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Miscellaneous | Judaism

How Two-and-a-Half Tribes Ended Up East of the Jordan - Jewish History

Learn how Moses gave the land east of the Jordan to Reuben, Gad, and half of Manassah, on one condition.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Learn the Shabbat Law of the Week - Chabad Lubavitch

Official homepage for worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement that promotes Judaism and provides daily Torah lectures and Jewish insights. Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. Chabad is considered to be the most dynamic force in

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: EoZTV: Jonathan Neumann on “Tikkun Olam”

.My latest EoZTV interview is with Jonathan Neumann, author of To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Rabbis Agree: Kneel Before No one Except God

In response to the situation, Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, co-founder of the Land of Israel Network, quoted former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Shavuot in the Age of Corona

On Shavuot morning, 3,332 years ago, Heaven kissed Earth, and G‑d communicated the 10 Commandments upon Mount Sinai. Every year we relive that experience when we stay up all night and then read of this event from the Torah during Shavuot morning services.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

May I Order a Shabbat Delivery? - And what to do with packages that arrive - Shabbat

In general, if a Jew is forbidden to do a certain act on Shabbat, it is also rabbinically forbidden for him to ask a non-Jew to do so on his behalf (unless there are specific extenuating circumstances, such as illness, etc.).

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Shavuot: The holiday that started it all. | Jlife

Most people get excited, or at least know about, the festivals of Passover and Sukkot. GREAT NEWS: there are three Jewish festivals! And the third one is, in many ways, the one that started it all: Shavuot.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Holy Jewish site of Esther and Mordechai set ablaze in Iran - reports - The Jerusalem Post

'Disturbing reports from Iran that the tomb of Esther & Mordechai, a holy Jewish site, was set afire overnight,' ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

11 Common Shabbat Myths and Misconceptions - Shabbat

Myths and misconceptions have developed around this holy day. Ready to take a good look at them and
set the record straight? Let’s go!

Miscellaneous | Judaism

4 Spirit Boosters for the Corona Fiscal Blues

I feel rather depressed. I’m not doing anything important and have not yet found another job. But most of all, I miss having a sense of purpose and identity.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Decades Before Zoom, The Rebbe Used Interactive Video to Connect the World

In 1989, the “Chanukah Live” program showed that satellite technology can advance connectedness, peace and unity

Miscellaneous | Passover

The Largest Seder Ever - Sometimes it takes a three-year-old to alert you.

“Ven der tatte kumt a heim fuhn shul... When Father comes back from shul, he quickly makes kiddush before the children get sleepy, so they can ask the Mah Nishtanah”

Miscellaneous | Passover

How Does a Jew Do a Seder Alone?

Is the Haggadah really meant to be read this way? Maybe…

Miscellaneous | Chabad

‘Spiritual Education’ Details the Rebbe’s Transformational Educational Philosophy

The 11th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, corresponding this year to Sunday, April 5, marks the birth of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Jewish and Chassidic Perspectives on the Coronavirus - Torah Classes - Video

What does Judaism say about a pandemic? What have the great Jewish sages and mystics taught throughout the ages, and what insight can we glean for our times?

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Chabad: Coronavirus Resources & Inspiration - Insight & Commentary

No matter where we may live in this ever-shrinking world, almost everyone seems to be affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). As the days progress, the number of people impacted is increasing at an alarming rate with entire cities under quarantine.

News | JEWISH COMMUNITY

A Minyan in the Time of Social Distancing

Fifteen of us gathered loosely around a streetlight to pray for my late mother.

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

Jewish Responses to Epidemics Throughout History - Insight & Commentary

Let’s take a look at epidemics throughout history to gain some
insight into how Jews were affected and how leaders responded.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

10 Things You Can Do for People in Quarantine

Even now there are many things that we can safely do to help others.

News | Israel

Purim: Did Mordechai Act Foolishly?

Even if Haman thought he was a god, shouldn't Mordechai have bowed down to him rather than risk the lives of the entire Jewish people?

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

Jewish Wisdom: Religious? Not Me!

When I hear the word "religion," I instinctively cringe. My stomach turns. My hands become clammy. My throat dry. On occasion, I have been known to break out in hives. This tends to confuse people who know me as a Torah observant Jewish woman...

