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A Brit Mila in the Jewish Community in Paris
 

Will Israeli Embassies in Europe Expand Services to Include Brit Mila and Shechitah?

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

The proposal will allow European Jews to use the extraterritorial status of the Israeli embassy to legally perform Brit Mila.

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According to Israel Radio, things had gone a little out of hand near the end, and the WOW had to sneak out of there through a side exit, as Haredi men were cursing them out and one man was arrested on suspicion of spitting and throwing stuff at them.
 

200 WOW Drowned Out by 10,000 Seminary Girls

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

No one was really hurt, and that's what really counts. Eat your heart out, Pew Institute, down here we're all Orthodox Jews…

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They are a brilliant billboard ad in favor of intermarriage. They're sane and attractive trailblazers in a new America in which Jew and gentile can live together in harmony.
 

Who Stays on the Bus? The ‘Good Bye, Jon Stewart’ Debate

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobal

Do you know how many thumbs down Ezra the Scribe received when he announced, back in the 500s BCE?

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Stephen Cipes carries the newly written Torah scroll he donated to the Chabad center in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
 

Sefer Torah Represents a First for Canadian City

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobal

The Torah they got “is a piece of art. It is one of the most beautiful Torahs anyone's ever seen…”

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Chief Rabbi Yosef: Don’t Pray on Plane at Expense of Others’ Sleep

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Praying in a minyan on an airplane is forbidden if it robs others  passengers of their sleep or interferes with the duties of stewards and stewardesses, ruled newly elected Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, son  of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Replying to a congratulatory letter from El Al CEO Eliezer Shkedy on the election of the […]

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The other women of the wall, who pray every day.
 

Kotel Rabbi Gives Up and Tells Haredi Girls: Ignore Women’s Minyan

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

The Western Wall Rabbi told Haredi girls to – in effect – let the Women of the Wall pray as they wish. An analogy to “let sleeping dogs lie” would be taken the wrong way.

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European Anti-Circumcision Resolution: Brit Same as Female Mutilation

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Practices covered by the resolution include female genital mutilation and the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons.

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An IMAX camera mounted on a crane captures the recitation of the priestly blessing at the Western Wall during Passover.
 

An IMAX Film of the Jerusalem You Never Have Seen Before (Video)

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsMediaArts and Entertainment

Move over Kohn Kerry and let the moviemakers take over. It took five years of negotiations for an IMAX visual tour of Jerusalem, including the three major religions, to come to the screen.

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The Women of the Wall will pray at the southern end of the Western Wall Friday but without their Torah scroll, which has been damaged by dampness.
 

Women of the Wall Blame Gov’t for Their Damaged Torah Scroll

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

The Women of the Wall are unhappy again. Yes, they can read from the Torah, but now that have no scroll. It was damaged by dampness, and WoW blames the government for lack of proper storage.

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European Council Passes Anti-Ritual Circumcision Resolution

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A resolution that calls male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children” was passed overwhelmingly by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The council, a pan-European intergovernmental organization that strongly influence European Union decisions, debated and passed the resolution on Tuesday, as reported here. The resolution was based on a […]

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The influential European Council is voting Tuesday on whether to define ritual circumcision a "violation of human rights."
 

Council of Europe Votes on Circumcision as Human Rights Violation

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Banning Jewish circumcisions used to be anti-Semitic. Today it is called a “violation of human rights.” Why aren’t there protests for children’s rights to watch porno and get sick on junk food?

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New York, Pennsylvania Sukkahs Top ‘Sukkathon’ Competition

Posted on: September 29th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Three sukkahs, two in the United States and one in Israel, will share the title of “Number One Sukkah” as the winners of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s first Sukkathon competition. The three winners are the sukkah at Terrace at the Glen, an assisted living facility in Queensbury, New York; the Schachter family sukkah in […]

 

Police Bar Jews from Holiday Visit to Temple Mount

Posted on: September 24th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Jerusalem police once again have prohibited Jews from visiting the Temple Mount because of security officials’ unintended admission that they cannot or do not want to deal with violent Arabs. Officially, police say that they blocked the planned visit of hundreds of Jews to the holy site on Tuesday, the sixth day of the Sukkot […]

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Birkat Cohanim

Posted on: September 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelJerusalem

On Sunday morning, the traditional Birkat Cohanim, Blessing of the Priests, was held in the Kotel courtyard. The Kotel was packed.

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recent immigrants to Israel pose in the sukkah they helped build at The Jewish Agency's Ye'elim Immigrant Absorption Center in Be'er Sheva.
 

Jewish Agency Seeks ‘Number One Sukkah in the World’

Posted on: September 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Does your Sukkah stand up to the challenge as the “best in the world.” The Jewish Agency will be the judge in its “Sukkathon 2013” competition.

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Worshippers cover themselves with prayer shawls at he Western Wall in Jerusalem during the Kohenim Benediction priestly blessing
 

WoW Miss their Chance for Equality at Kotel Priestly Blessing

Posted on: September 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

If the Women of the Wall want equality with men, why don’t they try to perform the Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall? Do tribal distinctions contradict “equality?” If so, who needs a Reform "rabbi?"

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Reform Rabbi Michael Sternfield officiating at the wedding of Karyn and Brian, in July of 2011, and, as a congregation member put it in her blogpost: "blending Catholicism and Judaism." Sternfield blended a gambling addiction with a devotion to promoting intermarriage.
 

Gambling Chicago Reform Rabbi Loses Pulpit

Posted on: September 16th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

His explanation came in the form of a good bye letter saying it was "time to retire."

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Did Your Shul Pocket $660,000 from Maftir Yona?

Posted on: September 15th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

“Auctioning” off the honor of being called to the Torah and for the privilege of reading the “Haftorah,” or “Maftir” section of the Prophets, is common in the Diaspora and also in many urban and more affluent communities in Israel, but it takes a lot to top an unidentified Moscow millionaire, or perhaps billionaire, who […]

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If the soldiers cannot come to the Torah, then the Torah comes to the soldiers; Torah reading in the field
 

The Holiest Day of the Year: How IDF Soldiers Observe Yom Kippur

Posted on: September 13th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

The IDF is nothing if not innovative. For soldiers who are on the front lines during the Yom Kippur Fast, the army suggests they suck on popsicles to keep their strength without violating to laws of the fast.

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IDF soldier praying during Yom Kippur War in 1973
 

Numerous Reasons for Fear, One Reason for Joy this New Year

Posted on: September 13th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

Israel has one life support. It starts with Yom Kippur.

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