Category Archives: Judaism

Azerbaijan Government Funds New Synagogue

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A new state-funded synagogue in Baku has just opened to much fanfare. The opening in the presence of the Israeli ambassador and distinguished state officials, is indeed cause for celebration – where Jews in other Muslim republics are dwindling fast, the Jews of Azerbaijan are thriving: BAKU, Azerbaijan — The opening of the new synagogue […]

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The Korean Study Of Talmud And The Asian Fascination With Jews

The Korean Study Of Talmud And The Asian Fascination With Jews – ‘In their quest for success, South Korea has eschewed all the other self-help books on the market and have decided learning Talmud is the key…’

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Jewish Federation Gave Over $1 Million to Anti-Glenn Beck Group

Jewish Federation Gave Over $1 Million to Anti-Glenn Beck Group – ‘Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), the George Soros-funded activist group that recently made headlines for its high-profile war against Fox News host Glenn Beck, has received over $1 million from the UJA-Federation of New York since 2008…’

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New URJ Leader’s Appalling Ideology

The new head of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Richard Jacobs of Scarsdale NY, is a member of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet and a former member of the board of directors of the New Israel Fund (NIF), presently chair of its ‘Pluralism Grants Committee’ and (former and possibly also present) co-chair of its […]

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Purim Songs

First, a little acapella from The Fountainheads: And the same theme, with a little more polish from The Maccabeats:

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Some Thoughts on Jews in Moldova

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My mother’s family is thought to have arrived in the vicinity of Bessarabia from Austria, for reasons that are as yet unclear to me, sometime in the mid 19th century. Perhaps it was one of the German speaking merchant families regularly enticed by Russian Tzars to settle the nearby Volga region with promises of free […]

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Badkhn Belt? Jewish humor was born in 1661, prof says

Badkhn Belt? Jewish humor was born in 1661, prof says – ‘ The Chmielnicki massacres weren’t particularly funny. From 1648 to 1651, nearly 100,000 Jews were slaughtered throughout Ukraine by Bohdan Chmielnicki and his roving bands of Cossacks. It was arguably the worst pogrom in history, leaving hundreds of Jewish communities in ruins. Yet according […]

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Jeff Jacoby Review: When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry

Jeff Jacoby Review: When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry – ‘…WAS THE STRUGGLE to save the Soviet Jews a Jewish cause — or a human cause? A recurring theme in When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone is the attempt to balance the universal with […]

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Jews on the Dark Side

Why do I write so much about anti-Zionist Jews, you ask? Why so much space dedicated to the phony ‘pro-Israel’ J Street, for example? We already know that there are a few Israel-hating crazies and naive-but-well-meaning liberals out there, but aren’t there more important targets? Well, no, I don’t think so. I am going to […]

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The Spam Doctor

My mother has a nickname – the “Spam Doctor”. The “Doctor” part is actually non-descriptive, but it just sounds better than “Wizard” or “Addict”. She’s one of those people who forwards a mass email to her family and friends about various things at least once a day. People stop me on the street, people I […]

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Duties of the Parent: Jewish vs Chinese Mother

The “Battle Hymn of the Jewish Mother” is a reply to the Wall Street Journal article last month, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” that caused quite a stir. At root, the difference is between raising a mensch and raising a child to be a self-centered person with primary responsibility to self, above all striving for […]

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Holocaust-era Soap Find Raises New Questions

Holocaust-era Soap Find Raises New Questions – ‘Bar with ‘RIF’ initials found by Brooklyn man in uncle’s belongings; experts downplay ghoulish rumors…’

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