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The Secret to Perfect Falafel

Jewish-Food - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
By Carolynn Carreño From Forward.com


My friend Nancy Silverton went to Israel last year and came home with a rough, scribbled- down secret “recipe” for how to make what she promised were falafel so crispy, crunchy, and flavorful that they turned her, a falafel skeptic, into a believer. The first time I looked at it, I thought there was something wrong or missing from the recipe. If I’d been locked in a room until I could figure out what falafel was made of, I would have died an old woman before I would have guessed that those light and crunchy balls of savory, goodness were made from ground, uncooked chickpeas. Yes, the chickpeas are soaked, but they’re still hard as rocks, and it’s still amazing. Sparkling mineral water is supposedly the key to making these as crispy as they, in fact, turned out to be. The chickpeas must soak overnight, so plan ahead because this here is the one place in life where you can’t substitute canned chickpeas.

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Our Kind of Traitor

Jewish-Books - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
By Amy Newman Smith for Jewish Review of Books

 

"I am not a fan of spy thrillers,” Uri Bar-Joseph said recently. “The only good spy novel author is John le Carré.” That gives readers fair warning not to expect exploding wristwatches and car chases from the Haifa University professor and former intelligence analyst’s latest book, The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel. Even the subtitle might be a bit inflated, he said, since there’s no way of really knowing what the outcome of the Yom Kippur War would have been without the spy code-named The Angel. What Bar-Joseph does offer is a comprehensive account of how a well-placed Egyptian became Israel’s most valuable intelligence asset, and how disagreements between Israeli spymasters over the information he provided ultimately led to his death.

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Kosher Explained: Simplifying Jewish Food Laws

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
From Jewish Food Hero


Judaism has many faces, and even among those who keep kosher not everyone observes the Jewish food laws in the same exact way. But if you’re just getting started with keeping kosher or want to know what it’s all about, this is a guide to the basics of traditional kosher laws.


REASONS FOR KOSHER LAWS
The Torah doesn’t explain the reasoning behind keeping kosher and, unlike some other laws, it is not obvious. Some of the reasons suggested for kosher laws are:


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Travels In The Land Of Pluralism

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
BY MICHELE CHABIN for The Jewish Week


Expat Israelis give their Sabra kids a lesson in N.Y. style multiculturalism


Last July, for the first time in three years, my husband and I travelled from Israel, where we live, to the U.S. with our two sons.

Although our 14-year-old twins had visited America several times, the previous trips had focused mostly on purely fun outings to amusement parks, 7-Eleven (Slurpees) and Toys R Us.


We wanted this visit to be different, or at least deeper.

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Israeli team named finalist in international race to moon

Israeli-News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Only five teams remain in the $30m Google Lunar XPrize contest to land a robot on the moon, move it 500 meters and transmit images back to Earth.


Israel’s SpaceIL was announced yesterday as one of only five finalists remaining in the multi-million-dollar Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.

The other finalists are teams from India, Japan and the United States, as well as an international team of individuals from about 15 countries.

The competition began 10 years ago with 33 teams vying to be the first to soft-land a privately funded, unmanned robot on the moon, move it 500 meters across the moon’s surface and transmit high-definition video and photos back to Earth.

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How My Journey To Find God Brought Me To A Synagogue

Interfaith-Issues - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
Farrah Alexander HuffPost


When I was a child, the Christian church my family attended and where my grandma played the organ felt like home. I loved Sunday school. The youth ministers were like family. I enthusiastically chose to be baptized. I could recite all the books of the bible in order, although now I’m not sure why.

As I got older, my skepticism heightened and my faith lessened. When I attended church, I no longer felt the serenity I once felt after walking in those doors. I felt nothing but a newfound sense of apathy, which made me feel ashamed and profoundly sad. I knew I believed in and had faith in G-d, but I couldn’t find G-d within the walls of the Christian church I called home anymore.

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Israeli NGO doesn't monkey around when saving rainforest

Green-Living - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
Jacob Dembitzer for YNETnews.com


For the first time, an environmental non-profit has raised enough money to buy part of a biodiversity hotspot in Amazon rainforest; purchase might be able to save critically endangered woolly monkey from extinction.


Israeli non-profit This Is My Earth (TiME) has managed to buy almost 200 acres of Peruvian rainforest using a crowdfunding campaign in what is being seen as a first in environmental conservation.

TiME was able to raise over $30,000 using a crowd funding platform to purchase land in the El Toro District rainforest region of Peru.
 
