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Two paths
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Some people will tell you that if you put on tefillin in Brooklyn, you’ve reached the pinnacle of the Jewish journey, but it isn’t true. Other people will tell you we have to stay in exile until Mashiach arrives. But that isn’t true either. Hashem isn’t waiting for Mashiach. Before our very eyes, Hashem has brought millions of Jews back to Israel on His own, without waiting for Mashiach to do all the work.

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Rebuilding Jerusalem – what more could capture their hearts?
 

Posted on: May 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

It is no secret that American Jewry is being decimated by assimilation. The longer the Jewish community remains in America the more the assimilation will grow. So I ask – what’s the point in working to strengthen something that is destined to dwindle out and end? The exile is a curse which is not supposed to continue forever.

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A bunch of Hollywood starts visited an IAF base this week. I recognize the guy from House and the guy from the old ER right behind him. Anyone else?
 

Posted on: May 10th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

Not related to the image above which is just my treat to you, the same-sex story reminds me of the joke about a guy sitting in the park, starting a light chat with a young woman. After a while, the conversation kind of dies down and the two drift into silence. So the young woman […]

Aish HaTorah
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Not only are the streets of Jerusalem inundated with the smoke of burning embers; but hillsides and streets all over the country are lit up with the fiery love of Torah which kindles in every heart. Not only the streets, but the smoke of these holy bonfires penetrates into every single apartment and house, like the aroma of incense on the Temple’s altar, penetrating through windows and concrete walls to reveal the inner spirit of every Israeli soul, of every Israeli home.

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Prof. Yosef Garfinkel with one of the two small containers, one of clay and one of stone that were unearthed at Khirbet Qeiyafa near Beit Shemesh and are believed to be the first-ever archaeological evidence of a Judean cult dating from the time of Kong David.
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

Our roundup today concludes with parental anxieties, which all of us with and without children share. It reminded me of the joke about a father and his son who go into a restaurant and order soup. The soup arrives boiling hot, but the steam was trapped below the grease. The son drank a spoonful and […]

Hugo Stiglitz
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

My considerable experience with bad people is: showing weakness to them never, ever works. Not ever. Never. As evidenced by the entire arc of human, and Jewish, history.

Madonna
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

The secularists and atheists in my life don’t know enough about Judaism to know how big of deal this is, so they tend to look at my journey as a mildly exotic lifestyle choice – like a phase Madonna might go through – before they focus on the real issue at hand: circumcision.

Oketz is the IDF elite canine unit, trained to operate in every combat contingency.
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

One of the questions posed to PM Netanyahu and his new coalition bride Shaul Mofaz by one of those pesky Israeli TV reporters was: Only a short while ago, Mofaz called Bibi a liar. Now the two of you are headed into a long-term marriage (a year and a half is eternity in Israeli politics). […]

If I were Prime Minister
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Now that everyone is talking about elections, I’m thinking of throwing my kippah into the ring. In all modesty, my novels have won me a pretty fair following in the religious community, so I could very well garner the necessary number of votes to get elected to the Knesset.

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Posted on: May 8th, 2012

BlogsThe Muqata

A joint JoeSettler-Jameel post.  Left behind in the wake of Netanyahu’s surprise unity maneuver are some serious winners and loser. There is no doubt that elections would have shaken things up, but this unity coalition shakes up things even more. What Netanyahu managed to do today is of historic proportions and has some serious ramifications […]

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Love a woman in uniform. A tank instructor during her training course surfaces for a second to say hello.
 

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

This Jewish guy gets to a small town out in the hinterland, and in his kosher traveler’s guide he finds a motel that’s run by a Jewish lady. Sunday morning the church bells are ringing and he hears the motel owner yelling out: Jimmy, the bells are ringing, time to go to church! So the […]

New York City subway
 

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

I was Jew-bashed, and almost killed, before I had my first thought of becoming a Jew.

On Broadway
 

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

On a friend’s recommendation, I went to see the Broadway musical Godspell. I found myself watching Jesus get hoisted on a cross by Judas Iscariot, surrounded by an audience with tears and/or rage in their eyes. At that moment, being the only person in the room with a Kippah on his head…made me stand out. But I forced myself to stay. Because I had never experienced this as a Jew.

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Dennis Prager
 

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to great speakers. As a word-lover, I have to keep an eye on this predisposition, the same way a wine-lover must be careful about that second glass.

“Honor your father and mother that you may live long in the Land that the Lord your God gives to you.”
 

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When I finally made aliyah, I knew lots of people, and was already half “Israeli”. I lived in Jerusalem with the saintly old lady I had met on my first visit, and spent my days running around with Rabbi Hazani, designing street posters and helping him with the campaign to free the Jewish Underground until he dragged me to the Machon Meir Yeshiva

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Provocation by any other name… The "Slut Walk" parade went through the center of Jerusalem on Friday, May 4, to protest gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Meanwhile, Police have prohibited the Women in Green's walk around Jerusalem's walls on Tisha B'Av.
 

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

Happy New Week. I’m trying a topical approach to my roundup, so I went trolling for new, interesting things about Lag Ba’Omer (only a couple of days ahead), the ‘Asifa’ in Citi Field, and stam interesting Jewish tidbits. Let me know if this format works for you, I’m trying new things. There’s a classifieds ad […]

"Please, G-d, accept these pills as my sins….”
 

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

"Dear God," I said. "I don’t know why you have come into my life and done this great miracle for me. But I am certainly grateful, and I would like to make You happy some way in return. Tell me what You want me to do, and I will do it."

These houses were built in the 1920s in the settlement of Tel Aviv, formerly Ahuzat Beit.
 

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

It’s the 12th of Iyar. On this day in the year 70, Roman General Titus breached the middle wall of Jerusalem (it was June 5 back then). It’s the yahrzeit (in 1778) of Reb Shmuel Shmelke Halevi Horowitz of Nikolsburg. On his first day as the Rabbi of Nikolsburg, he made it rain. It was […]

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It's Methuselah Day
 

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

It's Iyar 11, the yahrzeit of Methuselah at the 969 years of age (according to one opinion). I suppose on this day Jewish geezers go down to the park and pass judgment on the pigeons (You call that pecking?). It's also the yahrzeit, in 1884, of Judah Philip Benjamin, the second Jewish senator in U.S. history (from Louisiana), who also served in the cabinet of President Jefferson Davis (yes, yes, they lost).

Tzvi Fishman, then.
 

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

My bar-mitzvah ceremony was held in a Unitarian church. To me, that’s a perfect symbol for being a Jew in America, where you are totally immersed in a foreign, gentile culture. Even if you live in a strictly-kosher ghetto, the World Series, Michael Jackson, Christmas decorations, the Oscars, and the NY Daily News are waiting for you the minute you cross the street.

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