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Dayenu, Coming Home – The Fountainheads Passover Song

02.04.2011
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A Passover musical parody by The Ein Prat Fountainheads, http://foheads.com, graduates and students of Midreshet Ein Prat, Israel.

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קבלת פנים\ להקת נפשא

26.10.2009

הרכב חדש מלא באנרגיות של שמחת חיים.
ההרכב מונה חמישה נגנים (עם אופציה לשישה נגנים)
מוכשרים ומנוסים.
הנגנים באים מעולם הנגינה, הכתיבה, העיבוד והלחנה.
ההרכב מנגן על מגוון כלים כגון:
תופים, קלידים, גיטרה חשמלית, בס, סקספון, מנדולינה, מפוחית חלילית ועוד
“התאחדנו כדי להביא לכם את העושר הרב שזיכנו בורא העולם לצבור במשך השנים בסגנונות מגוונים ועיבודים מיוחדים…”

בואו לחוש את האנרגיה, השמחה, העיבודים והשירה.
מוזמנים לטעימה! לפרטים נוספים: 0504146593 | L.nafsha@gmail.com

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Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel

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Menachem Begin Making Peace

08.03.2009
Menachem Begin.
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeginCenter
http://www.begincenter.org.il/
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/315…

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Another great Oorah CD starring Shloime Gertner, Yitzchok Fuchs, Shloime Dachs,Yisroel Werdyger, Lipa Schmeltzer, Rivi Schwebel, Ari Goldwag, Shauly Waldner,.

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Another great Oorah CD starring Shloime Gertner, Yitzchok Fuchs, Shloime Dachs,Yisroel Werdyger, Lipa Schmeltzer, Rivi Sch

EFIM ALEXANDROV

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Palestinian Arab Muslim Converts To Judaism

23.02.2014

Every morning for the last two years, Yaniv comes to this tiny yeshiva in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. Yaniv, a Palestinian, was born Muslim and converted seven years ago. He loves to study Judaism, he says, and is continuously excited by it. Yaniv is proud to be Jewish. Yaniv’s rabbi says that he is proud of his student who is passionate and determined in his love of Judaism.

Just two years ago he was called Busman, and lived in an Arab village near Nablus. Osman was released from an Israeli prison after 11 years, on charges of manslaughter. He discovered Judaism while in prison, and has since converted. This is Bussman, or Yaniv, moments after being released from jail, on the Palestinian side of the green line. Crying bitterly, Yaniv said that he had nowhere to go, now that he was a Jew. He could not enter Israel because he was considered a Palestinian, and in the territories, his life was in danger due to his conversion.

As we film Yaniv, he is approached by a man who tells him that he saw the footageof his release from prison on the news and that it was Yaniv’s steadfast belief in Judaism, which affirmed his own beliefs and brought him closer to his own faith. Yaniv is moved by the encounter.

Two years later, Yaniv is a star student at his yeshiva, has an adoptive family, and several matchmakers working to find him the right match. He has been living in Israel as a temporary resident, dedicating his life to the Torah, working odd jobs, dreaming of becoming a citizen, and even joining the military.

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Jewish Wedding, Marriage, Ceremony & Wine

25.11.2011
The secret to a Jewish marriage is hidden in the wine. Charlie Harary discusses the hidden secrets and symbolism of wine in a Jewish marriage ceremony.

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Birthright Israel – The LA Way

 18.02.2014

Birthright Israel – The LA Way

Learn more at http://jewishla.org/birthright

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הרב שלמה קרליבך / “עוד אבינו חי

01.04.2008

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach from the archives of Israel Television in the early Seventies.

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Refuah Sheleimah Ya’akov Shwekey,Baruch Levine Caesaria

29.01.2013

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Habet Mordechai Ben David and Chaim Eliezer Hershtik Radio Kol Chai

02.02.2014

Video By Nathan Ibgui – צילום וידיאו נתן איבגי
בקלידן עמי כהן
מוצ”ש חסידי חי עם מנחם טוקר ברדיו קול חי – 01-02-2014

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Elie kakou Mme sarfati et sa fille fortunée

03.04.2008

elie kakou sketch Mme sarfati et sa fille Fortunée

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Israel – Small but Outstanding

29.04.2012

http://www.israel.org

Israel, a small country of outstanding beauty, is so many different things:

It is a bridge between Africa, Asia & Europe, It has pulsating urban life, breathtaking nature, an abundance of plant & animal species, Thousands of years of fascinating history, a rainbow of cultures and traditions.

Israel offers an energizing experience with a vibrant cultural scene, and is proud to be an innovative leader in science & High-Tech.

Sounds too much? you’ll believe it when you see it.

Visit the MFA’s Social Media Channels:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/IsraelMFAhttp://www.facebook.com/IsraeliVibe

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Israel
http://www.twitter.com/IsraelMFA

Please credit the MFA and the creators of this clip for any use of this video.

Photographer and Editor: Eyal Bartov
Additional Photographs: Samuel Magal
After Effects: Gili Ittah
Original Music: Israel Kasif

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Simchas Beis Gorlitz Nasad Skver Flatbush, in Borough Park

16.10.2013

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Megillas Lester Official Trailer

17.02.2014

Megillas Lester is a full length animated feature film depicting the fictional story of Doniel Lesterovitch (“Lester”); a boy whose imagination turns the Purim story upside down. Suddenly finding himself at the feast of King Achashverosh, Lester is ordered to summon queen Vashti to the party…and he inadvertently convinces her to go! With Vashti alive and well, Esther never needs to come to the palace – and that leaves nobody to save the Jews from evil Haman! Follow Lester’s hilarious and thrilling adventure as he tries to set his version of the Purim story back on track…

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Beri Weber Belz

16.02.2014

Acoustic Style with Moishey Schwartz on Guitar

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חתונה תולדות אהרן ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב

13.02.2012

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חתונה תולדות אהרן ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב

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valentinexy February 14th marks Valentine’s Day, and though not a Jewish holiday, it appears the young and in love celebrate in the Jewish State as well. Jennifer KaidenAmerican Tourist in Israel: “I celebrate Valentine’s Day because celebrating love is important and it doesn’t matter where you are around the world, it’s important for everyone.”  Yuval Sela, Flower Shop Salesman: “Every year we sell on Valentine’s Day, it’s a big day for business, people like roses, like colors. It’s a love day, people like celebration, to go out. First they buy flowers, and then the rest.” Netta Kaiden, American Tourist in Israel: “I think it’s very nice to express your love to someone you love every day, but if you have a special day, even better.” Saint Valentine’s Day is of Christian origin. And in the Hebrew calendar there is another day celebrated by couples called ‘Tu Beav’. Oren Migdal, Chabad representative: “I think it’s very sad that Jews who have traditions of thousands of years and have their own holidays imitate the non-Jews and take their holidays”. Udi Kobi, Tel Aviv Resident: “People don’t know really what is to be a jew, what is Christianity. They don’t know. So they celebrate what they think is good. I don’t judge them, but it is confusion.” Netta Kaiden, American Tourist in Israel: “If they don’t lose their connection to their heritage, I don’t think there’s a problem, you can celebrate.” Jennifer KaidenAmerican Tourist in Israel: “It’s like eating different foods from all over the world.” Yossef Faibish, Bat Ayin Resident: “It’s a Christian holiday. I don’t know exactly what it means, but I know that if people are happy, it makes them happy and they celebrate together, that’s a good thing. So why not.” As in many other countries, many Tel Avivian restaurants, shops and boutiques offer special discounts on products and gifts in honor of the festive day. And though not everyone understands or agrees with the meaning of the holiday or where the tradition stems from, most people we spoke to here in Israel, always like a reason to celebrate. Yuval Sela, Flower Shop Salesman: “I celebrate anything I can celebrate. A party is a party, Valentine’s Day and other days, whichever.” Tamar Golan, Tel Aviv Resident: “If you want to celebrate love, just celebrate. For me, this is life, to enjoy life.” Oren Migdal, Chabad representative : Most of the Jews who celebrate this day, it isn’t because of religious reasons. It’s because they want to dance and party. We have our religion and thank God, we are happy about it.” And so, a Tel Avivian Valentine’s Day takes off, even here, in the Jewish State. Sivan Raviv, JN1, Tel Aviv  Part 2  

A Jewish Star

Defenders of the Negev: Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the IDF

12.02.2014

Soldiers in a new IDF company, called “Defenders of the Negev”, maintain an observant Jewish lifestyle as they work to protect the State of Israel. Their service reflects an important goal of the IDF: to help Ultra-Orthodox Jews integrate into the army.

MORE: http://www.idfblog.com/ http://twitter.com/idfspokesperson/ http://www.facebook.com/idfonline/

Rambam Trailer. JewishHistoryDotOrg

20.04.2009

http://JewishHistory.org

PHYSICIAN – PHILOSOPHER – CODIFIER – COMMENTATOR – SPIRITUAL LEADER Rambam, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, was born in Cordova Spain, early in the 12th century. Facing the terror of the fanatic Muslim Almohads, he and his family fled Cordova. For seven years they lived in the mountains and caves of Spain. During that time, his remarkable Torah and Talmudic knowledge increased. His love of Torah combined with his avid study of healing and natural medicine, the sciences, mathematics, astronomy – as well as the works of the classical philosophers, began to shape the destiny of his life. The legacy he left behind is astounding. He wrote Perush Ha-Mishnayot – his commentary on the Mishnah, which included the Thirteen Principles of Faith, before he was 30. He also penned Mishna Torah – over 14 volumes of the laws of the Torah. Amongst his numerous works he wrote and defined Sefer Ha-Mitzvot and the 613 mitzvahs – and The Guide to the Perplaxed – as spiritual and philosophical treatise. Rambam was a holistic healer of body and soul. In an age of ignorance, he was a shining light of compassion and commitment toward his fellow human beings.

