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Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 21:1−24:23 


BY RABBI LANCE J. SUSSMAN for ReformJudaism.org


From Blasphemy to Blasphemous: An Instructive Transition


On January 24, 1656, Jacob Lumbrozo, a Portuguese-born doctor and businessman, became the first documented Jew to settle in the Catholic colony of Maryland. Two years later, under provisions of the colony’s ironically named Toleration Act of 1649, which extended freedom of religion exclusively to Trinitarian Christians, Lumbrozo, himself a litigious person, was charged with blasphemy. He faced both severe economic sanctions and even punishment by death. Ten days after his trial began a general amnesty on such matters was proclaimed in England by the government of Richard Cromwell. The proceedings in Maryland were immediately terminated and the doctor was allowed to go free.

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My Yiddishe Nana

Young-Adults - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
Matt Leonard for Fresh Ink for Teens
 

Her love of the language planted the seeds of my Jewish roots.
 

“Zorg zich nit,” she said. “Don’t worry.”

It was in November 2016 that my grandmother started teaching me Yiddish. When she shared those wise words with me, an anxious mess of a teenage boy from San Antonio, I didn’t realize it, but my grandmother had sparked a curiosity and passion in my own culture that I had never felt before — I began the Jewish journey that she embarked on years ago.

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This Israeli Paralympic Athlete and Mom Is So Inspiring

LGBTQ - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
BY LIOR ZALTZMAN for Kveller


Israeli athlete Moran Samuel was 24 years old, and well on her way to making her passion for basketball a career. Then one day, tragedy struck.

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Watch Katrina Lenk Kill It As Tevye

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Gabriela Geselowitz for Jewcy


The star of ‘The Band’s Visit’ accompanies herself on violin for “If I Were a Rich Man.”


Ugh, what can’t Katrina Lenk do?

Over the last year, Lenk has appeared on Broadway in Indecent, had a small role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and currently stars in The Band’s Visit (she’s definitely a contender for a Tony nomination). That’s a lot of Jewish art for someone who isn’t actually Jewish, but Lenk wasn’t content to stop there. At MCC’s annual Miscast Gala (actors perform gender-swapped numbers), she took on that granddaddy of all Jewish American culture— Fiddler on the Roof.

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The Iraqi Jewish Dumpling You’ve Never Heard Of

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
by Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com 


Get ready to fall in love with this Iraqi comfort food.


A new restaurant in NYC is reviving a beloved Middle Eastern dish called kubbeh, which hails originally from Iraq, Syria and Kurdistan. Kubbeh are hand-rolled dumplings stuffed with meat or vegetables and encased by semolina or bulgur.

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Visiting the Sick: Bikur Cholim

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
From BimBam/Shaboom!


Kids learn all about bikur cholim or visiting the sick.


Bikur Cholim means to visit the sick, and help them to feel better. Watch Gabi and Rafi explain bikur cholim in this episode of Shaboom!

In this second episode, kids learn all about bikur cholim, visiting the sick. Nobody likes being sick and being stuck in bed. Having visitors that help make you feel better can be one of the best medicines. So, while it can be hard to see someone you love feel bad, it is important to visit so they don’t feel alone. Watch this episode in which the Plony family visits their sick grandpa and makes his day.

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A Revelatory History of a single Block on the Upper West Side

Jewish-Books - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Alexander Aciman for Tablet Magazine 


Bookworm: Gangsters, kidnappers, a pencil-maker, a Shakespearean actor, a toothpaste magnate, and other 20th-century ghosts in Daniel Wakin’s surprising new account of a section of Riverside Drive


I’d never noticed them. Not in the years I spent visiting friends on 106th Street and Riverside Drive, not on walks with my dad in the 1990s down that same block, not on long meandering runs in the fall. I’ve lived on the Upper West Side almost my entire life. You’d have to be an idiot not to know that the stretch of rowhouses on Riverside is special. But it took Daniel Wakin’s book, The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block to show me just how special this particular block is.

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Israeli scientist working on Alzheimer’s vaccine

Israeli-News - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Tested so far on mice, Dr. Eitan Okun’s vaccine targets amyloid beta protein, which clusters in the brains of people affected by the deadly disease.


Alzheimer’s disease, affecting some 47 million people worldwide, for now remains an irreversible and fatal brain disorder. Taking a proactive approach, an Israeli brain researcher is developing a vaccine against this devastating disease.

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From Togo To Tel Aviv: Israel’s Latest Christian Pop Sensation

Interfaith - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Mara Vigevani for Breaking Israel News


As he walks in downtown Tel Aviv near the trendy Sarona market, Stephane Legar is stopped time after time by adoring teens asking him to pose for a selfie. A model, singer and dancer,  Legar is Israel’s latest social media sensation: His first video, “The Step Fun Challenge,” released two years ago received 22 million hits and his Youtube channel has 71 thousand subscribers.


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What is Lag B'Omer?

