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Omer Meir Wellber at the Jewish culture festival in Milan “Jewish and the city”

13.01.2014
Omer Meir Wellber speaks at the Jewish culture festival in Milan, Italy “Jewish and the city”, September 2013

Requiem Verdi Libera me

07.06.2013
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA
Israeli Opera Choir
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
July 2011

Omer Meir Wellber conducts Verdi’s Aida at the Arena di Verona

24.07.2013
In June 2013, Omer Meir Wellber opened the Centennial Festival 2013 at the Arena di Verona with a new production of Aida, directed by the world famous visionary staging group La Fura dels Baus.

Produced by Bel Air Media, ZDF, Fondazione di Arena di Verona

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This is a general description of the Jewish culture.
Several Jewish songs were used as the soundtrack.
The remake of “Hava Nagila” that plays at the end was performed by John M.
All images were found on various web sites using “Google Images.” I have no rights over any of this material. This was made for a short-term, educational experience. There will be no sale of, or profit derived from this work.

The Real DogCat (Animation) Uri Sharlin & Lea Furnion

22.10.2013

The Real DogCat – original music by Uri Sharlin , recorded by the DogCat Ensemble (Back to the woods – Folk Dune 002)
This Original animation by Lea Furnion was commissioned by the group and was debuted at their CD release event at the Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, NYC.

Uri Sharlin – accordion
Gili Sharett – bassoon
Matt Darriau – bass clarinet
Kyle Sanna – guitars
Jordan Scanella – bass
Rich Stein & John Hadfield – percussion
Recorded and Mixed by Eli Walker (kaleidoscope sound / isocon) 2013
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Music and beer tasting planned for Culture Festival in Westport
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Uri Sharlin’s Dog Cat Ensemble will be the next event in the Westport Radical Jewish Culture Festival at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 22, at Beit …
Facebook page implores Rolling Stones to boycott Israel

The Facebook page cited Israel’s “crimes against humanity” in imploring the famed British band to boycott the country. “Comrades! There has been no 

Comedian Sid Caesar Passed Away and Why You Should Care

 13.02.2014

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner Remember Their Friend, Comedy Legend Sid Caesar

14.02.2014
Comedy legends and longtime friends, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, look back fondly on their friend, comedy legend Sid Caesar.

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[From “Kovacs Corner” on YouTube.com] – Before video tape, when a live prime time television series went on mid year hiatus, the networks would broadcast “summer replacements”. During the year 1957, “The Ernie Kovacs Show” was the summer replacement program for “Caesar’s Hour”. Earlier known as “Your Show of Shows”, it starred the legendary TV comedian Sid Caesar, with co-stars Carl Reiner and the late Howard Morris. With a writing staff that included among others Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Danny Simon and Mel Tolkin, it was one of the premier comedy shows of it’s time. This particular sketch satirizes one of the most popular programs of it’s day “This is Your Life” which starred Ralph Edwards and it is, in my opinion, one of the funniest comedy sketches ever performed on television. Howard Morris’ over-the-top performance as “Uncle Goopy” put an audience in stitches 50 years ago and he can do it again with equal ease today! After Kovacs’ untimely death, Sid was called upon by director Stanley Kramer to replace Ernie in the role of “Melville Crump” in the1963 film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.

Comedy great Sid Caesar passed away at the age of 91. Here’s why you should care.

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Sid Caesar, founding father of American Jewish comedy, dies at 91

Sid Caesar, founding father of American Jewish comedy, dies at 91  in American Jewish Humor from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos meets US Jewish leaders

The King spoke about the Jewish cultural heritage and the major influence that Jews had in Spain, including the Jewish contributions to science, 

The Sephardic immigrants who brought flowers to L.A.

Professor Recognized for Work Establishing Jewish Studies Program

A UA German professor was recognized by the Jewish Federation of  which allowed her to establish a successful lecture series about Jewish culture
Lou Hasson, whose parents, Joseph and Grace, came to Los Angeles from Rhodes in 1921, remembers how “Sephardic Jews would stand on street 

Berlin film festival to honor director who backs Israel boycott

Jewish community leaders up in arms over decision to award Ken Loach, who “Ken Loach uses his prominence to call for a cultural boycott of Israel, 
Jewish culture flourishing in Queensland
J-Wire Jewish Australian News Service
Nikki Marczak. “The feedback has been very positive and demonstrates a desire for moreJewish culture and heritage-based resources and activities here in Queensland,” Nikki said. “The reading experience gives families the opportunity to discuss 
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Shalom, Paraguay: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused with Jewish history and culture, some of which is waiting to be discovered. For the pious follower, the curious traveler, or the intrepid adventurer, we’ll unearth the 
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Shalom, Belarus: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
And we’re off, to anywhere and everywhere, as we say ‘Shalom’ every week to different global travel destination. World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused with Jewish history and culture, some of which is 
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Shalom, Bolivia: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused with Jewish history and culture, some of which is waiting to be discovered. For the pious follower, the curious traveler, or the intrepid adventurer, we’ll unearth the 
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Shalom, Sweden: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused with Jewish history and culture, some of which is waiting to be discovered. For the pious follower, the curious traveler, or the intrepid adventurer, we’ll unearth the 
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Shalom, Nigeria: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused with Jewish history and culture, some of which is waiting to be discovered. For the pious follower, the curious traveler, or the intrepid adventurer, we’ll unearth the 
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Kala Ghoda fest: Heritage walk sheds light on Jewish culture in Mumbai
Daily News & Analysis
Very little is known about Jewish culture in Mumbai. The city houses many Jews and also stations infrastructure that dates back to more than 2000 years. To promote the city’s longstanding Jewish history, this year, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 
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byrne and laranjeira: center of jewish culture
Designboom
portuguese architects gonçalo byrne and josé laranjeira have recently opened the ‘center for interpretation of jewish culture isaac cardoso’ in the jewish quarter of trancoso, portugal. the previously derelict small site has been transformed into one 
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Omer Meir Wellber at the Jewish culture festival in Milan “Jewish and the city”

