Monthly Archives: June 2008

Top New York Jews Moving To Israel

From the Jerusalem Post: Rabbi Ari Berman had until June 1 to decide whether he would make Israel his permanent home. That’s the deadline his synagogue, The Jewish Center, one of the largest modern Orthodox synagogues in the US, gave … Continue reading

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The Rabbi Who Freed 1000 Chained Women

Yair Ettinger writes: In late 1973 after the Yom Kippur War, then-chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef received a query from the chief military chaplain, Brigadier General Mordechai Piron, regarding almost 1,000 cases of missing IDF soldiers who remained in the field, … Continue reading

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Poland Ordains Its First Rabbis Since WWII

From the IHT: WARSAW: The first rabbis ordained in Poland since World War Two received their diplomas from Warsaw’s Rabbinical College on Sunday, PAP news agency said. Nine students from the United States and Israel were granted rabbinical rights at a … Continue reading

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50 Years Of Chabad Outreach To Michigan

 From the Detroit Free Press: “Hi, does anyone Jewish work in this office?” Every Friday, that question is asked by 50 pairs of young men from an Orthodox Jewish group who fan out across metro Detroit to various buildings in … Continue reading

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Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Accused Of Sexually Harassing Men

From the Jerusalem Post: Rabbis and employees within the Chief Rabbinate said Sunday that the latest allegations published in the local news media against Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger have dealt a serious blow to worker motivation. “I ran into … Continue reading

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Shtreimel Theft In Bnai Brak

From YNETNEWS: West-Side Story, Hasidic-style: The conflict among the two opposing camps in the Viznits Hasidic community in Bnei Brak doesn’t include stealing money or ideological arguments; instead, the Hasidic way of quarreling entails “swiping” shtreimels and bartering their return. … Continue reading

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What Would The Rabbis Say?

Matthew Wagner writes: Throughout nearly 2,000 years of exile the Jewish people’s high regard for life has been repeatedly exploited by ransom-seekers. As a result, the Jews have developed an extensive rabbinic literature dealing with the redeeming of hostages. Over … Continue reading

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Rashi’s Daughters Revisited

Chavi the Convert blogs: In this post, I issued my irritation at the perpetuation of Rashi’s daughters as a true, factual set of events in history, whereas in truth it is merely a legend developed with no factual documentation beyond … Continue reading

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Dr. Monica Osborne Is Now A Brunette

She’s moving to Los Angeles this summer and will teach Jewish literature at UCLA in the fall. Monica writes on her blog June 29: Unless you are a fan of Tex-Mex, trucks with balls, scorching heat, and museums commemorating George … Continue reading

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Reconstructionist Rabbi Tries To Create Jewish Community in Western Iraq

From the Jerusalem Post: Plenty of rabbis lead their congregation’s book club, but Jon Cutler may be the only one who does so from a war zone. Rabbi Jon Cutler, left of Torah, with Jewish personnel in the chapel on … Continue reading

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