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“ונתנה תוקף” – החזן הראשי לצה”ל סא”ל שי אברמסון

24.09.2012

צפו בקליפ מיוחד לקראת יום הכיפורים של תפילת “ונתנה תוקף” אשר נבחרה ע”י גולשי פייסבוק צה”ל כשיר האחרון מאלבומו החדש של החזן הראשי לצה”ל סא”ל שי אברמסון.
הקליפ שהופק במיוחד ל”ימים הנוראים” מאגד בתוכו את תפילת החזן בבית הכנסת הגדול באלנבי ביחד עם חיילי צה”ל מהיחידות השונות וסובב סביב מלחמת יום הכיפורים וגיבור המלחמה תא”ל (מיל’) אביגדור קהלני אשר היה מפקד גדוד בחטיבת שריון שלחם בקרבות “עמק הבכא” והוענק לו עיטור הגבורה.

לחן:יאיר רוזנבלום

תודות:
תא”ל (מיל’) אביגדור קהלני – יו”ר האגודה למען החייל
אופיר סובול – מפיק ומעבד מוסיקלי
בית הכנסת הגדול אלנבי ת”א
תזמורת “סימפונט רעננה”

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kantor’s tears DUDU FISHER AT THE SYNAGOGE KRAKOW

 04.02.2010

החזן והזמר דודו פישר בעת בקורו בפולין

The 4 Tenors/Cantors: Fried, Helfgot, Dudu & Ohad – Sheyiboneh ארבעת הטנורים: שיבנה

 05.09.2010

HASC – A Time For Music XXI (21) recorded live on January 13, 2008 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City features Jewish music greats such as Avraham Fried, Cantor Yitzchok Meir Helfgot, Ohad!, Dudu Fisher, Yeshiva Boys Choir, Shlomo Katz, Eitan Katz, The Shira Choir and more with music by the world renowned Neginah Orchestra conducted by Yisroel Lamm. Available on double CD and DVD, this unbelievable production will keep you enteratained for 2 full hours. Having received rave reviews, this production is a must-have for every Jewish music fan and is sure to be one of the most treasured additions to your CD or DVD collection.

אברהם פריד – ונתנה תוקף

06.10.2011

ביצוע של אברהם פריד לתפילת ר’ אמנון ממגנצא בלחן יאיר רוזנבלום

PURIM Section Jewish Torah Insights Channel shiurim Daf Yomi, Purim and more… : 24JEWISH ALERTS

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“Profiles of Faith” Interview with Rabbi David Pinto Shlita

25.12.2012

177 – New York City February 28th, 2012

Maamar sur Pourim du Rabbi de loubavitch, 1er Cours

27.02.2014

Étude du Maamar du Rabbi de Loubavitch, “De ce fait, ces jours ont été appelés Pourim… Tav Chin youd Guimel “

Pourim, véritable love story

26.02.2013

par le Rav Ron Chaya (www.leava.fr)

Why do we have 2 days of Purim (part 1)

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Mishloach Manot

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Rabbi yosef mizrachi The Greatest Baal Teshuva (Miami Beach)

 13.02.2014

מגילת אסתר, שיעור …: הרב ד”ר חגי בן ארצי בבית חגלה

02.03.2014

הרב ד”ר חגי בן ארצי מנתח את התנ”ך לאור האמונה, המסורת, ההיסטוריה והארכאולוגיה. השיעורים מתקיימים בבית חגלה בימי שני פעם בשבועיים.
נושא השיעור: מגילת אסתר. עוד שיעורים בווידאו וב-MP3 ב-http://www.jewishjericho.org.il/hebre…
Rav Dr Hagi ben Artzi’s Bible lesson in Beit Hogla east of Jericho: Rav Dr Hagi ben Artzi analyses the stories of the Bible, integrating the perspectives of Jewish tradition & faith, archaeology, history and geography. His lessons are on Mondays, once every two weeks in Beit Hogla east of Jericho.
Today’s subject: The book of Ester (subject to be continued over several weeks).
Listen/view on line or download in MP3 format from our website:http://www.jewishjericho.org.il/hebre…

Midreshet Moriah Alumnae: Rav Berglas- Purim Torah

01.03.2012

Jewish Torah Insights Purim: Esther’s Role

22.02.2010

Available on naaleh.com at:http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2456/…

In this Torah shiur (class) Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg discusses Esther’s role in the megillah, and the seeming switch in her persona.  This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

Alahot Pourim –  Partie 1

12.02.2014

Alahot Pourim –  Partie 2

12.02.2014

Alahot Pourim – Michlouah manot – Partie 3

12.02.2014

הרב יוסף מזרחי | מסילת ישרים רמח”ל

 19.01.2014

בקרו באתר של הרב יוסף מזרחיhttp://www.divineinformation.com/hebrew

Pourim : la Meguila d’Esther entièrement lue

par le Rav Ovadia !

13.02.2013

Torah-Box vous propose une lecture complète du rouleau d’Esther par le Rav Ovadia Yossef… en personne. Dans synagogue à Har Nof, sur Hakablan 45.

http://www.torah-box.com

Lecture de la Meguilat Esther Chiourim.com

07.03.2012

Lecture complète de la Meguilat Esther site Chiourim.Com
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פורים, מגילת אסתר ב הרב בן ציון מוצפי חובה!!!

11.02.2013

הרה”ג משה לוי זצ”ל – Purim מצוות היום ומוקף בן יומו

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הרב יאשיהו פינטו, נצר לשושלת רבני מרוקו, פינטו ואבוחצירא.
הרב פינטו משמש כנשיא קהילת שובה ישראל
שמונה מעל 20,000 חברים, ב 23 מרכזים רוחניים ברחבי העולם.

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13.02.2014

בהתוועדות פורים קטן תשמ”ו עורר הרבי מליובאוויטש מלך המשיח, אודות ההכנות הנדרשות שלושים יום קודם חג הפורים.

הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט”א Porim 2 המשך הלכות פורים התשע”ד

12.02.2014

יום רביעי יב’ אדר א’ התשע”ד http://borokhov.kodesh.tv

הרב זמיר כהן- הלכות תענית אסתר וחג פורים

10.01.2013

לעילוי נשמת: שבתאי ארמא בן דינה
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ת.נ.צ.ב.ה

פרשת ויקהל – התקהלות בטהרה – בחבלי משיח – פורים – -הרב אלישע

וישליצקי – ערוץ מאיר – פרשת שבוע – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

03.03.2013

טיפ: הרשמו לערוץ שלנו ותקבלו עדכון על כל סרט חדש שנעלה!
הקליקו להרשמה: http://go.yahadoot.com/youtube/subscribe

אתר הוידאו הכשר הגדול בעולם: http://video.yahadoot.com
יצירת קשר עם ערוץ “יהדות”: youtube@yahadoot.com

חג פורים הרב יוסף בן פורת חובה לצפות מרתק ביותר!!!

11.06.2011

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! מעוניינים לשמוע עצות מקצועיות בחינוך ילדים?http://www.DifferentEducation.org.ilhttp://www.DifferentEducation.org.il הקליקו לעצות מקצועיות בחינוךילדים

הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט”א Purim מהלכות פורים התשע”ד

05.02.2014
יום רביעי ה’ אדר א’ התשע”ד http://borokhov.kodesh.tv

הרב מרדכי שריקי שליט”א ברדיו מנטה

05.02.2014
הרב מרדכי שריקי שליט”א ראש מוסדות” בית יוסף ” מתארח ברדיו מנטה בנו וממשיך דרכו של האדמו’ר ” המלומד בניסים” הרב יוסף שריקי זכר צדיק וקדוש לברכה .

הרב זמיר כהן – סוד האותיות ושם האדם חלק

29.08.2013
להרצאות נוספות כנסו לאתר הידברות – http://www.hidabroot.org/. ערוץ הידברות משודר באפיק 97 ב-Yes ו-Hot. לפניות הציבור: 073-2221222

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT: You can build something indestructible that lasts.

20.09.2012

Rav Noach Weinberg on The Six Constant Mitzvos: Mitzvah

02.04.2011

Video from http://jewishpathways.com/
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Jewish Torah Insights Purim: Pride and Power

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2457/single/ In this Torah shiur (class) on Purim, Mrs. Shira Smiles …

Jewish Torah Insights: Purim

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2455/single/ In this shiur (Torah class) on chinuch, Mrs. Shira Smiles, Rebbetzin …

Purim: A Time to Speak, A Time to be Silent

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2458/single/ In this Torah shiur (class) on Purim, Mrs. Shoshi

Tiferet Shiur on Purim by Mrs. Haber

21.02.2013
Mrs.Sara Leah Haber provides a deeper insight into the concept of simcha. May the proper understanding of simcha bring all of us to the ideal level of Purim celebration! Purim Samayach!

Jewish Recipes : 24JEWISH Alerts Section jewish Recipes for PURIM Please Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

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Artichokes Jewish-style ( carciofi alla giudia ) – Italian recipe

22.03.2012

The artichokes Jewish-style (carciofi alla giudia) is a traditional recipe from Rome, that greatly enhances the flavor and taste of the artichoke! Find this and many more recipes on the Giallozafferano App in English http://itunes.apple.com/app/giallozaf…

