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Shemini II

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am

Shemini II, LEVITICUS 10:12–11:47

 
BY:  RABBI DAVID A. LYON for ReformJudaism.org


The Dietary Laws: Fitness for a Life Well-Lived


The dietary laws presented in the Book of Leviticus are intended to draw us closer to God. But even I, as a rabbi, sometimes have difficulty understanding how the Torah intends for this to happen.

The second part of Sh’mini (Leviticus 10:12-11:47) takes up the subject of food. Everything from taboos to general permissions are commanded forming the foundation of later, Talmudic, legal interpretations on what is kosher (fit for consumption) and what is t’reif (unfit). Reform Judaism has gone around the block on the subject of kashrut. Notwithstanding biblical and Talmudic rules, and laws about what is “fit” for personal consumption, Reform Judaism has sought an authentic response to expectations for kashrut that would meet individual and contemporary norms.

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Are You There, G-d? It’s Me, Tamar

Young-Adults - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
by: Tamar Cohen for Fresh Ink for Teens


Judy Blume’s books teach us real-lessons about growing up.


Bildungsroman: the German word for a coming-of-age novel. A prime example of this? Judy Blume's “Are You There, G-d? It's Me, Margaret.” Beloved by angsty teens and middle-aged women’s book clubs alike, Judy Blume seems to have completely mastered the art of coming-of-age in fiction.


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Growing Up Gay in Christian Russia

LGBTQ - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
By Emma Davis for Jewcy


And finding solace in Judaism.


I met Vladimir Mukhotaev, 28, at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, where he helps low-income New Yorkers access food stamps. After he provided translation for an article I was reporting, I asked him about his path from Russia to the United States. He explained that he had followed his husband to New York and had never planned to leave Russia. I was intrigued: how could he feel so warmly towards his homeland as a gay man? And what had led him to Jewish social work after he was raised Eastern Orthodox? Vladimir’s story is below in his own words.

I was born in Russia in 1989. My native city is Orenburg, which is very close to the Kazakhstan border, but I moved to Moscow when I was 10.

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Zach Braff’s new show; Camp Ramah on ‘Goldbergs’; Judd Apatow’s new Gary Shandling doc

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
BY NATE BLOOM for Jweekly.com 


"Rise,” a musical drama based on the nonfiction book “Drama High” (2013) by Michael Sokolove, 61, premiered on NBC on March 13. Sokolove grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar community that has long been in an economic slump. Josh Radnor, 43, plays a character based on Lou Volpe, a Levittown high school teacher who ran an acclaimed theater program for 45 years. Radnor, the former star of “How I Met Your Mother,” is a practicing Jew and a practicing musician. He is currently playing in a band with Australian Jewish musician Ben Lee, 39, and the two released a CD late last year.

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And the No. 1 food trend for 2018 is ...

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine


From sweet to savory, from halloumi to harissa, the flavors of Israel prevail as a top cuisine this year.


The newest food trend to watch for this year? It's Israeli cuisine. That's according to San Francisco-based consulting firm AF&Co.

This diverse, somewhat hard-to-define cuisine is rich in flavor and depth, marked by dishes like falafel, hummus, shakshuka, shawarma and more.

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All the Respect

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
From Shaboom!

 

Papa Plony is obsessed with beating the Baloney family in the annual relay race. But when Yasmin flakes out on practice, and a new team member shows up with an unexpected physical difference – he panics. SHABOOM! The Sparks come to the rescue with incredible upsie-downie magic, including an upside-down rainbow ramp, a giant stuffie and a lesson in showing kavod, or respect. Tune in and find out who wins the race. Kol hakavod!

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Interview: Jonathan Weisman

Jewish-Books - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
with Michael Dobkowski for Jewish Book Council


In (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, Jonathan Weisman explores the disconnect between his own sense of Jewish identity and the expectations of his detractors and supporters. He delves into the rise of the alt-right, their roots in older anti-Semitic organizations, the odd ancientness of their grievances―cloaked as they are in contemporary, techy hipsterism―and their aims―to spread hate in a palatable way through a political structure that has so suddenly become tolerant of their views.
 


Michael Dobkowski: In many ways your book is about Jewish identity and experience in the Trump era. How has the American Jewish experience changed―generally, and for you, personally?

Jonathan Weisman: I grew up in a very Reform household. Although I was raised to identify as Jewish, I—like many Jews of my generation—drifted away, in part because Jews had become entirely comfortable in a pluralistic, liberal democracy that seemed to be progressing inexorably toward tolerance and acceptance.

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Why Harry and Meghan should have a Holy Land honeymoon!

Israeli-News - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c


Forget Namibia, or any of the other places being touted, Israel is THE perfect honeymoon destination for the royal newlyweds, promises funnyman Yuval Haklai.


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Children of intermarriage explore identity challenges

Interfaith - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
By Patricia Corrigan for Jweekly.com


For young adults born into interfaith families, defining their Jewish identity is complex and finding acceptance often is difficult. The burden is even heavier for mixed-race individuals.

Take Victoria Alara Alcoset, 47, born to an Ashkenazi Jewish mother and a Catholic father with Native American and Mexican-American roots. Brought up Catholic, Alcoset said she “gravitated toward Jewish religious practice in young adulthood.” But when she planned her adult bat mitzvah, a rabbi suggested she first convert.

