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Shabbath Shalom – Spreading Light

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
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Shabbat. Shabbos. The Sabbath. 

Once a week, each Friday around sundown, my family gathers to light two candles. The light generated by these candles is symbolic of spiritual energy. It signals to us that the day of rest is here. It is time for us to pause and reflect on our week, and on our inner spiritual lives. We break bread (challah), share a home-cooked meal as a family, and disconnect from our daily routine in order to connect with a deeper, more important energy. 


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In a first, a transgender person is campus president of this Jewish sorority

LGBTQ - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
Elliot Draznin is the president of a Jewish sorority but does not identify as a woman. (Courtesy of Draznin)


BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN for JTA


(JTA) — In December, the Jewish sorority at the University of Cincinnati elected a new president. The new leader was a founding member of the campus group who was highly involved in Jewish life at the university.

But the 21-year-old’s election was surprising in at least one way: For the first time, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, or SAEPi, would be led by someone not identifying as a woman.

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How going to synagogue regularly turned me into a dumpster diver

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

CNAAN LIPHSHIZ for JTA


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — I was recently offered a handout while rummaging for food in a heap of trash as my two small children looked on.

It happened all because I wanted to start attending synagogue regularly.

 

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New law excuses Brazilian Jewish students from exams, classes on Shabbat and holidays

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am



RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A new law in Brazil allows Jewish and non-Jewish students to skip school exams and classes for religious reasons.


The students are permitted to be absent on any date in which, according to their religious precepts, the exercise of activities is prohibited, according to the legislation. For Jewish students, it means Shabbat and holidays such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.


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A Tu B’Shevat Recipe That Brings the World Together

Jewish-Food - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

 

This recipe is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

 

By Joan Nathan for Tablet Magazine 


This quinoa salad combines Andean grains with Asian fruit to make a colorful vegan medley for the holiday


On my most recent visit to San Francisco, I ate a symphony of persimmons. At Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ famed shrine to local food in Berkeley, the bright-orange fruit was shaved paper-thin over salads, pureed with sugar, eggs, and cream to make the perfect persimmon pudding, and served whole in a copper bowl to be easily plucked for a fresh and delicious dessert. At Hardwater, a Bourbon bar opened by chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door fame, I ate crispy Brussels sprouts coated with a persimmon and mustard jam. While at Greens Restaurant, a wonderful vegetarian eatery started by Jewish chef and now cookbook author Deborah Madison, I ate the best quinoa salad I have ever tasted, served with—you got it—persimmons.

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Super Easy Chocolate Bark for an Easy Tu B’Shevat Craft Project

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

From Chai & Home


You know if it’s after Hanukkah I’m looking to melt some Hanukkah gelt! Like I’ve written before, there is something about melting gelt that makes it taste so much better. When in gelt form, the chocolate is so dry and flavorless, but when melted it tastes like the finest Belgian chocolate. No fooling. You tell me if I’m wrong. Anyway, this year the kosher candy store where I  buy my gelt only had pareve gelt, much to the disappointment of some kids at my Hanukkah party (yes, I refrained from “In my day, we were happy to get any gelt at all” even though I was very tempted.) In previous years I’ve made 4 fruits bark, fondue, and used it as icing, but this year I was feeling particularly woodsy so I was just going to melt it down and make it bark-like with a bit of texture. It is super easy to do and makes a great Tu b’Shevat craft project.

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The Bookshelf: JWA’s 2018-2019 Book List

Jewish-Books - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

 

From the Jewish Women's Archives

 

Are you looking for some thought-provoking or fun reads for you or your book group? 

Check out the many wonderful titles from the Jewish Women's Archives.

ADAMA OPENS GLOBAL R&D CENTER IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL

Israeli-News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
A researcher works at ADAMA's new global R&D center in Ne'ot Hovav. (photo credit: NATALIE COHEN-KADOSH)


BY EYTAN HALON for JPost


The new research complex will focus on all stages of development, from basic chemical research to the development of active processes and materials, and to a final product for farmers.


ADAMA, the world’s leading generic crop protection company, inaugurated its multi-million dollar advanced global research and development center on Tuesday in the southern industrial zone of Ne’ot Hovav.

The Tel Aviv-headquartered company, acquired by Beijing-based chemical company ChemChina in 2017, will initially welcome more than 100 researchers and chemists to its new agricultural research hub, and is expected to expand in the future.

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Interfaith Families Increasingly Jewish

Interfaith-Issues - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
By STEWART AIN for The Jewish Week


Palm Beach County finds two-thirds of such couples raising Jewish children.


At the same time the rate of intermarriage among non-Orthodox Jews continues to rise, so does the percentage of such couples who are raising their children as Jews, according to Jewish population surveys conducted in recent years.

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Tu B'Shvat: What Is A Birthday For Trees?

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This video is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


From AlephBeta 


What Is Tu B'Shvat And Why Do We Celebrate?


Every year, we celebrate the strange Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat – according to the Talmud, it’s a birthday for all of the trees born in the previous year. And not just a birthday – it’s really a “new year” for the trees. How odd is that? In this video, Imu Shalev breaks down this strange holiday to uncover what Tu B’Shvat really means to us today. Discover how Tu B’Shvat is actually all about gratitude to our Creator, for the fruits of the trees.

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The Relevance of Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

Green-Living - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Paula Maccabee for Hadassah Magazine


Many of us dismiss Tu B’Shevat as a tree-planting holiday for children. And for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, the holiday often falls during the depths of winter, making the “New Year of the Trees” seem misplaced. But Jewish learning and our natural environment require that we reclaim Tu B’Shevat—which this year begins the evening of January 20—as an important holiday to celebrate our relationship with Creation and take responsibility to protect the web of life on Earth.

