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Avraham Fried


Ohel Concert 5758 Performing Mordechai Ben David (MBD) Avraham Fried Ira Heller And Oif Simchas Musical Director Yisroel Lamm Guest Conductor Moshe Laufer March 8 1998 In Madison Square Garden

Avraham Fried for Hebron Concerts


Avraham Fried Concert at Hebron Benefet

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Rav Noach Weinberg on The Six Constant Mitzvos: Mitzvah


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The Haman Remembrance – Purim Travesty


Purim Spielberg: A Movie M’gillah
Temple Israel’s Adult Purim Spiel. Sat March 15th at 7:30 PM
5725 Walnut Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI

Loving Parody of “Rainbow Connection” written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher and originally performed in The Muppet Movie in 1979.

Haman Remembrance

Why are there so many songs about Haman
When we should be blotting his name?
Haman’s a villain — the worst one in Shushan
He made Mussolini look tame
His childhood idols were all genecidal
He’d kill on a brief passing whim
But someday we’ll blot out
The Haman remembrance
And stop dressing kids up like him

Dai da dai dai da dai dee
This year let’s all keep our shirts on!

Have we been half asleep
And have we heard graggers?
They’re spinning around in my brain.
We’ve tried to drown him out
For thousands of years now
And maybe gone kind of insane?

We’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
In parodies tasteless and flat
But someday we’ll blot out
The Haman remembrance
And stop baking treats like his hat
Lai da dai dai da dai dai…

Parody lyrics & vocals by Cantor Michael Smolash
Shot by Donell Hall
Edited by Bill Riss
Additional Puppetry by Reisa Shanaman

Move Like Graggers Remix (Purim Song) by Temple Israel


Purimpalooza and Purim Spiel on Sat., Feb. 23rd 2013 at 7 PM. Call Temple Israel of West Bloomfield, MI to RSVP at 248-661-5700. WWW.TEMPLE-ISRAEL.ORG

This Video was Generously Sponsored by Brotherhood of Temple Israel

Parody of Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5

Temple Israel’s Purim Spiel for Grown Ups
Saturday Feb 23rd 2013, 8 PM
More Info & RSVP: 248 661 5700

Produced and Directed by Cantor Michael Smolash
Coproduced by Rabbi Jen Lader and Cantorial Soloist Neil Michaels
Written by Cantor Michael Smolash and Rabbi Jen Lader

Vocals by Cantor Michael Smolash and Cantorial Soloist Neil Michaels
Featured Rabbis (in the blue and white shirts):
Rabbi Harold Loss
Rabbi Paul Yedwab
Rabbi Josh Bennett
Rabbi Marla Hornsten
Rabbi Jen Kaluzny
Rabbi Jen Lader
Rabbi Arianna Gordon

Capoeira by Professor Baz Michaeli & Monitor Daniel Tubarão Levi

Mackenzie Coden
Cody Farber
Francesca Garippa
Dr. Jen Green
Autumn Hegner
Melissa Hortick
Alexandra Plaskey
Cortney Reicha
Emma Trivax
Brett Wotherspoon

Director of Photography: Todd Baize
Remix Editor Jonathan Rakozy – Avalon Films
Cameraman: Donell Hall
Key Make-up: Lindsey Fowler
Choreographer: Alexandra Plaskey

Thank You:
Brotherhood of Temple Israel
Larry August – Avalon Films
Executive Board and Staff of Temple Israel
Dr. Jen Green
Mama Doni
Michigan Center For Capoeira
Michelle Citrin

Pre Purim Concert With Avraham Fried, NYBC, Lipa and Pruz!


National Council Of Young Israel In Conjunction With Queens Jewish Community Council
Proudly Presents Pre Purim Celebration! Avraham Fried, Michoel Pruzansky, Lipa and New York Boys Choir.

Featuring Zemiros Choir

pre purim

Sunday Evening, February 23rd • 7:30pm Sharp at the Colden Center At Queens College • Lie At Kissena Blvd.
Tickets: $25, $36, $54, $72, $100, Vip •, Separate Seating Also Available

For More Info Please Call 718-544-9033 • Portion Of The Proceeds To Benefit Project Chaim

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National Council Of Young Israel In Conjunction With Queens Jewish Community Council Proudly Presents Pre Purim Celebration! Avraham Fried 
Taking a leap with the Jewish calendar on the way to Purim
St. Louis Jewish Light
The majority of the Adar-Aleph will take place during February and then in March, we will mark the arrival of Adar-Bet, which contains the most joyous of our festivals, Purim. The reason we have an extra month during a Jewish leap year has to do with 
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Get Ready for Purim! Part 1. From Redepemtion to Redemption
Arutz Sheva
Since this Friday begins the first Adar, in which Purim ought to be celebrated but is not celebrated, being postponed until the second Adar, we’ll take a break from the topic of reincarnation to discuss why. This material comes from a book I wrote 
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Pontchatrain wins Monrovia at Santa Anita
San Jose Mercury News
Kindle returned $3.20 and $2.60, while Purim’s Dancer was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.60 to show. Tom Proctor trains both Pontchatrain and Purim’sDancer. The victory, worth $120,000, increased Ponchatrain’s career earnings to 
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Volunteers and donations are needed for Feed-A-Family Project
Chicago Tribune
As the Jewish holiday of Purim approaches, Northbrook Community Synagogue will hold its Annual Purim Feed-A-Family project, one of the synagogue’s social action/chesed activities. The Feed-A-Family project assists the community’s needy by delivering 
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To Dream
The Jewish Press
A few years ago JCA, short for Just Clowning Around, was only a figment of my imagination, a dream just like every other, something to reflect on and believe in, but never to be acted on. Then, one day, all that changed. It was a few weeks before Purim
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Purim Palooza family carnival set for March 9
Baltimore Sun
The Jewish Federation of Howard County will host Purim Palooza, a community carnival, March 9 at Reservoir High School in Fulton. The annual event, which is targeted at families with young children, is expected to draw more than 1,000 people to 
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Purim can’t come soon enough for me
What I really need is a bit of Purim, it seems, right this very minute, so I have a spiritual reason to fast, other than the real reason. See if you can guess what that top secret reason might be. I’ll give you a few hints … Hanukkah with it’s 
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Purim carnival at Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater will be holding its 15th Annual Family Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m., at the JCC, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater. The community is invited to attend.
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Celebrate Purim With Fyvush Finkel at 54 Below
Yiddish theater star and Broadway alum Fyvush Finkel (Fiddler on the Roof) makes his 54 Below debut with two shows, on March 14 and 15 — a fitting way for any Broadway lover to enjoy the Purim holiday. Now 91 years old, Finkel began his career over 80 
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Outreach to Interfaith Families Will Secure Jewish Future
Jewish Daily Forward
At the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in San Diego a few weeks back, I challenged Jewish leaders to stop speaking “about intermarriage as if it were a disease. It is not.” I do not know how any serious observer of American Jewish life can believe 
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Building a More Inclusive Jewish Film World
Huffington Post
Still, Jewish film festivals continue to grow and spread across the country, keeping alive not only Jewish life, but the spirit of communal viewing and interaction beyond the screening. In his opening remarks at a recent gathering of Jewish Community 
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Gordon Zacks, 80, Fostered Jewish Education for Youth and Adults
An ardent supporter of Jewish life and education, he served as chairman of the Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal, delivering the keynote address at the 1969 annual meeting of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Boards to 
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Peter Beinart’s disdain for ‘Jewish leaders’ is misplaced
While some Jews disagree with Obama on tactics — a divisiveness that could, as Beinart says, affect institutional Jewish life — there is a strong consensus that the president must succeed in his policy to eliminate Iran’s nuclear military capability 
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CAMPS: Raising the Next Jewish Leaders
San Diego Jewish Journal
This responsibility, he says, gives young people the confidence they need to be leaders in every facet of life. It’s why so many Ramah alumni have gone on to become the next great leaders in the worlds of Jewish camping and the greater Jewish community.
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Shalom, Bolivia: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
During this period, Jews were either forcibly removed from Spain or voluntarily converted to Catholicism. Unfortunately, even those that converted were subject to persecution, forced to endure unfair investigations, which ultimately led to life in 
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Philadelphia Jewish Federation Names First Female CEO
Shalom Life
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has elected Naomi Adler, a well-known United Way official based out of New York, as its new CEO, the first female to take over the position. Adler is a 47-year-old former attorney at law, and has spent 
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Welcome To Stamford, Limmud N.Y
The Jewish Week
The welcome rebirth of urban Jewish life does not have to mark the death knell of suburbia — especially when that suburb can itself become a mini-core, taking on some of the more salient qualities of urbanization while remaining eminently livable.
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Were The Beatles “Good For The Jews”?
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
It does not matter how old you were when the Beatles first came to America. Ever since that moment, your life has been different. If, back then, you were a teenager, you had a new object of musical and cultural devotion that would last your entire life 
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Location, Location, Location in Scuffle Over Holy Objects
Courthouse News Service
In June 2012, the congregation entered into an agreement to sell rimonim crafted by 18th century silversmith Myers Myers to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass., for a now-closed exhibition titled “Jewish Life and Judaica in Colonial America 
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Shwekey and 8th Day on Fire with Superb New Album Releases

