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Obama at the Western  Wall in 2008 - but not this time around
 

Poll: Obama Winning Back Jews

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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Jewish support for President Obama has improved significantly in the last year and a half, according to a new survey by the American Jewish Committee .

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First Temple period Seal with the inscription ...למתניהו בן הו
 

Hebrew Seal Dating Back to First Temple Period Discovered

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel Antiquities Authority: The seal, discovered during excavations of the drainage channel between the City of David and the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, "is engraved with the name of its owner: 'Lematanyahu Ben Ho…' ('למתניהו בן הו...' meaning: 'Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho…')."

Urban Outfitters venture into a better designed history.
 

Can We Make Auschwitz A Little More Stylish?

Posted on: April 29th, 2012

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American clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is in hot water for selling a yellow T-shirt with a patch over the breast pocket that looks like a designer's idea of how to improve that old fashioned yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis. Make it blue, for one thing, yellow is soooo 1941.

CitiField will be the site of a mass rally of Haredi Jewsgainst the ravages of modern technology
 

Mass Rally of ‘Jews Against the Internet’ to Pack Citi Field in May

Posted on: April 26th, 2012

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Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews will participate in a huge rally to be held on Sunday evening, May 20, at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, to combat the evils of the Internet and the damages caused by advanced electronic devices. One of the event organizers said: "This will be a mass rally never before seen in the history of Orthodox Jewry in the U.S." The rabbis behind the event say the Internet creates "many serious family-related problems."

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Collecting Snow 1 Yishai Fleisher
 

Holy Mission Carried Out in Hermon Closed Military Zone

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

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Seven men – including 4 rabbis - happened upon by an Israeli paratrooper in a closed military zone on the Hermon mountains on Monday, were on a mission of their own – to safeguard the sanctity of the Jews of the city of Metulla.

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Lithuania Passes $50 Million Holocaust Compensation Package

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012

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This April, 70 years since the Nazi invasion on Lithuania destroyed the 800-year connection of the country with the Jewish people, a $50 million package was passed to compensate Jewish families whose property was stolen during the Holocaust, according to a report by JTA.

Polish village life. 72% of Polish citizens agree or strongly agree that “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era."
 

European Report Finds High Levels of Anti-Semitism, Correlation Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Attitudes

Posted on: April 19th, 2012

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Among its results, the study found that 72% of Polish citizens agree or strongly agree that "Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era," and that 68% of Hungarians share this sentiment. Nearly 70% percent of Hungarians also think that "Jews have too much influence" in their country.

Abir Sultan/Flash 90
 

Border Policeman Tortured Hebron Child, Community Blames Policy of Brutality and Neglect

Posted on: April 17th, 2012

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Last Saturday at 7 a.m., Israeli Border Police detained and beat up a nine-year-old Jewish child in Hebron, after he entered a closed military zone near Machpelah House. The Hebron community's spokesman told the Jewish Press: "The border police acted like animals, attacking a child. They only care about attacking Jews."

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Christie's is auctioning a stunning, 400-page Machzor from 1490 Italy.
 

15th Century Machzor in Christie’s Books and Manuscripts Auction

Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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Christie’s New York will unveil "a rare and splendid example of Renaissance Judaica," an illuminated manuscript Machzor. With more than 400 pages, this manuscript, printed on vellum (calf's skin) is a festival prayer book written in Hebrew, created in Tuscany, and probably Florence, circa 1490. It is being offered at auction for the first time, at a value estimated between $540,000 and 800,000.

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Resurrection of the Dead: New Police Presence on the Mount of Olives

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

In the last week, a sting operation took place where an undercover officer, dressed as an Orthodox Jew, drove through A-Tur and was pelted with stones by two youths. They were promptly arrested, and admitted the act under interrogation. Captain Chayun hopes they will be prosecuted.

Dr. Michael Salzhauer gave in to pressure from colleagues, dropped video contest.
 

Nose King of Miami Gives in to ASPS, Cancels Controversial Music Video Contest

Posted on: April 10th, 2012

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Leading Miami Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer announced Monday that he was canceling his music video contest, based on "Jewcan Sam, A Nose Job Love Song." the song about nose jobs by the punk-rock band, The Groggers. Originally, Salzhauer called on contestants to create their own video for the song, and the best video would win an all-expenses paid trip to Miami.

