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“Jat Mahibathi” (“My Love is Coming”)

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
From American Sephardi Federation


Members of the Israeli World Music sensation, Yemen Blues, including Yemenite-Israeli vocalist Ravid Kahlani, visited an Arab coffee house in Jerusalem’s Old City to perform “Jat Mahibathi” (“My Love is Coming”) a song from their first album, Yemen Blues.  

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What's With The Cheese

jewish-food - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
From Jewish Treats


There are few types of food with as many variations as cheese. Like all dairy products, only cheese that has been made with the milk of a kosher animal can be kosher. (For those celebrating August’s National Goat Cheese Month, that’s good news, since goats are kosher animals.)

Unlike milk or butter, however, the qualifications for kashrut are a bit more complicated than simply the source of the dairy. In fact, there is a specific prohibition in the Talmud against the consumption of gvinat akum, literally the cheese of heathens.

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Baked Asian-Inspired Meatballs Are an Easy Kid-Friendly Dinner

children-and-families - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
by Shannon Sarna for Kveller


As a parent, there are basically three things I am constantly doing: buying new shoes, picking up toys from the floor, and looking for new dinner ideas that my kids will actually eat (something other than mac & cheese or chicken fingers).

 

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Torah and the Thermodynamics of Life: An Interview with Jeremy England

jewish-books - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Rachel Scheinerman for Jewish Review of Books
 

We frequently hear from theologians who reckon with the relationship between religion and science, but it is less common to hear from accomplished scientists on the subject. I spoke with Jeremy England, a research scientist whose work on the origins of life has led some to speculate he might be the next Darwin. This acclaim has resulted in England being described in a recent Dan Brown novel as “the toast of Boston academia, having caused a global stir,” though as England, who is an observant Jew, was quick to point out in The Wall Street Journal Brown misunderstood the implications of his research for religion. I had an opportunity to ask him about his work as a scientist, his Jewish commitment, and how those two reinforce one another.

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In Europe, religious minorities face mounting hostility, harassment

interfaith - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Tom Heneghan for Religion News Service

 

PARIS (RNS) — A decade ago, Austria was a European country where Muslims felt they could live in peace. Islam was a recognized religion since 1912, the population seemed tolerant and the government maintained a constructive dialogue with community leaders.


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Israeli salt company saves water fowl, opens birdwatching

green-living - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Seagulls and little terns saved from extinction by ecological islands, and other feathered friends, can be observed from new birdwatching stations.


Salt extraction and sustainability don’t instinctively go together. But executives at the Israeli company Salt of the Earth, which has extracted salt from the Red Sea and Mediterranean since 1922, noticed that many migratory birds were using Israel’s salt ponds as nesting areas as they pass through the region every fall and spring.

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Can American and Israeli Jews Stay Together as One People?

featured-articles - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
NATAN SHARANSKY AND GIL TROY for Mosaic


Long-festering strains between the world’s two largest communities jeopardize the prospects of a shared Jewish future. Here’s how to alleviate the impasse and show a way forward.


In its recently released survey comparing Jewish opinion in the U.S. and Israel, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) once again confirmed the growing gulf between the world’s two largest Jewish communities. In key areas ranging from politics to public prayer, from prime ministers to presidents, from peoplehood to peace processing, large gaps separate American Jews from their Israeli counterparts. Worried stories in the press followed the report’s release, with one essay ominously concluding: “The End of the Jewish People Is Here.”

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Eikev

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am

DEUTERONOMY 7:12–11:25 


BY TIM DANIEL BERNARD, JTS


Walking in God’s Paths


Walking at our own pace creates an unadulterated feedback loop between the rhythm of our bodies and our mental state that we cannot experience as easily when we’re jogging at the gym, steering a car, biking, or during any other kind of locomotion. . . . When we choose a path through a city or forest, our brain must survey the surrounding environment, construct a mental map of the world, settle on a way forward, and translate that plan into a series of footsteps.
—Ferris Jabr, “Why Walking Helps Us Think,” The New Yorker (September 2014)

Three times in Parashat Eikev, we are instructed to walk in God’s paths (Deut. 8:6, 10:12, 11:22). The context clearly indicates the meaning of the phrase: the Torah is telling us to observe its laws. In fact, the same root as the verb walk, ה.ל.כ, is found in halakhah (הלכה), Jewish law. Perhaps, then, walking can teach us something about what following Jewish law might look like.

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Q&A for Teens: Teens & Respect

young-adults - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
by Lauren Roth for aish.com


Practical advice for parents and teenagers to feel respected by each other.


Dear Lauren,

I'm a mother of two teens, ages 11 and 14, and lately I'm so desperate to join a weekly parenting group, because things constantly come up and I'm always double-guessing if I handled situations the best way possible. For example: I find my kids do almost nothing around the house for chores: do I ignore? Or implement something?

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At the Intersection of Queer and Jewish: A Reflection

LGBTQ - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
BY MARQUES HOLLIE for ReformJudaism.org


I first knew I was queer around the age of 12 and came out sometime between the ages of 13 and 14; that was almost 20 years ago. For as long as I can remember, Pride has always sparked conflicting feelings inside me. On one hand, yes, the notion of Pride is a revelation and we should continue to celebrate the hard-won battles we’ve fought in our quest for equality.


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Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel

israeil-news - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Daniel Gordis for Bloomberg.com


Is this the sort of nation Israelis want?