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Today at the market I bought these beautiful globe artichokes, Romanesco variety, and I want to make a traditional recipe of the Roman-Jewish cuisine: the artichokes Jewish-style. Let’s make it together!
Ingredients for 4 servings:
Artichokes Jewish-style
(4 servings)
• 4 globe artichokes (Romanesco) • 1 lemon
• salt and pepper to taste
• 3 pints (1 ½ lt) of extra virgin olive oil
The first and most important step of this recipe is to clean and cut the artichokes: take a bowl of cold water, cut and squeeze a lemon, but, before that, rub your hands with it: as you all know, cleaning artichokes make your hands turn black, so the lemon will help save your fingers! Squeeze and mix the juice with the water, in which the artichokes will be soaked, to prevent them from turning brown as well. Add the squeezed lemon, too… and now, let’s start: get hold of a paring knife like this, but before that, pull off the tough outer leaves of the artichokes, until you get to the tender ones. When the base of the leaves is lighter in colour, that is the edible part, so you can stop. Take the paring knife, with a curved blade … and make a horizontal cut, to remove the upper half of the leaves. As you can see, you can rotate the artichoke with one hand and cut the leaves with the other one… and work your way to the centre. It looks like a rose bud. At this point, the artichoke is ready, you just need to cut off the bottom of the stem, if it’s too long, and remove the scales at the base, along with the fibrous outer part of the stem. Now the artichoke is perfectly cleaned, so plunge into the water, which has been acidulated with lemon juice, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes, perhaps using a plate to keep it down, and repeat with the remaining artichokes.
After 10 minutes, take the artichokes out of the water and place them upside down to drain. Now beat them one against the other to remove the excess water and open the leaves a little. Pat them dry… in the meantime, heat the oil, it has to be olive oil, to about 300°F (150°C), so it should be hot, but not too hot; you may also use a deep fryer. Here we are, the oil is at the right temperature, so add the artichokes… and allow them to fry for at least 10-15 minutes, it depends on the size of the artichoke; as you can notice, this recipe calls for a large amount of oil, because the artichokes should be submerged; if they’re not completely covered, like this one, you can turn them over occasionally.
It’s time to take the artichokes out of the oil; to test for doneness, insert a fork into the bottom of the artichoke: if you can pierce it easily, the artichoke is done and ready to be drained. Now let them cool.
Take the cooled artichokes and pull the leaves apart to expose the centre; as you can see this artichoke variety has no thorns and no hairy choke, otherwise they should be removed during preparation. Now season the inside with salt and pepper. Then deep-fry again for a couple of minutes, to make them more crispy. At this step, some people sprinkle the artichokes with white wine or water. Now drain the artichokes… and repeat with the others.
While you are frying, drain the artichoke leaves with a slotted spoon, they taste like potato chips, so they are excellent to eat! Now let’s see if they taste as good as the original ones… yes, they do! Enjoy your carciofi alla giudia!

ליצן מבצק סוכר – איך ליצור קאפקייקס שוקולד מיוחד לכבוד פורים

05.03.2014

http://www.tikita.co.il/sugarclown ליצן מבצק סוכר – סדרת סרטונים ללימוד עבודה עם בצק סוכר לילדים ולמבוגרים. בסרטון הזהhttp://youtu.be/3XTLsArK0Fk מראה שני צולפה איך לקשט מאפינס שוקולד בעזרת בצק סוכר וטוש אכיל לכבוד פורים. אפשר גם לקשט בעזרת הליצן קאפקייקס שוקולד ועוגת יום הולדת צבעונית ומיוחדת. כנסו לאתר תיקיתה להדפסת ותמצאו מתכונים לקאפקייקס שוקולד ולעוגת שוקולד פרווה אותה תוכלו לקשט עם מגוון קישוטים מבצק סוכרhttp://www.tikita.co.il/sugarcakes4u

טיפ לפורים – הכנת כוסות לחיים משוקולד

03.03.2014

איך להכין כוסות לחיים משוקולד, שלב אחר שלב, ולהשתמש בהם לעיצוב אוירה

Les Juifs Tunisiens de Belleville

 07.09.2009

La Goulette sur Seine, à Belleville dans le 20ème arrondissement de Paris, bienvenue chez les juifs tunisiens

Kosher Revolution’s Geila Hocherman Makes Hamentashen

 06.03.2012

Kosher Revolution author Geila Hocherman, teaches how to make hamentashen, not the run of the meal, horrible tasting ones, rather her innovative fillings are the stuff legends are made of!

Learn and Live – Purim for Children in Israel

03.03.2014

Homentash

27.02.2014  Culinary Art by Sarah Liberman  

Happy Purim !

 27.02.2014

Learn about Purim and where to get the best Hamantaschen in 30 seconds – ! From Delice Bakery . . .

Making Hamantacshen part 1 להכין אוזני המן לחג פורים.mp4

02.03.2012

Cuisine Juive Tunisienne – – La Pkaïla – Tajine d’épinard et haricot blanc

22.04.2009

La Pkaïla est un tajine vert, à base d’épinards confits et de haricots blancs, on le mange traditionnellement avec de la semoule de couscous, c’est un régal !.
Ce jour là, évitez d’avoir un emploi du temps trop chargé après le repas quand même, c’est une cuisine riche et un plat d’hiver très adapté, bien qu’on le mange chez nous en toutes saisons 🙂
Bon appétit !

Cuisine Juive Tunisienne

c’est casher!

28.07.2010

du faisan ,de la sauterelle etc.. un repas casher organisé a Jérusalem pour redécouvrir des gouts perdus !!!

JN1’s Ron Jacobsohn reports from the opening recption of the French Culinary Week

 24.02.2014

Ron Jacobsohn, JN1 Israel Correspondent, Jaffa
Nineteen of France’s top chefs have arrived in Israel to cook with nineteen local chefs contemporary French cuisine in six cities, from Beer Sheba in the south to Nazareth in the north, in the week long festival called: So Frenchy so Tasty.

The French Ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonnave, claims the massive investment by the French government in cultural events in Israel has nothing to do with the state of the Jews in France.

Hamentaschen Cookies

21.02.2014

Recette de Baklava ou Baklawa – 750 Grammes

 18.09.2013

Le baklava c’est un peu le mille-feuille oriental ! Une couche successive de pâte filo et de beurre, superposées et un mélange de fruits secs, le tout relevé de fleur d’oranger ou de rose… Un délice à partager !

Une recette proposée par Chef Damien et Nadia du blog ‘Paprikas’ pour 750 Grammes.

Ingrédients pour les Baklavas :
20 feuilles de pâte Filo
150g de pistaches
100g de noix
200g d’amandes mondées
3 c à s bombées de sucre glace
1 c à s d’eau de fleur d’oranger
Miel

Wine Jerusalem 2014 – Kosher Wine Expo | תערוכת היין הכשר

20.02.2014

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – FEBRUARY 21, 2014 – EDITORIAL NEWS VIDEO

Leading up to the wine season before purim and pesach, the annual kosher Wine Jerusalem expo took place at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. Attracting alcohol stores and distributors from around the world, the expo boasted the largest collection of kosher wines in the world under one roof. Wine tasters, connoisseurs, and reviewers gathered to offer their opinions on some of the finest grape products available today on the kosher market. The event, which was also open to the public for a fee, attracted people from across the Jewish spectrum as they explored new wines.

(YWN – Israel Desk)

How to Make Challah Bread

05.11.2009

Watch more How to Bake Bread videos:http://www.howcast.com/videos/239214-…

Making this braided egg bread from scratch is worth the effort.

Step 1: Mix yeast and water
Mix the warm water, 1/4 cup of flour, and the yeast together in a large bowl, and let it stand for 10 to 20 minutes, until it begins to foam and puff up.

Step 2: Beat in sugar, oil, eggs, and salt
Whisk in the sugar, oil, three eggs, and salt.

Tip
You can substitute ¼ cup honey for the sugar.

Step 3: Add the flour
Add in the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time, kneading it in with your hands once the mixture thickens. Knead for about five minutes until smooth, adding flour if it’s too sticky. Put the dough in a clean bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise until the dough has doubled in size, about two hours.

Step 4: Punch it
Punch the dough down and transfer it to a lightly-floured surface. Knead for about five minutes, adding flour if needed.

Step 5: Make a braid
Divide the dough into three equal parts and roll each piece into an approximately 9-inch long rope. Braid the three ropes together, and pinch the ends together to seal.

Step 6: Let it sit
Put the braid on a greased baking sheet, cover with a dishcloth, and let it rise until it has doubled in size. The dough should stay dented when you poke it, instead of springing back into place.

Step 7: Preheat oven
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the remaining egg and brush it on the top of the braid. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if you like.
Step 8: Bake
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until bread is golden brown. Test for doneness by taking it out of the oven and rapping it on the bottom with your knuckles; if it sounds hollow, it’s ready.
Tip
If the top is browning too fast, tent it with foil.
Step 9: Enjoy!
Cool at least one hour before slicing. If you have any left over, use it for French toast in the morning!

Did You Know?
Challah loaves are shaped into spirals for the celebration of the Jewish New Year.

מפרום חצילים – ישראל אהרוני

 02.05.2011

השף ישראל אהרוני מציג לנו מתכון פשוט להכנת מפרום חצילים. למידע נוסף, בקרו באתר מתכון בטוח: http://www.matkon-batuah.co.il/item/%…

Jewish Food Kasha Kasha Recipes Kupecheskaya Russian Jewish

17.02.2014  Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

I have been taking requests for about six months now and doing mostly Asian and Italian cuisines as they are my fave cuisines. The fact is that I LOVE all food and that is why I cook. Last week one of my subbers made a request that I cook some Jewish food. To tell the truth I was stumped by the request because I have never cooked Jewish food. I mean I have eaten matzo ball soup and I make and eat chopped liver and I have eaten at Jewish deli’s but I have never made Jewish food/cuisine. So I did some research and I came up with a traditional Jewish comfort food called Kasha! This week I am going to make the Russian Jewish version of this traditional Jewish comfort food. It is usually called Kasha Varnishkes but in Russian it’s called “Kupecheskaya.” It is a version of Kasha made with onions, garlic, mushrooms and bowtie pasta with the addition of scrambled or crumbled hard boiled eggs. I will be using scrambled eggs as they soak up the flavors of this dish quite well. You can find the exact recipe for this dish on my blog @ http://www.richardblainesezcooking.co

Hamantashen for Hunger 2014

02.02.2014

To order Hamantashen from CBS USY, please go to:
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Questions or Comments:
Matt Rissien, Congregation Beth Shalom Youth Director: MRissien@BethShalomNB.Org

Izzy’s Traditional Jewish Recipes

 08.03.2007

Izzy originally from Poland, is an amazing person who spent from age 18 to 24 in German concentration camps doing slave labor, including Auschwitz. Never having had more then a 7th grade education he was liberated in 1945 with nothing more then the clothes he was given, yet he stayed in Germany and became a millionaire there while still in his thirties. In 1964 he came to the US and continued doing business here. Now at 85 he is retired doing the snowbird thing and doing his favorite thing, cooking. Everybody who has tasted his food raves about it, and everyone who knows him thinks he is a real character.
Just for a taste here are his Potato Latkes
available at http://www.simonsezproduction.com and Ebay
This is a 2 volumes, 2 discs DVD of Auschwitz survivor Izzy cooking up a storm in his kitchen. Watch him make Gefilte Fish, Chicken Soup, Lockschen Kugel, Potato Kugel, Potato Latkes, Horse Raddish, Brisket & Veal, Chicken Dish, Matze Brei and Butter Crumb Cake. Everything you need for the holidays. I’ve eaten this food and words can’t describe it. Don’t buy gefilte fish out of a jar make it from scratch, and you’ve never had chicken soup like this before. No wonder Izzy has so much energy at 85. He’s quite a character and fun to watch. This is truly food from the good old days and you can watch it being made. How easy is that to follow?

