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Did you know that there’s a new Jewish parenting podcast?

children-and-families - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
From Kveller

It’s true: Kveller.com just launched a shiny new podcast, Call Your Mother.

Hosted by all-star writers Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna, Call Your Mother offers a sharp, sassy take on all the ups and downs of parenting while Jewish. Each episode includes an interview with a notable Jewish mom — including comedian Judy Gold and celebrity chef Einat Admony — who will shed new light on everything from addiction and anti-Semitism to sex and the Supreme Court.

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

jewish-books - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Sandee Brawarsky for The Jewish Week


‘I Never Dreamt That I Was The (Family) Secret’

Dani Shapiro’s Connecticut home has sepia portraits of her late father as a child and members of his distinguished Orthodox family on the walls, photographs she has known all of her life. These faces have, in silence, supported her, spoken to her, even comforted her. Her identity is stamped by theirs.

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New hope for pediatric burn scars using Israeli lasers

israeil-news - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Youngest burn victims benefit from Israel’s pioneering expertise in CO2 lasers at Sheba Medical Center’s new I-PEARLS Center of Excellence.


Mira from Jerusalem was severely burned in a bus fire when she was seven. But despite the loss of an eye, an arm, both ears and most of one foot, six years later Mira is not only alive but smiling.

Recently she became the first patient to be treated in the I-PEARLS (Israel Pediatric Aesthetic and Reconstructive Laser Surgery) Center of Excellence at Sheba Medical Center under the direction of world-renowned burn specialists Josef Haik and Arie Orenstein.

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Words are weapons of peace in Jewish-Arab dialogue groups

interfaith - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Interacting with ‘the other’ can create a path toward reconciliation and mutual understanding, say leaders of a range of groups with similar goals.

On November 1, 2018, the Interfaith Encounter Association inaugurated its 100th dialogue group in Israel. This wasn’t headline news, but for founder and executive director Yehuda Stolov, it was another stepping stone on the path to peace.

The IEA is one of several organizations facilitating dialogue among people from all sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Kosher Food: What Makes Food Kosher or Not

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am

The word "kosher" literally means "fit" or "appropriate."

Ask an average person to describe kosher food and they might say it is food “blessed by a rabbi.” The word “kosher,” however, is Hebrew for “fit” or “appropriate” and describes the food that is suitable for a Jew to eat. With its roots in the Hebrew Bible, the system of defining which foods are kosher was developed by the rabbis of late antiquity. Its application to changing realities has been the work of subsequent generations, including our own.

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Israeli Company That Extracts Water From Air Launches Home Device For Cool Water On Tap

green-living - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Diana Rabba, NoCamels

Israeli company Watergen (also Water-gen), known for developing patented technology that turns air into drinking water, is launching an at-home appliance that it says will drastically change the water consumption industry.

The device, dubbed the “Genny,” is a water generator capable of producing between 25-30 liters (6.6-7.9 gallons) of water per day using the company’s GENius technology.

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The Black Cohens

featured-articles - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Rich Cohen for Tablet Magazine

The scattering of African-Americans named Cohen in the NFL is just the tip of a deeper American Cohen tale

In my house, we are forever on the lookout for outstanding athletes named Cohen. We believe such figures will open our minds to alternate futures and possibilities. We have enough lawyers and endocrinologists, enough journalists and accountants. We have plenty of criminals, but they tend to be of the white-collar variety. We want people who can advance the ball, play the body, work above the rim. Which is why I was so pleased when the Chicago Bears, my favorite football team, selected, with a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, its second “Cohen” in five years. There’d been Landon Cohen, who’d played 13 games as defensive tackle for the Bears in 2013. Now there’d be Tarik Cohen, a fleet running back. He was ours and we’d take him—“Tarik Cohen Had Some Bears Fans Searching for Jewish Connection,” is how the Chicago Tribune headlined it—though he did not fit the profile of a typical congregant of North Shore Congregation Israel.

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weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am

Exodus 25:1–27:19

By Daniel Nevins, JTS

A Symbol of Peace

The Arch of Titus in Rome is simultaneously one of the saddest and most exciting places for a Jew to stand. It is but a short distance from the Colosseum, the stadium made famous by its cruel sports, built with money plundered from the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. Titus’s Arch celebrates the destruction of our Temple, a building designated by Isaiah to be a house of prayer for all nations. A bas-relief sculpture on the arch’s inner walls depicts a sickening scene: the triumphant display of the Temple’s sacred objects, the Menorah most prominent among them, along with a pathetic procession of enslaved Jews.

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Bring ADL to Your School or Community

young-adults - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
From the ADL Website 


Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in high schools and on college campuses. Have your children been a target? Will they, or you, know what to do if it happens to them?


Rely on ADL’s expertise


Do you want to make your school and community more respectful? ADL is on your side and here to help. You can request through this website or through your regional ADL office that we bring any number of programs to support and deepen your efforts. For example, we educate teachers and students against bullying and bias. And we work with community leaders and train law enforcement personnel to understand hate crimes and discrimination—how to spot them and how to work together to combat them.


Find out how you can bring ADL education programs to your child's school.

Why Making Hebrew Nonbinary Is So Crucial

LGBTQ - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
Aviya Kushner for The Forward


The Israeli poet Yona Wallach memorably wrote that “Hebrew is a sex maniac.” Wallach, who died in 1985, was no stranger to attention-grabbing subjects: One of her poems discusses sex with tefillin.

