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Manuel Josephson
 

Manuel Josephson, Orthodox American Patriot

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

SectionsMagazineGlimpses Into American Jewish History

Last month we sketched the life of Manuel Josephson (1729-1796), who immigrated to New York in the 1740s. Manuel was one of the few learned Jews residing in America in the 18th century. His talents were recognized by Congregation Shearith Israel, and he served on the synagogue’s bet din for several years and as its parnas (president) in 1762. He earned his living as a merchant.

 

Tears Of Sadness, Tears Of Joy

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

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The tear is rolling down my cheek. It lands atop my lips. I lick my lips to remove the dryness and the saltiness soaks into my tongue. I take a long deep breath and begin to think. Why? How could she do that to me? We’re best friends. We’ve known each other practically since we were born. How could she go and do such a horrible thing?

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My First V-E Day Without Grandpa

Posted on: May 24th, 2013

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Nearly half a million of them fought in Red Army uniforms, under communist slogans but with a personal vengeance that was solely the result of Jewish experience. More than the “Greatest Generation,” they were the living superheroes hidden in plain sight.

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Not Music To My Ears!

Posted on: May 24th, 2013

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With the semi-mourning period of Sefira behind us, and the festival of Shavuot as well (as evidenced by the tightness of our clothing due to over-indulging in irresistible versions of cheesecake that is an integral component of celebrating our receipt of the Torah), our community can look forward to participating in joyous engagement parties and weddings.

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Being Jewish

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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Leah Katz, a TeenZone camper at Oorah’s TheZone summer camp and an 11th grader at Midwood High School, read her winning essay about how TheZone changed her views on Judaism at the Jewish Heritage Awards Ceremony held at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office in April. The purpose of the Jewish Heritage Essay Contest is to acquaint public school students with Jewish history and customs and to help foster a deeper understanding of Jewish culture. The contest is open to students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Leah’s essay is reproduced in full below.

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The Nitty Gritty

Posted on: May 10th, 2013

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You have probably been planning your marriage since you were about three. Let’s fast-forward to a big milestone– your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. (Don’t worry, you don’t look a day over twenty one!) Now, would you appreciate your husband buying you a dozen roses that some florist recommended?

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Shavuos-Related

Posted on: May 10th, 2013

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Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we attempt to answer questions sent in by people who fortunately have fake names, so they won’t be embarrassed. I don’t know how they got through school, though.

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Appreciation: Spiritual Penicillin

Posted on: May 10th, 2013

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One of the subjects I was taught as a young child in school was Tefillah. Since we spoke only Ivrit during our Limudei Kodesh and secular Hebrew studies - literature, creative writing and Jewish history - we pretty much understood the words we were davening.

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Manuel Josephson: A Learned 18th-Century American Jew

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

SectionsMagazineGlimpses Into American Jewish History

The overwhelming majority of Jews who came to America before the Revolutionary War did not have an extensive Jewish education. One exception was Manuel Josephson (1729-1796), who was born and educated in Germany. His extensive knowledge of Judaism qualified him to serve on the beis din of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York.

 

Say What?

Posted on: April 26th, 2013

SectionsMagazineTeens and Twenties

It was September 25, 2006. Tammy, an oblivious, petite, third grader lay in bed, counting her stationary collection, when she decided she needed a drink. As she descended the staircase, she was surprised to see her mother dressed in this bubby-like gown.

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Can ‘Yoni Ploni’ Afford To Be Frum?

Posted on: April 26th, 2013

SectionsMagazineOn Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer

Shortly before Pesach, I received a rather agitated call from a long time reader of The Jewish Press who pleaded with me to write a column regarding what she insisted was the unwarranted high cost of Pesach food – in particular shmurah matzah – and how hard it was for young families to pay what she felt were over-inflated prices in order to keep strictly kosher.

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Wrapped

Posted on: April 19th, 2013

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I didn’t need that much garlic. After all… how much garlic, exactly, could I put into the chicken without overdoing it? But something made me leave the white, rounded head on the counter after cracking off a few bulbs, rather than putting it back in the fridge. Maybe I’d need more.

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The Ultimate Revenge: Erwin Weinberg Fights Back Against the Nazis

Posted on: April 18th, 2013

InDepthInterviews and Profiles

Not too many Jewish World War II survivors from Germany can say that they had the distinction of being both interned in a concentration camp and liberating the captives in that same camp. Erwin Weinberg did just that.

Joseph Rosenfeld, the survivor, (on the left) with Alan Moskin, the Jewish War Veteran.
 

The Reunion

Posted on: April 18th, 2013

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The date May 4th, 1945 will forever be etched in their memories, and now it will be forever etched in ours. That fateful day toward the end of World War II was the day that American soldiers liberated Gunskirchen Lager, a subcamp of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.

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Queen Esther

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

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I can feel the fear pulsing through my veins, blocking out everything around me. I walk down the long, unembellished hall, which is dimly lit with fiery torches at every bend. I can’t help but wonder if it was purposely built this way to terrorize me. As I slowly edge towards the doors, I keep telling myself it’s going to be fine…but what if it’s not? I can feel my stomach twisting as I turn the last corner and come to a complete stop.

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How To Travel Like A Family And Stay A Family (Part II)

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

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Last month, I discussed our tumuloutous family trip to Israel and the many mistakes and some smart moves we made along the way. Hopefully you can learn from our mistakes and incorporate the lessons we learned in your own family trips.

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Sounds Of Silence

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

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Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we delve into questions sent in by readers. We might as well. It’s not like we can listen to music.

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Being An Ostrich Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Posted on: April 11th, 2013

SectionsMagazineOn Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer

The price of deliberate obliviousness is very high - emotionally, physically, socially, and financially.

 

A Large Cup of Kindness to Go, Light and Sweet

Posted on: April 5th, 2013

SectionsMagazineTeens and Twenties

“I have a room,” she said. “Saturday I will move in. My church is paying for it. I’m here today and tomorrow, hopefully that will give me enough to get an air mattress, and then I will never do this again.” I wished her luck, and I walked away, feeling moved by the interdependence all humans have on each other, and with a deeper understanding of just how much we get when we give.

Sabato Morais
 

Sabato Morais – Forgotten Advocate For Orthodoxy (Part Two)

Posted on: April 4th, 2013

SectionsMagazineGlimpses Into American Jewish History

Last month we sketched the life of Reverend Dr. Sabato Morais and discussed his spiritual leadership of Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia as well as his involvement in a wide range of communal activities. Here we outline some of his many other accomplishments and describe his huge funeral.

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