J-JAM, The Greatest Hour of Jewish Music Since The Children of Israel  Adam Mallerman presents the best tracks from the Jewish music world on 

Zorn’s musical genius

HOW is it that hundreds of Hebrew jazz tunes, the shrieking experimental jazz and heavy metal drums of the band Naked City, a women’s a cappella 

New Base, New Torah In Haifa

Torah scroll donated by the International Young Israel Movement was dedicated at an Iron Dome missile unit, under the Israel Air Force command, 

Gordon Zacks, 80, Fostered Jewish Education for Youth and Adults

An ardent supporter of Jewish life and education, he served as chairman of the Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal, delivering the 

Eichler: Supreme Court Doesn’t Want Torah Study

MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) slammed the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening, over its decision to cut state funding for yeshiva 

Telephone Torah Study: God the Ultimate Fashionista | Beth Chayim Chadashim

Beth Chayim Chadashim ⋅ Yanir Dekel
In this week’s torah portion,T’tzaveh (Ex. 27:20-30:10), God instructs Moses how to dress the soon to be ordained Chief Priest Aaron and his sons.

Philadelphia Jewish Federation Names First Female CEO

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has elected Naomi Adler, a well-known United Way official based out of New York, as its new CEO, the 

The Art Of Sacred Writing

Editor’s Note: A version of this essay appeared in The Jewish Week Gala  whose very fabric serves as the foundation for our lives and our people.

Reform Judaism isn’t apostasy, even by Orthodox lights

By Dr. Samuel Lebens / Jewish World blogger | Feb.  the Reform movement and face the legal and social obstacles in the way of Reform Jewish life.

Location, Location, Location in Scuffle Over Holy Objects

 silversmith Myers Myers to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass., for a now-closed exhibition titled “Jewish Life and Judaica in Colonial America.

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R.B. Kitaj (1932 – 2007) Obsessionen: Ausstellung im Jüdischen Museum Berlin (contemporary jewish art)

Interview (in German) with project director Margret Kampmeyer and impressions of the exhibition “R.B. Kitaj (1932 – 2007) obsessions” from 21.09.2012 to 27.01.2013 at the Jewish Museum Berlin and from 18.07.2013 to 10.11.2013 at the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Interview mit Projekt-Leiterin Margret Kampmeyer und Impressionen der Ausstellung “R.B. Kitaj (1932 – 2007) Obsessionen” vom 21.09.2012 bis 27.01.2013 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin und vom 18.07.2013 bis 10.11.2013 in der Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Auf der Suche nach einer jüdischen Kunst: Der US-Maler R.B. Kitaj widmete sich intensiv dem Problem von Identität in der Diaspora. Das Jüdische Museum Berlin zeigt die erste Werkschau seit seinem Freitod – eine echte Wiederentdeckung.

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Heimatkunde: Ausstellung im Jüdischen Museum Berlin


Interview in German with curator Inka Bertz and impressions of the contemporary art exhibition “Local studies – the view of 30 artists on Germany” from 16.09.2011 to 29.01.2012 at the Jewish Museum, Berlin… read more in German:

Interview mit Kuratorin Inka Bertz und Impressionen der Ausstellung “Heimatkunde – 30 Künstler blicken auf Deutschland” vom 16.09.2011 bis 29.01.2012 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.

Das Jüdische Museum Berlin feiert seinen 10. Geburtstag mit einem Überblick über Lebensgefühle in deutschen Landen. Polemisch, satirisch oder verspielt — bis hin zu einem jüdischen Staat in Thüringen.

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Berlin, Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas, 27. Januar 2014
Im Beisein der Rabbiner (v.l.n.r.):
– Heskel Klein (Holocaust Überlebender)
– Moshe Dov Beck (Holocaust-Überlebender)
– Dovid Feldman (ganz rechts)
– und Live-Übersetzer Christoph Hörstel (aus dem off – nicht im Bild)
verliest Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss (Sprecher, 2.v.r.)
die offizielle Stellungnahme von Neturei Karta International (NKI) für diesen Tag:
“We, Orthodox Jewish Holocaust survivors, lift up our voices in a cry of pain as we see how the Zionists are using our past suffering and the blood of our parents for their political interests, to justify the brutal actions committed by their state.
Their state is fundamentally against the Jewish faith and against human rights.
The Nazis wanted to annihilate all Jews, but they especially targeted our parents as religious Jews. The Nazis went out of their way to insult the Jewish faith and Torah, and our parents gave their lives for that. Now the Zionists are making the Holocaust into a propaganda ploy in the opposite direction, against our faith and the Torah.
True Jews around the world will always be faithful to G-d and keep the commandments of the Torah: not to arise on our own from exile, and not to rebel against the nations – until G-d Himself will reveal His glorious majesty and change the minds of the world so that all nations will worship Him together. In the words of the prayerbook, “May they all become one group to do Your will wholeheartedly.” And at that time the Almighty Himself will gather us together and lead us to the Holy Land peacefully, soon in our days, amen.”