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Why We Eat the 7 Fruits on Tu B’Shvat

Featured-Articles - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, 


By Jo Ann Gardner for The Forward


The seven species are pomegranate, grapes, dates, figs, olives, wheat and barley.

Why do we eat fruit of the Seven Species on Tu B’Shvat?

The Seven Species of the Bible are a central feature of the celebration of Tu B’Shvat, which this year occurs in late January. The reason usually given for eating foods from this group, especially its fruits, is that they are symbols of God’s creation, and that by eating them we give thanks to Him and reaffirm our ties to the Land of Israel.

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Shabbat Shira - Beshalach

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

Exodus 13:17-17:16 


BY HILLEL GRUENBERG, for JTS


Israel: Between Tears and Songs


Beshallah holds special importance for me and my family—it was the parashah of the week of my son Zeke’s bris three years ago, and that of the week of my wedding to Yael two years before that. Under the huppah, my rabbi (and brother-in-law) Aaron Brusso referenced the Zohar’s likening of the parting of the Red Sea to a wedding for having weeping on one side of the event and singing on the other (Zohar 2:170b). Between the tears and songs, however, lies the Children of Israel’s experience of actually traversing a supernaturally divided sea, one of immense physical insecurity as they walk in the sea knowing that at any moment, the “waters that were to them a wall from their right and their left” (Exod. 14:22, 27), והמים להם חומה מימינם ומשמאלם could come down, crash, literally liquidating everything in their midst. However, this physical insecurity is only one part of the equation.

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Outside Hillel, Northeastern Jewish Students Struggle After Rabbi Leaves

Young-Adults - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


This is part 3 in a series about politics, identity, and Jewish community on college campuses. Click here to view part 1, and here for part 2.

 

Ben Novak came to Northeastern University in 2016 from a Catholic high school in Kingston, Massachusetts. His father was raised Jewish, and his mother converted to Judaism before he was born. Novak wanted to find his own Jewish community in college, a place where he could grow.

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History and Development of Shabbat

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
MyJewishLearning


The rabbis of antiquity deduced that all labors necessary for constructing a sanctuary and its appurtenances should serve as the blueprint for Shabbat prohibitions.


Despite the importance of Shabbat in Jewish life, the Torah provides few details as to its observance. Apart from the oft-repeated injunction to “do no work” on Shabbat (see Exodus 20:10, 35:2, and Deuteronomy 5:14, among others), the only other specifics mentioned are a few prohibitions such as those against kindling a fire, gathering wood, and plowing.

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101st Rose Queen Says She’s The First Jewish And First LGBTQ Queen

LGBTQ - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

BY MARCY OSTER FOR THE FORWARD

(JTA) — Louise Deser Siskel, a high school senior who will preside over the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade, says she is the first Jewish Rose queen in the parade’s 101-year history.

Siskel, 18, also told the local media that she is the first LGBTQ queen and the first queen that wears glasses, though none of these firsts have been officially verified.

 

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‘Deeply illiberal’ shechita ban condemned by UK Jewish leaders

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
From Times of Israel/JewishNews


President of the Board says the decision is a "major set-back" to the country's reputation as being progressive and urges a re-think


UK Jewish representatives have said Belgium’s ban on shechita “offends against the human right of relisious freedom” after the country’s law to stop non-stun slaughter took effect.

The implementation of the ban, which came into effect in the region of Flanders on 1 January, will impact on both the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities, and European Jewish figures say it “puts Jewish life at risk” and runs counter to public pronouncements from politicians that Jewish life should be protected.

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In Israel, it’s knafeh that takes the cake

Jewish-Food - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By Jessica Halfin for Israel21c


As the sweet, sticky, cheesy treat has entered contemporary cuisine, knafeh is open to interpretation by home cooks, restaurant chefs and hipsters.


In South Tel Aviv, in a gentrified historical neighborhood called Florentin, British immigrant Dean Essa recently opened a new culinary hangout, Kanafanji.

It may look like a hip espresso bar, but Kanafanji specializes in knafeh (also spelled “kanafeh”), an Arabic dessert made with shredded vermicelli-like pastry noodles (kadaif) moistened with clarified butter, covered with crumbles of sheep or goat cheese and seared on both sides until golden. Before serving, the knafeh is showered in spiced heavy syrup.

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Game Apps for Your Child to Learn About Ecosystems, Habitats & Biomes

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Yonah Kirschner, DigitalJlearning


As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and the natural world, Tu Bishvat provides a great opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. This year, we were inspired by Jewish texts about the natural world. For each text, we’ve taken out a particular topic you can focus on in your classroom and provided educational technology resources that can help your students reach their learning goals. Our hope is that after using these tools and developing a stronger understanding of Earth, your students will have a more meaningful Tu Bishvat.

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The Scroll’s Year in Review

Jewish-Books - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By The Scroll for Tablet Magazine 


Some 2018 reading you might have missed to catch up on in the year ahead


A few weeks ago we offered a neat, numbered list of the “Tablet Top 10: An entirely subjective list, presented in no particular order, of our 10 favorite articles from Tablet’s Arts & Culture and News & Politics sections in 2018.“

That was the formal affair; ‘entirely subjective’ yes, but, nevertheless, presented with all the prestige and institutional authority of the Tablet imprimatur. Today, in a rather more impulsive and personal manner, The Scroll offers some ad hoc recommendations of its own from outside the Tablet universe. 

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