty-handed”—Deuteronomy 15:13.

When a bondsman is discharged after six years of service, his master is forbidden to let him leave empty-handed. Rather, he must give him gifts.

Full text of this Mitzvah »

Positive Commandment 234
Redemption of a Jewish Maidservant

“He must let her be redeemed”—Exodus 21:8.

A person who acquires a Jewish maidservant must allow for her redemption through the various methods prescribed by the Torah.

Full text of this Mitzvah »

Positive Commandment 233
Marrying a Jewish Maidservant

“If he did not designate her [for himself], then he shall enable her to be redeemed”—Exodus 21:8.

It is a [non-binding] mitzvah for the master of a Jewish maidservant to marry her [if she consents], or to wed her to his son. This mitzvah takes precedence over the master’sobligation to allow for the maidservants redemption.

This mitzvah, along with all the mitzvot that apply to Jewish bondspeople, only apply while the Jubilee is practiced in the Holy Land.

Full text of this Mitzvah »

Negative Commandment 261
Reselling a Jewish Maidservant

“He shall have no power to sell her”—Exodus 21:8.

One who acquires a Jewish maidservant is not empowered to then sell her to another master.

Full text of this Mitzvah »

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Jews in Gotham,’ by Jeffrey S. Gurock, and MoreNew York Times

In his exhaustive history of Jews in New York from 1920 to the present, Gurock covers the wax and wane of immigration, segregation, suburban flight, 
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Vancouver’s first Jewish cemetery gets faceliftCanadian Jewish News (blog)

“This cemetery holds the key to a lot of the Jewish history that began in Vancouver,” she explained. “A lot of notable people are buried there and they’re the ones 
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This Day in Jewish History / Jews ask Holy Roman Empire to Haaretz

This Day in Jewish History / Jews ask Holy Roman Empire to upgrade them to citizens. That didn’t work but the Germans did agree to rescind the discriminatory 
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This Day, November 16, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

42 BCE: Birthdate of Tiberius, 2nd Roman emperor. The stepson of Augustus reigned from 14 to 37 C.E. A competent general with a sour disposition, Tiberius 
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Las Vegas Kollel 5 Years in the Making

Video shown at the Las Vegas Kollel’s 5th Annual Celebration of Jewish Learning, January 10th, 2013 at the Adelson Educational Campus.

The summation of nearly five years of growth expansion and Torah study in the Greater Las Vegas community.

Imagine – The Voices Of Peace

Music & Lyrics: John Lennon.
Arrangement: Idan Toledano

The “Voices of Peace” Choir, belonging to the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Jaffa, managed by Ibrahim Abu-Shindi, is a unique choir involving Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth from Tel Aviv-Jaffa, who combine their voices to create touching music. Using harmony and a fascinating performance, the choir sends out a message of peace, partnership, and true collaboration between people and cultures.
The choir’s repertoire is comprised of songs in different musical styles, bringing together traditions from East and West on to one stage — sung in Arabic, Hebrew and English, accompanied by live musical instruments (piano, oud, percussion, violin, guitar), conducted by Idan Toledano.
The choir performs in front of different audiences, and is acclaimed both in Israel and abroad (e.g. France, Belgium, Brazil). In August of 2011, the choir released its debut album which included its most famous songs.
We are full of hope that through the members of the choir and their songs we will be able to pass on a message of peace, partnership, and understanding to the people. Inshalla…

VOP website: http://www.thevoicesofpeace.com | AJCC Website: http://www.ajcc-jaffa.org http://www.facebook.com/AJCCJaffa

Shalom Aleichem – Shirana , שלום עליכם – שיראנא

Shirana Choir, From The Arab Jewish Community Center in Jaffa, Israel, Performing at the third annual Prime Minister’s Conference on economic issues at Tel Aviv University 29.10.2013

The “Shirana” choir, a choir of Arab and Jewish women, was founded in 2008 by the Arab-Jewish community center in Jaffa, under the management of Ibrahim Abu-Shindi. The choir is composed of 20 Jewish, Muslim and Christian women, with Mika Dani as the conductor. The choir was created in order to express and highlight the female voice, which is not heard enough in our region. Through their singing the women express their feelings of mutual fate and hope for life and peace,
The choir’s repertoire is varied, and is comprised of songs in Hebrew, Arabic, and those of other cultures from around the world.
The “Shirana” choir performs at different events, accompanied by live musical instruments (keyboard, oud, buzuki, percussion), and collaborates with many artists both in Israel and abroad (Chava Albershtine, Galit Giat, Lubna Salame, and more). In July of 2012 the choir released its debut album which includes its most famous songs.
We can only hope that the choir’s voice will be heard and echoed, and will be a living example and a source of inspiration for the possibility of residing together in mutual respect and understanding.

Yuval Waldman, “Phantasy on “Jerusalem of Gold” for violin solo

Yuval Waldman plays his “Phantasy on “Jerusalem of Gold” for violin solo at the Auditorio Angel Barja in Leon, Spain, on March 11, 2010.