Now more recipes added: Izzy’s Cookies and Baking Dough, Apple Cake, Goulash, and Cucumber Salad. (The Goulash is my favorite) and really simple to make.

Oznei Haman 01

16.02.2014

מיכאלה ותמי אופות אוזני המן ללא גלוטן

25.02.2012

למצוא אוזני המן ברשתות ובמאפיות זאת לא בעיה, אבל מה עושים חולי הצליאק שלהם מגוון פחות רחב? פניתי למי שנחשבת לגורו של האפייה ללא גלוטן, מחברת הספר “אפייה ללא גלוטן”, תמי בן דוד שלה גם בלוג קולינרי בתפוז שבו היא מעלה את המתכונים שמותאמים לצרכים המיוחדים גם לה

http://www.mymichaela.com/index.php/c…

Chicken Soup cooked by Jewish Bubbie Ruth Zimmer on Loving Spoonfuls

18.05.2009

Winnipeg Jewish Bubbie Ruth Zimmer shows David Gale how to make classic chicken soup. From the pilot of Loving Episode.

Kosher Cooking

 28.08.2010

Jeff and Tara show you how to cook chicken cacciatore–Kosher style.

Jewish Cuisine 2/3

 19.07.2012

Delicious slow cooked food, warm bread and the famous gefilte fish — the Jewish cuisine is the ultimate comfort food. Learn how to make these mostly Ashkenazi recipes such as the classic Chicken Soup, Gefilte Fish, Cholent, Borscht and the famous Orange and Almond Cake.

Happy Cooking!

(All rights belong to SBS)

Jewish Cuisine 3/3

 19.07.2012

Jewish Recipe for Shabbat by IsraeliTov : Hamin moroccan style

How to Make Basic Potato Knish Filling and Kasha Potato Filling

26.07.2013 Leah Cooks Kosher

Follow Leah as she prepares the filling for her Knishes

How to make Ultra Fabulous Batter – Fried Chicken

12.12.2012

Frying chicken Kosher-style without the greasy mess. Watch Seattle’s top Kosher caterer, Leah Jaffee, make the most mouth-watering fried chicken you’ve ever tasted.

Everyday Kosher Cooking

15.10.2013

Everyday Kosher Cooking presents Chaia Frishman (of Fruit Platters & More)

Kosher Honey Chicken Recipe

 25.01.2010

http://joyofkosher.com/recipe/honey-c… | Jamie Geller from JoyofKosher.com shows you how to make her delicious Kosher Honey Chicken recipe. This easy to make Kosher recipe is perfect for holidays or an elegant dinner party. Jamie Geller is the author of the critically-acclaimed cookbook, “Quick and Kosher: Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing” (Feldheim Publishers, 2007)

For all your kosher food needs, please shop http://www.kosher.com


Beignets- juifs de sefrou-marocain Sfinj

ספינג’-מרוקאים+מתכון

 01.12.2010

הספינג’ של- yaffa banouz -bente sefrou marocmoreshet

Sfenje Moroccan doughnuts / سفنج مغربي Beignets marocains
מתכון: – 1, ק”ג קמח / שתי כפות שמרים יבשים / כפית סוכר / כף ערק / כפית מלח / שתי כפות שמן / כ-3-כוסות מים פושרים +,

אופן הכנה: – את הקמח , השמרים , הסוכר , מאחדים ולשים ביחד לבצק דליל , אוספים את הבזק לגומה אחת בעזרת השמן והמלח ועוד שתי כפות מים ,
לתת לבצק לנוח ולטפוח עד שהוא מכפיל את נפחו כ-שעה לערך , לגלות אותו וללוש שוב , לאחר כ-1/2 שעה אפשר להתחיל במלכת הטיגון, שאת ההליך רואים בשרטון !!!!!

חג חנוכה שמח !!!!!

צולם ע”י –yaffa banouz -054-5913698
http://www.marocmoreshet.com

OHEL MALKA – Pourim 5771

29.03.2011

L’association a distribué 275 repas pour le Michté de Pourim 5771.
Un repas comprenant : Pains, riz, Pommes de Terres, viandes, Schnitzel, Salades, friandises et jouets pour les enfants.

איך להכין כדורי שוקולד טבעיים שילדים אוהבים

05.06.2011

Our Mother’s Recipes – Noodle Kugel

 08.02.2014

Get the recipe for The Best Ever Classic Jewish Noodle Kugel at See how to.

This is the second video in the Our Mothers Recipe series with Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman. They are demonstrating their mother’s recipe for noodle kuge.

Jamie and friends make an easy classic Kosher Spinach Noodle Kugel, the ultimate in Jewish food. Get the recipe here

Watch more Happy Hanukkah videos: People of any faith can prepare this fanta.

Watch me make noodle kugel and explain how to make it healthier! Here is the recipe for my kugel!

Happy Hanukkah from The Sam Livecast! We’re making a strangely delicious Noodle Kugel dish. It’s egg noodles but sweet. It has cottage cheese but is amazingl.

To view the next video in this series click: This video will show how to mix the ingredients for noodle kugel.

Order it online now! Michael, King and owner of Kosher Kingdom, shares his recipe for sweet noodle .

It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s a traditional family recipe for the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Now you can make Noodle Kugel! BTW.recipe uses an .

Jspace Food tells you how to make a savory noodle kugel, the perfect side dish for any meal! Find more recipes, tips and tricks for the Jewish kitchen at htt.

Kosher Deli Restaurant in White Plains New York. Making noodle kugel.

Denison’s Cross-Cultural Community is proud to announce the first annual International Food and Culture Festival! Inherent to one’s migration is the movement.

Get the App from Google Play: ☆ Kitchen Cat ☆ Apple Noodle Kugel Recipe. A recipe from the KC Des.

To view the next video in this series click: This video will show how to bake noodle kugel.

Get the App from Google Play: ☆ Kitchen Cat ☆ Apple Lokshen Noodle Kugel Recipe. A recipe from th.

Our Pineapple Noodle Pudding is a tropical twist on the original Eastern European dish known as kugel. Serve this warm or chilled for brunch or dessert and.

Jodie enjoyed her dinner last night – especially her noodle kugel from Aunt Joan – she had 2 helpings.

it tasted good,, i couldnt finish it all! mirracle noodles 100 g eggwhites 1 apple, chopped sweetener which bakes good cinnamon 0 cal non stick spray for loa.

This Philly Noodle Kugel is a great side dish that compliments any meat, fish, or poultry entrée. Serve either warm or cold. Whether you are traditionally Je.

This easy basic potato kugel recipe is a traditional baked Jewish casserole, served as a side dish. Moist on the inside and crispy golden on the outside it i.

12 oz wide egg noodles, cooked 4 min. 16 oz sour cream, 16 oz farmer’s cheese, 6 eggs, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, bla.

Many people are unfamiliar with kugels, which are baked puddings associated with Eastern European Jews. They typically feature ingredients such as rice, nood.

I’ve finally got my act together to provide you with my families traditional holiday dish after years of being asked what is it and how do you make it. Enjoy.

| Jamie Geller from Kosher.com shows you how to make her simple and Kosher Cran-Apple Crunch Kug.

Le Nougat

14.02.2013
Voici une recette de pâtisserie orientale, qui est originaire d’Algérie, et que m’a transmise Nelly. Elle fait traditionnellement ce nougat lors de Pourim, une fête juive pendant le mois de février. Rien de compliqué à faire pour peu qu’on fasse bien attention à ne pas faire brûler les dattes sur le feu, et qu’on respect le temps de cuisson.
Ce nougat est un régal, essayez le vous m’en direz des nouvelles !
Merci à Nelly T. pour la recette 🙂

Le Roulé brioché “Crunch”special Pourim du Chef Stéphane Laïk

21.02.2013
Le Chef Stéphane Laïk vous délivres les secrets de son Roulé brioché “Crunch” au chocolat et noisettes caramélisées ;une recette special Pourim

Ingrédients pour 2 roulés.

4 verres de farine blanche tamisée (600 g)
1 cube de levure fraîche
1/2 verre de sucre (100 g)
100 g de beurre mou
2 œufs de taille moyenne
1/2 verre d’huile de tournesol
1 pincée de sel
Zest finement haché d’une orange ou d’un citron
1 cuillère à café d’extrait de vanille Bourbon ou 1 sachet de sucre vanillé

Les oreillettes de Pourim. Cuisson1

23.10.2011
Les oreillettes de Pourim.

Let’s Talk Nosh: Makin’ Hamantaschen

28.02.2013

Television chef Jeanette Friedman of ABC’s “The Taste”, let’s us into her world of cooking as she bakes hamantaschen assisted by Folkbiene Business Manager Jill Goldstein with a cameo appearance by Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek.

http://www.nationalyiddishtheatre.org

Director, Marketing Communications: Christopher Massimine

12 Reasons why we eat Hamentashen on Purim

08.03.2012

The history and origin Hamentashen

Cookies are centerpiece of Jewish celebration

20.02.2013

Jews prepare to celebrate Purim

Purim Pastry! Hamantashen/Oznei Haman

09.03.2011

Baking Oznei Haman/Hamantashen for purim is so much fun. Enjoy!

LG
Recipe from back of poppyseed can!

Making of Bakery Hamantaschen for Purim – הכנת אוזני המן מאפיה לפורים

06.03.2012

Our friendly local bakers Guy and Avi at the Yesh Bakery in Modi’in Illit show us how they bake kosher Hamantaschen for Purim in the spirit of the Jewish holiday.

http://www.kuvienimages.com

אופים ידידותי שלנו גיא ואבי במאפייה יש במודיעין עילית הראה לנו איך הם אופים אזני המן לפורים ברוח החג.

