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November 27, 2015 / 15 Kislev, 5776
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ISIS-Targeted Bataclan Theater Previously Warned for Being Pro-Israel[video]

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) may have targeted the Bataclan theater Friday because it has previously hosted pro-Israel events.

The terrorist also may have thought that the theater’s owners were Jewish. The new owners bought the building three months ago from Jewish owners, one of whom has since moved to Israel.

More than 80 people were massacred during a rock concert Friday night before a SWAT team arrived and killed the two terrorists who randomly shot their victims while shouting “Allahu akbar!”

Bataclan previously has been threatened for hosting pro-Israel events, such as last month’s conference of approximately 500 Christian Zionists.

Seven years ago, 10 men with keffiahs over their heads showed up at the theater and demanded to speak with the management.

One of them told security guards:

This is something we cannot continue to accept. You will pay the consequences of your actions. We came here to pass along a small message. Be warned. Next time we won’t be coming here to talk.

The French Jewish group CRIF stated after the attack:

Our country is bloodied by all those innocent lives cut short by the bullets of these new barbarians. The world war against the monstrosity of jihadist fanaticism must become the top priority of democratic nations

Hollywood Star Zooey Deschanel Converted to ‘Judaism’

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Another Hollywood star has discovered and converted to Judaism, but it is not clear if the change was carried out according to Jewish law.

Zooey Deschanel revealed she converted, shortly before giving birth to a baby girl, at the request of her husband, Jacob Pechenik in June, while she was pregnant. Pechenik is producing an upcoming movie in which his new wife stars.

A wild guess is that it was not an Orthodox conversion, which means that their child is not recognized as Jewish by traditional Jewish law.

Her mother is a Catholic, and her father is a Quaker, but she said they did not object to her conversion.

The star of the New Girl sitcom was quoted by US Weekly as having said:

I don’t attach myself to any one religion. My family is liberal. I was raised in the ‘you can be whatever you want’ kind of way. And in the end, I was like, ‘Eh.’

Zooey, 35, and her husband named their daughter “Elsie Otter,” which sounds as Jewish as “Zooey.”

She said on the Today Show:

We just really liked the name Elsie and then we both love otters, they’re very sweet and they’re also smart. They use tools…they hold hands while they sleep…They’re wonderful animals.

Zooey previously was married to a non-Jew and divorced after two years.

Jewish Grassroots Groups Seeking Support for Lower East Side Landmark Status

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) Historian Joyce Mendelsohn, author of “The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited,” Elissa Sampson, who teaches Urban Geography at Cornell University, and many other scholars and groups on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, are advocating for the creation of an historic district whose boundaries will extend roughly from Delancey to Canal Streets, between Forsyth and Essex Streets. Although the legendary Lower East Side where a million Jewish immigrants thrived in the first half of the 20th century reached all the way up to 14th Street, the group suggests that, unfortunately, the blocks north of Delancey Street have lost their architectural integrity due to rampant development.

Friends of the Lower East Side (FOTLES) and Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (LESPI) are all-volunteer grass roots organizations dedicated to preserving the social, cultural and architectural legacy of the historic Lower East Side. They say they have been successful in gaining a landmark designation for the neighborhood’s significant historic relics, such as the Bialystoker Home and Center and the Seward Park Library. But they say there is a need to designate the complete Lower East Side/East Village Historic District, because although several other neighborhood buildings are already protected by individual landmark designations, you can only tell the full story of immigrant life on the Lower East Side by also preserving their neighboring tenement buildings.

The list of groups and individuals endorsing the initiative is very long, and includes the National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Victorian Society New York, Angel Orensanz Foundation, Art Loisaida Foundation, Congregation Kehila Kedosha Janina, and the Museum at Eldridge Street. They ask friends of the Lower East Side everywhere to add their name to the list of supporters, at the online contact page for Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan.

The letter the groups sent Srinivasan states:

“Manhattan’s Lower East Side is recognized as America’s iconic immigrant neighborhood with unsurpassed architectural, historical and cultural significance to our city, state and nation. Its great variety of age-old tenements, institutional and commercial buildings not only enrich the streets with architecture based on human scale and beautifully crafted ornament, but have given the community and its residents a cohesive and stable environment with a strongly identifiable sense of history and place.

“The only way to effectively preserve the historic streetscapes of this vital neighborhood is through New York City historic district designation. Therefore, we call upon the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark, without delay, the historically intact areas of the Lower East Side below Houston Street. We request that the LPC first target the Preliminary Proposed Lower East Side Historic District shown in the attached map (see below).

Landmarks of the LES

Landmarks of the LES:

Allen Street

1. Federal House, 143 Allen Street

Bialystoker Place (Willet Street)

2. Bialystoker Synagogue, 7-13 Bialystoker Place


3. Edward Mooney House, 18 Bowery 4. Citizen’s Savings Bank, 54-58 Bowery 5. 97 Bowery 6. Bowery Bank of New York, 124 Bowery 7. Bowery Savings Bank, 130 Bowery 8. Germania Bank, 190 Bowery 9. Young Men’s Christian Association, 222 Bowery 10. Bowery Mission, 227 Bowery

Broome Street

11. Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue, 280 Broome Street

Canal Street

12. Manhattan Bridge Arch and Colonnade 13. S. Jarmulowsky Bank, 54-58 Canal Street 14. Loew’s Canal Street Theater, 31 Canal Street

East Broadway

15. Jewish Daily Forward, 173-175 East Broadway 16. Seward Park Library, 192 East Broadway 17. Bialystoker Center and Home, 228 East Broadway 18. Isaac Ludlum House, 281 East Broadway

Eldridge Street

19. Eldridge Street Synagogue (Museum at Eldridge Street), 12-16 Eldridge Street

Top Jewish Foodies at ‘Devil’s Thumb’ in Colorado

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Top restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, cookbook authors and other Jewish food world stars are at The Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for a three-day “Harvest” festival.

