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BRITAIN’S CHIEF RABBI SUPPORTS LGBT STUDENTS WITH SCHOOL GUIDE

LGBTQ - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
BY JTA in the Jerusalem Post


 
The booklet in some cases employs Torah values to show the school leaders how to teach students to deal with the issue, such as not speaking ill of others.


Britain’s chief rabbi published a guidebook for Orthodox Jewish schools to help them provide support for LGBT students in the Jewish community.

The guide by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls for a zero-tolerance approach to homophobic or transphobic bullying, despite a biblical prohibition against homosexual acts.

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Stanford researchers discover a 13,000-year-old beer brewery in Israel

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


And the taste? More like thin oatmeal than the crisp, refreshing brews we enjoy today.


Have we been drinking beer longer than we've been eating bread?

That's the question emerging from an exciting find in a cave near Haifa, Israel, from a team of archaeologists from Stanford University, the University of Haifa and the Polish Academy of Sciences. The team, led by Chinese archaeology professor Li Liu, found a 13,000-year-old stone mortar that "accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world,” Liu said.

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Meet David Fantle, Interviewer To The Golden Age Stars

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
PJ Grisar for The Forward


40 years ago David Fantle and his writing partner, Tom Johnson, saved up enough money from their summer jobs to fly to Los Angeles for interviews with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. They were 18-years-old Minnesotans with no credentials other than chutzpah and a love for Golden Age cinema. They had never done anything like it before and all it took was a snail mail request for sit downs with the two titans of cinematic dance.

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Falafel baked egg cups

jewish-food - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
BY JERRY JAMES STONE FOR FROMTHEGRAPEVINE


A one-of-a-kind baked breakfast starring your favorite Mediterranean street food.


If you thought you can't have falafel for breakfast, think again! Here is a delicious muffin tin falafel recipe where I bake the eggs inside. It's a great brunch idea or for breakfast on the go. It is all topped off with a spicy sour cream sauce. 


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Make a wearable mantle (Torah cover)

children-and-families - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am

 

This recipe is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

From ReformJudaism.org


Using an on old bed pillow cover for each child, cut a hole for the head in the end opposite the opening and two arm holes near the top of each side. Let each child use a variety of materials to decorate their mantle. Wear them to march with the Torahs.


 

Amos Oz on Challenging God, in Search of Justice

jewish-books - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
By Amos Oz for Hadassah Magazine


The Jews as a people are not disposed to obedience. Never have been. Moses could tell you how unaccustomed the Israelites are to being obedient. God Himself complains throughout the Bible that the Israelites are insubordinate: The people argue with Moses; Moses argues with God; Moses hands in his resignation and eventually backtracks, but only after negotiating with God, who gives in and accepts his main demands (Exodus 32:31-33). Abraham bargains with God over Sodom like a used-car salesman: Fifty righteous men? Forty? Thirty? Twenty? Would you settle for ten? And when it turns out that there are not even ten righteous men in Sodom, Abraham does not beg God to forgive him for his impudence. On the contrary. He utters what might be the boldest words in the Bible: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly?” (Genesis 18:25). In other words: You may be the judge of this entire land, but you are not above the law.

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Developed in Israel, digital glasses offer hope to visually impaired

israeil-news - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
By: By: Leoni Jesner, Israel21c IN WIN/World Israel News


Groundbreaking digital eyewear now under development in Israel projects images only onto the healthy parts of eyes with retinal damage.

Israeli company ICI Vision has developed digital eyewear with the potential to give millions of legally blind people the ability to see.

The company’s Orama high-tech glasses are the brainchild of Haim Chayet, an Israeli optic physicist who was originally creating augmented-reality goggles for motorcyclists.

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Our Diverse Jewish Families

interfaith - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
From BuildingJewishBridges.org


This organization is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Have you thought about starting a similar organization in your area?


Last week we had a powerful discussion about parenting in a multiracial Jewish family. I was struck by a young Black Jew who said he wants his white parents to talk with him about racism.  We heard about slips of the tongue, misguided statements, things that we, the white majority can learn to do better. One mother in a multiracial family said, “I wish I’d brought all my white friends.”  We hear the ways in which parents anticipate difficulty and work to disarm it before it hits their children. I really wish we’d taped it. I’ll have to do that next time.

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Equality on Simchat Torah

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
From MeaningfulLifeCenter.com


On Simchat Torah we rejoice with the Torah. We celebrate the joy of being a Jew—the joy of a life defined by and permeated with the divine wisdom and will communicated to us at Mount Sinai.

But where is the Torah?

Where is the all-embracing wisdom of the Five Books of Moses, the inspiration of the Prophets, the music of the Psalms? Where is the brilliance of the Talmud, the guidance of the Shulchan Aruch, the mystique of the Kabbalistic writings?

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Billions of sterile mosquitos to eradicate Zika, malaria

green-living - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israel’s Senecio is testing its high-tech system for sorting, packaging and delivering sterile male mosquitos in the millions over infested areas.


