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weekly-torah-portion - 5 hours 48 min ago

Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19 


Clothes That Make Us Human

Among the many joys of summertime in Manhattan is the chance to see a performance of Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s feast for eyes and ears was the magical romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of the key turns of the plot involves the sprite Puck casting a spell on the wrong young lover, because his only instructions were to enchant one with “Athenian garb.” Judging on fashion alone, poor Puck thought he had discharged his duties. Puck’s comedic error is of course another instance of one of Shakespeare’s favorite themes, the way our clothing becomes synonymous with our identity. Most famously, in Hamlet Shakespeare has the Danish noble Polonius tell his son Laertes that “the apparel oft proclaims the man.”

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Is Shabbat A Way To Combat Millennial Loneliness?

young-adults - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Shira Feder for The Forward

Millennials, the media would have you believe, have both destroyed the nuclear family and the fabric softener industry. These unfortunate adult children are both addicted to social media and terribly, woefully lonely. They’re short on funds but long on anxiety. Is everyone born between between 1981 and 1996 just doomed? What could fix Generation X short of a total clean slate?

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Orthodox rabbis reject colleagues’ letter calling LGBTQ community ‘perverts’

LGBTQ - 5 hours 48 min ago
From JTA

Dozens of American and Israeli Orthodox rabbis have signed a letter in support of the LGBTQ community in response to a letter last week from some 200 Orthodox rabbis in Israel that called its members “perverts” and an “organization of abominations.”

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The sale of Azerbaijan’s Jewish community center deals a painful blow to a dwindling community

news-in-the-jewish-world - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, is closing its Jewish community center in Baku due to changing demographics. A community of formerly 16,000 in 2000 now only has 8,000 Jews and is moving into a smaller space.

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Discovering ‘Little Known Facts’

jewish-arts-and-media - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Joanne Sydney Lessner for Hadassah Magazine

In the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Lucy sings a song called “Little Known Facts” in which she posits, among other things, that fir trees are so named because they provide “fur for coats.” When Ilana Levine, who played Lucy in the 1999 Broadway revival, began a podcast interviewing colleagues who inspire her, she named it for her character’s signature tune. The title seems inevitable now, but she only settled on it after recording an interview with fellow Charlie Brown cast members Anthony Rapp, B.D. Wong and Kristin Chenoweth before the official launch of the podcast in May 2016.

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Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket

jewish-food - 5 hours 48 min ago
From Martha Stewart

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

Slow braising an otherwise tough cut of meat like brisket turns the beef meltingly soft. A wonderful addition to your holiday table this New Year. 

If this recipe isn't to your liking, Martha has many other ways to prepare brisket. Check it out!

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children-and-families - 5 hours 48 min ago
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


by Agnes Hsu for Hello, Wonderful

While this craft is made as a back-to-school idea, you may also adapt it to fit the New Year. Ask your child to fill the pages with thoughts on what each of them can change or work on this year to be a better person. Make one yourself or for each member of your family at share at your Rosh Hashanah table.


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The Biblical Inspirations for My Fantasy Series

jewish-books - 5 hours 48 min ago
Jewish Book Council

Noah Beit-Aharon is the nice Jewish boy behind the Godserfs epic fantasy series, published under the penname N. S. Dolkert. With the release of Among the Fallen, the second volume in the series, Noah is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council all week as part of the Visiting Scribe series here on The ProsenPeople.

The setting of my fantasy series Godserfs is heavily influenced by my reading of the Tanakh, and the world evoked by the many conflicting stories and traditions within that text. While the first two books, Silent Hall and Among the Fallen, are rife with allusions and reimaginings, I want to take the opportunity to discuss three passages in the Hebrew Bible that directly influenced my writing.

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Large Desalination Plant Approved to Bring Gazans Clean Water

israeil-news - 5 hours 48 min ago
From VirtualJerusalem, Courtesy of DEBKA

The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.  

Israel’s defense ministry has approved the delivery of equipment to the Gaza Strip for completing a large desalination plant and eight large water reservoirs.

The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.

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I Found Religion, My Spouse Left It, What About Our Kids?

interfaith - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Dawn Kepler for BuildingJewishBridges

Dear Dawn: I’m the daughter of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who raised me with no religion. Finding my way into Judaism has been difficult and, at times, painful. My partner, Tom, was raised Christian and is now an atheist. While he has warm feelings for his church, he no longer belongs. When discussing how we would raise children, I mentioned enrolling them in Sunday school and their having b’nai mitzvah. To my surprise, he was resistant to this idea. It turns out the experience of being raised in a religion and subsequently separating himself from it was a lot more of a struggle than I realized. 

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What is the Amidah?

celebrating-judaism - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Rabbi David Wolkenfeld from bimbam.com

The Jewish Standing Prayer

The Amidah includes three distinct sections. The first section includes prayers that praise. The middle section includes 13 requests. These requests focus on practical needs like health, and the ability to make wise choices but also more lofty yearnings for redemption and justice. These requests can change depending on the time of year or holiday. The last section includes prayers of gratitude. You can also include your own personal prayers anytime during the middle or end.