How to make Hamantashen for Purim

 07.03.2009

Making Hamantashen

Recette facile חלה “challah” pain traditionnel du Shabbat

 04.03.2012

Matériel utilisé pour cette vidéo :
Musique titrée “Cafe anatolia I love secret” prise sur youtube
Cette vidéo reflète ma propre croyance indépendamment à la croyance du compositeur de cette musique et de ceux qui l’accompagnent.

Vidéo filmée par moi-même.
Recette facile חלה “challah” pain traditionnel du Shabbat

Section Events, Jewish Life : 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

Three Cohens live with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Rudy Royston 2012

 13.08.2012

Blues For Dandi’s Orange Bull Chasing An Orange Sack
00:01 piano solo → 01:13 piano trio → 03:27 theme → 04:15soprano solo → 05:52 trumpet solo → 07:44 tenor solo → 09:32short solos (soprano → drums → trumpet → drums → tenor → drums) → 10:46 drums solo → 11:43 theme

soprano saxophone: Yuval Cohen
tenor saxophone: Anat Cohen
trumpet: Avishai Cohen
piano: Aaron Goldberg
bass: Reuben Rogers
drums: Rudy Royston

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive – Jewish Life in Lvov

 25.03.2010

Name: Jewish Life in Lvov
Year: 1939
Duration: 00:10:07
Language: English

Abstract: Jewish life in Lvov, Poland, on the eve of World War II.

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive –
The 500 films, selected for the virtual cinema, reflect the vast scope of documentary material collected in the Spielberg Archive. The films range from 1911 to the present and include home movies, short films and full length features.

שם: חיים יהודיים בלבוב
שנה: 1939
אורך: 00:10:07
שפה: אנגלית

תקציר: החיים היהודיים בלבוב ערב מלחמת העולם השנייה.

ארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג –
חמש מאות הסרטים שנבחרו עבור הקולנוע הווירטואלי משקפים את ההיקף הנרחב של החומר התיעודי בארכיון שפילברג. באתר ישנם סרטים משנת 1911 ועד ימינו אלה ביתיים, קצרים ובאורך מלא.

כל הזכויות שמורות לארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג ולאוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים 2010; דף הבית; http://www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il
http://multimedia.huji.ac.il/

Jewish Moroccan Contemporary Artists

20.01.2010

A review of leading contemporary Jewish Moroccan artists, Elbaz, Ben Haim, Cohen Gan and Eliany. Click to add a description…

Beni Melal Women Sung Poetry conference 2013 Hebrew and English

 21.12.2013

Beni Mellal Conference on Women Sung Poetry among Moroccan Jews 2013 was held at the World Center of North African Jewry in Jerusalem in collaboration with Jewish Moroccan Archive.
The event included a community getting together, Sharing food , A video on Beni Mellal and its surroundings made by Marc Eliany, An Art Exhibition by Marc Eliany on Cultural Transitions between Mountains and Seas, Women Sung Poetry by Zohra Biton Cohen, Lectures by professors Ephraim Hazan and Moshe Amar, Lectures by the Minister Amir Peretz and economy professor Momi Dahan .

The event was sponsored by Victor Biton. Zohra Biton made the conference a memorable event, and
Sidney Corcos, Dan Albo, Mimon Cohen and volunteers too many to list by name, as well as,
The World Center of North African Jewry and The Jewish Moroccan Archive made it possible.
Contact jmma@walla.com if you wish to organize or participate, exhibit, lecture, or contribute to similar community conferences.

Jewish Klezmer Music

01.03.2014

Karsten Troyke
Musicians:
Gennadi Desatnik violin
Valery Khoryshman accordeon
Micha Jach double-bass
Jan Hermerschmidt clarinet

buy: https://itunes.apple.com/album/live-k…

Chabad of the Valley Purim

04.03.2014

Enjoy!

to RSVP for the programs please call 860.658.4903
or email chabadsimsbury@hotmail.com

The Play is The Thing host, Judy Sleed – Guest, Musia Baumgarten, Chabad of East Hampton

04.03.2014

Russian Speaking Jews in North America

29.07.2013

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) in Jerusalem hosted a briefing by Professor Jonathan Sarna, The Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, to present his research on the Russian speaking Jews in North America. The briefing is introduced by Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).

Professor Jonathan Sarna: Jews come to the “New World”

03.03.2014

http://www.myJLI.com

ANTISEMITISM-FREE JEWISH IDENTITY
In contemporary times, the power of antisemitism to form a bulwark against assimilation has declined. We face a paradox−a desire for complete acceptance of Jews within society, while at the same time hoping that younger Jews and coming generations do not choose to assimilate and instead commit to living a Jewish life. How is this to be accomplished?

To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History
A New Six Week Course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.

What was it like for our ancestors to say goodbye to the shtetl, to set out to discover new lives for themselves, along with all of the liberties the free world had to offer? At the dawn of the enlightenment, how did our parents adapt their Judaism to the developments of a modern age? And what can we learn from their struggles to connect deeply with our own Jewish identities?

This new course will give you the opportunity to make sense of your personal Jewishness; it will help you overcome perceived incompatibilities between Judaism and modern society; and it will provide you with the clarity and conviction to pass on a legacy of Jewish pride to the next generation.

NASA’s discovery and the Jewish purpose in life

 26.02.2014

‘NASA’s discovery and the Jewish purpose in life’ is the message this week from St Kilda Shule Rabbi Yaakov Glasman in relation to Parshat Pekudei Shekalim and the Kepler telescope.

Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive – Home And Away

02.03.2014

Home And Away
199?
Hebrew/English
Jewish life in Odessa, Ukraine

בבית ובחוץ
שנות ה90
עברית ואנגלית
חיים יהודיים באודסה, אוקראינה

NEFESH 2004 “My Soul”  Miracle of Change

Video Portrait | West Jerusalem

This is a glimpse of West Jerusalem, and the duality of life there as I witnessed it during my brief stay. West Jerusalem is a sociopolitical term referring to the part of Jerusalem that is mainly Jewish in population – the other half, East Jerusalem, being comprised mostly by Palestinian Arabs. One of the core issues between these two groups is over the control of this city. For more from this series, visit: davidfreid.com/stories-from-the-holyland/

International Conference of Shluchim 5774-2013 – Feature Film

27.11.2013

L’Chaim – Chabad Tzomo

 02.03.2014

Chabad Tzomo, the eighth track of the acappella L’Chaim (“To Life”) album, Chasidishe Oitzros Volume 1. The album was released on March 15, 2002.

Tomorrow’s Jews with Rabbi Noah Farkas, VBS, Josh Avedon, Jumpstart and Simone Zimmerman, Nat’l President-JStreet-Feb. 13, 2013

In 1964, Look Magazine published a noted article on “The Vanishing American Jew.” The article predicted that by century’s end, American Jews would reach their third generation on these shores and would assimilate into the American mainstream, just as every other ethnic community had before them. It’s 2013. Look Magazine is gone. We’re still here. We are now seeing the fifth and sixth generations of American Jews. Jewish life is thriving, but it is changing. Jewish life in America will persist into the next generations. But it will look very different than past generations. How will Jewish life change? What is the Jewish identity of this next generation? Is there reason for optimism?

The VBS College of Jewish Studies asked three young Jewish leaders to discuss, “Tomorrow’s Judaism.”
Josh Avedon, leader of Jumpstart; Simone Zimmerman, senior at UC Berkeley and national president of J-Street U and Rabbi Noah Farkas, of Valley Beth Shalom. The evening was hosted by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

הרבי מלך המשיח

19.10.2012

Making a difference at Chabad House Bowery

02.03.2014

Sarrica Fink talking about the ability to make a difference at Chabad House Bowery.

Realistic expectations: Parshat Vayikra

This week, we start reading the book of Leviticus (Vayikra), the third of the five books of the Torah. Leviticus is also termed the “Torah of the Kohanim 

Sara Rae Perman

In this week’s parshah, which is the beginning of the book of Leviticus, we have something very unusual in the Torah scroll. The first word, Vayikra, 

The Collective vs. the Individual

The Torah states that if a High Priest commits a sin it is because of the fault of the people and he must bring a sacrifice as an atonement (Lev 4:3).

Judaism: Sin is a Constant Part of Life.

Though this Torah reading, the parsha, like much of the rest of the book of Vayikra, is replete with difficult detail regarding very esoteric, spiritual and 

We Must Bridge the Divide

The thoughts of man, even those of the greatest scholar,talmid chacham, cannot fathom the thoughts of the Creator, for even many of the Torah laws 

NYPD Officer Celebrates His Bar Mitzvah at Age 27

Schwartz went online and found recordings to memorize the tunes for Torah reading, and read through website texts to prepare a bar mitzvah speech 

The Yeshiva World Electronic Anti-Theft Device for Kosel Sifrei Torah « » Frum Jewish News

Yeshiva World News ⋅ Y.W. Editor
In a measure to prevent theft, electronic GPS sensors are being installed on Sifrei Torah at the Kosel following approval from the Rav of the Kosel and 

Montgomery County community events, March 6 -13, 2014

Thursday, March 6. Washington Jewish Film Festival, Israeli feature-length films, documentaries and short films celebrating the diversity of Jewish 

Reel World: Jewish Film Festival launches, KiMo goes crazy for Swayze, Filmapalooza lands

The Jewish Community Center and Congregation Albert have joined forces to present this annual event, the inaugural theme of which is “Exploring 

The Flavors of Jewish India

Taste of Home: Benjamin mixed turmeric into her painting of a Jewish  She admits it can be difficult to replicate the Jewish life she knew in Mumbai.

NCYI Undergoes A Transformation As New Era is Ushered In

With his considerable experience in Jewish education and organizational life, Rabbi Tirschwell was tasked with overseeing and making Young Israel 

‘Boyle Heights Heroes’ remembers L.A.’s Jewish roots

As the granddaughter of a rabbi who was also the first president of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights — the center of Los Angeles Jewish life in 

The new Jews of LA: Beyond ‘Shahs of Sunset’

The mission: “promoting the participation and the leadership of Iranian American Jews in American civic political and Jewish life.” And preserving the 

For top Jewish-American donors, leftists aren’t worth a dime

While unfortunate, this is not surprising, for the exclusion of left-leaning or progressive voices has permeated other aspects of American Jewish life..