Violinist to perform synagogue concert in Oklahoma CityNewsOK.com

Internationally renowned violinist and conductor Yuval Waldman will perform a program of Jewish music Nov. 23 at Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City as 
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My Life, My Words: Gifted writer was also a dear friendRochester Democrat and Chronicle

The Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival on Saturday night was to pay  When David’slife ended last November, we — his friends and teachers and 
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Thanksgivukka: Please pass the turkey-stuffed doughnutsJerusalem Post

Since American holidays are held during the day, but Jewish holidays start in the evening, there are at least two more times when, after eating their fill of turkey 
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The Rabbi Who CodesClal

“Beyond bringing more Jewish people to synagogues, how can we engage and excite the next generation about the beauty and wisdom of Jewish culture and 
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Volunteer works for women’s rightsThe Tennessean

The Nashville Holocaust Memorial is on the grounds of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, at 801 Percy  It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except on Jewishholidays.
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Free Jewish music festival brings international talent to Phoenixnewszap.com

The first annual Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest Nov. 17 will bring worldwide recording artists, Moshav, to Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix for an 
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Jewish Scholar Sues Foundation for $600000Courthouse News Service

CHICAGO (CN) – A professor of Jewish music sued the Posen Foundation, a Swiss nonprofit, claiming it owes him $600,000 for his work on an anthology of 
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KD: What makes my music Jewish is that the music comes from a Jewish soul. So what, just because you sing niggunim means that you make Jewish music?
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Mohamed Belmaaza on the legacy of Judaeo-Arabic music & the Al-Bawaba

The voice belonged to Benjamin Bouzaglou, a Moroccan-Jewish singer who has dedicated hismusical career to Arabo-Jewish and Andalusian music.
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Judaism: Divrei Azriel: The Essence of ThanksArutz Sheva

The Tur writes that the Shalosh Regalim – Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, correspond to the three patriarchs. The festival of Pesach corresponds to Abraham, 
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Israeli Consul General emphasizes importance of Israel in American UW Badger Herald

For anyone who has doubts about Israel, clear them; Israel is not going to go anywhere, Roey Gilad, Israel’s Consul General to the Midwest, said on the 
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Why brave Danes risked their lives to help nearly every one of National Post

In the fall of 1943 nearly every one of Denmark’s 8,000 Jews, with the complete cooperation of their fellow citizens, fled the Nazis in small boats to Sweden.
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Movie Review: When Jews Were FunnyShalom Life

The list of documentaries about Jewish comedy/comedians is basically endless. Many such films have won critical acclaim and one (Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell 
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Who and What is a Young Leadership Director?Jewish Times of Southern New Jersey

Active in Jewish life on campus, with Chabad and Hillel, at University of Delaware, and as a graduate student at University of Chicago, Mark participated in 
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Chabad celebrates traditional Jewish wedding, sans marriageBinghamton University Pipe Dream

Students participate in “My Big Fat Jewish (mock) Wedding” at the Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University on Murray Hill Road 
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Charlie Sheen Reaches Out to Mayor Rob FordShalom Life

Shalom Life launched in 2009 and has become Canada’s largest independent Jewish news source dedicated to covering culture, arts, society, technology, 
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Hillel at 90: Jewish campus umbrella’s past, present, and futureHeritage Florida Jewish News

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is celebrating its 90th  told JNS.org that Hillel is a “shining example in American Jewish life on why and how 
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Enjoying life’s bouquetSt. Louis Jewish Light (blog)

As I thought about these two contrasting notions, it occurred to me that life is a lot like flowers. We enjoy the beauty, color and fragrance until they are no more.
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Jews in Gotham,’ by Jeffrey S. Gurock, and MoreNew York Times

Lipsky’s account of the life of Abraham Cahan, a Lithuanian Jewish émigré, acts as a kind of prequel to Gurock’s compendium. Cahan (1860-1951) helped found 
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‘The Crooked Mirror’ reflects a Polish-Jewish journeyLos Angeles Times

Yet the world is not devoid of Polish Jews. As noted by Louise Steinman in “The Crooked Mirror,” her firsthand report on what remains of Jewish life in 
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Jews embracing failureJewish Telegraphic Agency

Sponsored by New York’s Jewish Education Project and San Francisco’s Upstart, Monday’s eventis being touted as the Jewish world’s first-ever “Fail Forward” 
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Synagogue SchmoozeCleveland Jewish News

The event took place at a kiddush after morning services. Cholent is a traditional Jewish stew, usually simmered overnight for 12 hours or more and eaten for 
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Talking Torah Round Table: VaYishlach | Talking TorahJgilbert

Talking Torah Round Table: VaYishlach. Nov 15, 2013 by Jgilbert. Shalom, Today Yoel and I discuss everything from the “Kiss” of Esau and the reasons for 
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Video: Rav Stulberger On Parshas Vayishlach » Matzav.com – The Matzav Editor

Each week, Rav Avrohom Stulberger, rosh yeshiva of Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, shares a 3-4 minute message relating to the parshas 
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Velveteen Rabbi: The nighttime wrestle – a pearl of Torah for rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach, Jacob wrestles with a stranger all night until dawn and receives a new name as a blessing. I’ll say more about that in the 
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Torah MOMentary: Let There Be Mama | Raising Kvell – KvellerAlicia Jo Rabins

This post is part of our Torah commentary series. This week we read Parashat Vayishlah. To read a summary of the portion and learn more, click here.
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