Dieses Treffen in Berlin kam zustande nach einem Telefonanruf von Rabbi Dov Feldman bei Christoph Hörstel in Potsdam in der Vorwoche.
NKI hatte das (verständliche) Bestreben, die Reise von 60 Abgeordneten des israelischen Parlaments, Knesset, nach Auschwitz-Birkenau nicht unkommentiert zu lassen und für eine eigene Aussage einen angemessenen Rahmen zu finden.
Es gab an diesem Tag zwei weitere Veranstaltungen mit den vier Rabbinern aus den USA:
1. Pressekonferenz

2. Diskussionsabend

Gemeinsam mit Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss nahm Christoph Hörstel am Mittwoch, 29. Januar 2014 einen Termin im Kanzleramt wahr.

Das “Neue Deutschland” veröffentlichte dazu am 1. Februar 2014 einen Beitrag von Christoph Hörstel:…

Antisemitismus: “Neues Deutschland” zensiert Artikel überRabbiner

Die vier Rabbiner Moshe Dov Beck (Holocaust-Überlebender), Heskel Klein (Holocaust-Überlebender), Dovid Feldman und Yisroel Dovid Weiss 
Rabbiner kritisiert Papstreise nach Israel als inhaltsarm

Jerusalem ( Papst Franziskus lässt bei seinem für Mai geplanten Besuch im Heiligen Land nach Meinung des Rabbiners David Rosen 
Frankfurt Jüdisches Museum – Stein für Stein zum neuen Haus
Frankfurter Rundschau
2015 schließt das Jüdische Museum in Frankfurt. Die Wiedereröffnung kostet nicht nur 50 Millionen Euro für den Erweiterungsbau, sondern mindestens noch zwei Millionen für die neue Dauerausstellung. Im Rahmen einer Spendenkampagne sind Bürger 
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Aus eins mach zwei fürs Jüdische Museum
Frankfurter Neue Presse
Zwei Millionen Euro will das Jüdische Museum für die Umgestaltung und Erweiterung des Hauses durch Spenden einnehmen. „Stein für Stein zum neuen Haus- Sie spenden, wir verdoppeln.“ So lautet das Motto der Spendenaktion. Auf Werbeplakaten wird 
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Das letzte Geschenk von Anne Frank : Das jüdische Mädchen schenkte einer 
Es ist nur eine schlichte Metallschachtel mit vielen Murmeln. Aber sie hat eine besondere Geschichte; bis zum Juli 1942 gehörte sie Anne Frank. Als sie in das Hinterhaus in Amsterdam ziehen musste, in dem sich ihre Familie vor den deutschen Besatzern 
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Jüdisches Museum startet Spendenaktion für Um- und Ausbau – Bethe-Stiftung 
Jüdische Allgemeine
Das Jüdische Museum Frankfurt am Main startet am Mittwoch eine Spendenkampagne für das geplante Familie-Frank-Zentrum. »Wir wollen, dass das Zentrum der Familie Anne Franks ein Glanzstück des Museums und ein Besuchermagnet wird«, sagte der 
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Warum bewährte Gemeinderäte abgewählt wurden
„Das ist sehr schade. Aber Demokratie ist Demokratie“, kommentiert Gerhard Bennertz das sich abzeichnende Ergebnis der jüdischen Gemeinderatswahlen. Der evangelische Theologe ist seit den frühen 70er Jahren als ein maßgeblicher Akteur des 
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Einblicke in gegenwärtiges jüdisches und muslimisches Leben in Frankfurt
(05.02.14) Das Pädagogische Zentrum des Fritz Bauer Instituts und des JüdischenMuseums bietet am Dienstag, 18. Februar, 14.30 bis 17 Uhr, eine Fortbildung für Lehrer mit dem Titel “Einblicke in gegenwärtiges jüdisches und muslimisches Leben in 
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Spendenkampagne für Familie-Frank-Zentrum
Frankfurt/Main Das Jüdische Museum Frankfurt am Main startet an diesem Mittwoch eine Spendenkampagne für das geplante Familie-Frank-Zentrum. „Wir wollen, dass das Zentrum ein Glanzstück des Museums und ein Besuchermagnet wird“, sagte der 
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Eine historische Zäsur
Dem am Sonntag neu gewählten Gemeinderat der 2700 Mitglieder zählenden JüdischenGemeinde werden nur noch aus der ehemaligen Sowjetunion stammende Mitglieder angehören. Patrick Marx gehört dem neunköpfigen Gremium nicht mehr an.
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Josef Schuster: “Ich sah mich in der Verantwortung”
Main Post
Die Verleihung der Verfassungsmedaille an meine Person sehe ich stellvertretend für zahlreiche Menschen, die sich in den jüdischen Gemeinden in Bayern ehrenamtlich engagieren. Die Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland war oft nicht einfach und 
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Unsere Tipps: Vortrag, Klassik und Party
Trierischer Volksfreund
Unsere Tipps: Vortrag, Klassik und Party. Heute berichtet Willi Körtels über “Das Schicksal der jüdischen Schule in der Region Trier”. Ausrichter ist die Gesellschaft für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit Trier. Podcast. Fotostrecke. Beginn ist um 19 
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Frankfurt Jüdisches Museum – Stein für Stein zum neuen Haus
Frankfurter Rundschau
2015 schließt das Jüdische Museum in Frankfurt. Die Wiedereröffnung kostet nicht nur 50 Millionen Euro für den Erweiterungsbau, sondern mindestens noch zwei Millionen für die neue Dauerausstellung. Im Rahmen einer Spendenkampagne sind Bürger 
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Jüdisches Museum startet Spendenaktion für Um- und Ausbau – Bethe-Stiftung 
Jüdische Allgemeine
Das Jüdische Museum Frankfurt am Main startet am Mittwoch eine Spendenkampagne für das geplante Familie-Frank-Zentrum. »Wir wollen, dass das Zentrum der Familie Anne Franks ein Glanzstück des Museums und ein Besuchermagnet wird«, sagte der 
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Aus eins mach zwei fürs Jüdische Museum
Frankfurter Neue Presse
Zwei Millionen Euro will das Jüdische Museum für die Umgestaltung und Erweiterung des Hauses durch Spenden einnehmen. „Stein für Stein zum neuen Haus- Sie spenden, wir verdoppeln.“ So lautet das Motto der Spendenaktion. Auf Werbeplakaten wird 
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Spendenkampagne für Familie-Frank-Zentrum
Frankfurt/Main Das Jüdische Museum Frankfurt am Main startet an diesem Mittwoch eine Spendenkampagne für das geplante Familie-Frank-Zentrum. „Wir wollen, dass das Zentrum ein Glanzstück des Museums und ein Besuchermagnet wird“, sagte der 
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Strictly Kosher – Series 2 – Episode 1