The new Jews of LA: The city that’s a lab for Jewish life

That goes for Jewish life, too. “Los Angeles operates as a lab. New things are starting up here all the time,” says Esther Kustanowitz, who coordinates ..

Purim offers a deeper meaning

Unfortunately, if we fail to recognize the basic barriers inherent in all Jewish holidaysand other Jewish communal events, Purim will remain just as 

Searching for Ukranian roots
Palm Beach Daily News
Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, philanthropists and volunteers from Israel and the United States have helped revive Jewish life by opening theaters, a community center and schools. “Unlike our other schools, the Jewish schools are free,” 
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Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, dies at 59
Chicago Sun-Times
 Center, operating a synagogue-on-wheels dubbed the Mitzvah Mobile, building new schools and synagogues or coordinating a Jewish court that grants divorces and settles grievances, Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz was at the center of Jewish life in Chicago.
See all stories on this topic »

 

 

Edgar M. Bronfman: A Tribute
Jerusalem Post
Born into a world of privilege, he dedicated his life to benefitting others. He directed the world-wide expansion of a great company, Seagram, Ltd. and fought for justice for Jewishcommunities in nearly every capital across the globe. Guided by a 
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The new Jews of LA: Meet LA’s mayor, ‘a proud Jew who stands up for Israel’
Haaretz
His mother’s parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants who built a successful clothing business and were active in Jewish organizational life. His father’s heritage is Mexican-American, along with a mixture of Spanish, Native American and, as his last 
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Not being accepted: Israel’s and Jews‘ lot in life?
San Diego Jewish World
Hatred, disdain, or distrust of Jews is not only a phenomenon spread throughout Muslim societies. It has something to do with Jonathan Pollard, sitting in prison long after what a just sentence would have required, and abnormal attention on Israel from 
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L’Chaim Center finds permanent home in Deerfield
Deerfield Review
After adding to Jewish lives on the North Shore for the last six years in temporary settings, Rabbi David Begoun and his wife, Ali Begoun, will move their L’Chaim Center into a permanent home in May at 747 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. The Deerfield 
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Parnasa Expo Releases “United”, a FREE Single – Jewish Music Report

Flamenco Festival Casts a Net Over Philadelphia

If audience members at the second Philadelphia Flamenco Festival think they hear a distinct Jewish influence in the music, they’re not wrong.

Long-lost Purim oratorio gets US premiere

“Jews don’t usually sit quietly when Haman shows up.  Adler, founder of theJewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Norman Lebrecht: Musical history is a voyage of discovery

It is, says the broadcaster, a journey into Jewish history, though he makes it very clear that he wanted to avoid any mention of Jewish music. “That’s a 
Jewish Music Report ⋅ Jewish Music Reporter
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] A remarkable lineup of incredibly talented Jewish stars united together to sing the theme of this year’s Parnasa Expo 

Our beastly selves: Parashat Vayikra

What is a dedicated vegetarian, who is also a believing, contemporary Jew, to make of the book of Leviticus, specifically this week’s Torah portion, 

Sacrifice, prayer, apology

What happens when you make a mistake, as we all inevitably do? The Torah wisely acknowledges and prepares for this contingency. As Parshat 

Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni MovementReligion and State

This week’s dvar Torah is by Rabbi Herzl Hefter, head of the Harel Beit Medrash and first Rosh Kollel ofTorah Mitzion in Cleveland.

Top Tab For Tiny Torah

The sefer Torah, which Kestenbaum & Company calls the smallest kosher Torah scroll in the world (the firm has a kashrut document from an Israeli 

Family Purim celebrations at the Torah Center in Westfield

The Union County Torah Center will present the following Family Purim Celebrations this coming Holiday of Purim at the center, 509 Central Ave. in 

Rabbi With ALS Fulfills Goal: The Completion of a New Torah

A year ago, Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz and his wife Dini decided they would write a Torah. It was his 41st birthday, and he had just been diagnosed with ALS, 

Beth El Talmud Torah to host open house

Beth El Talmud Torah will host a “Meet, Greet & Eat” for families with children ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. Sunday, March 23. The event will feature a nosh, 

Israel – Police Recover 27 Stolen Torah Scrolls, 2 Suspects Arrested

torah 1 Netivot, Israel – During the course of an Investigation into a 40 year old judaica dealer, Israeli Police detectives discovered the antique silver 

MK Praises Anti-Draft Rally, Blasts “Re-Education”

Member of Knesset Yakov Asher (United Torah Judaism) praised Sunday’s rally against criminal sanctions for yeshiva students that choose not to 

Charedim should start with ‘Thank you’

The Charedi demonstrators want their special exemption from army service to continue, because they believe that studying Torah is more important.

Chizuk Amuno holds brotherhood Shabbat

Sacred Torah readers were Dan Farkas, Ted Levy, Dr. Arthur Harrow, Maury Garten, Dr. Arthur Lesley, Dr. Eric Rubin, Dr. Stuart Aiken and Michael 

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Rabbi Rosen talk March 19 to address Palestinian solidarity
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Baseball: An American-Jewish love story
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For top Jewish-American donors, leftists aren’t worth a dime
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THE FREEMAN FILES: Purim & Alcohol

Purim & Alcohol
Adar II 4, 5774 · March 6, 2014
Do I have to get drunk on Purim?

Question:

I’m going to sound like a nerd, but I’m not. Do I have to drink on Purim?

Response:

Purim is not about drinking. Purim is about being drunk with sincere happiness.

Traditionally, Jews have celebrated Purim by drinking a little extra wine at their Purim feast with friends, and if that gets you there, then it’s the halachically prescribed way to do the mitzvah. If all drinking does is make you sick or do stupid things, then it goes against everything that Purim is about.1 If you are planning to drive, or you know that drinking can otherwise get you in trouble, then alcohol might as well be pork juice.2

So, what’s the whole story with people drinking on Purim? Why is Purim the holiday that’s not just happy, but totally, insanely nuts?

Here’s the story, straight and simple: Two and a half thousand years ago, the Jews in Shushan were delirious with joy. We’re not talking just happiness, but an explosive, spontaneous mass celebration that nobody had ever experienced since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. So they wanted that for all generations, Jews should experience the same ecstatic celebration that they felt then.

Why were they so insanely happy? Not just because they were finally rid of Haman’s antisemitic thugs who had been harassing them for an entire year. It was deeper than that. It was because they had withstood an awesome challenge and came out with flying colors.

You see, this was the first time Jews had experienced antisemitism as an exiled nation. They had been picked out from all the other conquered peoples of the Persian empire for persecution because they were, well, just different. Any of them could have easily escaped that persecution and threat of annihilation just by deciding to be not different. By saying, hey, I’m just another Persian citizen. Speak Persian. Eat Persian. Do Persian stuff. Worship Persian idols. Simple. Like they say, why beat ’em when you can join ’em?

And why shouldn’t they have joined them? They had already gotten the boot out of the Promised Land. And at that point, the prophet Jeremiah had told them the exile was going to last 70 years. Well, they had counted the 70 years, and everyone figured it was up. And they were still in exile.

Worst of all, only a few years back they had actually started returning and rebuilding in Jerusalem, by royal decree. And then, after just one year, the whole project was axed by a new king’s royal decree. You know what it’s like when you see the light at the end of the tunnel—and then it goes out? Or, what if that light turns out to be a locomotive coming at you at full throttle?

Which is just how things looked then. The entire nation was under threat of termination, extinction and utter annihilation. And G‑d is nowhere to be found. So it would have been a simple, excusable, knee-jerk reaction for those Jews to say, “Look, He abandoned us, so why shouldn’t we abandon Him?”

But they didn’t. Every last Jew stood up and said, “I’m a Jew and I’m proud! Haman and his thugs can do what they want! I was born a Jew, and I’ll die one too!”

As you can imagine, they were fairly stressed out that year. But then comes the big civil war where Haman’s thugs come out in full force, and whaddayaknow, the Jews fight back and are miraculously saved! They see the G‑d of Israel is still on their side! So they break out the champagne and celebrate. Deliriously.

In many ways, Purim was like a second birth for the Jewish People. The first time they were born was at the foot of Mount Sinai, when they heard G‑d telling them, “I’m your G‑d; you are My people. Now, this is what you have to do . . .”

At that time, they didn’t really have much choice. I mean, here’s a G‑d who just liberated you from slavery amidst fantasmic miracles and hi-tech wonders, fed you bread from the sky and water out of a rock. And He’s choosing you for His people, with a promised land of milk and honey to boot. Who could turn down such an offer?3

But this time was the real birth, the true bonding of the Jewish people with one another and with their G‑d. Because this time they had every excuse to cop out. And they didn’t. This time was for real.

So, that explains the wild celebration. When the Jewish nation was born the first time around, everyone was also pretty euphoric. They say that at every word G‑d spoke, the souls of those Jews took flight. Special angels had to be appointed to stuff their souls back into their bodies each time. If that was so back then, you can imagine the euphoria when they were born for real this time around. And the Jews of Shushan wanted you to feel that exhilaration, that rapture, that jubilant ecstasy and bliss, every year again and again.

Okay, so how are you going to get there? You’ve got your own worries and concerns around your neck, anchoring you down and nailed into a body on earth. You need to break out. You need to be set free to fly in the ecstatic, egoless joy that they felt then.

Well, in the Talmud, Rava gives this advice for transcending the ego: “A person has to get drunk on Purim until he cannot distinguish between ‘cursed is Haman’ and ‘blessed is Mordechai.’”4 That works for some people, especially those so high on their Jewishness already. Like they say, “Wine goes in and secrets come out.”5 Some people’s secret self is pretty holy. But the rest of us . . . well, we all know our own secrets.

