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Religion & Philosophy

  • Colonie Chai Center to open its doors on Aug. 19

    By jwadmin on August 7, 2018
    ALBANY– Rabbi Yisroel Rubin, director of the Capital Chabad, has announced the formation of a new Chabad Lubavitch unit in the area. Rabbi Mordechai and Chana Rubin with their daughter Mushka recently relocated to the Capital Region and have established the Chai Jewish Center, to serve Jewish families and individuals in the Town of Colonie. “We are committed to serving […]
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  • A kosher cheeseburger is now possible. Well, almost.

    By jwadmin on August 2, 2018
    By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN TEANECK, N.J. (JTA) – For many Americans, no hamburger is complete without cheese. Whether a slice of no-fuss American or something fancier, the cheese melds the beef patty with the bun into umami-laden perfection. Until now, the cheeseburger was the stuff of daydreams for Jews observing kosher dietary laws that prohibit the mixing of meat and dairy. Sure, there […]
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  • Weddings are lovely, but it’s the marriage that matters

    By jwadmin on July 25, 2018
    By CINDY SHER CHICAGO (JTA) — My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago. Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my duties was to hold up the train of her dress so it wouldn’t drag through the dirt. But there was a […]
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  • Need tefillin? There’s an app for that

    By jwadmin on July 17, 2018
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ AMSTERDAM (JTA) – You can call a taxi, order a hamburger, rent a film and buy a book with a few clicks of a smartphone. So why shouldn’t it be as easy to score a set of tefillin? That, at least, was the question that led to the recent launch of Wrapp — an app its creator calls “the Uber […]
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  • Opinion: Why liberal Jews should embrace Tisha b’Av

    By jwadmin on July 17, 2018
    By Rabbi DIANA FERSKO NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – This year, liberal Jews should lean in to Tisha b’Av. Among other things, the ninth of the month of Av is a crash course in Jewish history. During the 24-hour fast, which begins this year on Saturday night, we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples, the expulsion of the Jews […]
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  • Why synagogues started putting American flags in the sanctuary

    By jwadmin on July 9, 2018
    By Josefin Dolsten (JTA) — Jewish tourists from North America are likely to notice one big difference when visiting synagogues around the world. Though a plethora of symbols, such as stars of David and menorahs, may be displayed, national flags are rare inside the sanctuary. Meanwhile, in the United States and Canada, an American or Canadian flag (and sometimes both) are […]
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  • Before it’s too late, let’s unify Jewish schools in East Bay

    By jwadmin on July 2, 2018
    BY REUVEN KAHANE  While reading J. recently, I noticed that the three Jewish middle schools of the East Bay graduated a total of 38 students. First, yasher koach to the graduates and the parents for their incredible dedication to Jewish education. Second, thank you to all the teachers, rabbis and staff of these great institutions: Tehiyah Day Schoolin El Cerrito, Oakland Hebrew Day School and Contra Costa […]
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  • This Orthodox rabbi just took a job at an LGBT synagogue

    By jwadmin on June 28, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – In many ways, Mike Moskowitz is a typical haredi Orthodox rabbi. He wears a black suit and black hat. He sports a thick, curly beard beneath a closely shaved head. He peppers his speech with liturgical Hebrew and Yiddish words. He quotes from Jewish legal texts. Moskowitz sometimes closes his eyes when he […]
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  • Rock star Perry Farrell is a “love-bavitcher”

    By jwadmin on June 27, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Most rock music lovers know Perry Farrell as the charismatic frontman of the band Jane’s Addiction. Others know him as the guy who started the popular Lollapalooza music festival. Hardcore fans might know that he was born Peretz Bernstein to a Jewish family, and that he has been one of the more prominent celebrity adherents of Kabbalah, […]
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  • Quicken Loans makes it kosher for Orthodox Jews to take out a mortgage

    By jwadmin on June 13, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA)– Orthodox Jews can continue to take out mortgages and other loans from Quicken Loans after the company resolved a Jewish legal problem. Agudath Israel of America, a major haredi Orthodox organization, issued a Jewish legal ruling in April prohibiting Jews from taking out loans from the Detroit-based company because it is majority-owned by Jews — notably Dan Gilbert, who […]
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