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It’s a hard heart that isn’t moved by watching Holocaust survivor Jack Aizenberg return to his homeland, Poland.
Heroic and funny Jack makes the journey during the brilliant second series of this documentary, which reveals slices of life from members of Manchester’s Jewish community. On the way, he tells the incredible story of his life, how he lost his family and the journey from Germany to his present home in the UK.
Also on a trip is our favourite from series one, the formidable Bernette Clarke, who’s in Israel visiting her daughter. And there’s a surprise from young Rabbi Zevi Saunders who, while preparing for his wedding, reveals he met his wife-to-be on a dating site.

Strictly Kosher – Series 2 – Episode 2


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Strictly Kosher – Series 1


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The Jewish community in Manchester is a kaleidoscope of tradition, religion and extravagance. This documentary film opens a window into their lives and shows a wide variety of ritual and celebrations.

Strictly Kosher, filmed, produced and directed by Chris Malone, revolves around three families and their friends and paints a colourful picture of the juxtaposition between the many different personalities and levels of religious observance in Manchester’s Jewish community. It offers an insight into lifestyles which range from one extreme — traditional and strict – to the other — modern and extravagant – but are bound together by one faith.

The film follows Bernette Clarke, a very lively and modern Orthodox Jewish mother of three. Bernette talks openly about her faith, explains the traditional approach her family has to the Sabbath and other Jewish festivals, and offers her views on the wider Jewish community.

Joel Lever and his wife Joanne also allow the cameras into their lives. Joel’s family are traditionally Jewish by birth, but he admits they are not very religious. Joel puts his all into his fashion boutique ‘Mon Amie’ which is frequented by the Jewish ladies of Prestwich — by making the Jewish women the talk of the town, he feels he is serving the local community.

83-year-old Jack Aizenberg tells the ultimate rags to riches story. He was just eleven years old at the outbreak of the Second World War and his family were killed in Belzec Extermination camp in 1942 when he was just 14. Against the odds Jack survived and made his way to Manchester, England in 1945. Jack feels that religion is not as important as basic common humanity and does not practice all the requirements of the Jewish faith, but he’s a celebrated survivor venerated by the Jewish community in Manchester. Having made a successful career in the luggage trade, Jack is thrilled to have the money to throw his grandson a lavish Bar Mitzvah — a special moment caught on camera.

Are your views ‘pro-Israel’ enough for your JCC?

On Monday, I had to cut short my conversation with the CEO of the Washington, D.C.Jewish Community Center, Carole Zawatsky. Why? My fourth 
Settler spoof video has US offering a modern Western Wall by the beach
Jerusalem Post
“Dividing Jerusalem is not an easy thing,” says an Israeli actor, dressed to look like Kerry, in a video produced by the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria and the nongovernmental group MyIsrael. “We must realize that it is holy to all 
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Sochi Ready To Welcome Jewish Guests
Sochi’s modest Jewish community of 3,000 has benefitted from the new infrastructure and in recent months the Sochi shul, housed in a three-story Jewish CommunityCenter building, has undergone extensive renovations, and the synagogue received two 
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Jewish ‘refugee day’ proposal advances in Knesset
The Times of Israel
A bill to establish an official day for commemorating the fate of Jewish communitieswho fled Arab lands and Iran passed its first of three readings in the Knesset plenum on Monday, and looks set to become law in the coming weeks. The Bill to 
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Peter Beinart’s disdain for ‘Jewish leaders’ is misplaced
That’s the title of his recent opinion piece lamenting the many recent headlines that imply there’s a conflict between the White House and the American Jewish communitywhen it comes to Iran. In reality, there is no serious conflict, as Beinart 
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Outreach to Interfaith Families Will Secure Jewish Future
Jewish Daily Forward
Our new youth engagement strategies reflect our broadly inclusive definition of Jewish community that seeks to include, educate and embrace, among others, children of interfaith families. Many in the “endogamy camp” argue that outreach to interfaith 
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Hearing tonight for proposed Jewish school in Jackson
Asbury Park Press
Jackson zoning board debates Orthodox girls school: In front of a packed meeting room, the Jackson zoning board debates which community would be served by an Orthodox girls high school proposed in their town. STAFF VIDEO BY ROBERT WARD 
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The Jewish Week
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WEEKLY STORY: Yellow Presents
Yellow Presents
Adar I 4, 5774 · February 4, 2014

The small house at the end of the street teemed with people. Someone threw open the creaky old shutters to let light into the room, but even the sunlight did not manage to chase away the dark.

It was a darkness you could almost feel. The woman of the house, who had lived there for 60 years and more, had suddenly died two days before. The door’s hinges seemed to squeak, protesting: “Our mistress isn’t here anymore!”

Well-fed spiders bobbed playfully from their webs on the high ceilings, as though to say, “It’s been years since we became the masters here!”

It was five years since Mrs. Arzi stopped living in the house. Five years before, she had moved into an old-age home, and since then the house had remained dark and empty. At first her neighbors had gazed sadly at the closed shutters. They felt drawn to the house as though with invisible, enchanted ropes, just as in the good old days when Mrs. Arzi herself was there, smiling, good-natured and always ready to help. How hard it was to see the place closed up, when it had always been open to everyone, just like its owner’s heart—a big, warm heart open to young and old, the great and the downtrodden. She’d had a big container of candies that never ran out. A pretty glass bowl on the table, filled with candies, sat in wait for any child who might cross her threshold.

She welcomed them all. It didn’t matter if the child had come to borrow a cup of sugar, or wanted to return a book he’d borrowed the day before. Whatever it was, you couldn’t leave the Arzi house without making a blessing over some food. For the adults, Mrs. Arzi had a more sophisticated kind of treat, made up of heartfelt words that sweetened their lives far more than any candy ever could.

Now that the bad news had arrived, it was almost as though she were back. Once again the house hummed with life. You could imagine that it was she who was orchestrating it all, welcoming, listening, offering her good wishes, encouraging . . .

People came and went, as in the good old days when there had been someone to come see and someone to listen. But inside the house, they were sitting shivah.

Her sons and daughters looked around, trying to remember the sights of the old street and to attach names to the faces of those who had taken the trouble to come and offer comfort. But so many people came. It was hard to know each one.

