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US Ambassador: Golan will be ‘part of Israel forever’

Israeli-News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY: ARIEL KAHANA, ISRAEL HAYOM/JNS.ORG


U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman tells Israel Hayom there is “certainly” a possibility that the United States will officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.


U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman believes that the Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty, and certainly won’t be placed back in the hands of Syria’s current leader, President Bashar Assad.

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah: the Basics

Interfaith - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily.com 


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Sukkot is the third and final festival that commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The escape of Israel from Egypt is remembered at Passover, entering into a covenant with God at Mount Sinai is recalled at Shavuot, and sleeping in a temporary hut or booth (“sukkah” in Hebrew) while wandering in the wilderness is memorialized in the holiday of Sukkot. “Sukkot” is the plural form of sukkah.

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For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. 
 

Finding Faith in Sukkot

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

By Adam Rosen for Tablet Magazine 


After reading Ecclesiastes, I realized Sukkot is the perfect holiday for a spiritual skeptic like me


When Sukkot begins this week, I’ll visit a sukkah. For many Jews, this is simply an ordinary part of the holiday every year. But for me, it will be the first time I’ve been in a sukkah in more than 20 years.

I’m not really much of a believer. I don’t know if I technically qualify as an agnostic or atheist or heretic; I like “skeptic.” Aside from the occasional last-minute trip to synagogue on a high holiday, I gave up strictly observing Jewish holidays many years ago. But a recent experience I had with one of the books of the Bible has me rethinking my lack of interest in them.

In fact, Sukkot seems like the perfect opportunity to reconnect with my past and find meaning in a Jewish holiday—because it’s the perfect holiday for skeptics.

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Smart cap tells you to drink water, take meds, refill soap

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israeli startup Water.io began with high-tech Reminder caps and branched out to connected bottle closures that benefit both consumer and manufacturer.


A teenage girl with a mysterious malady motivated the June 2015 establishment of Israeli smart packaging innovator Water.io. Her father and two of his friends cofounded the company after the mystery was solved.

 

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How the “Schindler of Iran” Saved Hundreds of Persian Jews

Feature-Article - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY ZACHARY SOLOMON for Jewniverse


A dispatch from the annals of forgotten righteous gentiles:

Abdol Hossein-Sardari, the Iranian Consul in Nazi-occupied France, saved hundreds of Iranian Jews from certain death with a heroic ingenuity worthy of his nickname, “Schindler of Iran.”

 

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A comprehensive guide to the High Holy Days from InterfaithFamily.com

Interfaith - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


 

Among the items you'll find in the Guide:

  • What is the Meaning of the High Holy Days?
  • The Days In Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur & Being Together in Community
  • Symbols and Rituals
  • Fasting on Yom Kippur
  • The Shofar
  • Wearing White and Not Wearing Leather
  • How to Greet People during the High Holy Days
  • Tashlich: A Fun Accessible Ceremony
  • High Holy Days Food!
  • Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids & Family
  • Public Schools and the High Holy Days
  • Fun and Meaningful Activities; Great Storybooks for Young Kids
  • Planning Ahead
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In this Belgian city, a heatwave puts cherished Rosh Hashanah tradition on ice

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA


ANTWERP, Belgium (JTA) —Come autumn, hundreds of men and their children stream out of the dozens of synagogues of this Belgian city’s Jewish quarter, and walk quietly to its main park.

When they reach City Park, they gather around its vast pond and perform an ancient ritual called tashlich, the symbolic casting of breadcrumbs onto a body of water.  

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For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas about the High Holiday visit Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. 

Vayeilech

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am

Deuteronomy 31:1–30


RABBI REUVEN FIRESTONE, FOR REFORMJUDAISM.ORG


On Repentance and Seeking Peace Above and Below


"And Moses went (Vayeilech) and spoke these words to all Israel" (Deuteronomy 31:1). This opening marks the beginning, not only of the parashah, but also of the long death scene for Moses that will not be completed until the very end of the Torah two portions hence. Traditional commentators noticed an unusual locution. Usually the Torah reads "And Moses spoke … " Only here does it say "And Moses went and spoke … "

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When your new roommates are mom and dad

Young-Adults - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
by Kristin Hohenadel for FromtheGrapevine 

 

Architects provide makeovers of childhood bedrooms for young adults who move back in with parents.

 

High unemployment for young people has been a worldwide problem in recent years, with many young adults being forced to move back in with their parents after job losses or while they look for self-sustaining work.