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New laser solution could slow spread of forest fires

green-living - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Fighting Treetop Fire is developing a system of removing combustible foliage with algorithm-controlled laser beams controlled via helicopter or truck.

Aggressive wildfires are rampaging through many countries this summer, bringing death and destruction in their wake. In California alone, firefighters are scrambling to control 18 separate blazes.

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Tel Aviv on the Black Sea Odessa, the Cradle of Israeli Culture, Enjoys a Jewish Renaissance

featured-articles - 5 hours 48 min ago
By Rebecca Greig for Haaretz


The Ukrainian port city of Odessa, once home to hundreds of thousands of Jews, is experiencing a ‘golden age’ - with modern Israel proving an unlikely inspiration

If you know where to look, the ghosts of Odessa’s Jewish past are everywhere, haunting and playful: in the pizza restaurant blaring “Hava Nagila” across from the Potemkin Steps in the forshmak (chopped herring), tzimmes and gefilte fish served in the city’s oldest eating establishments; in the Jewish jokes and Yiddish words that pepper local patois; to the sign above an overgrown courtyard that reads “The State of Israel was born here.”

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Israeli runner wins European Athletics Championships gold

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 7:29am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter came in first in the women’s 10,000-meter run on August 8 in Berlin.

Last week, Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter made history by becoming the first Israeli to win a gold medal in the European Athletics Championships. Her turn on the podium came as a result of winning the women’s 10,000-meter run, which took place in Berlin on August 8.

She finished the race in 31:43:29, nine second ahead of second-place winner Susan Krumins of The Netherlands.

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weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am

DEUTERONOMY 16:18–21:9 


The King’s Torah and the Torah’s King

This week’s Torah portion focuses on a wide array of topics, but underlying virtually everything we can see a thematic coherence well reflected in the parashah’s name (“judges”). The sidrah contains one of the most famous lines in the entire Bible, tzedek, tzedek tirdof: “Justice, justice shall you pursue” (Deut. 16:20). And throughout the parashah we see the Torah outlining various aspects of the pursuit of justice.


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Could I Stay Orthodox in a Secular College?

young-adults - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Andrew Goldstein for Jewcy.com

Despite warnings from friends and rabbis alike, I went to a school with little Orthodox presence.

On Lag B’Omer, the last Wednesday of the semester, I snuck past a challah baking event to say goodbye to the Stony Brook University Chabad Rabbi, Adam Stein. Rabbi Adam and I danced with his children to the music from a livestream of Meron in his backyard. At a pause, I tapped my kippa and tzitzit and said, “I wanted to rub it in. You were wrong; I did stay religious these four years.”

Rabbi Adam responded with a chuckle, “You cheated. You went home every Shabbos.”

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LGBTQ - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Elazar Abrahams for Tablet Magazine

The Caped Crusader’s Semitic lesbian cousin is ready for her close-up

Another superhero is heading to TV, and if her origin story is respected, she’ll be Jewish!

The CW recently announced that Batwoman (Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate Kane) will be joining its prime-time roster that already includes DC Comics characters like Arrow and The Flash. While viewers might succumb to Gotham City fatigue and not tune in, Batwoman will be a genre milestone as the first superhero show with a lesbian lead. 

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Dancing on Common Ground

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Jenna Belhumeur and Madison Margolin for Tablet Magazine 

Psytrance music bridges the divide between secular and religious Jews in Israel

Shahar Zirkin had been driving in circles on a dark, wooded road outside Haifa, until finally, he spotted a piece of toilet paper strung delicately among the branches of a tree. He turned left, driving slowly, looking for more toilet paper “signs” until he could hear thick, subbass frequencies, punctuated with synthesized audio effects in the distance. To the untrained ear, it might have sounded like the soundtrack to an intergalactic space journey; to Zirkin, a DJ-cum-biochemist and founder of Israel’s annual Doof music festival, it was the familiar sound of psytrance—a subgenre of electronic music. As he approached, the beats reverberated through the woods from the underground, neon-lit party, reminiscent of festivals in the Negev desert or in forests up north, or even on the Indian beaches of Goa.

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jewish-food - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Avi Katz for JoyofKosher


Who would've thought of combining the American classic hot dog with a famous Israeli food? Only a chef who thinks outside the box. 

You must try this unique combination of wrapping falafel around a hot dog and frying it to golden perfection. The falafel dog, created by my mentor Chef Shelly Ostrow of Holy Cow in Memphis, TN, is a Southern favorite with an Israeli twist which your whole family will enjoy.

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DIY Rosh Hashanah Food Gifts

children-and-families - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

By Jessica Halfin for Hadassah Magazine

During the busy High Holiday season, crafting thoughtful presents for those we care about might be low down on our to-do list. Yet presents and chagim go hand in hand. On Rosh Hashanah, the extra effort is worth it. There is always a beloved family member, school teacher, dear friend or an earnest mailman thankful to receive a token of appreciation.

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