Dina and Malka tried to follow in their good mother’s footsteps, and made an attempt not to leave out a single person. Dina turned to a woman in her fifties, sitting in a corner. She had no idea who the woman might be.

“Did you know Mother from the neighborhood?” Dina asked carefully.

“I . . .” the woman began. “I lived here as a child. Here, on this very street. Today I live far away, in another city . . .” All eyes turned to the woman.

“Have you had any contact with our family since those days?” Dina queried.

“No, no,” the woman answered. “We moved when I was 17. I’ve never seen your mother since then . . .”

A stunned silence filled the room. Everyone was thinking the same thing: This woman, as a child, had known Mrs. Arzi. They had never met in all the years since then, and yet she had traveled a long distance to come here today. What had brought her? What was the link that tied her to this house?

As though she’d been waiting for the question, the woman began to tell her story:

“We lived here,” she said, pointing through the open window at the house directly across the street. “Mrs. Arzi was so nice that all the neighborhood children loved to meet her in the street—not to mention visiting her at home . . . But it always seemed to me that she had a special relationship with the children of our family.”

“Everyone felt that way,” someone murmured.

“When I was about three years old, in 1948, the war broke out. I don’t remember much about the war itself, but the period after that is etched firmly in my memory. I was too young to know why things were so hard, but old enough to know that the house was empty and that every egg and every piece of fruit was a real treasure.

“Time passed, the hard years were over, but their impression lasted. No one wasted anything. Certainly not our family. There were twelve of us, and we were very hard-pressed financially.

“My mother used to buy fruit in limited amounts. Naturally, expensive fruit never appeared on our table, but even fruit in season was bought carefully and with a measured eye. Bananas, for example, were considered a luxury in any season. My mother would buy them only for the two youngest children in our family. They, and only they, got a banana. All the rest of us kids could only enjoy looking at the bananas and hoping that the seven-month-old baby or his two-year-old brother would leave a bit over. But that didn’t often happen . . .

“Your mother, Mrs. Arzi, had a special eye—an eye that saw everything that needed to be seen. She saw that we were a family of children who were always a little hungry for ‘luxuries’ like bananas . . . But she didn’t only see, she also acted. She didn’t have very much herself. She too had children at home, though only four of them. She was never considered a rich woman. Nevertheless, she did what she did.

“From the other end of the street I saw her carrying two big shopping baskets filled with all kinds of good things: potatoes, onions, beets, big round oranges, lovely clementines, grapefruits, red peppers . . . and on top, perched above all those goodies, was a bunch of big, beautiful bananas! Mrs. Arzi carried those heavy baskets down the block toward her house.

“Suddenly she caught sight of me. In her usual friendly way she greeted me: ‘Hello, Batya! How are you?’ She behaved as though I were a friend her own age . . . and I was still so small. Then, with a broad smile, she put down the basket and pulled out the best treat I could dream of: a banana. A beautiful, yellow banana. A whole banana! She placed it in my hesitant hand, saying, ‘Please, Batya, take it. It’s for you . . .’ With her fine intuition, she understood that there was no chance of my getting a banana at home.

“I was not too embarrassed to take it. She did it so naturally and simply, as though she were handing something to her own child.

“After that first occasion came a second one, and then a third and a fourth. Each time she saw me, she would put down her basket and pull out a banana for me.”

The woman paused. “How many bananas do I owe her? I don’t know. Twenty, perhaps, or thirty. Certainly no more than that. But over and above the bananas themselves, I owe her the important lesson she taught me: how to give. And even more, I learned from her that in order to be a generous person, you don’t have to be wealthy or live in prosperous times. Every time I remember that basket and the yellow presents she pulled out of it for me, I get the feeling that it’s the generosity itself that is the true wealth . . .”

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Letting Go
Adar I 4, 5774 · February 4, 2014

©Raiza Malka Gilbert

In the hours after giving birth, due to the mixture of emotions and hormones, I didn’t know if I was dreaming or awake. I held my precious baby in my arms. What a miracle! How could it be that this human being had been inside of me? And now that he was out, why was it that my hands instinctively rubbed my belly as though he was still inside? When it was time to hand him over to the nurse, I felt like I was handing over a part of me. And with each child, I felt that same connection, and the same question popped into my mind: How is it that they were inside of me, and now they are not? How is it that they were a part of me, but now they are separate?

How is it that they were inside of me, and now they are not?


When you look at your children, you search for similarities. You can’t help it. “He has my nose, my eyes, my laughter and love of life.” Some of these similarities you love, and some of them you don’t. “He’s so stubborn, she’s strong-willed . . . why does she have to take that quality after me!”

As a mother, you worry. “What is he eating?” “Is she sleeping?” “How is he doing in school?” “Does she get along with her classmates?” They succeed, you feel you succeed. They make a mistake, you feel that it’s your mistake. It’s confusing. Are your children a part of you, or are they separate?

The other day, my daughter and I were braiding challah dough. I pinched the three ropes together, and quickly braided one challah after another. My daughter took her three ropes, braided them, and then flattened the dough down with her hand. Don’t judge me, but my first thought was, “What are you doing? We’re not making pitas, we’re making challahs!” I kept quiet. At least, I tried to. I finally asked her, “What are you making?”


“I never saw anyone flatten the dough like that before.”

“This is how I do it.”


This is just one example out of a thousand interactions that transpire in the course of a day. And as I watched her flatten and make pancakes out of herchallahs, I realized this is what King Solomon was speaking about when he taught, “Educate the child according to his way.”1 In the past, when I had heard this teaching, I understood it to mean that if children are artistic, they should learn with art; if musical, teach them with song. I understood that King Solomon was instructing me how to teach my child. But I think that there is more to this teaching from the wisest man in history.

Let children learn according to their way, not your way! Let children learn from their own trials and errors, from their own successes and failures (obviously, while establishing boundaries and rules, and instilling Torah values). My grandfather used to say, “Life is the best college education.” This means that I don’t have to interrupt and interject when they are trying to do something new. This means that I don’t have to direct them as they clean their room or draw a picture. This means that I can let them learn

I don’t have to interrupt and interject when they are trying to do something new

that if you put your jacket on inside-out, it won’t button, and if you put the key in upside-down, it won’t turn the lock. This means that I can spare a few minutes of my precious time to wait while I let my children figure out how to do something on their own. 

The parent-child connection is beautiful, and yes, there are so many similarities (and differences) between us and our children, but we are not the same. G‑d didn’t create us to have children through osmosis. The baby growing inside of you is not part of you in any way. It’s attached to you, it’s protected by you and it receives its nourishment and oxygen from you, but even as an unfertilized egg, it’s not you. As we love and worry, as we educate and nourish, we have to remember that our children are their own separate beings, have their own special mission, and will ultimately learn according to their own way.