Today, pronouns are a hot topic, and Wallach’s poem “Hebrew,” which explains why gender-neutral language is easier to accomplish in English, is the perfect place to begin thinking about why that is.


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Canadian Archives Acquires Nazi Study of North American Jewry

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
Five Towns Jewish Times

A rare booklet just acquired by the Canadian National Archives contains a Nazi study of North American Jewry apparently intended to facilitate their annihilation in the event of a Nazi victory over the United States and Canada.

According to Israeli news site Mako, the book was written by German linguist Heinz Klaus, a Nazi researcher who traveled to the United States in 1936. Using a network of American Nazi supporters, he compiled information on the Jewish communities in North America into a report published in 1944.

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Ten of the best Israeli shows to watch on Netflix and Amazon!

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Francine Wolfisz for JewishNews.Times of Israel

Ten reasons why Israel is now the go-to nation for original TV drama

When Israel celebrated its 20th Independence Day in 1968, another milestone was gladly reached when black-and-white images of the parade were filmed for the first time by a state broadcaster and shown to the nation.

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Short Ribs Are Back

jewish-food - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Joan Nathan for Tablet Magazine

This lowly cut of beef, once popular for Jewish holiday meals in Eastern Europe, takes on the flavors of Morocco

In the “old country,” when people wanted something special for Friday night or holidays, they braised flanken, what many of us now call short ribs. They had no “brisket” as we know it—what we call brisket, now a staple for Jewish holiday meals, is an American cut of beef. In Europe, their cut was smaller, cheaper, fattier, and less uniform as it was difficult to saw around the bones.

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Parshat Terumah

children-and-families - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Rafael Kushick from BimBam.com 


Make family time fun time by watching Torah parshiot (portion) videos together then discussing them at the dinner table, at bedtime, while driving, or whenever.


Even the Torah has something to say about design and architecture.


Parshat Terumah asks the question, what would YOU build to house your most precious possessions? Who would you hire as the architect? Furniture designer Rafael Kushick helps us understand the divinely architected blueprints for the holiest – and most confusing – building project ever attempted.

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Descendants of Crypto-Jews in ‘Gateway to the Moon’

jewish-books - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Amy Klein for Hadassah Magazine 


In the epic Gateway to the Moon: A Novel, Mary Morris follows seven generations of the de Torres family from 15th-century Spain to the hills of New Mexico in 1992. The saga connects the thread between the conversos and their descendants—poor, simple Catholics practicing strange traditions whose origins they no longer remember and who are beset with a yearning they don’t understand.


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7 amazing robots based on animals

israeil-news - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c 

Forget robots that look like humans, the next generation of robots will be based on animals – from snakes to locusts and even a robotic octopus that can study the ocean floor.

When it comes to robots, science fiction has conditioned us to think of androids – bipedal machines approximating the human form. But the next generation of robots may be based on very different types of animals: snakes, flies, locusts and even the multi-tentacle octopus.

Israeli scientists are hard at work on just such contraptions. Here’s a look at seven of the most fascinating designs that can help with everything from exploring our insides to cleaning up the mess we make on the planet.

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Mosque in Ilford steps in to put on Holocaust exhibition

interfaith - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Simon Rocker for TheJC

Event about Muslims who saved Jews finds venue after Golders Green Islamic centre pulled out

(England) An exhibition about Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Second World War which was cancelled by an Islamic centre in Golders Green was hosted by a mosque in Ilford on Sunday.

Bashir Chaudhry, chairman of the Muslim Community Centre, said the exhibition was an “eye-opener” and he would encourage others to see it.

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Jewish Custom (Minhag) Versus Law (Halacha)

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
MyJewishLearning Staff

Though often widely practiced, customs are not considered mandatory by traditional Jews.


A Jewish custom — known in Hebrew as a minhag — is a religious practice that, though sometimes very widely practiced, does not carry the force of Jewish law and is thus not considered mandatory by traditional Jews.

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New shark migration to Israel opens rare research window

green-living - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Dozens of sharks have begun congregating off the coast of Hadera each winter. Israeli scientists are trying to find out why, and how to protect them.

Judy and Sylvie had such a great time on their last Israeli Mediterranean vacation that they’ve returned again this winter. And it looks like they brought a bunch of friends along – fellow sharks, that is.

In a small, shallow area off the northern city of Hadera, 30 female dusky sharks – including Judy and Sylvie — and nine male sandbar sharks have been tagged over the past four winter seasons by marine biologists from the Morris Kahn Marine Research Station of the Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.

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From ‘Y’ to ‘J’: The History of Jewish Community Centers

featured-articles - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Jenna Weissman Joselit for Tablet Magazine


How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits

If there’s one thing the American Jewish community has in abundance, it’s critics. “There are no colors gloomy enough to paint too morbidly” the present condition of the Jews, notes one of their number. A “baleful fog of indifference hover[s] over Judaism,” chimes in another. The synagogues are empty, more “grand vacuum” than grand house of worship, and young people today are “loud in dress, louder in commonplace and empty words,” or, worse still, apt to be “atheists, agnostics, or nothingarians,” adds a third and then a fourth naysayer.

Sound familiar? You’ve heard it all before, I’m sure. Even so, it might come as a bit of a surprise to learn that every single one of these observations dates from the late 19th century.

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