Women in Green Co-Chair Nadia Matar to Barak and Netanyahu: "J'acuse!"
 

Nadia Matar Calling from Hebron Site: Netanyahu as Guilty as Barak in Removal of Jews from their Home

Posted on: April 4th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Matar was responding to an emergency SMS alerting Judea and Samaria Jews—most of whom were busy with pre-Passover cleaning—of the unexpected forced evacuation, less than one day after Israel's government appeared to be deciding to await verification of the sale of the house in Hebron to its new owners. She dropped everything and rushed over.

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Comic Sarah Silverman is the least representative of Jewish values, according to a new survey.
 

New Survey: Fewer US Jews Support Obama, Fewer Still Like Sarah Silverman

Posted on: April 4th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

As of now, 62 percent of Jewish voters favor Obama's return—down from 78 percent in 2008—but this number is still more than twice the number who said they would prefer a Republican candidate, according to the survey released Tuesday at a National Press Club briefing. Only 37 percent said Comic Sarah Silverman represented Jewish values well or very well. Eric Cantor only got 38 percent.

The slaughtered "Pascal" goat's blood was collected in a gold vessel to be sprinkled on a makeshift altar, in the middle of a JCC basketball court.
 

Pascal Sacrifice ‘Exercise’ Yields Majestic Street Theater in Preparation for Passover, Redemption

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

The air at the event in Jerusalem was rife with the kind of excitement one finds in rock concerts. The thick crowd pushed, shoved, pressed, retreated temporarily, then pushed as relentlessly and eagerly as before. If the core idea of the entire event was to urge our Redemption from above by starting it down below, then this one had to have cut through a whole bunch of "klipot."

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Harpsichordist Barbara Cadranel in front of her controversial mezuzah.
 

International Harpsichordist Ordered to Remove Mezuzah from her Doorpost

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

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Barbara Cadranel, a renowned harpsichordist who delights audiences around the world with her unique interpretation of Baroque as well as contemporary music, says she's feeling "violated." The attorney for her Condo Association says his client permits residents to display religious objects on the outside of their doors, but not on "the frame around the door." One neighbor suggested the mezuzah could be a fire hazard…

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Before and After
 

Tzadik Plastic Surgeon to Shadchanim: Free Nose Job for Your Clients Who Need But Can’t Afford It

Posted on: March 31st, 2012

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Board-certified Miami plastic surgeon and Nose Job Specialist Michael Salzhauer surprised me. He forced me—an instinctive objector to vain mutilation for the sake of some notion of exterior beauty—to reconsider my views on this issue. And he's not cynical, that was another huge surprise. I walked away convinced he means every word he says.

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Mohammed Merah Home Video
 

Toulouse Killer Mohammed Merah Visited Israel in 2010

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Eva Sandler at the Burial of Rabbi Jonathan, Aryeh, and Gavriel
 

Toulouse Widow and Bereaved Mother Issues Plea to Jewish People

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Eva Sandler, wife of Rabbi Jonathan and mother of young boys Aryeh and Gavriel - 3 of the 4 Jews murdered in a shooting attack by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on March 19 - has issued a public letter responding to the thousands of people seeking ways to support her in her time of suffering.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Chava (Eva) Sandler
 

A Heartfelt Plea for Increased Light by Chava (Eva) Sandler of Toulouse

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

My heart is broken. I am unable to speak. There are no ways for me to be able to express the great and all-consuming pain resulting from the murder of my dear husband Rabbi Jonathan and our sons, Aryeh and Gavriel, and of Miriam Monsonego, daughter of the dedicated principal of Ozar Hatorah and his wife, Rabbi Yaakov and Mrs. Monsonego.

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OU RCA
 

OU and RCA Call for Prayer and Words of Inspiration in Synagogues this Shabbat

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America urge their member synagogues and member rabbis to respond to this time of formidable challenge for Jews around the world with programs of tefilla and divrei hitorerut, prayer and words of inspiration, in a manner appropriate to the severity of the situation.

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