News | News

Jerusalem's best-kept secret comes in form of silent prayer

Did you know Jews pray on the Temple Mount? They do this discreetly, without provocations, and the custom is one

Miscellaneous | Chabad

"Operation Ron" - Thousands Of Secular Jews Don Tefillin Thanks To Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai

Thousands of secular Jews began putting on tefillin recently as part of "Operation Ron" - an initiative named after Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai "in honor"

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

10 Ways to Help an Especially Sensitive Child - Parenting

How can I help her become stronger so she can survive in a world that’s not always fair and tactful, and so that she’s not constantly suffering a maelstrom of emotion?

News | Jewish Community

My Journey From Pakistani Muslim to Jerusalemite Jew - Stories of Return

My parents were secular Muslims who respected their religion; we all prayed and observed the holidays and some of the fasts. I turned out to be the most religious of the four daughters

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Presidential Campaign Staffers ‘Caucus for Shabbat’ in Iowa

Amid divisive primary, Jewish campaign staffers get together over Shabbat dinner

History | History

How the Science of Racism Led to the Holocaust - The war against the divine image in man

Can the world survive on ethics devised by human reason? Well, we tried. It’s called the 20th century.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Judaism: Are You Really Planning to Bring Back those Animal Sacrifices?

I can see the experiential quality of it all: an ancient temple with heavenly music and mystical song; priests in flowing robes deep in meditation; mesmerizing, choreographed ritual. But why the barbecue?

Miscellaneous | Judaism

21 Talmud Facts Every Jew Should Know

The bulk of the Talmudic texts contain analysis of Biblical verses and Torah law, but it’s interspersed with everything from medical advice to stories, from folk sayings to fabric dying tips.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Did Non-Kosher Animals Become Jewish Names?

This seems strange, since the sages place great significance on a
person’s name.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Judaism: The Truth about Moshiach - Moshiach 101

Why is Moshiach so integral to the Jewish belief system? It would certainly be nice to see an end to global suffering, but that is a universal ideal. Why is that a principle of the Jewish faith?

Miscellaneous | Chabad

11 Treasures of the Chabad Library and the Stories They Tell

On Tevet 5, we celebrate the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad - Ohel Yosef Yitzchak Lubavitch and its position as the communal treasure for all who value the teachings and ideals of Chabad Chassidism.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

(Why) Must a Bar Mitzvah Boy Read From the Torah?

There is a prevalent custom for boys to read
the weekly Torah portion when they become a bar mitzvah. Here's why.

Miscellaneous | Diaspora

Fearing for his life, Jew secretly celebrates Hanukkah in enemy country

A Jew living in a hostile Arab country went out of his way to celebrate Hanukkah this week, despite the

News | JEWISH COMMUNITY

The Lesson Of Chanukah Is Deeply Relevant In 2019. Here’s Why.

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah — that’s properly spelled “Chanukah” and not “Hanukkah,” by the way — began last evening. At some point over the past century, as American Jewry grew in both rank and number and as a politically

Miscellaneous | Judaism

8 Old and New Chanukah Traditions!

Looking to expand beyond the bare-bones basics? Here are 8 deeply meaningful traditions
for you and your family to personalize.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

16 Menorah Facts Every Jew Should Know!

The word menorah is Hebrew for “lamp,” and generally refers to the eight-branched candelabra that we light on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Elder Of Ziyon - Apparently, protecting Jews from antisemitism is now considered antisemitic

From the NYT (I am not going to fisk the article itself, which is biased towards BDS in unreal ways:)

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Steinsaltz Biography of the Rebbe a Hebrew-Language Best-Seller

The Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem, the umbrella institution for the activities of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz), is a hub of publishing and disseminating Torah in multiple languages, especially Hebrew and English.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Add a Light Each Night of Chanukah?

There are two general reasons given in the Talmud1 for why we add a candle each night:

News | Jewish Community

Judaism, Jails and Justice: A Conversation With Judge Jack B. Weinstein

The 98-year-old federal jurist speaks about criminal justice, the Aleph Institute, and the Rebbe’s influence on his life and work

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

4 Strategies for More Meaningful Conversations - Editorial & Commentary

Studies show that social interactions, even if very brief, leave us feeling more satisfied and happy.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

New Video App Shows Children a Better World - Chabad.org/Kids continues to raise the bar for Jewish children’s media