 13.01.2014

Omer Meir Wellber speaks at the Jewish culture festival in Milan, Italy “Jewish and the city”, September 2013

A Public Lecture by Yoram Bilu: “Moroccan Jews and the Shaping of Israel’s Sacred Geography”

 15.01.2014

Yoram Bilu was Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2012. He served as a professor of psychology and sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his retirement last year. Focusing on Israeli society and Jewish traditional culture, his research interests include the anthropology of religion, culture and mental health, the sanctification of space in Israel, and Maghrebi Jewish culture. Bilu served as the chair of the department of psychology (1992-94) and the head of the Authority for Doctoral Students, both at the Hebrew University, and as the president of the Israeli Anthropological Association (1989-91). He has been a visiting professor at several American universities, including the University of California, San Diego, Brandeis University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. His most recent book is “The Saints’ Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers, and Holy Men in Israel’s Urban Periphery.”

The Israel Studies visiting professorship is supported by the Israel Studies Project of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The project, titled “Culture and Religion in the Twenty-First Century: New Perspectives from Israel,” brings visiting Israeli scholars for individual quarter-long visits over a four-year period.

Jewish & The City 13 Canti sinagogali dello shabbàt

30.09.2013

Festival Jewish & The City 2013. Shabbàt: Spazio al tempo. Milano, Sinagoga Centrale via Guastalla. Rav E. Richetti e rav D. Sciunnach, Canti sinagogali dello shabbàt. Registrazione D. Piazza. (Manca il primo brano di Lekhà Dodì)

UNESCO postpones Jewish exhibition in Paris
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UN’s culture, science and education agency, UNESCO has postponed the plannedJewish exhibition in Paris. “People, Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of theJewish People to the Holy Land” were expected to start on Tuesday. In response to 
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What You Missed in the New: January 12 – 19
Shalom Life
Our Top Stories this week include the Best Jewish Directors, H. Jon Benjamin, Modern Seinfeld, Nazi space aliens, Drake, and more. By: Daniel Koren Published: January 19th, 2014 in News » World  news, particularly here at Shalom Life. To recap, we 
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Spotlight to shine on Israeli culture
Canadian Jewish News (blog)
Organized by the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, the exhibits and performances will be held in venues throughout the city, including the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, the Julie M. Gallery for Contemporary Art, the Koffler Centre of the Arts 
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What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
Malka Schaps, a world-renowned professor of mathematics, is smashing glass ceilings.

Combatting Academic Bigotry against Israel

by Yvette Alt Miller
The best response to anti-Semitism is to deepen your pride in being Jewish.

Not All Dreams Are Created Equal

by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
Martin Luther King had a dream. Did his wife and family support it?

Tiger Mom’s Racial Theory

by Slovie Jungreis-Wolff
No race has the monopoly on success. But here’s the most important key to raising successful kids.

Four Ways to Be Happier Without Changing Anything (but Your Mind)

by Betty Cherniak
Cynics beware! Following the advice in this article will make you happier.

The Truth about Israel on Al Jazeera

by Tom Gross and Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera Arabic admits that Hezbollah and Syria deliberately target civilians, while Israel and France go to great lengths to prevent civilian casualties.

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My Son’s Different Path

by Heather deSilva
When children choose to become religious, it doesn’t have to cost family harmony.

 

Videopoem!


Videopoem!Posted: 19 Jan 2014 04:00 AM PST

May I kvell? This is so neat.

Writer and filmmaker Othniel Smith has created a videopoem based on one of my poems — combining public domain footage, Peg Duthie‘s audio recording, and my words (“Ethics of the Mothers,” which appears in April Daily.) I put the poem in The Poetry Storehouse, but I hadn’t actually expected anyone to do anything with it. But Peg and Othniel did!

Thank you, Peg and Othniel!

Tu BiShvat and self-care: a mini-d’var-Torah for YitroPosted: 19 Jan 2014 03:00 AM PST

Here’s the very tiny d’var Torah I offered during Shabbat morning services at my shul yesterday. (I kept it brief because I wanted plenty of spacious time for our Tu BiShvat seder after services!) (cross-posted to my From the Rabbi blog.)


