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How to Transform Your High Holidays

Young-Adults - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
by Rabbi Tzvi Sytner on aish.com

These High Holidays, you can find ways to have a personal conversation, to build a relationship, with God.

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LGBTQ - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
From Keshet.org

Keshet’s Torah Queeries archive offers more than 150 creative and incisive “queer” takes on the weekly Torah portions and major Jewish holidays, written by some of the Jewish world’s most dynamic scholars, rabbis, activists, and lay leaders.

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Neil Simon got us right. That’s what geniuses do

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Ari Roth for JTA

One of the more eloquent pieces to come out about Neil Simon, that most American, and Jewish, of playwrights.


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Jewish-Food - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
This recipe is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

Jamie Geller for The Joy of Kosher

I’m known for having ‘‘caviar taste on a gefilte fish budget’ -- Hubby, the ying to my yang simply has gefilte fish taste. Truth be told both fish eggs and gefilte fish are acquired tastes, but way over on opposite sides of the palette.

If, like Hubby, you have gefilte fish dreams then these recipes are for you. Homemade and handmade, classic and unconventional, fast and fusion we have every version of this Jewish Ashkenazi appetizer right here, right now, for you.

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10 Activities for Meaningful High Holy Days with Kids

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi for JewishBoston

The good news is that there are myriad ways to craft, bake, play and learn about the High Holy Days with kids.

The 10 Days of Awe, which include Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Repentance), are perhaps the most meaningful and spiritually intensive days of the Jewish year. But some of the themes of this season, like prayer, forgiveness and justice, can feel abstract to young children. This leaves many parents searching for ways to involve their kids in their observance—ways that involve fun, creativity, meaning and lasting family memories. 

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Jewish-Books - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Emily Burack for HeyAlma


If you never learned Hebrew beyond what you had to know for your bat mitzvah and the word of the day on Birthright (Sababa!), but you still want to read Israeli literature (because, obviously), this list is for you. You won’t find Israeli literary giants Amos Oz, Meir Shalev, David Grossman or A.B. Yehoshua below—plenty of recommendations tend to showcase these famous male voices. We are pivoting the spotlight to some insanely talented Israeli women:

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

Israeli-News - 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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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Interfaith - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are also known as the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe (Also referred to as the High Holidays). These holidays usually fall in September or October and are often characterized by long synagogue services and a focus on repentance.

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


18 Green Tips for Rosh Hashanah: An Eco-Kosher New Year

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Joe Laur for RecycleBank

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls during late summer/early fall, when we can reap the harvest not just of the land from the past year, but also our souls. Here are 18 tips from a slew of sources to make your Rosh Hashanah sweet and “eco-Kosher”; paying as much attention to natural laws as to Jewish Law.

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Israeli and Arab Doctors Break Every Stereotype in the Middle East

Feature-Article - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Phil Schneider for Israel Video Network 

Israeli and Arab doctors work together every day of the year. And they service Israeli Jews and Arabs every day of the year.  Hadassah hospital serves as an island of the best side of humanity in the State of Israel.

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Democrats In A Bind On Muslim Candidates

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
By STEWART AIN for The Jewish Week


Are tough critics of Israel a sign of the party’s future?

Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is running unopposed for a congressional seat in Michigan.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on the verge of becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in a district that includes the eastern Bronx, Astoria, East Elmhurst and City Island.

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Ki Tavo

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am

Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8 

By Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, for ReformJudaism.org

God’s Punishments: Or Are They?

Parashat Ki Tavo contains one of the most powerful and frightening chapters of the Torah. Fourteen verses (Deuteronomy 28:1–14) outline all the good things that will happen to the people if they obey God and faithfully observe all of the divine commandments. That’s “the good news.” Then come 54 verses (28:15–69) warning of the antithesis: the curses that will befall the people if they do not faithfully observe all the commandments. This is the most terrifying litany portraying various kinds of Jewish suffering in our classical literature. Because of its content, for years no one wanted to have the aliyah in which this passage was read, and it was sometimes given to the town fool. In traditional practice, it is chanted at breakneck speed in a soft voice, loud enough to hear but only if one strains a little.