The learning and cooking event is aimed at serving up Jewish cuisine as the next major global food movement, and Jewish food leaders will explore such critical challenges as humane meat and kosher dietary guidelines as part of a dialogue aimed at enriching Jewish cuisine as a global food trend.

The Harvest issued applications by invitation to 60 participants who represent a Who’s Who of Jewish food professionals, including writer and tour guide Katharine Romanow; acclaimed chef and author Ann Cooper; Goodie Girl CEO Shira Berk; wine expert Alexander Fox; cookbook celebrity author Joan Nathan; Gefilteria founder Jeffrey Yoskowitz; Nigel Savage, founder of Hazon, one of The Harvest’s partner organizations; and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Vice President Lisa Eisen.

Heathrow Goes Kosher

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Kosher meat and dairy sandwiches now are available at four Heathrow Airport terminals, according got Kosher Today.

The London international hub offers kosher food at the White House Smith stories in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Kosher food increasingly is available at major international airports, and travel experts said that the London airport can support kosher fare, just as travelers in American airports have gobbled up kosher food from New York to Boston and Florida.

Hareidim Keep ‘Liberal’ Zionists in Minority on Rabbinical Courts

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Hareidim claimed victory by blocking the appointment of three “liberal religious Zionists” to the country’s 12 regional rabbinical courts.

There now are 22 judges, 7 more than in previous years, but only eight of them are from the national religious community.

The other 14 are divided equally between the Ashkenazi and Sephardi Haredim

Absent from the national religious sector are three rabbis from the Tzohar organization, which was termed as “reform” by Hareidim in a report by the Hareidi Kikar Shabbat website.

Preparations for the voting for judges were made last week with a secret deal that was made between Minister Yuval Steinitz, who is not religious but who has close ties with Hareidim, and Ashkenazi and Sephardi Hareidim.

Kikar Shabbat reported that aides to Steinitz and Hareidim met at a Givat Shaul gas station in the middle of the night last week to close the deal after an understanding that “it would be better to cooperate rather than lose appointment to ‘liberal religious Zionists.’

Degel HaTorah won five judges, and Agudat Yisrael won 2. The voting committee rejected a Chabad rabbi.

The Sound of A Hollow Trumpet

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Sara Hirschhorn’s op-ed in the New York Times on Jewish American terrorists rampant in Judea and Samaria is disturbing in that it assumes guilt, collective guilt and shame, when all her geshrai [wail] stems from an extreme liberal weltanschauung.  She contradicts her principled humanist foundations to make a dubious point. Before some observations of the piece, I want to deal with her one central element that jumped out which is a charge of guilt as to how the local Jewish population relates to acts of terror committed by Jews, such as the ‘Jewish Underground’ of three decades ago and the more recent ‘price taggers:

“Settler rabbis and the leaders of American immigrant communities in the West Bank have either played down their crime or offered muted criticism.”

That assertion is either a lie or a sign of ignorance. Or a dubious misrepresentation of the reality. Ms. Hirschhorn has chosen to be both an op-ed columnist (she has had several at Haaretz) and an academic at Oxford, at this stage of her life.  That can be problematic, especially if her opinions expressed are based less on facts than on desires, wishes and outlook.  I have criticized her two years ago.

For example, as the readers of this web site know well, more than three dozen Rabbis, leading Rabbis from within the Gush Emunim/Yesha camp, Rabbis of communities, signed a proclamation entitled “Thou Shall Not Murder” and more joined later.  Here:

Thou Shalt not Murder

Thou Shalt not Murder

Leading spokespersons of the Yesha Council denounced the act as they have done for the past years, notably by Dani Dayan and others. Here is Dani in 2012:

 “It’s terrible, terrible, terrible, it’s a terrible thing,” he exclaims. “First off, from the moral point of view, it’s really terrible, a shame,” he says with visible annoyance, as if it is a line he has had to repeat numerous times over the past few months. “And it’s the greatest damage that I can see today to our cause, and so the people that do these things, if they think that they help our cause, they are both criminals and stupid.”

Educators like Rabbi Eli Sadan, the head of the most prestigious pre-Army mechina expressed oppo‎sition. Rabbi Haim Druckman issued a strong statement. Tzohar Rabbis, too. There is also this story and even I upped the poster at my FB account.  There was an interfaith event in Gush Etzion. Well, sort of interfaith. If she was looking for a serious moral problem she should have pointed the finger at the Palestinian Authority and its attitude towards the killing of Jews, including an American passport holder.  The few Rabbis that were equivocal in their pronouncements are either part of the ‘price tag’ thinking or known for their out-of-camp views and very few follow them.  Maybe she relied on this claptrap.  Of course, for some people, there is never enough evidence that some people are not doing the wrong thing.

Pillorying is easier than praising.

I know Sara, even well, and here we are in the hills back of Shiloh.


I assisted her in her research.  No regrets.

I am aware that Sara doesn’t think these denunciations enough.  Condemnations should be louder and stronger in her opinion.

She assumes that ‘price tag’ activities are being tolerated like this person publishing in the Jewish Press. Our fundamental respect for life, she assumes, has been lost.

However, we Shilonians turned in a ‘price-tagger’, who did not live in Yesha, who had broken windows of the cars of Arab laborers in Shiloh parked outside our entrance gate.  A recent inflammatory poster on churches didn’t last the night on our billboards. We need no patronising lecturing.

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