1. Proverbs 22:6.
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Originally from Northern California and a Stanford University graduate, Elana Mizrahi now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children. She is a doula, massage therapist and writer. She also teaches Jewish marriage classes for brides.
Artwork by Raiza Malka Gilbert. Raiza Malka graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and has since changed the focus of her work to Judaism. Raiza Malka is inspired by whimsical illustrations, paintings and sculptures that largely inform her work, she is also touched by anything having to do with light. Raiza Malka currently works primarily in water color on paper.

VOICES: What I Saw: An Open Letter to Rose
What I Saw: An Open Letter to Rose
Adar I 4, 5774 · February 4, 2014

Dear Rose,

Last week I went to visit a new friend. When I parked my car in front of her house, I thought, Should I turn around and go back home? No, I’m not going to back out now. I really do want to meet with her, I determined.

And so, with a deep breath, I texted her, “I’m here.”

Her front door opened, and I saw her gingerly make her way down the walkway. To announce my position, I thanked her for coming outside to greet me, and I followed her back toward the house.

“Uh oh,” I was about to caution her, as she almost walked off the path into the bushes, but she agilely redirected herself, and up the steps we went, into the house. There I met Izzy, her German shepherd, who checked me out and followed us to the table, where we sat down to schmooze.

We talked, we shared and we laughed. I had a wonderful time. And as her watch announced the hour, I reluctantly realized that it was time for me to leave.

She walked me out the door, and as we lingered on the front steps, continuing our conversation, I looked up at her. Her personal appearance was meticulous, and emanating from her eyes I saw—a soul!

There she was, standing tall under the grandiose archway, looking nowhere, but majestically leaning on her white cane.

Yes, Rose, my friend is blind.

This was the first time I met her in person. And the first time I met anyone who was blind.

The experience, for me, was deeply profound.

Rose, you mentioned that you’ve been thinking lately a lot about true belief and faith, about trying not to let go of G‑d.

Let’s talk about faith.

Here is a young woman who quite recently lost her eyesight, yet has a better attitude than most of us do. She admits that finding things can get frustrating for her. She confesses how much she yearns to see her children, their antics and all. She sorely misses her eyesight. But Rose, you’ve got to see her faith.

How does she do it? And how is she still connected to G‑d?

I don’t know. I have not interviewed her. But I do know that when I saw her, I saw something G‑dly.

She’s upbeat. She likes to laugh. She’s sensitive. She’s giving. She’s a loving spirit. She observes G‑d’s Torah and commandments to the best of her ability. And she is making a difference in the world. .

And every day, she prays to G‑d. Her prayers are said by heart, prayers that are memorized from bygone years.

When we pray, we create a bond between ourselves and our Creator. Like a ladder, prayer reaches from earth to heaven. It is the link between lower and higher, and between body and soul. It is the means for every one of us to connect with G‑d.

Every Jew has a soul that is G‑dly, a part of G‑d within the Jew. This is our essence and our core. Our belief in G‑d is a trait that every Jew inherited from our forefathers. But since we are unfortunately not always in touch with our G‑dly essence, we need to patiently and consistently nurture our faith by doing mitzvahs and connecting to G‑d.

Rose, I think it’s safe to say that eyes that have no vision yet can possess such spirit are a good sign that there is a G‑d.

And I also think that it’s safe to say that if you are thinking about G‑d, it’s a good sign that your faith is not slipping away.

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Devorah Leah Mishulovin is a Domestic Engineer living in Los Angeles, CA.

RWB alumni retreat, first 24 hours, in gerunds

RWB alumni retreat, first 24 hours, in gerunds

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 06:23 PM PST

12278089923_16b7820e76_nSeeing friends from my RWB cohort again.

Meeting people from the other rabbinic cohorts.

Putting faces with Twitter handles and email addresses.

At an icebreaker, “outing” myself as a reader of speculative fiction.

(Also as a congregational rabbi and a writer.)

Watching the Superbowl with a room full of rabbis.

Hooting and hollering at the football and the commercials alike.

Sipping whiskey with a friend from far away.

Davening shacharit (morning prayer) b’tzibbur (in community).

Remembering, all in a flash, davening in that same room four years ago.

Meeting people whose work I have long admired.

12297025174_2d2bba1757_nHearing from heads of the Republican and Democratic Jewish organizations.

Talking, in small groups, about political pluralism and whether / how it’s possible.

Chatting about poetry with a fellow-poet rabbinic school friend.

Studying Hasidic texts of passionate pluralism.

Being amazed by their radical welcome and openness.

Studying texts on how blessings turn the forbidden into the permitted.

Tweeting back and forth with RWB fellows who are here, and RWB fellows who aren’t here (and tagging it all #rwbclal).

Enjoying dinner conversation about growing up as geeks who love Judaism.

Being with other rabbis who are thoughtful about our rabbinates.

Sitting by the fireside surrounded by quiet conversations and laptops.

Thinking about finding the partial truth in things with which I disagree.

Making midrashic message-driven trash art out of broken cell phones, paint, beads, and clay.

Returning to my room, exhausted from a long day but grateful to be here.

Taking Nyquil and heading for bed.

COMMENT: A Long Pole
A Long Pole
Adar I 4, 5774 · February 4, 2014

Here’s the problem: you’re here, and you want to be there (“there” being someplace better, loftier, more spiritual than “here”). But you’re not there, and won’t be there for a good while, perhaps ever.

So, do you act as if you’re already there? Or do you tell yourself that here’s just fine, and who needs there anyway?

You can become a hypocrite, or you can come to terms with your limitations. But there’s also a third way—the way of the Long Pole.

In the outer chamber of the heichal (sanctuary) in the Holy Temple stood the menorah—a five-foot-tall, seven-branched candelabra of pure gold. Every morning, a priest filled the menorah’s seven lamps with the purest olive oil; in the afternoon, he would climb a three-step staircase to kindle the menorah’s lamps. The seven flames burned through the night, symbolizing the divine light which radiated from the Holy Temple to the world.

Actually, it did not have to be a priest (kohen) who lit the menorah—the law states that an ordinary layman can also perform this mitzvah. But there is also a law that restricts entry into the sanctuary to priests only: ordinary Israelites could venture no further than the azarah, the Temple courtyard.

These two laws create a legal paradox: a layman can light the menorah; but the menorah’s designated place is inside the sanctuary, and a layman cannot enter the sanctuary.

Technically, there are solutions: a layman can light the menorah by means of a long pole, or the menorah can be carried out to him by a kohen and then replaced in the sanctuary. But the inconsistency remains: if the Torah believes that an ordinary person should be able to light the menorah, why doesn’t it place the menorah in a part of the Temple accessible to ordinary people? And if the sanctity of the menorah is such that it requires the higher holiness of the sanctuary, why does the Torah permit someone who cannot attain this level to light it?