The El Toro region is under constant threat of being sold by the Peruvian government for the establishment of new farms, making its protection all the more urgent.

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Visit colleges around the world without leaving home

Young-Adults - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine


You Visit offers 3D and virtual reality campus tours for students.


With college on the horizon, high school seniors might be thinking about attending a school far from home. Luckily, you don't have to go to a campus to see it anymore. Online college tours have been gaining popularity for years, and they're finally starting to come into their own, thanks to virtual reality.

A new site appropriately named You Visit offers virtual college tours with both virtual reality and 360-degree tours of various college campuses around the world, from the U.S. to England to Israel.

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Visit colleges around the world without leaving home

Young-Adults - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine


You Visit offers 3D and virtual reality campus tours for students.


With college on the horizon, high school seniors might be thinking about attending a school far from home. Luckily, you don't have to go to a campus to see it anymore. Online college tours have been gaining popularity for years, and they're finally starting to come into their own, thanks to virtual reality.

A new site appropriately named You Visit offers virtual college tours with both virtual reality and 360-degree tours of various college campuses around the world, from the U.S. to England to Israel.

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3 Reasons Keeping Shabbat Is Liberating as a Mom

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
Batsheva Neuer for Kveller 


“Why do we keep the Sabbath?” my 5-year-old asked me last week. The Orthodox Jew in me could have answered because we are to emulate God, who created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Or I could have answered because we are following our biblical obligation to do so. But I really wanted to answer: so that I can talk to you. Yes, in 2017, Shabbat exists so that parents can talk to their children. So that spouses can look at each other.

Today, it would serve families the world over—atheists and agnostics included—to consider keeping a similar day of rest.

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Talking to My Daughter About Her Friend’s Transgender Parent

LGBTQ - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
Sharrona Pearl for Kveller 


Will she go by Ms. Lynne or Mrs. Lynne?

That was my oldest daughter’s first question when I told her that her friend’s parent was transitioning from a man to a woman, and transitioning from being called Max to being called Lynne. Ms. or Mrs. She wanted to get the naming right. And the pronouns weren’t the confusing part.

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How American Jews Have Detached Themselves from Jewish Memory

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
Daniel Gordis for Mosaic


In recent years they’ve let go of both ancient communal memory and recent political memory. No wonder they’re now letting go of Israel.


Elliott Abrams is clearly correct in asserting both that American Jews are moving away from support of Israel and that this tectonic shift is traceable much less to Israel’s policies than to the manner in which American Jews now constitute their worldview and their Jewish identities.

As it happens, I am somewhat more critical than Abrams of the policies (or lack of policies) pursued by the Netanyahu government. Admittedly, there are few if any good moves that Israel can make on the international chessboard these days; but the optics have been significantly worse than they could have been. Still, nothing one might say on this point diminishes the rightness, or the importance, of Abrams’ thesis: the root cause of the growing gulf between the world’s two largest Jewish communities lies in the way that most American Jews now conceive of themselves and their Jewishness.

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Interviews With Interesting Jews: Rebecca Melsky, Co-Founder of Princess Awesome

Featured-Articles - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
Kveller 


When Rebecca Melsky, a Jewish Day School teacher in Washington, D.C., found out she was having a girl five years ago, she and her husband were determined not to put her in pink. But when her daughter became a pink-loving, dress-wearing toddler who also enjoyed space ships and dinosaurs, Rebecca was surprised that she couldn’t find a dress featuring a science theme. She teamed up with her friend Eva St. Clair to start Princess Awesome, a small clothing company offering hand-sewn dresses with patterns from pirates to pi, trucks to trains, and of course, dinosaurs. After their first run of dresses nearly sold out, they launched a Kickstarter to fund factory production of their designs and quickly became the highest funded children’s clothing project on Kickstarter to date. Rebecca was kind enough to talk with me about how Princess Awesome got started and the overwhelming response they’ve received so far.

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Shabbat Shekalim - Mishpatim

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am

Exodus 21:1−24:18 


Rabbi Mordechai (Mitchell) Silverstein, senior lecturer in  Talmud and Midrash at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.