In today’s parsha, Yitro, Moses receives some of the best self-care advice in the Torah: you can’t do it all yourself. You will wear yourself out, and then you won’t be able to help those whom you serve.

We’ve all been where Moses was: overworked and stretched too thin.

Self-care matters. If we don’t nourish ourselves, then we can’t do the work we’re here to do in the world. Whether you think of that work as “caring for your family and community,” or “saving the planet,” or “serving God” — we all have work we’re meant to do in this life, and if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t do that work.

Today at CBI we’re celebrating Tu BiShvat, the day when — our tradition teaches — the sap rises in the trees for the year to come, nourishing the trees so that in the future they can bear fruit.

We too need to be nourished so that we can bear fruit as the year unfolds. As the trees need rain and snowmelt, we need the living waters of Torah to enliven our souls.

As the trees need fertile soil and good nutrients, so we need to feel ourselves to be firmly planted — and to get all of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual nutrients we need in order to grow and to flower.

What nourishment do you most need on this Shabbat?

What would feed you in all four worlds — your body, your heart, your mind, your soul?

What do you need to soak up in order to be able to bring forth the wonders, the ideas, the teachings, the kindnesses, the mitzvot which only you can do?

And how can you take care of yourself, as Yitro instructed Moshe, so that you will be able to open your heart and receive what you need?

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Tu BiShvat in imagesPosted: 18 Jan 2014 03:47 PM PST

Asiyah Yetzi

Fruits with peels / shells, representing assiyah / action; fruits with pits, representing yetzirah / emotion;

Bri Atzi

Fruits edible throughout, representing briyah / thought; etrogcello, representing atzilut / spirit.

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After services and our (slightly belated) Tu BiShvat seder: the trees sleep beneath their light coat of Shvat snow

In My Opinion

At the end of last month I attended an all day conference here in Jerusalem commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of Rabbi Isaac Herzog’s seminal Ph.D. thesis that he submitted to the University of London. The thesis was a scientific, historical and halachic review of the source of the ancient dye used to produce techelet colored wool for the priestly garments and for the tzitzit/fringes of four cornered garments worn regularly by Jews. The conference was attended by a large and diverse audience and the presentations were of high caliber and most interesting and informative. But this article is not so much about techelet, blue dye, indigo or royal purple coloring, as it is about…

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RABBI BEREL WEIN

JEWISH LIFE IN THE 20TH CENTURY

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It is well known that there is a difference of opinion as to whether Yitro’s arrival in the camp of Israel in the desert occurred before or after the revelation and granting of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Even if we say that Yitro arrived before the momentous event of Mount Sinai and that the Torah is recording events in a chronological manner, it still is difficult for us to understand. Why is this most important event in Jewish history as outlined for us in the Torah, be preceded by a rather mundane description of Yitro’s arrival and reception in the camp of Israel? Would it not be more effective to highlight the revelation at Sinai immediately at the beginning of the parsha? And…

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A remarkable part of Jewish survival is the role played by non Jews in the Jewish experience. This series highlights the involvement and contributions of important personalities and illustrates how they colored events in the Jewish world and aided the cause of the Jewish people.

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Educational Insights on Jewish Education
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With his decades of experience in Jewish education, Rabbi Wein presents the perfect mix of textual skills and hashkafa that every school can use. Though each student must be educated according to his way, Rabbi Wein shows us how teachers and parents can engage children of all ages in our classic Jewish texts.
Judaism and the Majority Culture
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Judaism and the Majority Culture
Jews have never been numerous in terms of population. Thus, the Jewish people have always lived apart as a distinct minority in the midst of a greater ‘majority culture.’ This series by Rabbi Berel Wein portrays Jewish answers to the difficulties posed by paganism, Christianity, Islam, the Enlightenment, and secularism and the tribulations created for Jews by those cultures. This series not only tells the story of the Jewish response to these difficulties, but also provides insights and fascinating information about these non-Jewish cultures.
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 Exploring the wisdom of the great sages of Lithuania, The Legacy presents a moral and spiritual vision for the Jewish people. Providing a glimpse into the world of these sages – their own teachers’ rabbis – the authors outline the ideas and deeds, the values and ethics by which Jews should live. This is not a book about what once was: It is a book about what should, and can, be – now and forever in Jewish life.

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Italy Tour 2000
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Throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the modern era, there were flourishing Jewish communities in Italy. Italian Jews had their own unique culture and lifestyle as well as their own customs and individual ritual for prayer and worship. Their synagogues were and are things of beauty, containing many fascinating Jewish artifacts. Travel with Rabbi Berel Wein as he introduces you to the world of Don Isaac Abarbanel, Rabbi Meir of Padua, the contrast of Spanish and Italian Jewry, as well as a Jewish view of the Vatican.

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Touring France 2001
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From the artistic and architectural legacy evident in the city of Paris, to the other cities visited and discussed, which include Troyes (Rashi’s hometown), Strasbourg, Lyon, Avignon, and the Provence area, Rabbi Berel Wein takes you on an exciting adventure. The historic remnants of times past and the old world charm of France comes alive.
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