This paradox, says the Lubavitcher Rebbe, is intentionally set up by the Torah in order to convey to us a most profound lesson: the lesson of the long pole.

The lesson of the long pole says that we should aspire to spiritual heights that lie beyond our reach. Not that we should presume to be what we are not—that would be like an ordinary person entering the sanctuary—but neither should we desist from our efforts to reach that place. Even when we know that we ourselves will never be “there,” we can still act upon that place, influence it, even illuminate it.

At times, this means that someone from that higher place reaches down to us. At times, it means that we contrive a way to reach beyond what we are at the present time. In either case, we are what Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch calls a “lamplighter”: a person who carries a long pole with a flame at its end and goes from lamp to lamp to ignite them. No lamp is too lowly, and no lamp is too lofty, for the lamplighter and his pole.

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By Yanki Tauber; based on the teachings of the Rebbe.

Michael Wex – Born to Kvetch


Author of the bestselling book on Yiddish ever – Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods – novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on language and literature, Michael Wex has been called “a Yiddish National Treasure” and “the finest translator around.” Michael Wex has helped to bring Yiddish back into the North American mainstream.

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The Sholem Aleichem Exchange, Part 1: What the Great Yiddish Author Meant to 
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University, where he also serves as director of its Institute for Israel and JewishStudies and teaches in the American Studies program. He received his 
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Michael Wex (Narrator) columnist, bon vivant and raconteur, has been called “a Yiddish national treasure.” He is author of Born to Kvetch, the bestselling book ever written aboutYiddish, and was hailed by The New York Times as “wise, witty and 
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You Never Forget your First

The idea behind Daf Yomi (not to be confused with Daft Yomi, which involves silently studying Talmudwhile wearing metallic headgear) is shockingly 

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Are you ready for the challenge?

Yair Netanyahu & His Non-Jewish Girlfriend

by Jonathan Rosenblum
Why would anyone care if he’s dating a Gentile?

Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend

by Emuna Braverman
Is it superficial or is my daughter dating a real jerk?

Wealth Addiction

by Rabbi Avi Shafran
When a $3.6 million bonus isn’t enough.

Nourishing Millet

by Adina Hershberg
Millet is the world’s sixth most important grain. And it’s delicious. A short primer on how to cook with it.

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If chocolate wasn’t heaven-sent, why else would the first three letters of Godiva spell G-O-D?

Jewish Celebrity Secrets Uncovered by the NSA

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Barbara Streisand is working on a top secret follow up to “Yentl,” in which Yentl becomes a militant vegan. It’s called “Lentil.”

The Great Jewlarious Joke Competition

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Judaism: Inside the Torah – National Geographic


Judaism: Inside the Torah: Kings of Israel – The Story of King David and the Jewish (Israelite) people.

A Biblical and Historical Story on how King David conquered Jerusalem and made the Kingdom of Israel for the Jewish people.

Jewish Documentary – Full Film

 21.04.2009 Faith and Fate is a documentary telling the story of the Jews in the 20th Century.

The first Episode is called, “The Dawn of the Century” and covers 1900 – 1910.

This episode introduces the uniqueness of Jewish history in the 20th century within the
context of world history. At the turn of the 20th century, Jews were scattered across the
globe, representing only ¼ of one percent of the worlds population. It was a time of
empires, imperial rule and colonial expansionism. In Russia the masses, including the
Jews, lived in dire poverty which was compounded by grassroots antisemitism. In 1905
the Russian masses revolted and there was a general strike. On Bloody Sunday the
Czar responded with force. The Czar did not abdicate until 1917, which is typically the
date given for the second Russian Revolution, which, in turn, led to increased pogroms
against the Jews. The pogroms and the economic conditions forced approximately
40% of Jewish population to leave the Russian Empire and go to Western countries
including the United States and to Palestine and other countries as far away as South
Africa and Australia.

Emigration and the Enlightenment presented Jews with the dilemma and opportunity to
maintain or reject their traditional Jewish upbringing, and many decided to forgo their
traditional Judaism and blend in with their larger non-Jewish society. Within the
traditional Jewish world, change was occurring as well, with the rise and acceptance of
the Mussar Movement, an ethical approach to Judaism. Because Jews were not
allowed into institutions of higher education in Eastern Europe, most of them went to
study in yeshivas to sharpen their intellect. The traditional yeshiva, unintentionally,
became a breeding ground for all philosophies, Jewish and secular alike. Zionism
grew as a national movement, and was led by secular Jews antithetical to traditional
Judaism. While most rabbis rejected Zionism and its leaders, because of their
nontraditional beliefs, a minority of rabbis developed religious Zionism, which combined
traditional Judaism with Zionist philosophy. The Old Yishuv Jews, who had settled in
Palestine in the late 1800s, were committed to traditional Judaism and rejected
secular, nationalistic ideas of the New Yishuv Zionists.

The Sephardic Jews living in Moslem and Arab countries at the turn of the 20th
Century maintained their own rich Jewish traditions and heritage, which often differed
from those of the Ashkenazim. There was relative peace within the Jewish community
and among the leadership in these Arab and Moslem countries, and although life was
sometimes difficult, these Sephardic Jews did not experience, by and large, pogroms
or the influences of the Enlightenment or Reform Judaism.

In Europe, Jews were the leaders of the Labor and Socialist movements and
spearheaded the establishment of labor unions in America. The challenge of
assimilation in the United States was the greatest difficulty confronting Jewish
immigrants. Attempts were made to stem the tide. Reform Judaism became a symbol
of acceptance into modern American society and Dr. Solomon Schechter initiated the
Universal Synagogue movement which became Conservative Judaism. Also
Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish immigrants had to find their respective places within
the Jewish community and in their new host country, the United States, as well..
A small, strong group of American Jewish immigrants managed to cling to their Jewish
traditions and adapt themselves to the new reality in America. Meanwhile, for Jews
around the world, with the threat of WWI looming, the imperial race for supremacy was

