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Here’s The Millennial Jewish Dating State Of The Union

young-adults - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By Jenny Singer for The Forward


It was mid-week, and dreary, and the millennial dating panel was my third Jewish non-profit visit of the day. I had already finished a day of work at the Forward, and gone to a meeting at a synagogue, and by the time I rushed uptown to the offices of the UJA-Federation, I was exhausted and a little resentful that I’d agreed to go — who exactly was the audience of a weeknight panel of random “dating” professionals, thrown by a Jewish non-profit? Over-involved parents? Truly desperate singles? I hoped for the event to include crackers, or punch, or something, envisioning sitting with about a dozen others in folding chairs in a threadbare church basement.


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VETCH: A magazine of trans poetry and poetics

LGBTQ - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
From Vetch

 

Editor’s  Note: It  is  difficult  to  introduce  something  unfinished.  Vetch  is,  as  far  as  any  of  its  editors  know,  the  first  journal  devoted  entire-ly  to  poems  by  trans  people. 

We  founded  Vetch  to  combat  a  few  problems.  The  greatest  is  silence,  a  dearth  of  published  work  by  trans  poets  dealing  with  trans  themes  (a  silence  which  makes  no  sense,  considering  the  trans  poets  currently  at  work). 

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BRITISH JEWS APPLY FOR GERMAN CITIZENSHIP IN DRAMATIC NUMBERS

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By JTA from CJN.com


British Jews are applying for German citizenship in dramatic numbers, seeking a second European Union passport under a law designed to repatriate Jews whose families lost their German citizenship under the Nazis.

The number of Britons seeking German citizenship rose from 43 in 2015 to 1,667 last year.

 

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The Call of the (Ladino) Brunette

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
YouTube.com

 

Sefaradi Sounds 


Noam Vazana’s Moroccan-born grandmother used to sing to her in Ladino. Listen as Vazana (aka Nani, the nickname her grandmother lovingly gave her) performs a whispering and velvety version of the Ladino classic, Morenica (“The call of the brunette”).

 

Vazana has plans to record the world’s first Ladino pop album under Vazana’s stage name, Nani — her grandmother’s nickname for her.


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Yet Another Way to Eat Your Spinach

jewish-food - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By Yotam Ottolenghi for The New York Times


A long stint in a lot of oil transforms the green into something totally different — or maybe its truest self.


Tunisian Jews make a condiment called pkaila or bkeila, which is extraordinary. It is prepared by cooking down plenty of spinach for hours in a generous quantity of oil. The spinach — Swiss chard is often used as well — loses all its water, and very slowly fries in the oil, resulting in a small amount of greasy paste as black as crude oil, which is used to flavor all kinds of soups and stews.

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There's a new way to keep your child from developing a peanut allergy

children-and-families - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


Research suggests kids with moms who eat peanuts while breastfeeding are less likely to develop allergies when they're older.


When it comes to peanut allergies, there's a growing body of knowledge that points to early exposure as a highly successful prevention method.

And now, the evidence mounts, with a new study from researchers in Canada that suggests children whose mothers eat peanuts or peanut-based foods while breastfeeding are less likely to develop the allergy themselves.

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A Leap of ‘Faith’

jewish-books - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By David P. Goldman for Tablet Magazine 


Taking on the New Atheists, Scott Shay’s new book sparks a conversation about the existence of God


Scott Shay is a banker, not a rabbi or professor. He’s a founder and chairman of Signature Bank, a New York lender catering to local middle-market businesses and one of the financial success stories of the past decade. He dedicates a large part of his time to Jewish community work—the Chai Mitzvah movement, the local Jewish Federation, his Modern Orthodox synagogue Kehilath Jeshurun—and in 2006 published a well-received book about Jewish outreach and engagement through community initiatives.

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Three Israeli Firms Among TIME Magazine's 50 “Genius Companies” for 2018

israeil-news - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
NoCamels Team


Three Israeli companies were among 50 ventures selected by TIME Magazine for its list of 50 “genius companies” for 2018 published late last week and available in newsstands.

It is the first annual “genius companies” list by the esteemed American magazine, known for its hard-hitting cover photos. The publication said it asked its vast network of editors and correspondents “to nominate businesses that are inventing the future,” and evaluated candidates “based on key factors, including originality, influence, success, and ambition.”


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Conservative Movement Gives Rabbis Green Light To Attend Intermarriages

interfaith - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By Ari Feldman for The Forward


The Conservative movement’s central authority on Jewish law has announced that rabbis can attend weddings between Jews and non-Jews.

 

The decision overturns over four decades of assumptions that the movement’s rabbis could be kicked out simply for being a guest at an interfaith wedding. Over the years, rabbis skipped out on countless weddings of close friends and family members lest they get found out, and end up sacrificing their careers.

 

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What Is Reconstructionist Judaism?