Fortunately, there are alternatives.6 Some pretty good ones, too. Keeping in mind that you have to: a) give gifts to two poor people, b) give a food package to one friend, and c) celebrate a Purim feast (with a few l’chaims), here are some enhanced methodologies for an ultimate Purim:

  • Snap on a bright red nose, a curly purple wig and a lunatic smile. Drop into a retirement home or hospital and make an utter fool of yourself, just to cheer up all the lonely people. Nobody has to ever find out who you are. If you visit the psychiatric ward, just make sure you have a way to get out when you’re done.
  • Hire a clown and offer to be his sidekick. Go with him to the local children’s hospital. Take along a pack of lollipops. Go wild.
  • Fill a shopping cart with groceries for a whole family. Drop in unexpected on some jobless immigrant family who can’t pay their rent. Fill up the fridge and write a check for the rent. Leave some toys for the kids.7
  • Dress yourself up along with your kids in full Purim gear. Run around your neighborhood the entire day delivering Purim packages (mishloach manot) to Jewish neighbors who’ve never heard of the whole thing. Continue until you collapse on the couch at the end of the day. Do this two years in a row, and you will transform your neighborhood.

I’ll bet, if you put your mind to it, you can think of way more. Or maybe don’t use your mind. On occasions like this, you might get further losing your mind a little. All in a good way.8

FOOTNOTES
1. Proof that you do not need to drink comes from Rabbi Yehudah bar Ilai, a sage of the Mishnah. Rabbi Yehudah taught that we are obligated to drink four cups of wine at the Passover Seder, even if it makes us sick. He said about himself that he drank all four cups even though that made him so sick that he was incapable of drinking any wine until 51 days later, on Shavuot. Apparently, then, as those who deal with halachah point out (Shaloh, Shaarei Teshuvah), he couldn’t have drunk any wine on Purim—since then he would be unable to drink on Passover, which is only 30 days later. This is cited as proof that on Purim, unlike Passover, the drinking in and of itself is not a mitzvah. There is a mitzvah to be drunk—but there are other ways to accomplish this, as explained later.
2. In the words of Orchot Chaim, cited by Beit Yosef (Orach Chaim 695:2): “To be thoroughly drunk is completely forbidden. There is no greater sin than this, for it leads to adultery, bloodshed, and many other sins besides. Rather, you should drink a little more than you are accustomed to.”
And here is Maimonides, discussing drinking on other holidays: “When a person eats and drinks on a festival, he should not get pulled into the wine and laughter and frivolity, saying that the more of this, the greater the mitzvah of rejoicing on a festival. For drunkenness and too much laughter and frivolity are not rejoicing, but wild and stupid behavior. We were not commanded to be wild or stupid. We were commanded to rejoice, because this is a way to serve the Creator of all things, as it says (Deuteronomy 28:47), ‘Because you did not serve the L‑rd your G‑d out of joy and with a good heart when you had everything.’ This teaches that serving G‑d must be with joy. But it is impossible to serve G‑d in the midst of mockery, frivolity and drunkenness” (Mishneh Torah, Hil. Yom Tov 6:20).
3. See Talmud, Shabbat 88a, where the rabbis claim it was downright coercion. They even go so far to say that the acceptance at the Torah at Mount Sinai was outright iffy due to this legal technicality—if not for the authentic, fully volitional acceptance on Purim.
4. Talmud, Megillah 7b. Cited as the halachah in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 695:2.
5. “Wine” (yayin) and “secret” (sod) have the same numerical value (gematria) in Hebrew.
6. Maimonides (Mishneh Torah, Hil. Megillah ve-Chanukah 2:15) provides this option: “What are a person’s obligations at this feast? One must eat meat and prepare a fine meal according to what one can afford. One should drink wine until he is drunk, and fall asleep in his stupor.”
7. A final note from Maimonides, near the end of the laws of Purim (2:17): “Better that a person should increase his gifts to the poor on Purim than to expand his Purim feast and gifts of food to his friends. For there is no greater and more beautiful celebration than to make happy the poor, the orphan, the widow and the immigrant. One who rejoices the hearts of these sorrowful people is similar to the Divine Presence, as the prophet says (Isaiah 57:15), ‘To revive the spirit of the downtrodden and to revive the heart of the oppressed.’”
8. On all the above, see Likkutei Sichot, vol. 31, p. 177.

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A pleasing fragrance to G‑d (1:17)

Regarding an animal offering the Torah says “a pleasing fragrance to G‑d,” and regarding a bird offering the Torah also says “a pleasing fragrance to G‑d.” This comes to tell you that whether one offers much or offers little, it is pleasing to G‑d—so long as one directs his heart to heaven . . .

—Rashi’s commentary

One day, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch said to his son, Rabbi Sholom DovBer: “Today, two people came to see me. From one, I derived great pleasure; from the other, only aggravation.

“The first was Reb Eliyahu, a simple merchant from Abeleh, a small settlement near Lubavitch.1 My conversation with Reb Eliyahu went as follows:

“‘Reb Eliyahu, how are things with you?’

“‘Thank G‑d.’

“‘How’s business?’

“‘Thank G‑d. But, Rebbe, my heart aches for Yosef of our village—he simply has no success in anything. We raised a small sum between us and bought him a horse and wagon so that he could take some goods to the city, but the poor fellow has no luck. Always something happens: the axle cracks, the horse breaks a leg, and then the horse is stolen altogether. All shlimazeldik possibilities befall him. Oh, Rebbe, how can I help him?!’

“Reb Eliyahu emitted a deep sigh and burst into tears: ‘Rebbe! Please help him!’

“I said to Reb Eliyahu: ‘But indeed, there is much that you can do for him. When a Jew participates in the sorrow of his fellow and prays for him, he banishes all negative decrees.’

“I then took a coin from my pocket. ‘I want to be your partner,’ I said. ‘May the Almighty grant that you be privileged to be of assistance to a fellow Jew, and may your efforts meet with success.’

“‘Rebbe, you want me for a partner!?’ cried Reb Eliyahu, trembling from head to foot. ‘Do you know what I am? I am the ‘coarse substance’2 which the Tanya (the fundamental text of Chabad chassidic philosophy) speaks of, whose only rectification is to be crushed . . .’

“And my second guest? The esteemed chassid Rabbi Eliezer of Plotzk, author of the work Mishnat Eliezer, was also in Lubavitch today.

“‘How are things?’ I asked.

“‘Thank G‑d. I give an in-depth class in Talmud to the young men, and they learn well. On Shabbat they meditate and pray long after the congregation has concluded. They study the teachings of Chassidism . . .’

“‘What of their character traits?’ I interjected.

“‘Well . . . You know how it is with the children of the rich . . .’

“I said to him: ‘The fault is their mentor’s, not theirs. The foundation of education and guidance is the imparting of a good character. Not to teach the book, but to teach the person.

“‘As soon as you return home, I want you to establish a free-loan fund. Every one of these young men should contribute half of his dowry.’

“‘But Rebbe,’ protested Rabbi Eliezer, ‘I will never prevail upon them to do this!’

“‘If I say so, you will manage. Tell the young men that when they give, they are not giving what is theirs, and if they do not give, they will not have what to give. I hope that on your next visit you will bring me better tidings.’

When the rebbe finished telling his son about these two encounters, he remarked: “Had I wished to give in to the desire of my G‑dly soul,3 I would have grabbed Reb Eliyahu Abeler and covered his face with kisses . . .”

FOOTNOTES
1. Abeleh was one of the hamlets that Rabbi Shmuel was trying to turn into a “town.” At the time, a new anti-Jewish decree had been passed by the czarist government forbidding Jews to live in villages, so the rebbe invested much effort to promote as many settlements as possible to the status of “town.”
2. Chomer ha-gas, in Hebrew.
3. See Strength In Numbers.
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PARENTING: Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen
Adar II 2, 5774 · March 4, 2014
Making Shabbat “Their” Way
The author and her children

Friday morning dawned frigid—it was colder in Chicago than in Anchorage(!)—and snowy. My kids were off from school, and I woke up with a pounding headache and fever.

Normally, Friday is my busiest day: I wake up early and start cooking my soup first thing, so it can simmer all day. Once my kids are at school, I shop for groceries, do laundry, straighten up, and cook our favorite Shabbat dishes. I love the peace and quiet of the house as I chop vegetables and prepare meals.

Clearly, this Friday was going to be different.

“What’s for breakfast, Mommy?” one of my kids asked. I blinked at him blearily. It dawned on me that I was going to need to rely on him if I was ever going to make it through the day. “You know what?” I replied. “I’m going to need your help.”

As I got toast and eggs ready, I gave him his first task: helping his younger brother say his morning prayers. I’d never asked this of him before, and I couldn’t help but smile as I overheard their conversation. “This part is really hard,” he said to his brother. I got ready to step in to help, when I remembered something I’d heard the noted author and child psychologist Wendy Mogul say years before.

Clearly, this Friday was going to be different

It’s important to give kids tasks and chores to do, she said, but that’s only half the battle; just as crucial is to let children find their own ways of doing them. Forcing children to mimic the way we act is akin to slavery, she said; it saps their excitement in new tasks, and prevents them from “owning” the chores we want them to master.

So I bit my tongue, and heard my son continue, “This part is really hard; it’s like a tongue-twister!” And then slowly, painstakingly, he worked through the passage for his brother. I’d rarely heard the two of them more animated; the pride on their faces was touching as they finally put the prayerbook away and came to breakfast.

As we ate, I outlined the day. “Shabbat starts in a few hours,” I said, “and we have to get ready. I’d like you to do some of the cooking. What would you like to do first?”

“Dessert!” my kids cried in unison. Biting my tongue again, I set out ingredients. I’m not sure if it was the flu or remembering Wendy Mogul’s advice, but I stayed silent as my kids got out copious amounts of sugar sprinkles to decorate their creations with. I didn’t say anything when—searching for cookie cutters—they dragged out the bucket containing their modeling clay stamps and molds.

After a while, the kitchen table was coated with a sticky mix of dough and sugar, Play-Doh and sprinkles. But two dozen fantastic cookies lay on a tray for me to bake, and my kids were excited, eager for their next task.

As I laid out more ingredients and we all cleaned up, I noticed something unusual for a Friday in my house: as messy as we all were becoming, we were all in great moods. There was none of the usual stress I normally associate with cooking and cleaning with kids.