Haftarah Commentary: 2 Kings 12:1-17


Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four special Shabbatot which precede Pesah. In the Maftir Torah reading, we read a reminder of the half-shekel tax incumbent on every Jew as a means of support for the Temple, the sacred center of Jewish worship. In the haftarah, we read of an episode involving this tax during the rule of King Jehoash. Jehoash is described as a good king, but with a single flaw: “All his days Jehoash did what was pleasing to the Lord, as the priest Jehoiada instructed him. The shrines, however, were not removed; the people continued to sacrifice and offer at the shrines (bamot).” (12:3-4)  

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Rainbow Israeli Salad

Jewish-Food - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
ToriAvey.com    


On our most recent trip to Israel, my husband and I were invited to Shabbat dinner at the home of our friends, film director Doron Eran and his wife Billy Ben Moshe. Shabbat at their home in Tel Aviv is cozy and fun, a weekly celebration with family and friends. Billy goes all out when she cooks for Shabbat, serving course after course of beautiful food. Her family is 7th generation from Tiberias, Israel, a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. She serves dishes from a variety of backgrounds, all home-cooked with love and care. She spends hours cooking for Shabbat, presiding as the chief mama in charge over a weekly celebration of life, love and family.
See the full post:http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/rainbow-israeli-salad/#jQhH7BK...

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The 26 Books We’re Sure To Be Reading This Year

Jewish-Books - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
Talya Zax for The Forward


Winter is theoretically a fabulous time for curling up with a hot drink and a book, although that’s a peculiar sentence to write on a 60-degree day in New York. Still, the cold weather will inevitably return, and with it the need to read, read, read. Our favorite picks for the endeavor —in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — below.

Fiction

OUT NOW

Enigma Variations
By Andre Aciman

Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel “Call Me By Your Name” — imagistic, languid, perceptive — has long been admired for its depiction of queer sexuality; reviewing the book in The New Yorker, Cynthia Zarin pronounced Aciman “an acute grammarian of desire.” His new collection of linked stories promises to be a similarly deft examination of love and lust, tracking a man named Paul’s affairs throughout his lifetime.

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Jewish Summer Camp Guide 2017

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
From Moment Magazine



Every child is different. Find the camp that's right for yours!


Plus—an interview with experts on why Jewish Summer Camps are important.


Read about "Where the Stars got their Start" and "A Conversation with JCC Association of North America" plus all about the many experiences available for your child.


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16 Arabs from Israel making a difference on the world stage

Israeli-News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c


Meet some remarkable Druze, Muslim and Christian scientists, media experts, techies, film stars and athletes from Israel.


Hossam Haick is trailblazing tomorrow’s technologies for sniffing out disease.

Kossay Omary and Rabeeh Khoury developed one of the smallest computers in the world.

They’re not the only Arab Israelis making waves in the global community. Jamil R. Mazzawi founded Optima Design Automation, a startup developing software for self-driving cars. Mahmoud Huleihel made a breakthrough in the field of male infertility.

“There are so many excellent Arab experts that even many within Arab society don’t know about them,” says Makbula Nassar, manager of the A-List project, an online database of Arab Israeli superstars making strides in culture, sports, medicine, environment, fashion, diplomacy, education and technology.

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How Jewish Do I Need to Be…If I’m Not Actually Jewish?

Interfaith-Issues - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


By Rabbi Mychal Copeland 


I met Jeremy and Lisa at a coffee shop to plan their upcoming wedding. We had covered most of the usual pre-ceremony topics: communication, values and balancing work and home life. Lisa had a strong Jewish sense of self from her upbringing and was excited that Jeremy, who didn’t follow any particular religious tradition, was more than happy to go along for the ride. Jeremy expressed genuine interest in learning more about Lisa’s traditions.

As we were putting the final touches on the ceremony, he asked an honest and important question: “Do I need to break the glass at our wedding?” Many couples I work with both break a glass or fight over who gets to do it. Performing Jewish rituals with Lisa felt fine to Jeremy, but doing it alone seemed to be making a statement that this tradition was his. The idea of the ritual itself was not the issue, but what it represented.

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Israel’s forest ranger to the world turns 115

Green-Living - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


KKL-JNF doesn’t only plant trees; it also teaches other countries proven Israeli methods to deal with problems such as drought and climate change.


The words “Jewish National Fund” conjure images of blue-and-white charity boxes and the sight of celebrities,  diplomats and visitors from across the world planting trees in Israel.

Indeed, Keren Kayemet Le’Israel-Jewish National Fund  (KKL-JNF) has planted some 240 million trees in Israel since its founding in 1901. And it has undertaken massive projects in sustainability, conservation, education, tourism, agriculture, roads and reservoirs.

Yet few are aware of the organization’s growing impact on the environmental health of countries outside of Israel.

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