The new Chabad.org video app for children will deliver technologically advanced features while including the hundreds of videos from JewishKids.org, packaging them in a feature-rich experience with an improved look and feel.
The new Chabad.org video app for children will deliver technologically advanced features while including the hundreds of videos from JewishKids.org, packaging them in a feature-rich experience with an improved look and feel.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

6 Steps to Improving Your Relationship With Your Spouse - Love & Judaism

We have the ability to perceive any person and any situation in a positive way, if we choose to do so.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Is Eating Melaveh Malkah Important? - Shabbat

The sages in the Talmud tell us to “always set the table after Shabbat even to eat small amount of food." Here's why.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

25 Shabbat Facts Every Jew Should Know

Every week, for the 25 hours beginning just before sundown on Friday until after night has fallen on Saturday night, Jewish people celebrate Shabbat, a period of rest and spiritual rejuvenation.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

What Is Tikkun Olam? - What does Tikkun Olam mean, who came up with it, and how do I do it?

Tikkun Olam: In Jewish teachings, any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

How (Not) to Fight Evil - Chapter 14 of Positivity Bias

How often do we wish we could be kinder and more loving? Who hasn’t wished that they could curb their impulses to satisfy momentary needs? Who doesn’t want their good deeds to outshine their selfish ones?

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Flying Rocks, Palm Fronds, And The Soul Of Sukkot

It’s 2019 and here we are, educated people, carrying around palm fronds and a citron while the rest of the world is busy being productive. What’s with the Jews and their stubborn insistence on living in a world of superstitions and anachronisms?

Miscellaneous | Judaism

7 Paradoxes About the Sukkah That Help Us Break Through Illusions

We depend on our touchstones: psychological security, a stable income, protection from crime. Clothing, food, warm shelter

Miscellaneous | Judaism

How Does Yom Kippur Work? - DIY Soul Repair - High Holidays

Only you can fix yourself. What does a particular day of the year have to offer?

History | History

Did Jews Ever Abandon the Temple Mount?

The claim that no Jewish temple ever existed in Jerusalem and that Jews have no rights whatsoever on the Temple Mount is part of the "temple denial" doctrine that has been increasingly internalized in Palestinian academic, religious, and political

Miscellaneous | Judaism

What Is Rosh Hashanah?

The Jewish New Year, anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar . . .

Miscellaneous | Judaism

9 Rosh Hashanah Myths and Misconceptions - High Holidays

Get ready to reexamine everything you ever assumed you knew about Rosh Hashanah

Family & Parenting | Jewish People

Why the Difference Between Men and Women in Jewish Prayer? - Israel Unwired

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Family & Parenting | Jewish People

Men and Women in Jewish Prayer - Israel Unwired

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News | Interesting Stories

As Holocaust awareness fades, a survivor shares his story - Los Angeles Times

Joseph Alexander, 96, a slight man with a Polish accent, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, spoke on a sunny Sunday to a rapt crowd of about 30 at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Miscellaneous | Islamism

A frightening look inside a children's camp in Turkey

So much for being the first Muslim majority country to recognize Israel.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

A Psychotherapist’s Shema in Auschwitz - Vaetchanan

What is it about the Shema Yisroel prayer that has inspired so many through the most trying of times and has provided such meaning and purpose to help us survive even the most despairing circumstances?

Politics | Opinion

Judaism should not be used an ideological prop | JNS

Protesters using Tisha B’Av to call for the elimination of ICE and the Department of Homeland Security are doing more than using a misleading analogy.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Who Is a Good Jew? - Wisdom & Teachings

What are people made of? What really lies beneath the surface of the masks we wear and present to the world? Are we selfish animals at heart motivated by base desires, or are we aspiring souls seeking deeper meaning and connection with others?

Politics | Antisemitism

What's happening to European Jews better wake up America

These statistics are extremely unsettling.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn’s Soviet Photo; or, Seeing the Rebbe Once He’s Gone - Chabad-Lubavitch News

A search for the story behind the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe’s lone Soviet portrait yields not one, but two photos

Family & Parenting | Jewish People

The Muslim who Loves King David's Jerusalem more than the Jew - Israel Unwired

Share on FacebookTweet WhatsappIt might be hard to imagine, but in the following videos we meet a Muslim in Bahrain who is seemingly more connected to Jerusalem than the Israeli journalist who interviews him. While the journalist pushes the Muslim about v

News | News

Naomi Campbell Honors the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Again | Israellycool