Mosquito-borne illnesses, responsible for up to 750,000 deaths a year worldwide, include tropical killers such as malaria and dengue, along with terrifying upstarts like Zika, which can cause birth defects and have invaded parts of the southern United States.


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Anti-Semitism Among the WASP Elite

featured-articles - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
by Kitty Zeldis for The Lilith Blog


The idea for my novel Not Our Kind was born at Vassar College, where I was a student in the 1970s, where there was enough visible diversity to make a Jewish girl feel she was not alone. I encountered plenty of Jews, both students and faculty. Yet while I didn’t experience much overt anti-Semitism, I felt keenly aware that Vassar had historically excluded people like me—I was the “not our kind” of my eventual novel’s title. 

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Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am

Exodus 33:12-34:26; Maftir Numbers 29:17-22 


Rabbi Andy Shapiro Katz, Director of North American Engagement, Conservative Yeshiva 


The Torah portion for Sukkot, Leviticus 23, enumerates all of the holy days, from Shabbat through the seven Yamim Tovim (plural of Yom Tov), calling all of them moadim (6 times) and mikra'e kodesh(11 times). But in truth, Shabbat shouldn't be in this list. In the whole Torah, this is the only place where Shabbat is called a mo'ed or mikra kodesh, which makes sense because, as scholars have shown, mo'ed means a yearly "fixed time" related to the lunar calendar, and mikra kodesh means a sacred proclamation/ convocation.

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Harvard’s Jewish president wants to restore faith in higher education

young-adults - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Penny Schwartz for JTA


Lawrence Bacow, who began his new position as the Harvard president on July 1, and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, plan to spend some of the High Holidays at religious services at the Ivy League school’s Hillel. The Jewish couple met on the campus more than 40 years ago, when Bacow began Harvard Law School, he recalled.


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7 fantastic reasons to put Beersheva on your travel itinerary

LGBTQ - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Nicknamed B7, the unofficial capital of the Negev is emerging as an alternative cultural destination to bigger sisters Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.


When Gabe Axler and Ravit Greenberg moved to Israel from Chicago seven years ago, they banded together with other young couples to create an intentional community in the heart of Beersheva, the multiethnic unofficial capital of the Negev.


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Golfers enjoy gourmet BLTs delivered by drone onto course

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


North Dakota fairway is first in nation to offer the automated concierge service.


Waiting until you finish your round of golf to enjoy some food from the clubhouse restaurant is so 2017. Why is that? Because on Aug. 18, guests at the King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, North Dakota, experienced what was being called the first-ever food delivery service via drone on a golf course.

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Remembering the Emmys’ First Best Actress Winner

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 
 

Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women


Last week, many of us were glued to our TVs for the 70th annual Emmy Awards, waiting to see whether Rachel Brosnahan wins her first Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. But if you rooted for the star of the Jewish-est show on television, why not take the opportunity to learn about the winner of the very first Emmy for best actress, Gertrude Berg?

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SHABBAT MENU - SUKKOT COMFORT

jewish-food - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 
By TAMAR GENGER MA, RD for JoyofKosher 


The Sukkot holiday has a strong connection to agriculture.  It is a harvest festival and the perfect time to celebrate the rich bounty of the land with a vegetarian feast for Shabbat.  Maybe its just me, but don't we all need a little break from the abundance of meat?

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7 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Simchat Torah

children-and-families - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

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Simchat Torah is next week. Start planning.


After the High Holidays, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret, it’s time for Simchat Torah, the "Celebration of the Torah." On this special day, Jewish people around the world celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of the Torah reading. Many synagogues even unroll the entire Torah scroll for everyone to look at.

Since Simchat Torah is a joyful holiday, there are lots of wonderful ways to involve kids. Traditionally families dance, decorate flags, and start the next annual cycle of reading. Here are seven ways to mark Simchat Torah with your family:

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The Jewish Women Writers Who Made Their Mark on Café Culture

jewish-books - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
Shachar Pinsker is writing here as part of Jewish Book Council's Visiting Scribe series.


When I did research for my previous book Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, I asked myself: Where did Jewish writers and intellectuals who migrated to large cities at the turn of the 20th century live and work? Where did they find inspiration and a place to meet others? The answer I kept coming to repeatedly was the coffeehouse. I discovered that not only the allure of the café was very strong, but that it became a key site for the creation of modern Jewish culture, which is how I came to write my new book, A Rich Brew.

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Israeli medical team brings CPR skills to Africa

israeil-news - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


The Rambam team taught their local counterparts CPR equipment maintenance, case-management techniques, and basic and advanced resuscitation methods.


Into a country where medicine, manpower and equipment are all in short supply came the Israelis. Their goal: to teach advanced CPR in the heart of Africa.


A senior delegation from the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa recently gave an emergency medicine course to local doctors and nursing staff in the village of Nakuru, Kenya.


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