Almost a decade ago, shortly before their wedding, my daughter and her fiancé decided that the ceremony would not be performed by a rabbi associated with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Both religiously observant, they found the Chief Rabbinate’s attitude to women and to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism reprehensible; they were determined to use the occasion of their wedding, at which numerous politically and socially prominent Israelis would be present, to make that point.

They asked me to perform the wedding. As a Conservative rabbi ordained in the U.S. (and thus not recognized by the Israeli Rabbinate), I technically violated Israel’s 1953 Marriage and Divorce Law. This can be punished with a two-year prison sentence. We made the occasional quip about my getting arrested for performing my own daughter’s wedding, but we were never worried. Many rabbis had done this before, and none had ever been arrested.

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What's With The Cheese

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
From Jewish Treats


There are few types of food with as many variations as cheese. Like all dairy products, only cheese that has been made with the milk of a kosher animal can be kosher. (For those celebrating August’s National Goat Cheese Month, that’s good news, since goats are kosher animals.)

Unlike milk or butter, however, the qualifications for kashrut are a bit more complicated than simply the source of the dairy. In fact, there is a specific prohibition in the Talmud against the consumption of gvinat akum, literally the cheese of heathens.

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An Israeli wrestler calls himself ‘The Chutzpah,’ and Europe loves to hate him

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ for The Times of Israel from JTA


Whether dealing a 'krav maga kick' to challenger's groin, or patented 'Chosen People's elbow,' Leeor Brooks plays up Jewish stereotypes as a wrestling villain -- and it's working


Like many Israelis visiting Europe, Leeor Brooks is keenly aware of his compatriots’ reputation abroad for rudeness.


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The Vital Energies, Especially Musical, of Israel's Desert Towns

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
Aryeh Tepper for Mosaic


A letter from the “development town” of Ofakim, where Jews from North Africa are helping to forge a new Israeli culture.


Ofakim is a working-class city of 30,000 people in southern Israel, twenty minutes west of Be’er Sheva, the regional capital, and thirty minutes from Gaza’s Mediterranean coast. Conventionally referred to as a “development town,” Ofakim was established in 1955 with the aim of drawing newly arriving immigrants away from Israel’s central coastal region and strengthening the country’s hold on the sparsely populated Negev desert.

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Mukimame and za'atar patties

jewish-food - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Sarah F. Berkowitz for FromtheGrapevine


These gorgeous green soybean patties make a fabulous meal with a side of tahini and Israeli salad.


Living in the South, I hear a lot about fritters and frying – whether it’s okra, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, or one of many other formerly unknown foods. And I have a lot of fun merging these Southern gems with my Israeli roots – like in these soybean patties spiced with Mediterranean za’atar spice. The tahini drizzle is a perfect finish for these gorgeous, green patties, and a side of Israeli salad makes it a complete meal (pita optional!).

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The Ultimate Summer Snack, Courtesy of Israel

children-and-families - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
BY SHANNON SARNA for Kveller


These Limonana Ice Pops Will Be Your Summer Savior


For the last few years I have spent several weeks of my summer working and vacationing in Israel, spending a significant amount of time in beachy Tel Aviv. It’s hot. It’s humid. And it was absolutely wonderful, spending many days at the beach or sitting at cafes drinking lattes and icy limonana.

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Lovesick: Stefan Zweig’s ‘Letter From an Unknown Woman’

jewish-books - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Alexander Aciman


Bookworm: The Austrian novelist dissects a broken heart


Dying of flu, a woman sends a letter to the man she has loved all her life—a man who would not know her from a stranger in the street. If he has received this letter, she warns, it means that she has died; otherwise the letter will be torn up. Over the next 70 pages she describes the first time they met, when she was a young girl, then the second time, when she was 18, and finally the third time, years later, when still unable to recognize her, he would pay for an evening of her time as a prostitute. She tells the story of life in the shadow of someone else, of a love from afar, not just unrequited, but unacknowledged, kept secret from the world except for in this letter.

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What Jews and Arabs think about Gaza might surprise you

interfaith - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
From Israel Unwired

 

There is so much more that unites Jews and Arabs than divides us. Unfortunately, there are always those Arabs, like Hamas, who resort to violence and murder that tear our society apart.


Jews and Arabs

Jews and Arabs can live together. Under Jewish rule in the Jewish State of Israel, Arab and Muslims have full equality. They serve as Supreme Court Justices, police officers, Parliament Members etc. All jobs are open to them. Israeli hospitals are filled with Jewish and Arab doctors and nurses as well as patients from both populations.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love

interfaith - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
by Kristin Posner; This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


When InterfaithFamily asked me to write a post for Tu B’Av, I have to admit, I had to do some research: Tu B’Av is not widely celebrated in my Reform Jewish community in San Francisco.

One of the most interesting Intro to Judaism classes I took at my temple was a class on the Jewish calendar. Jewish time is determined by the sun and primarily by the moon, making it a lunisolar calendar. The calendar is so beautifully and thoughtfully designed to punctuate the year with rituals that help us heal, reflect, mark time and celebrate. Many Jewish holidays were designed to take place on the brightest night of the month, during the full moon. Tu B’Av is one of those nights.


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Kids grow salad greens on an urban concrete schoolyard

green-living - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
 

Hydroponic hothouse program introduces disadvantaged girls to organic, sustainable veggies and herbs for eating and selling.
 

Photos of smiling kids planting, picking and eating vegetables line the hallways of a school for girls in an impoverished Jerusalem neighborhood. The pictures were taken in the hydroponic hothouse the girls have tended for the past three years on their concrete playground.

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