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“We Bonded Over Weird”: Yom Kippur in Rural Kentucky

Young-Adults - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
BY SPENCER WELLS for newvoices.org

Being a Jewish student at Western Kentucky University (WKU) feels like attending college in a ghost town. There are no hallmarks of Jewish collegiate life here. No Hillel, no Jewish student group, not even a synagogue in Bowling Green, the town surrounding campus. It’s an experience of alienation, but ironically also the basis for connection.


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LGBTQ - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
From Keshet

The story of a whole community inspired and changed by one girl’s courage.

HINEINI (Hebrew for ‘Here I am’) chronicles the story of one student’s courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the transformative impact of her campaign on her entire community.

Longing to connect more deeply with her Jewish identity, Shulamit Izen enters 9th grade at The New Jewish High School (now Gann Academy) in Waltham, Massachusetts. She also starts school as an out lesbian.

Using interviews with Shulamit, her family, teachers, and other students – both those who support her campaign and those who oppose it – the film allows the members of this community to tell their own stories. What emerges is a potent and inspiring story of Jewish pluralism and a community navigating the cross-currents of Jewish tradition and social change.

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Getting to Know Leonard Bernstein at 100

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
From the Milken Archive of Jewish Music

We're pulling out all the stops (and rests) in celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday later this month. In addition to our giveaway, we're sharing our popular Bernstein radio episode, a new free playlist, and your memories of Bernstein—which have given us joy and moved us to tears. Combined, it's a multifaceted portrait of an artist and a mensch.

About the Series: Produced in conjunction with the WFMT network and broadcast on radio stations throughout the U.S, American Jewish Music from the Milken Archive with Leonard Nimoy is a 13-part series of two-hour programs featuring highlights from the Milken Archive’s extensive collection of the musical recordings. Episodes include interviews and commentary with Lowell Milken, Neil W. Levin, and Gerard Schwarz. Radio stations interested in broadcasting the series should contact [email protected].


Rosh Hashanah Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples from Metz

Jewish-Food - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
This recipe is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Joan Nathan in Epicurious

When I was a student in France, Rose Minkel was a fixture at Friday night dinners at my friend Nanou’s home. Called Mémé, an endearing term for “Grandmother,” she brought with her the recipes from her family’s native Metz, a city in the province of Lorraine with a long Jewish presence. Though the Jews had been in Metz for many generations (some say the first Jews settled there in 221 C.E.), up until the eighteenth century they lived a very different life from non-Jews in the town. They paid extra taxes on meat, wines and liqueurs, and other provisions. It was easy to spot a Jew on the street, because the men wore yellow hats to distinguish them from the black-hat-wearing gentiles. 

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Learn the Jewish Value: Slicha (Saying Sorry)

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
from bimbam.com

Teach your kids about asking forgiveness

Everyone in the Plony house has something to feel a little sorry about – whether it’s breaking something, borrowing something without asking or making wrong accusations.
SHABOOM! Gabi and Rafael talk about SLICHA – or saying sorry. Apologies are more than just words in the Jewish tradition – they are ways of making things right. (Magic totally optional!)


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Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem

Jewish-Books - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
Review by Gila Wertheimer for Jewish Book Council

Sarah Tuttle-Singer’s memoir about her year living in Jerusalem’s Old City is many things: maddening, moving, insightful, defiant, hopeful, lyrical—sometimes all at once. In some ways a lament for the rending of a once-whole city, this book recounts her admirable determination to know Jerusalem beyond its usual boundaries.


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VR Tech is Playing a Key Role in Holocaust Education and Awareness

Israeli-News - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
By Simona Shemer, NoCamels

There are currently less than 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. In two years, that number will drop to 142,000 survivors and by 2025, it will further decrease to 92,600. In less than 20 years – by 2035 – just 26,200 Holocaust survivors will remain among us, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics report released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January.

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Liberal Rabbis Increasingly Support Officiating Weddings With Non-Jewish Clergy

Interfaith - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
Ari Feldman for The Forward

Rabbi Lev Baesh has co-officiated a wedding with a Native American chief on the shores of Lake Michigan. He conducted Paris’ first Catholic-Jewish ceremony. One time, he stood under the chuppah with a Hindu pundit; another, with a Shiite cleric. Things finally got tricky with an evangelical preacher — who’d been asked by the Jewish groom not to mention Jesus.

“During the wedding, when he was emoting and speaking off the cuff, it just came out,” Baesh remembered. “I watched [the groom’s] mother gasp for air.”

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