Naomi Campbell has just posted the following on social media

Miscellaneous | Judaism

What Did the Rebbe Say About the Moon Landing? - Chabad

Discover three powerful lessons we can learn from America’s historic Apollo 11 mission – the first crewed landing to the moon.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

A Rift Extending Across History - Chassidic Masters - Parshah

From the rivalry between Leah and Rachel, through the animosity between Joseph and his brothers, the clash between Saul and David, the split between Judah and Israel, to the dual nature of the messianic redemption—a rift and twinship that extends across h

News | News

Jonathan Sacks - Sages and Saints Naso 5779

Jonathan Sacks – Sages and Saints Naso 5779 Parshat Naso contains the law of the Nazirite – the individual who undertook to observe special rules of holiness and abstinence: not to drink wine or other intoxicants (including anything made from grap

Politics | Antisemitism

Muslim Imam Bashes "Delusional" Louis Farrakhan in Front of a Jewish Audience

Imam of Peace opened up on his honest thoughts about Farrakhan, and some of the high profile people he has influenced, in front of a Jewish audience in NYC.

Politics | Antisemitism

SICKENING Jew hatred at NYU Graduation Ceremony

This is so sad. NYU isn't even hiding their tacit support of Jew haters. They invited one to speak at the graduation ceremony!

Entertainment | Television/Film/Books

Herman Wouk’s Calling Card | Jewish Week

What ‘This Is My God’ meant to traditional Jews in mid-century America.

Politics | Judea & Samaria

Historic Funeral Held for 2,000-Year-Old Jewish Bones Desecrated by Arab Looters

A funeral 2,000 years in the making was held for human remains from an ancient burial tomb near Jericho’s Hasmonean Palace.

Politics | Antisemitism

Horrific antisemitic act in Brooklyn caught on camera

It is enough already! We must stop these hate crimes!

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Poway and the Struggle for America’s Soul - Insight & Commentary

If you’re a Jew in America today, there’s a good chance you’re concerned.

News | NEWS

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein | A Terrorist Tried to Kill Me Because I Am a Jew. I Will Never Back Down.

I do not know why God spared my life in my Poway synagogue. All I can do is make this borrowed time matter.

Politics | Interesting Links

Meet The Man Who Fled Iran To Embrace Judaism, Freedom, And Conservatism In The U.S.

On November 9, 2016, an Iranian man arrived in the United States on his search for freedom, only to be welcomed by the sight of tens of thousands of Americans exercising their freedom of speech and assembly in protest of

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Genetic research: almost 25% of Latinos, Hispanics have Jewish DNA - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

Unprecedented genetic research undertaken by dozens of professors from around the world has provided evidence that almost a quarter of Latinos and Hispanics have significant Jewish DNA.

Miscellaneous | Torah

Rabbi Sacks: Why The Revelation at Mount Sinai Was the Creation of Freedom | Parshat Yitro

A Torah scroll. Photo: RabbiSacks.org. The revelation at Mount Sinai — the central episode not only of parshat Yitro, but …

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Hanukkah Is Not Christmas. This Year, Let's Embrace That

Hanukkah ought to be celebrated in its own right. And failure to see it for what it truly is means children will likely abandon Judaism

News | Antisemitism Watch

Why Jew-hatred is different from other hates ~ Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News

I’m reading various account and commentaries of the horrific shooting and massacre of Jews in synagogue in Pittsburgh today, and everyone is putting up their own political spin on the event. It is expected - and disgusting.

History | History

Story — Raise the Roof

Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, a magnificent wooden eighteenth century synagogue in Poland that was later destroyed by the Nazis.

News | News

Need tefillin? There’s an app for that

'Wrapp' crowd sources the Chabad mission of helping Jews pray by offering a platform for instant lending and borrowing of phylacteries

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

Why Are Imitation Crab, Pork and Cheeseburgers Kosher?

Even if the Torah forbids a food, one is still permitted to eat kosher food artificially flavored to taste like it. However, if it closely resembles the non-kosher food, it may be necessary to mark it as an imitation.

News | Interesting Links

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of mascul

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

Photographing Eastern Europe's Fading Jewish Architecture – Tablet Magazine

Photographer David Kaufman looks at the world through a historical lens. Quite literally, in fact, as he shoots with bellows, the folding attachment used on cameras since the Civil War. Though Kaufman is fascinated by the past, his old-fashioned equipmen

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

New York Times Avoids Calling a Jew a Jew | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

When is a Jew not a Jew? When The New York Times is writing about him or her and is...