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
From ToriAvey.com

 

Lag B'Omer is celebrated this year on May 3


Lag B'Omer literally means the 33rd day of the Omer. The Omer is counted for 49 days between the end of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot (derived from the practice of counting the days from the barley offering at the Temple to the day of the wheat offering on Shavuot, in the Torah). The holiday celebrates a break in a plague that is said to have occurred during the days of Rabbi Akiva. The Talmud states that the great teacher of Jewish mysticism Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai died on Lag B’Omer, and in modern times the holiday has come to symbolize the resilience of the Jewish spirit.


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Israel to Rehabilitate Dried-Up Rivers With New Desalination Plants

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By JNS


Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water announced Monday that two new desalination plants will be built to offset the deficits of an extended five-year drought that has left Israel’s sensitive water sources at their lowest levels in nearly 100 years.

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A Brief History of Jamaica's Jewish Pirates

Feature-Article - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
Lyndsey Kilifin for The Culture Trip


Fleeing persecution in Catholic Europe, 16th- and 17th- century Jews fled first to South America with European explorers and then to the Caribbean. We give you the low-down on the history of these intriguing people.


Jamaica’s Jewish Pirates
Having played a key role in establishing numerous successful trading posts in the new colonies of the Caribbean, Jewish privateers found common cause with the British. In 1655, Britain’s Royal Navy captured Jamaica from the Spanish and subsequently turned Port Royal into a naval base. Jewish buccaneers were among the fleet of officially sponsored pirates assembled by the British in Jamaica to take the fight to the Spanish. Leading some of the most successful raids against the Spanish, Jamaica’s Jewish pirates fought their way into the history books.

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Anne Frank House Barred Jewish Employee From Wearing ‘Kipah’

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
From JNS


Of all the places on earth, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam prohibited its Jewish employees from wearing kipot, head coverings worn by observant Jews that are also referred to as yarmulkes. The outrageous policy was changed only recently after a local media outlet intervened.

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 16:1-20:27 


RABBI LANCE J. SUSSMAN for ReformJudaism.org


What Judaism Says About the Golden Rule


For the last few years, I have been a member of a local hospital’s ethics committee. The hospital is part of a university-based system and the committee’s chair is a scholarly pulmonologist with a propensity to pick cases involving life and death choices. Other members include nurses, medical specialists, administrators, and social workers. I am the only clergy member of the group. The literature we review is mostly derived from case histories written by medical doctors and generally balances such diverse factors as medical practice, hospital liability, economics, patient rights, and culture. Our purpose is not to advise but rather to review past cases, many with close parallels in our hospital.

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‘This party is lit’ How a Hillel rabbi shed her stereotypes of Millennials and found her calling on campus

Young-Adults - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Rabbi Leah Fein for eJewishPhilanthropy


The last place I expected to work after ordination was America’s top party school.


But a few months before I started as the Hillel rabbi at Syracuse University, The Princeton Review bestowed upon it the title of “No. 1 Party School in America.”


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A Timeline of 70 Years of Israeli Achievement - Including Tel Aviv, Best Gay City

LGBTQ - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am

By ISRAEL21c Staff


Join us on a journey through the last 70 years to discover how Israel has become one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world. Our fascinating timeline of accomplishment is the first part in a special multimedia package we've created to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary.


View this pictorial and video history from Israel21c.
 

Israeli museum's Jewish humor exhibit so funny you could plotz

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Maya Cohen For Israel Hayom


"Let There Be Laughter" exhibit at the Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People explores Jewish humor throughout history and across the world • Marx Brothers, Jerry Seinfeld, Woody Allen, Wise Men of Chelm among figures presented at Tel Aviv exhibit.

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Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
ToriAvey.com


Here’s a quick mid-week recipe that you can whip up in a couple minutes flat. This Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad is full of flavor. I add fresh lemon juice for tartness, fresh basil for an herby flavor, and celery for crunch. Olive oil replaces heavy, and often processed, mayonnaise. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper, and you’ve got a fresh tuna salad with a twist. You won’t miss the mayo!


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Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
ToriAvey.com


Here’s a quick mid-week recipe that you can whip up in a couple minutes flat. This Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad is full of flavor. I add fresh lemon juice for tartness, fresh basil for an herby flavor, and celery for crunch. Olive oil replaces heavy, and often processed, mayonnaise. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper, and you’ve got a fresh tuna salad with a twist. You won’t miss the mayo!


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How a Rare Jewish Ritual Added Meaning to Our Family

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
BY CANTOR LAUREN PHILLIPS for ReformJudaism.org


Pidyon haben (Redemption of the Firstborn) is an unusual Jewish ritual that commemorates the birth of a family's firstborn child, when that baby is a son. Originally, firstborn sons were inducted into God's service because they had been spared from the Egyptian plague of the firstborn.

However, when the Jews – firstborns included – built the Golden Calf, the firstborns forfeited their status as servants of God. The priesthood was transferred to the only tribe that did not participate in the construction of the Golden Calf: the Levites, and particularly to the descendants of Aaron.

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