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Boston’s Vilna Shul Connects Present With the Past

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:00

A defunct synagogue in Boston tries to revive its community — by finding the descendants of its founding members who immigrated from Lithuania. Does it have a ghost of a chance?

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Learning To Embrace the Hybrid Jew

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 15:50

Other religions offer spiritual practices that Judaism lacks —  so why not adopt multiple traditions simultaneously? Jay Michaelson argues that being a hybrid Jew is an opportunity, not a problem.

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Online Rabbinical School Celebrates a New Class of Graduates: Eighth...

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:54

The Jewish Spiritual Leadership Institute (JSLI) Online Rabbinical School conducted its eighth ordination Saturday night at a ceremony in Delray Beach, FL. Eleven new rabbis will now begin their...

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Elements Theatre Company Brings "Pound of Flesh" Touring...

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:54

Educational Touring Program Features Religious Leaders, Artists, and Scholars Discussing the Impact of Persecution and Bigotry on “The Other” as It Relates to Prejudice, Injustice and Assimilation

(PRWeb January 20, 2015)

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Sephardic Leader Calls 'Hatikvah' a 'Stupid Song'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:46

The spiritual leader of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party said at a party convention that “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, “is a stupid song.”

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Sephardic Leader Calls 'Hatikvah' a 'Stupid Song'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:41

The spiritual leader of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party said at a party convention that “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, “is a stupid song.”

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Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Kosher Stamp of Approval

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:00

Want to get high with your rabbi’s approval? Marijuana may soon come with a kosher stamp — but probably just for medical purposes, not your average stoner.

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Vandals Torch Grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov's Daughter

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:17

The grave of a daughter of the Breslover movement’s founder, Rabbi Nachman, was set on fire and daubed with a swastika.

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Polish Culture Ministry Rejects Request To Renovate Historic Synagogue

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 10:42

The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has turned down a request to support the renovation of a historic synagogue in Przysucha in southern Poland.

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Sydney Chabad Rabbi Stripped of Post Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 10:32

A senior Chabad rabbi was delisted as an emissary from the New York-based organization as the fallout continues from Australia’s Royal Commission into the child sex abuse scandal.

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Oslo Synagogue ‘Peace Ring’ Marred by Organizer’s Anti-Jewish Statements

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 10:07

Several hundred people gathered at a Norwegian synagogue to support Jews at an event which drew praise but also criticism because of an organizer’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish statements.

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Can You Pass Down Cultural Judaism Without the Faith?

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:00

A secular Jew wonders how she can raise her future children with a Jewish identity even though she doesn’t go to synagogue or believe in God. She asks the Seeesaw for help.

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1,000 Muslims Form 'Human Ring' Around Norway Synagogue

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 16:00

More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo’s synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.

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White House Summit on Extremism; A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Churches in Pubs

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:30

Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council on terrorism, religion, and violent extremism; more of our conversation with the former chief rabbi of the UK; and churches talk theology and worship with beer on tap.

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White House Summit on Countering Extremism

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:00

Watch our conversation with Haris Tarin, director of the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, about the White House summit on countering violent extremism.

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A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:15

Click here for our February 13th video.

In the second of our two-part discussion, the retired British chief rabbi shares his thoughts on science and religion, belief in God, hope and optimism, and the capacity of Judaism, a religion of deeds, to make the world better.

Also, in this web-only video, watch Rabbi Sacks speak about how he was influenced to become a Jewish leader by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson.

 

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How Could We Have Trusted Rabbi Barry Freundel?

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:35

Now that Rabbi Barry Freundel has pleaded guilty, we can begin some much-needed soul-searching. Jay Michaelson writes we should start with the powerful people who lionized him.

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Israel Chief Rabbi Vows To Defy Conversion Law

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:46

One of Israel’s two chief rabbis said he would not recognize conversions performed by municipal rabbis despite a government directive validating them.

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'Get-Extort' Rabbis Caught on Tape Plotting To Beat Reluctant Husbands

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 07:43

An undercover FBI agent testified on Thursday in a case involving three Orthodox Jewish rabbis in New Jersey accused of kidnapping and beating husbands to force them to grant divorces under Jewish law to their wives.

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French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia Pushes Back on Israel Immigration Call

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:41

France’s chief rabbi rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion that European Jews should flee to Israel.

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