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Honor a Holocaust Victim by Tattooing Her Number?

My teenage daughter would like to honor my mother by getting a tattoo of her Auschwitz number. We are quite divided on this issue. Can you please help?

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Some thoughts on being Jewish in contemporary polite society

A famous screenwriter/director and I were having lunch, doing our interview, and I asked him this one thing, and he answered this other thing, but that other thing didn’t make sense, and I followed up, and he once again said the other thing. And again,

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Armed with faith and kids, Haredi women set eyes on tech

A busload of ultra-Orthodox women hits the road to meet female titans of the high-tech industry in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Miscellaneous | Interviews

No Longer Silent | Jlife

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomed back the esteemed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater this past April, with an incredible piece by Artistic Director Robert Battle, “No Longer Silent.” Originally created in 2007, it was part of a concert of choreography that brought to life long-forgotten scores by composers whose work the Nazis labeled “degenerate” and banned. The piece is set to “Ogelala,” a piece that Jewish Czech composer, Erwin Schulhoff, composed between 1922 and 1925.

History | Culture

Who Stood at Sinai? | Jlife

According to A midrash, “Every Jew who ever was, and ever will be born, stood together at Sinai when the mountain smoked and trembled and G-d revealed the law to them.” We assume that meant men, women and children. But not everyone sees it that way.

Politics | Op-Ed

A Meditation on Meditation | Jlife

I recently participated in a Jewish meditation session, which was beautiful, relaxing and deeply spiritual. For the other people in the room.

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

Charles Krauthammer: The Holocaust and American Jews - NY Daily News

Bernie Sanders is the most successful Jewish candidate for the presidency ever.

History | Culture

Light Over Darkness | Jlife

Light is the overarching, central, definitive metaphor for Jewish understanding of all of reality…

History | History

Correcting Mistakes About Hanukkah - The Michael Medved Show

Despite extensive media coverage and rising levels of public partying, the holiday of Hanukkah still causes confusion among both Jewish and non-Jewish Amer

History | Culture

DENOMINATIONS! | Jlife

This month’s issue addresses cultural diversity—a term we have all become very familiar with in this era of social awareness.

Family & Parenting | Family & Relationships

Teaching Gratefulness | Jlife

“Who is rich? Those who rejoice in their own portion” – Pirke Avot 4:1.

News | Local News

Not Your Typical High School Club | Jlife

Many teens have been a part of the Bureau of Jewish Education’s (BJE) community since childhood… for some it may be their first experience with the organization. Either way, BJE wants everyone to know just how welcome they are.

History | Culture

The Science of Happiness | Jlife

Happiness is firmly ingrained in Jewish tradition. In fact, when we evaluate the newest scientific research on happiness, we can correlate much of its findings with the Jewish way of life. Judaism encourages community participation filled with food and tradition while research shows us that those involved in community are happier people. Judaism prescribes family values, relationships, celebrations and working through loss according to accepted rituals.

History | Culture

Jews of Many Colors | Jlife

When most American Jews think of their traditional Jewish culture, they think of Passover Seders and matzah ball soup, hamentashen and black-hatted, pale-skinned Hasidic men, and Yiddish-speaking bubbes (grandmothers) and zeydes (grandfathers). But, that is only one Jewish ethnic group of many.

News | Local News

In Our Own Back Yard | Jlife

Twenty years after the gavel heard around the world acquitting O.J. Simpson of murdering his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, Jewish Federation & Family Services and Nicole’s youngest sister Tanya Brown are giving a voice to women who are victims of domestic violence.

Miscellaneous | Interviews

A Conversation with Rabbi Artson | Jlife

News | Local News

Comrades & Conversation on the Court | Jlife

Recently, i had the honor and privilege of speaking with a few great guys who have kept up with a wonderful tradition all their own. For the past five or six years, a dozen community seniors meet every week on Friday at 10:30 a.m., most attend University Synagogue. These friends and comrades converge on local tennis courts for an hour and a half. Following the games they gather at a local restaurant for lunch and discuss the news of the day. This has been a very special tradition that these men look forward to every week.

Politics | Op-Ed

Reeling in the Millennials | Jlife

As a member of the millennial generation, limited participation of women in Torah study, life in the Old Country or even growing up in a predominately Jewish neighborhood—are a few of many aspects to the Jewish experience that are foreign to me.

