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Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
by Mrs. Lori Palatnik for aish.com


Your handy guide to prepare and organize for a spectacular Shabbat.


Preparing for Shabbat is a matter of learning and experience, which, in time, become as natural as breathing. Hang in there, and find the rhythm that's best for you.

As you go through this list, click on the links for more detailed "how-to" articles.

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A Timeline of 70 Years of Israeli Achievement - Including Tel Aviv, Best Gay City

LGBTQ - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am

By ISRAEL21c Staff


Join us on a journey through the last 70 years to discover how Israel has become one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world. Our fascinating timeline of accomplishment is the first part in a special multimedia package we've created to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary.


View this pictorial and video history from Israel21c.
 

Anne Frank House Barred Jewish Employee From Wearing ‘Kipah’

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
From JNS


Of all the places on earth, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam prohibited its Jewish employees from wearing kipot, head coverings worn by observant Jews that are also referred to as yarmulkes. The outrageous policy was changed only recently after a local media outlet intervened.

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Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
ToriAvey.com


Here’s a quick mid-week recipe that you can whip up in a couple minutes flat. This Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad is full of flavor. I add fresh lemon juice for tartness, fresh basil for an herby flavor, and celery for crunch. Olive oil replaces heavy, and often processed, mayonnaise. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper, and you’ve got a fresh tuna salad with a twist. You won’t miss the mayo!


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Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
ToriAvey.com


Here’s a quick mid-week recipe that you can whip up in a couple minutes flat. This Healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad is full of flavor. I add fresh lemon juice for tartness, fresh basil for an herby flavor, and celery for crunch. Olive oil replaces heavy, and often processed, mayonnaise. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper, and you’ve got a fresh tuna salad with a twist. You won’t miss the mayo!


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How a Rare Jewish Ritual Added Meaning to Our Family

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
BY CANTOR LAUREN PHILLIPS for ReformJudaism.org


Pidyon haben (Redemption of the Firstborn) is an unusual Jewish ritual that commemorates the birth of a family's firstborn child, when that baby is a son. Originally, firstborn sons were inducted into God's service because they had been spared from the Egyptian plague of the firstborn.

However, when the Jews – firstborns included – built the Golden Calf, the firstborns forfeited their status as servants of God. The priesthood was transferred to the only tribe that did not participate in the construction of the Golden Calf: the Levites, and particularly to the descendants of Aaron.

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The secrets of Israelis’ long, satisfying lives

Israeli-News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c Staff



National Geographic Travel reveals the likely reasons why Israel ranks 5th for healthy longevity as cited in the UN World Happiness Report 2018.

 


The combination of a Mediterranean-style diet, low alcohol consumption, strong family and cultural values, and an excellent healthcare system could be the main factors that put Israel in fifth place worldwide on the longevity scale, according to National Geographic Travel.


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Wedding Season is Coming. Let InterfaithFamily Help You Plan

Interfaith-Issues - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am

 

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

 

Wedding Email Series


If you and your partner are from two different faith backgrounds and planning a Jewish or Jewish and... wedding ceremony, there’s a lot to consider. From who will officiate to which Jewish rituals you will include to how to handle family dynamics, our rabbis have heard all the questions and helped many couples design the wedding of their dreams. We’re taking all our expertise and dishing it out in eight emails designed to offer ideas and options, answer common questions and connect you to a wealth of additional resources (and other couples!) so you can plan a ceremony that’s right for you. The first email will arrive on June 4.

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The Converso Comeback

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Suzanne Selengut for Tablet Magazine 


Hispanic crypto-Jews use social media and DNA testing to reconnect with their heritage


When retired civil servant Carl Montoya arrives for prayers at Mikveh Israel Synagogue in Philadelphia, he has a routine. He expertly wraps tefillin, dons his Sephardic prayer shawl, and greets his many friends in the pews. The Hebrew prayers can be tricky for him, but he is slowly mastering them all, together with the rest of Jewish ritual life. As a convert to Conservative Judaism and an active member of an Orthodox synagogue, Montoya has definitely broken from his past as a Catholic with deep roots in New Mexico’s historic Hispanic community. But what makes his story truly remarkable is not just that he is a Jew by choice, but that he is a Jew by birth.

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Making Synagogues Sustainable

Green-Living - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Paula Jacobs for Tablet Magazine


Congregations around the country have found ways to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change


In Florida, synagogues are combating the effects of rising sea levels, high tides, and tropical storms. In California, they are conserving water in the aftermath of years of drought and water shortages. In New York, they are working to eliminate greenhouse gases and toxic waste. And in Massachusetts, they are reducing energy consumption and dependency on fossil fuels.

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Notable Irish Jews

Featured-Articles - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
From GENi

Irish Jewish Genealogical Database


Celts one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

There is a theory that the Irish, or that Insular Celts as a whole, are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes. Proponents of this theory state that there is evidence that the prophet Jeremiah came to Ireland with Princess Tea Tephi, a member of the Israelite royal family.

Proponents of this theory point to various parallels between Irish and ancient Hebrew culture. For example, they note that the harp, the symbol of Ireland, also plays a role in Jewish history, as the musical instrument of King David.

