Ess Gezint: Jewish Soul Food for Summer...

Jun 20, 2015 by

Jewish Soul Food: Traditional Fare and What It Means by Carol Ungar (Brandeis University Press) is not another “coffee-table” cookbook, almost too beautiful to risk staining in the kitchen. This is a slim paperback with a mission: To showcase the deep link between Jewish foods and Jewish beliefs. For example, she explains that Majadarah is eaten before Tisha B’Av because lentils are closed spheres without an opening or a mouth, just like mourners. She also gives detailed instructions on how to fashion almost two dozen spectacular challahs. Doctored-Up Gefilte Fish 1 frozen log gefilte fish (do not defrost) 1 small onion, minced 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp ground pepper or to taste 1 medium-size carrot, left whole ¾ cup granulated sugar (optional) Put fish roll in a pot with a lid and pour in...

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At the One Israel Fund Dinner, the Message Was the Jewish Tradition of Bravery and the Need to Help Israel’s Most Vulnerable Communities...

Jun 16, 2015 by

Supporters of those who reside in Judea and Samaria must stop begging the UN and other world leaders to protect the Jewish nation, according to a Jewish spiritual leader who has gained a world-wide reputation in the Jewish, Christian, and secular world as an author, speaker, and media host. “We proclaim that our Creator protects us. We are a nation of destiny. We have to tell the world of our danger. Waiting for permission to speak weakens us,” said Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Often referred to as “America’s Rabbi,” Rabbi Boteach made his remarks as the keynote speaker at last month’s One Israel Fund’s 21st anniversary Gala Dinner, held in Manhattan. Supporting Yesha Since 1994, One Israel Fund has been dedicated to supporting the welfare and safety of the men, women, and children of Judea...

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Analyst: It’s Not Shi’ite vs Sunni; It’s Shi’ite Iran vs All Arabs—and Jews...

May 27, 2015 by

While most commentators view the current strife in the Islamic world as the continuation of the ancient battle between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims, one security analyst believes the conflict has been instigated by Iran for the purpose of dividing and then conquering the Arab world and, while at it, destroying Israel. “This war isn’t between Shi’ites, led by Iran, and Sunnis, led by Saudi Arabia. It’s actually a war between the Persian-Iranians and all Arabs, and, unfortunately, the Arabs are being played as fools by their Persian-Iranian puppeteers,” said Mark Langfan, a New York-based attorney who writes on security issues for Arutz Sheva and other publications. He also serves as chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel. According to Mr. Langfan, the Iranians have purposefully instigated Sunni and Shi’ite Arabs to fight each other,...

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“Special in Uniform” Allows Special-Needs Youngsters to Join the IDF—and It’s the Army and Society Who Benefit...

May 19, 2015 by

Several years ago, when an Israeli commander was asked about the place for special-needs individuals in the IDF, his response was that the army was not “a social-service agency.” Lieut.-Col. Tiran Attia does not necessarily disagree, but, he said, soldiers with disabilities are increasingly playing a role that not only makes the IDF better and stronger, but is also changing the way Israelis in general view those with special-needs. “It’s not usually discussed, but former Prime Minister Golda Meir had a grandchild with Downs Syndrome at a time when special-needs children were shunted aside so as not to shame the family. She always said she had a dream that, one day, disabled Israelis would be part of the general Jewish community. It is my decision to fulfill that dream,” he said. Mr. Attia made...

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Sephardi Center of Manhattan’s Gala East River Cruise Will Support New Immigrants from Europe Fleeing Antisemitism...

May 17, 2015 by

Sephardi Center of Manhattan’s Gala East River Cruise Will Support New Immigrants from Europe Fleeing Antisemitism On Tuesday, May 12, the Sephardi Center of Manhattan is offering a Glatt Kosher Sunset Cruise on the East River of Manhattan. The cruise, which will be the Sephardi Center’s fundraising gala, is open to the entire community. There will be a live music concert with an orchestra from Paris led by David Abitol and the opportunity to share piyoutim and other traditional songs of the rich, authentic Sephardi culture and heritage. There will also be a Chinese auction and a raffle with a round trip to Israel as a grand prize. Boarding for the cruise, which will leave from East 23rd Street at 2430 FDR Drive in Manhattan, will begin at 7pm, with sailing scheduled for 8....

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Believers in the Police

May 2, 2015 by

“Believers in the Police” Is the Hesder Yeshiva of the Israeli Police Force, Infusing Faith, Ethics, and Compassion Where None Existed There is no institution in Israel which carries more approval from the citizens of the country than the Israeli Defense Forces, an army which is viewed by the vast majority of Israelis and their supporters throughout the world as the planet’s most ethical fighting force. By contrast, there is almost no organization in Israel which engenders less admiration than the country’s police force. Throughout the country, the Mishteret Yisrael is viewed as uncaring at best. Many Israelis, whether on the political right or left, describe the police as abusive, corrupt, inept, and immoral. But if Uriel Cohen has his way, that image will be changing. As CEO of the new Maaminim B’Mishtara, “Believers...

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Public Now Seeing Art of Givati Who Died Just Before Showing...

Jun 2, 2012 by

A few months ago, Israeli artist Moshe Givati passed away exactly as he was planning a brand new exhibition at New York’s Jadite Galleries. Buzz was already swirling in the Israeli art circles over Givati’s resurfacing after years of retreat.  Givati was known for his compelling abstract paintings defined by his use of bright colors and expressionistic quality. His paintings reflect the not only his internal struggles due to his manic-depression (suspected but never officially diagnosed), inherited from his mother, but also reflect the political and social issues affecting Israel during his lifetime. A vivid example is a painting he produced with emotional intensity the night that Gilad Shalit was released from prison. Shalit, an IDF soldier who was abducted by Hamas terrorists in 2006, was held in prison until October, 2011 when he...

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Many “Rabbis for Obama” Support BDS and the Palestinian Cause against the Jewish State: Do They Reflect Their Candidate?...

May 22, 2012 by

President Obama’s re-election campaign announced last month the launch of “Rabbis for Obama,” a group whose stated goal is to rally grassroots support for the President in the Jewish community. The announcement came amid reports that Jewish support for Barack Obama, while still strong, is dwindling when compared to his numbers in 2008; as well as some hard-hitting ads for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney targeting Jewish concerns, especially regarding support for Israel. The problem for the Democrats is that more than one-third of the “Rabbis for Obama” have taken harsh left-wing, anti-Israel positions themselves that they clearly think the President also supports. This perception will not help Mr. Obama in the normative pro-Israel Jewish community. According to the Boston Globe, there is speculation that he could lose between three and 10 percentage points...

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Discovery of Buried Mikveh Prompts an Historical Overview of Baltimore’s Orthodox History...

Apr 14, 2011 by

The report last month that a 166-year-old mikveh, dating from, at the latest, 1845, had been uncovered under the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore, had deep resonance for The Jewish Voice and Opinion’s observer, social critic, and demographic analyst Catriel Sugarman. Mr. Sugarman, who authors The Jewish Voice’s periodic “Catriel’s Notebook” feature, was the last bar mitzvah ever celebrated in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.   “The year was 1957, when Sputnik was shot into space,” said Mr. Sugarman. His late grandfather, HaRav Dovid Pattashnick, was the last spiritual leader of the congregation, the venerable Shomrei Mishmeres HaKodesh. Deep Ties A Greek Revival-style building, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the first shul building erected in Maryland and the third oldest Jewish house of worship...

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