In Spain, where youth unemployment has reached epic levels at more than 50 percent, a group of architects at PKMN has created an innovative project aimed to help young adults feel more at home in their childhood bedrooms.


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An Up-to-the-minute Pride Reading List for Kids

LGBTQ - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 


New books with LGBT characters to enjoy during Pride month, and beyond


Presumably you know about modern-day gay kidlit classics like And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole; The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner, illustrated by Mike Byrne; and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. But hey, just in time for Pride Weekend here in NYC, let’s talk about some brand-new children’s books with gay or transgender characters!

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Meet Zoolod, a Jewish and Arab Israeli hip-hop duo

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir


Hailing from the city of Lod, the duo writes and performs music together that ignores politics and focuses on their passion for rap.


Teddy Neguse and Anan Hafaga are best friends with two different personalities and backgrounds. They form a rap duo called Zoolod.


Growing up in Lod, where the group gets its name, Teddy was from a Jewish Ethiopian family and Anan from a Muslim Arab family. They met in high school and bonded over a shared appreciation for music.

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37 Vegetarian Recipes for the High Holidays

Jewish-Food - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

by Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com 


From soups and salads, to sides and main dishes, including many vegan dishes...so good you won't even miss the meat.


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Make an Apple Tree Craft Using a Pouf Sponge

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
From CraftyMorning.com

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


Here’s an easy fall craft for kids to make – an apple tree using a pouf bath sponge as a stamper! It’s always fun to switch up your painting tools and this one is around 50 cents to a dollar at most stores. The one we used is actually a mini one that we got free at the Sheraton hotel but the bigger ones would work as well (love saving money!)

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Daniel Silva and the Art of the Beach Read

Jewish-Books - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Alexander Aciman for Tablet Magazine 


Bookworm: The new bestselling spy thriller, ‘The Other Woman,’ excels at this one thing


Among the spy and detective fiction writers of today there is no distinction more dubious than “transcending the genre.” What does it mean for a work to transcend the genre? To have outgrown its form? To be better than it should be? It is with this backhanded honorific that the spy and detective genre is robbed of its greatest works, which can only be so excellent before they are inevitably claimed by the august of great literature. And this obscures just how much fun these books can be. 

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Hoping to save his own life, man designs new surgical tool

Israeli-News - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israeli entrepreneur with life-threatening brain tumor invents novel visualization solution for brain surgeons. His company was sold for $75 million.


If you’re an Israeli entrepreneur and you’re facing a life-threatening disease with no cure, what do you do? For Avi Yaron, the choice was clear: he’d invent one.


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What Are You Listening to this High Holiday Season?

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

Check out the Spotify High Holiday playlist.


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Three important new reasons to love the pomegranate

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


From a supplement protecting against neurodegeneration, to a study indicating the juice can reduce brain damage in embryos, pomegranate research is peaking in Israel.


The regal-looking pomegranate, ruby-red with a crown on top, ripens on Israeli trees just in time to decorate Jewish New Year holiday tables in early autumn. Each fruit has hundreds of edible juicy seeds, called arils, traditionally equated to the 613 commandments in the Torah.

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An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth

Feature-Article - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Matti Friedman  for Tablet Magazine 


A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters


This story originally appeared in August, 2014. We are reprinting it today to mark four years since Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire to end the Gaza War.

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The Israel Story

Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazed génocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.

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Nazi-confiscated pen helps ToI track down survivor’s son, rewrite family history

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel


International Tracing Service and Times of Israel journalist jointly find descendants of Istvan Rokza, to restitute his stripped possessions and unearth buried heritage


When Hungarian-Jewish teenager Istvan Rokza arrived at the Neuengamme concentration camp in northern Germany in late 1944, he had very little on him — only 20 pengo (then the Hungarian currency) and a “Tintenkuli,” a black stylograph-type pen. The Nazis confiscated these from Rokza, placing them in an envelope and listing the contents on the outside.

 


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Nitzavim

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am

Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20 

 

By Rabbi Reuven Firestone for ReformJudaism.org

 

Collective Responsibility, One for All and All for One

 

Nitzavim comes in the cycle of Torah readings just before Rosh HaShanah and is particularly appropriate for the High Holidays because it stresses the importance of repentance. The tone of the passage is at once both lofty and terrifying.

It begins with Moses' inspiring address to the entire people of Israel shortly before he is to die, "You stand this day (Atem nitzavim hayom), all of you, before the Eternal your God — you tribal heads, you elders, and you officials, all the men of Israel, you children, you women, even the stranger within your camp, from woodchopper to water drawer" (Deuteronomy 29:9-10).


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