Japanese-Jewish American woman explores many talents

Not bad for a nice Japanese-Jewish-American girl from Santa Monica.  show on CBS and there’s a possible pilot on the Jewish history of comedy, 
5 Germans Honored for Preserving Jewish History
Jewish Daily Forward
The rescuer of a ruined synagogue in Gudensberg is one of five German non-Jews honored this year for ensuring that local Jewish history is not forgotten. High school teacher Hans-Peter Klein helped to preserve a building and its story, and he also 
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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, August 23, 1957, Part 3
San Diego Jewish World
Campaign workers and leaders will be honored on Thursday, September 12, at 8 p.m. at a “Thank You” reception given to them by the Officers and Directors of the United JewishFund, according to Milton Y. Roberts, Fund President. Workers in the 1957 
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Curious Conversions With Historical Context
San Diego Jewish Journal
She takes us through conversion ceremonies, ancestral mapping exercises and archaeological digs while discussing the long but hidden history of Jews in Southern Italy. The documentary concludes with the personal journey of Canadian Laura Cattari who, 
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CAMPS: Community Collective
San Diego Jewish Journal
A vibrant overnight summer camp for Jewish youth ages 8 to 17, Camp Gilboa fosters a lifelong commitment to collective responsibility, equality, and knowledge of Jewish history and culture. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, it has since 1936 
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Shalom, Bolivia: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
The Jewish history of Bolivia begins at a time before the South American country even existed. While Bolivia was part of the Viceroyalty of Peru during the colonial period, early Jewish settlement began with the arrival of Marranos from Spain. At the 
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Center for Jewish Law Presents Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture on Feb 9
The Jewish Voice
Gafni is the Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught for 40 years. Gafni has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale and Brown. In 2010, he was 
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For Those Shoveling, Latest Snowfall Was a Real Backbreaker

KYW Newsradio – (George and Charles work to clear the sidewalk in front of the National Museum ofAmerican Jewish History, at 5th and Market Streets. Photo by 
Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History: Exhibit and Symposium

Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1150-1890, a new exhibit, will be opening on February 12 and running through June 9 in the Penn Libraries’ 

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History Book Review: A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Prote…


This is the summary of A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe by Mercedes Garca-Arenal, Gerard Wiegers, David Nirenberg, Richard L. Kagan, Martin Beagles.

This Day in Jewish History / Merchant, diplomat, pirate, spy dies in Amsterdam
February 4, 1616, is the day on which Samuel Pallache — Sephardi Jew, merchant, diplomat, spy and pirate — died, in Amsterdam. Pallache was born around 1550, in Fez, Morocco, into a family that had fled Spain a short time earlier, in the wake of the 
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This Day, February 4, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

Cleveland Jewish News (blog) – 1657: Thomas Burton, an MP who was a comrade of Cromwell and kept a diary on the proceedings of Parliament wrote today that “TheJews, those 

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LESSONS IN TANYA: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Adar I 5, 5774 · February 5, 2014
Likutei Amarim, middle of Chapter 27

ושני מיני נחת רוח לפניו יתברך למעלה

For there are two kinds of Divine pleasure:

אחת, מביטול הסטרא אחרא לגמרי, ואתהפכא ממרירו למתקא ומחשוכא לנהורא, על ידי הצדיקים

one, from the complete annihilation of the sitra achra, and the conversion of bitter to sweet and of darkness to light (— the former referring to the emotional faculties of the animal soul, and the latter to its mental faculties), which is accomplished by tzaddikim;

והשנית, כד אתכפיא הסטרא אחרא בעודה בתקפה וגבורתה, ומגביה עצמה כנשר

and the second: when the sitra achra is subdued while it is still at its strongest and most powerful, soaring like an eagle,

ומשם מורידה ה׳ באתערותא דלתתא על ידי הבינונים

and from this height G‑d topples it in response to human initiative i.e., as a result of one’s efforts at subduing the sitra achra in his soul. This is accomplished by Beinonim.

Each of the two aforementioned categories — those who were “created righteous” and who were “created wicked” — brings about one of these two kinds of Divine gratification.

וזהו שאמר הכתוב: ועשה לי מטעמים כאשר אהבתי

This is alluded to in the verse, 1 “And make me delicacies, such as I love,”

מטעמים לשון רבים, שני מיני נחת רוח

where the word matamim (“delicacies”) is written in the plural, indicating two kinds of pleasure.

והוא מאמר השכינה לבניה כללות ישראל, כדפירש בתיקונים

These words are the charge of the Shechinah to its children, the community of Israel, as explained in Tikkunei Zohar — that with these words G‑d asks of the Jewish people to please Him with their divine service.

וכמו שבמטעמים גשמיים, דרך משל, יש שני מיני מעדנים

Just as with material food, there are two kinds of delicacies—

אחד, ממאכלים ערבים ומתוקים, והשני מדברים חריפים או חמוצים

one of sweet and luscious foods, and the other of sharp or sour articleswhich are unpleasant to eat in their natural state,

רק שהם מתובלים ומתוקנים היטב עד שנעשו מעדנים להשיב הנפש

but have been well spiced and prepared so that they become delicacies which revive the soul — so too are there two kinds of spiritual delicacies.

One is provided by tzaddikim, who are occupied solely with matters that are “good” and “sweet” — holy matters. Having conquered the evil of their animal soul, they no longer need grapple with the sitra achra. Their divine service consists of increasing the light of holiness. The second kind of delicacy is provided by Beinonim, who are occupied with “bitter” matters, with battling against the sitra achra in their soul, and with the evil thoughts that it spawns.

וזהו שאמר הכתוב: כל פעל ה׳ למענהו, וגם רשע ליום רעה

This is indicated in the verse, 2 “The L-rd has made everything for His sake; even the wicked for the day of evil.”

How can it be said that the rasha was created for G‑d’s sake?

פירוש: שישוב מרשעו ויעשה הרע שלו יום ואור למעלה

This means, however, that he should repent of his evil, and turn his evil into “day” and light above,

כד אתכפיא סטרא אחרא ואסתלק יקרא דקודשא בריך הוא לעילא

when the sitra achra is subdued, and the glory of G‑d is uplifted on high.

Thus, the meaning of the words “even the wicked for the day of evil” is that the purpose of the wicked is to transform the “evil” into “day”.

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1. Bereishit 27:4.
2. Mishlei 16:4.
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DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Adar I 5, 5774 · February 5, 2014
Today’s Mitzvah
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Positive Commandment 13
The Arm Tefillin

“And you shall bind them for a sign upon your arm”—Deuteronomy 6:8.

Men are obligated to wrap tefillin on their arms.

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TODAY IN JUDAISM: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Today is: Wednesday, Adar I 5, 5774 · February 5, 2014
Daily Quote
Said Adrianus to Rabbi Joshua ben Chananyah: “How difficult it is for the sheep who grazes in the midst of seventy wolves!” Said Rabbi Joshua to him: “How powerful is the Shepherd who protects her from them.”

– Midrash Yalkut Shimoni

Daily Study

Chitas and Rambam for today:

Chumash: Tetzaveh, 4th Portion Exodus 29:1-29:18 with Rashi
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Tehillim: Chapters 29 – 34
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Tanya: Likutei Amarim, middle of Chapter 27
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• Sefer Hamitzvos:
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• 1 Chapter: Kelim Chapter 20
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• 3 Chapters: Tefillin, Mezuzah, v’Sefer Torah Chapter Two, Tefillin, Mezuzah, v’Sefer Torah Chapter Three, Tefillin, Mezuzah, v’Sefer Torah Chapter Four
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