Miscellaneous | Interviews

The Secret of Chabad | Jlife

The white truck was parked on 49th Street just west of Fifth Avenue. As I peered into it I saw a young bearded man putting phylacteries on another young man. Just then, I heard a voice asking me if I was Jewish. I turned to see yet another young man.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Why I Wear a Jewish Star on My Necklace – Tablet Magazine

When I was in fifth grade, my great-aunt took me to an Indian jewelry store in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood and bought me a necklace with a Jewish star pendant. It had only been three years since we immigrated from what’s now the former Sov

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

‘When Western women stop being objectified, they can criticise us.’ Orthodox Jewish women fight back

The Hebrew phrase “chillul hashem” translates as bringing shame upon one’s community in the eyes of the outside world. It can be invoked by anything from double-parking to failure to observe the complicated latticework of laws that circumscribe orthodox Jewish life, dictating everything from hairstyles to behaviour.

News | News

A Rabbi & The Pope | Jlife

History | Culture

Bringing Klezmer Back | Jlife

History | History

A Flag and Israel's Flag

It all starts with identity, the identity of a people and a country. A national flag is a symbol of a sovereign country.

History | Culture

Baseball's Jewiest Moment of All - Culture

With catcher Joe Ginsberg behind the plate, Lou Limmer stepped into the batter’s box to face Saul Rogovin. Murray Greenberg looks back at the most Jewish moment in baseball history — 64 years ago.

Entertainment | Entertainment

Oh, My Pop Culture Judaism: Jewish Erasure & Discrimination in the X-Men & Marvel Movie Adaptations | Lady Geek

When I was in grad school I had a Biblical Studies instructor who was from Romania. He was a member of the Romanian Orthodox Church, but he seemed to have a great love of Judaism and was an active advocate against anti-Semitism. I remember him sadly tell

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

JEWISH WOMEN: First Among Equals & NEVER Subservient | Josh Namm | Jlife

Judaism, and by extension, Jewish culture, has always held women in the highest regard. Not the “we’re putting you on a pedestal like a pretty doll” kind of regard, but the “women are central to our culture and traditions and every inch the equals of men” kind of regard. Virtually alone among ancient traditions, Judaism has, literally from the beginning, placed men and women on an equal footing, while still recognizing the inherent differences between the two sexes (and to claim that there are no differences is as silly as saying that water is not wet).

History | HISTORY

Hanukkah and How War Should Be Celebrated | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

For Jews, practicing our religion has never been as straightforward. Throughout history we have had to fight and die simply to observe our faith. Hanukkah represents a triumphant moment....

News | Antisemitism Watch

Anti-Semitism Creeps Into Europe's Daily Routines – Forward.com

We knew about the murders in the Brussels Jewish museum, the children gunned down on the Toulouse schoolyard, the fate of Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew who had been lured by a group of Muslims who then held him captive, tortured and eventually murdered him. We were aware of the violent demonstrations, assaults on synagogues, and the aggressive rhetoric — including “Jews to the gas” — that had occurred in various European cities...

Miscellaneous | Judaism

10 Anti-Semitic Myths - Jewish History

In the Middle Ages, many delusional beliefs about Jews gripped the European masses, some of which were later modernized by the Nazis. There were at least 10 such superstitions, traces of which can still be found today.

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

Europe’s Alarming New Anti-Semitism - WSJ

Attacks and hateful rhetoric against Jews are on the rise—and it’s not just Jews who should worry.

News | News

Oldest siddur headed to Israel | The Times of Israel

1,200-year-old text, which includes Sabbath prayers and Passover Haggadah, to go on display at the Bible Lands Museum

History | History

20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative | Pop Chassid

It's time that we looked at the Holocaust differently. Here are twenty pictures to help us do just that.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

At 2:30 A.M., Jews Blast Shema Prayer at Muslim Neighborhood

Tired of waking up to muezzin calls on loudspeakers in the middle of the night, Jews mount an aural counterattack.

News | Misc

How Do I Choose a Rabbi? - Questions & Answers

I've got a few choices here in town of different styles and flavors of rabbis and congregations. How do I choose? Is there a simple test to determine who is fit to be my rabbi?

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The String and the Flame

I shall never know whether it was only because I was tired that I had the temerity to say what I really felt or whether I would have said it anyway...