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The incredible story of the Jews that danced in Nazi Hell

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
From JTV

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day falls this year on April 12th


Surviving the Holocaust


Beside slaughtering the Jewish people, the Nazis also tried to break the Jewish spirit. We have heard many times how the Jewish soul survives even in the darkest of times. This video presents one account that needs to be told.

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WATCH: How Israel Became a Global Water Powerhouse!

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
From United With Israel

With nearly 70 years of experience making the desert bloom, Israel remains at the forefront of cutting-edge water technology used the world over.

Israeli water technology has revolutionized desalination, recycling, and irrigation practices throughout the world. Indeed, Israeli-pioneered techniques are used in locales from India to the United States, helping farmers produce greater yields and improving water security.

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Now, More than Ever, Holocaust Memory Matters

Feature-Article - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am

AP Photo/Markus Schreibe

 

April 12 is Holocaust Remembrance Day

 


By DANIELLA J. GREENBAUM for Commentary

 


Memory and Judaism are inseparable.

 

Yes. That’s the answer to a question posed by the headline of Shmuel Rosner’s latest piece in the New York Times. Yes: Israeli students need to visit Auschwitz. All Jewish students should. Plenty of non-Jews, too.

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On British TV, A Renaissance For Jewish Characters

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
By Nathan Abrams for The Forward


For years, British television has been blighted by stock-in-trade Jewish stereotypes. Audiences have had to endure legions of Jewish mothers, Hasidim and Jews who sound like they got off the boat in 1910 whether they’re 10 or 110, and whether it’s 1910 or 2010!

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Jewish Teacher Fired from Quaker School for Making Nazi Joke

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
By Mark Oppenheimer for Tablet Magazine


This is what happens when well-meaning philo-Semites and assimilated Jews, the kind of people who run schools like Friends Seminary, have more respect for imagined Jewish sensitivities than for Jews’ actual history and culture


If there is one lesson to be learned from the sad, strange tale of the firing of Ben Frisch, it is surely this: If you want to make a Hitler joke in the classroom, do it at a Jewish day school.

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Shemini 1

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 9:1-11:47


D'VAR TORAH BY:  RABBI LANCE J. SUSSMAN for ReformJudaism.org


You Are What You Eat: The New World of Kosher Food

 

 

Thousands of years before the 19th-century saying, “you are what you eat” came into being, Judaism recognized the essential significance of food in the Jewish and human experience. Originally, without explaining “why” we should eat some, but not all types of different foods, the Torah in this week’s portion, Sh’mini (Leviticus 11), laid down a lengthy list of culinary dos and don’ts, the textual foundation of kashrut, Jewish dietary practice and law. Subsequently, the laws of kashrut were greatly expanded by the Rabbis to include food preparation in general and, especially, on the Sabbath, the full separation of milk and meat products, methods of slaughter, and a whole range of food regulations during Passover.

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Teen Mental Health – Warning Signs

Young-Adults - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
From The Jewish News


When should parents be concerned? Experts share some warning signs.


We don’t often talk about teen mental health around the dinner table or on the phone with friends or colleagues. Maybe we fear being labeled “bad parents” if our teens are diagnosed with mental health issues. It’s something we must have done wrong. Maybe whatever our kids are going through is just a “phase,” something they’ll “get over” in time.

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CANADA’S FIRST LGBTQ JEWISH SUMMER CAMP TO OPEN THIS SUMMER

LGBTQ - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
By Susan Minuk for CJN

 


Canadian Young Judaea is launching a new overnight summer camp for LGTBQ Jewish campers called Machane Lev.

Machane Lev, which will be Canada’s first Jewish camp for LGBTQ youth, will be housed at Camp Shalom in Gravenhurst, Ont., and will run from Aug. 19-26, for kids aged eight to 16 years old. Machane Lev is committed to being an inclusive Jewish summer camp that celebrates identity, encourages creativity, enhances leadership skills and evokes a love for Israel and the Jewish community. Machane Lev mean “Camp Heart” in Hebrew.

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After the Seder: Great Eats for the Entire Week

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am

From Jvillage Network's Passover Holiday Guide

 

Who says Passover food has to be boring!

 

Now that the Seder is over, what are you going to eat?  How about Matzah Tacos? Spinach & Green Herb Pie? Cheese Blintzes? Moroccan-Inspired Carrot Tsimmes?

 

You can find all these recipes featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Holiday Guide.  We've even thrown in a couple of yummy desserts: Matzo Toffee and Orange Sponge Cake.

 

Enjoy!

Matzo House

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
From marthastewart.com

 

Are you looking for something to do with the kids with all that matzo you thought you needed? Make a matzo house! It's fun, and yummy, and helps get rid of all that matzo.

 

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Notes from a Formerly Terrible Jew

Jewish-Books - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
Jewish Book Council; Mark Sarvas is the author of  Memento Park: A Novel. He is blogging here as part of Jewish Book Council's Visiting Scribe series.


"I’m a terrible Jew," I used to say—by which I meant that I was wholly ignorant of tradition, taking a sort of perverse pleasure in the shock value of the comment. I was raised by postwar, secular European parents who decided they’d had enough of religion. I didn’t know Sukkot from Shavuot, and we grew up with Christmas trees and Easter eggs. Researching this essay, I learned that into her teens, my younger sister thought one of our parents was Catholic and one was Jewish. I remember being asked to sign the ketubah at her wedding (her husband was observant), and looking blankly at the rabbi when he asked me my Jewish name. He ended up coaching me, with some reproach, through a hastily imitated Hebrew “Moishe.”

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