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
myjewishlearning.com 


The smallest and youngest of the so-called "big four" American Jewish denominations.


Reconstructionist Judaism is a politically and religiously progressive Jewish movement that is the smallest and youngest of the so-called “big four” American Jewish denominations. It encompasses roughly 100 synagogues in the United States and a handful overseas and is the only one of the major movements that was established in the United States.

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Israelis develop system for cleaning industrial pollution

green-living - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


The two-step process uses lightly heated solvents to extract organic compounds, while simultaneously removing heavy metals with chelating agents.


A new process under development in Israel could provide the economical, earth-friendly solution many industries seek for cleaning up soil, sludge and sediment polluted by their activities.


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The Flight of the Righteous Gentile

featured-articles - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By The Scroll for Tablet Magazine 


Meet ‘Roland,’ a German house painter on his way to Tel Aviv to volunteer renovating houses for Holocaust survivors


It’s not often that a Hasidic rabbi’s Facebook post goes viral but that’s what happened Wednesday when Rabbi Zalmen Wishedsk uploaded a photo that showed him smiling next to a man he identified as “Roland,” his neighbor in the window seat on a flight from Switzerland to Israel.

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Vayera

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am

Genesis 18:1–22:24 


BY AMY KALMANOFSKY, JTS


Women of Faith


Abraham passed God’s litmus test of faith. God commands Abraham to take his beloved son Isaac to the land of Moriah and kill him. Faithful Abraham does not hesitate. Genesis 22 may be the most loved and hated story in the Torah by every reader, no matter what their faith. Certainly, generations of Jews have struggled to make sense of this story, and of the father and God it portrays. Rashi, the 11th-century French commentator, cannot bear to think that God intended Abraham to kill Isaac. He writes: “God did not say ‘kill him [שחטהו],’ because the Holy One Blessed Be He did not want him to kill him. Rather, God commanded Abraham to “bring him up [להעלותו]” with the intention to give Isaac the status of being an offering” (on Gen. 22:2).

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For Students Like Me, Anti-BDS But Critical Of Israel, There’s No Place On Campus

young-adults - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
By Emma Wergeles for The Forward 


All eyes have been on University of Michigan, my university, these past few weeks, thanks to some controversial incidents: two professors refusing to write recommendations for students seeking to study in Israel and a required seminar class comparing Israel’s Prime Minister to Hitler.

 

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When a Queer Feminist Professor is Accused of Harassment

LGBTQ - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
by Sharrona Pearl for the Lilith Blog


We defend our friends. It’s natural. It’s powerful. It’s what friendship is all about. Certainly Avital Ronell’s friends— the most powerful philosophers in academe, for what it’s worth—wanted to defend her from the recently revealed allegations that she’d sexually harassed one of her male graduate students. The Title IX complaint by Nimrod Reitman  resulted in her year-long suspension from NYU.

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In Denmark, the world’s only happy Holocaust commemoration event

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (JTA) — All over the world, Holocaust commemoration events follow a certain protocol.

Somber affairs where participants dress in dark colors and modestly, they usually feature a soulful rendition of the “El Malei Rachamim,” prayer, or Merciful God, sung by an anguished cantor who names Nazi death camps and the horrible ways Jews were murdered there.

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Story of the Song | Women Wage Peace

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
From Yael Deckelbaum.com


The song "Prayer of the Mothers", was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”.

The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.

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Savor the Season with Libyan Jewish Pumpkin Spread

jewish-food - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
BY EMILY PASTER for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com


Forget the pumpkin spice lattes — try this tangy, savory pumpkin recipe this fall.


October is upon us. I know because my Instagram feed is full of decorative gourds and pumpkin spice lattes. But, as much as Americans truly love pumpkin, we are sometimes guilty of type-casting this nutritious vegetable as sweet and forget that pumpkin has a savory side too.

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Not Wasting: Bal Taschit

children-and-families - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
From BimBam.com


Learn about taking care of the environment with Gabi & Rafael as they help the Plonys clean up their act with BAL TASCHIT. Do not waste! Shaboom!


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The First Book of Jewish Jokes edited by Elliott Oring

jewish-books - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
BY EITAN KENSKY for Moment Magazine


It’s the inherent vice of joke books that their jokes are stale, wizened, practically in full beards. Paper doesn’t just flatten the delivery; it kills. (Take my joke—please!) There’s no joke teller, no emphasis on sound or detail, no voice. Lenny Bruce’s now-canonical “Jewish and Goyish” is funny because of the rhythm, and because of the intense personality it barely restrains. Joke books have no rhythm and no persons; they are disembodied words. The surprise of The First Book of Jewish Jokes is that a joke book from 1812 still sometimes shows a faint pulse. After all, when’s the last time you heard a good one about the learned philosopher Moses Mendelssohn?

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