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 16:1-20:27 


BY STEPHEN A. GELLER, from JTS


Separation and Union: The Poles of Holiness


These combined parashiyot are complex in their structure and content, yet a careful examination of these chapters reveals a striking and powerful theological insight. In terms of Bible scholarship, they extend across a major divide in the priestly literature: Leviticus 16 describes the detailed rites of yearly atonement that eliminated the taint of sinfulness from the priesthood, shrine, and people. In essence, it is a kind of re-creation of the initial state of purity of the Tabernacle on the day it was dedicated, as described in Leviticus 9-10. The link between atonement and dedication is made subtly, by the reference at the beginning of Leviticus 16 to the tragic deaths of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, at the dedication of the Tabernacle, as recounted in Leviticus 10. The first part of the parashah therefore should be read as a continuation of the first half of Leviticus, chapters 1-15, which describe the establishment of sacrifice and cult. The dominant themes are purity and forgiveness, which are given as the purpose of all the types of sacrifice.

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‘This party is lit’ How a Hillel rabbi shed her stereotypes of Millennials and found her calling on campus

Young-Adults - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Rabbi Leah Fein for eJewishPhilanthropy


The last place I expected to work after ordination was America’s top party school.


But a few months before I started as the Hillel rabbi at Syracuse University, The Princeton Review bestowed upon it the title of “No. 1 Party School in America.”


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Shabbat Zemirot - Songs Sung Around the Table

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am

 

Friday night, Shabbat begins. A time when work ceases and family can spend a relaxing evening together around the dinner table.  Here are several traditional zemirot, Shabbat songs, and some newer ones, that you and your family can learn from YouTube and when Shabbat comes, sing around the dinner table. So turn off your electronic devices, and experience the wonder of Shabbat; of eating together, singing together, being together.

Click on each song to get to the YouTube video.

Shalom Aleichem 

Tzur Mishelo 

Yom Zeh L'Yisrael 

Ya Ribon Olam 

Shabbat Shalom 

There's A Dinosaur Knocking on My Door 

Want more information on Shabbat? Check out Jvillage Network's Shabbat Guide. 

IDF won't ask new recruits for their opinion on LGBTs

LGBTQ - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
By Uzi Baruch, Arutz Sheva


IDF receives order not to ask new recruits for their opinions on LGBTs, whether women should serve in combat roles.


Israelis arriving for a personal interview at the IDF's draft office may not be asked for their opinions on female combat soldiers or the LGBT movement, IDF Ombudsman Major-General Yizhak Barik (Res.) told the IDF's Meitav Unit (Reception and Sorting Base).

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
From shiva.com


Following World War II and the establishment of the state of Israel, four new holidays, referred to as ‘modern’ Jewish holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar. Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) are observed as national holidays in Israel, and recognized around the world by Jewish communities.

Yom HaShoah, also known as Yom Hashoah VeHagevurah, literally means the “day of remembrance of the Catastrophe and the Heroism.” It is commemorated on the 27th day in the month of Nisan. The observance is held one week after the seventh day of Passover. It also falls one week before Yom Hazikaron, the memorial day for Israel’s fallen soldiers.

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Classic Hummus

Jewish-Food - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
From ToriAvey.com


Hummus was one of the very first recipes I ever blogged about, and it continues to be a favorite recipe on my site. Making your own hummus is easy and affordable, and the resulting flavor is far superior to those tubs of store-bought dip. When you peel the chickpeas before blending, a light, silky texture emerges that is simply irresistible.
See the full post:https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/classic-hummus/#LkYmPCD0Is3Lep0H.99

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An Encyclopaedia of Mythical Creatures in Judaism

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
From bimbam


This animated short film was produced at Camp Ramah in New England by our 2014 Animation Kishroniyah participants in Magshimim & Bogrim. This program was the result of campers working with a visiting animation specialist.

 

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A Slap in the Face

Jewish-Books - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
By David Mikics for Tablet Magazine


Beate and Serge Klarsfeld’s moving memoirs trace the evolution of a new idea: that Germans were responsible for the Nazi past. Can today’s Europe learn from their moral courage?


Beate Klarsfeld had been saying for weeks that she would slap the chancellor. Twenty-five years earlier Kurt Georg Kiesinger had been Hitler’s assistant director of foreign propaganda in France. Now he was Germany’s head of state, and this ought to be a scandal, Klarsfeld thought. On Nov. 7, 1968, the 29-year-old Klarsfeld rushed across the stage during a meeting of Kiesinger’s Christian Democratic party and struck the surprised chancellor across the face. “Ohrfeige für den Kanzler!” (“A slap for the chancellor!”) the newspapers excitedly proclaimed.

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The Woman Who Fought an Empire

Jewish-Books - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
From NebraskaPress

Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring by Gregory J Wallace


About the Book

Though she lived only to twenty-seven, Sarah Aaronsohn led a remarkable life. The Woman Who Fought an Empire tells the improbable but true odyssey of a bold young woman—the daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine—who became the daring leader of a Middle East spy ring. 

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Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 50 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

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For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).

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Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.


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