Instead, we talked about Shabbat. My oldest son took time out to explain the week’s Torah portion to his younger siblings. One child unexpectedly started singing a Shabbat song. One son announced that he was going to go take a bath and dress for Shabbat—hours early. (I was about to ask him to wait—he did wind up getting his nice Shabbat clothes all dirty—but I held my tongue; my kids were so excited about their Shabbat preparations, I didn’t want to spoil it.)

The afternoon passed by in a blur. My five-year-old polished our silver kiddushcups and candlesticks (and his entire body and most of the kitchen and bathroom). My eight-year-old discovered a passion for peeling potatoes (and peeled ten pounds of them before I stopped him). When I noticed that some things still needed finishing, I searched for ways to phrase my requests. “Kids,” I finally said, “I see there are still some things that need to be done before Shabbat—can you please figure out what they are?” Like magic, my kids got to work, cleaning and tidying and getting everything ready.

Just before Shabbat, my son saw me putting on my boots, and asked where I was going. When I said I was taking out the garbage, he jumped up. “I’d love to!” he cried. Standing there, in all his (now slightly dirty) Shabbat finery, he looked so eager, so excited.

Our soup was a hard, burned solid

That magical Shabbat, our soup was a hard, burned solid. (All the broth had somehow evaporated away.) We still hadn’t gotten all the silver polish off the bathroom sink. But our kiddush cups shone, and so did my kids’ faces. This was “their” Shabbat, and I noticed they treated it differently. They seemed to enjoy their food even more after planning the menu and doing the cooking. They were proud of how neat their rooms were, and took extra care to keep them tidy. They even took charge in other ways, suggesting we all sing after dinner, for instance, and choosing their favorite songs.

I’m not sure I’m ready to hand over the reins so completely again; I’m still finding lumps of cookie dough all over the kitchen floor, and I doubt our experiment in extreme kid-empowerment would be so successful each week. Besides, I like my professional-looking challahs, and enjoy doing Shabbat “my way.”

But as my kids get older, I’m going to try to remember they need a “my way,” too—that the surest route to feeling you own something is to work on it and make it yours. I want my kids to grow up loving Shabbat—I want to see the joy and energy of this recent kid-directed Shabbat in them again. If the best way to make that happen is to tolerate a little cookie dough (and silver polish and burned soup . . .), it’s a price I’m more than willing to pay.

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Yvette Alt Miller, Ph.D. is a mother and adjunct professor of Political Science living in Chicago. She is the author of “Angels at the Table: A Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat” (Continuum 2011).

ESSAY: A Great Smallness

A Great Smallness
Adar II 3, 5774 · March 5, 2014

An article in New York magazine entitled “How Not to Talk to Your Kids” described Thomas, a gifted fifth-grader who attended a highly competitive school. In his school, prospective kindergarteners were given an IQ test to confirm their precociousness, and only the top one percent of all applicants was accepted. Thomas scored in the top one percent of the top one percent.

Since Thomas could walk, he has always heard that he was smart. But as he progressed through school, this self-awareness didn’t always translate into fearless confidence in tackling his schoolwork.

In fact, Thomas’s father noticed just the opposite. “Thomas didn’t want to try things he wouldn’t be successful at. Some things came very quickly to him, but when they didn’t, he gave up almost immediately.”

The article explained that since 1969, with the publication of The Psychology of Self-Esteem, in which it was opined that self-esteem was the single most important facet of a person, the belief that one must do whatever he can to achieve positive self-esteem has become a movement.

“Anything potentially damaging to a kid’s self-esteem was axed. Soccer coaches handed out trophies to everyone, and teachers threw out their red pencils. Criticism was replaced with ubiquitous, even undeserved, praise.”

Studies over the past ten years, spearheaded by psychologist Carol Dweck, however, have concluded that high self-esteem didn’t improve grades or career achievement.

“When we praise children for their intelligence,” Dweck wrote in her study summary, “we tell them that this is the name of the game: Look smart, don’t risk making mistakes.”

On the other hand, she explains, “Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control . . . Emphasizing natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure.” Offering praise, the article concluded, has become a sort of panacea for the anxieties of modern parenting.


As parents, we obviously believe that genuine self-esteem is important to our children’s psychological and spiritual development. But how can we avoid the possible negative effects in praising our children’s achievements?

This week’s Torah reading, the first portion of the third book of the Torah, is called Vayikra, which means “He called.” It begins with G‑d calling to Moses from the Sanctuary to teach him the laws that he would transmit to the Jewish people.

There is an interesting anomaly in how the word vayikra is written in the Torah scroll. The last letter of the word, the letter aleph, is written in a small, undersized script. In contrast, the first letter of the opening word of the Book of Chronicles, “Adam”—also an aleph—is written with a large, oversized script.

What is the message of the small and large alephs? And do they perhaps hold a lesson for us as parents in how to help our children gain a positive and productive self-image?

The chassidic masters explain that Adam was formed by G‑d Himself, fashioned in the “divine image.” Aware of his superior qualities as “G‑d’s handiwork” and the crowning glory of creation, he became somewhat proud. The large aleph in Adam’s name indicates his self-importance, which led to his downfall in the sin of the tree of knowledge.

In contrast, Moses was also aware of his superior qualities as the greatest prophet to ever live, through whom the Torah was communicated to this world for perpetuity. But, rather than cause him conceit, this awareness brought him humility. Moses recognized that his impressive capabilities were granted to him as a gift from G‑d. Accordingly, he felt no conceit, but a pressing sense of responsibility. Thus, when Moses recorded in the Torah that G‑d called to him, he wrote the word vayikra with a small aleph.

Adam and Moses were both great men, aware of their greatness. But in Adam this sense of self-worth caused his disgrace, whereas in Moses it evoked humility and further greatness.

True humility and a productive self-image do not come from denying one’s talents, but rather from acknowledging that they are merely a bequest from Above, providing a channel through which to exert the greatest effort in accomplishing His will.


The most empowering self-image that you can give your child is the knowledge that she is a part of something much greater than herself. She is a creation of G‑d, who has great expectations from her. It is not the talents that she is born with that matter, but what she makes of them.

The lesson of the aleph is: Teach your child his greatness. Show him his infinite potential, his vast talents and his special capabilities.

But at the same time, clarify to your child that these are gifts endowed to him by G‑d, who desires that he utilize his unique talents to better our world—in a way that he, and only he, can.

Help your child experience her largeness, but at the same time, let her feel her smallness. Realizing her responsibility and the significance of her personal attainments will cause her to continually strive to reach ever higher.

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Chana Weisberg is a writer, editor and lecturer. She authored several books, including her latest, Tending the Garden: The Unique Gifts of the Jewish Woman. She has served as the dean of several women’s educational institutes, and lectures internationally on issues relating to women, faith, relationships and the Jewish soul.

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Joshua Prager’s Half-Life


Joshua Prager’s Half-LifePosted: 06 Mar 2014 03:50 AM PST

HalfLife_Byliner_396_612_35I recently finished Joshua Prager‘s Half-Life: Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck. Prager was a young man of nineteen studying in Jerusalem when the bus he was riding in was slammed by another vehicle — not an act of terrorism, as one might have assumed, (especially when a Palestinian driver hits a bus full of Jews), but simple carelessness and bad driving. His neck was broken, a moment of rupture which divided his life irrevocably into a “before” and an “after.”

The book’s narrative curls around and loops in on itself. We read about Prager as a hale and hearty student; we read about him paralyzed; we read about the morning of the crash, and the last bodily freedom he remembers; we read about physical therapy and the excruciating effort to regain bodily control. Learning to breathe and to sit again. From quadriplegic to hemiplegic to walking, albeit with difficulty, with a cane.

We return with Prager to Jerusalem, and as voyeurs on his shoulder we accompany him as he slowly makes his way through the city where his life changed. Navigating, for instance, the cobbled streets and uneven city curbs which I remember from pushing a stroller there in the summer of 2008 with my housemates’ three-year-old in tow.

This book is full of poignant tension between what was, and what is, and what might yet be. The same could be said of Jerusalem, with its storied history and contested present and future. As Prager himself notes: “This ancient city is a palimpsest, its narratives written and rewritten on white stone.” This memoir’s structure evokes that quality. At the beginning of any new section, we might be in the now or we might be in the then — or any moment in between. Even in the now, the then peeks through.

Prager approaches his subject with clear eyes and deft turns of phrase. I admire his ability to write so candidly about his experience, without sentimentality and without sparing anyone, including the reader. The scene where he goes to meet the driver of the minibus responsible for his injuries is a particularly fine example of that. He doesn’t sugar-coat and he doesn’t flinch from what is — and he also resists the urge to demonize or oversimplify. (You can hear him tell that story in his TED talk, which I’ve linked to below.)

One of the book’s most memorable moments for me (as a rabbi and sometime hospital chaplain) is the scene where the rabbi emeritus of his synagogue walks into his hospital room and loudly prays over his prone body. Prager writes:

I was mortified. No, rabbi! NO!

But I, who one month before had wrestled a trio of classmates, pinning each, was unable to fend off a rabbi in his eightieth year. And as the litany unfurled — God asked to shine his face upon me, to be gracious to me, to lift up his countenance to me, to give me peace — I wished to disappear. But I saw over my stockinged feet that the congregation was not listening, the yellow man beside me, his saffron urine bagged between us, minding his tea. And so I succumbed to a blessing.

In some ways this whole memoir feels to me like a book about succumbing to blessing with grace, and also a book about fighting for every inch of recovery and understanding. The two coexist sometimes uneasily, and that tension is part of what drives the narrative forward.

Prager resists the platitudes — “everything happens for a reason” or “God only gives us what we can handle.” (Two of the top sentences on my list of things never to say to hospital patients, by the by.) But he also resists, I think, the sense that if God doesn’t have a “plan” then our lives is meaningless. I experienced this book as Prager’s work at making meaning out of his own life, out of the lived Torah of his human experience. And in reading about his process, we join him in making, or finding, meaning too.

You can read an excerpt online here. To my surprise, the Kindle edition is only $3.99 on Amazon. Worth a read.

For more:

Joshua Prager’s TED talk, In search of the man who broke my neck 

The Q & A: Joshua Prager: Reconstituting a SelfThe Economist

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