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iRepent: Miami Beach rabbi allows congregants to text transgressions

iRepent: Miami Beach rabbi allows congregants to text transgressions | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Armed with an iPad and references to pop culture, one local Rabbi will host a Sunday night service celebrating Rosh Hashanah by straying a little from tradition.

 

Presided over by Rabbi Amy Morrison of Temple Beth Shalom, the Jewish High Holiday service will include traditional touches, but will also allow congregants to text their transgressions anonymously to a 5-foot screen located behind Rabbi Morrison.

 

Such texting deviates from Jewish tradition, in which smartphones are looked down upon by the elder Jewish population.

 

The unique service, held at the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach, is geared towards 20- and 30-somethings who are unlikely to attend a formal service at a synagogue...

 

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Miami Hurricanes' first two games of the season will be nationally televised

Miami Hurricanes' first two games of the season will be nationally televised | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Via Hurricane Sports:

 

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes' Sept. 8 football game at Kansas State will be televised live at 12 p.m. EDT on FX, as announced Wednesday by K-State and the Big 12 Conference.


With Wednesday's announcement, Miami's first two games – both on the road – will air nationally. Miami's season opener Sept. 1 at Boston College will air at 3:30 p.m. EDT on either ABC or ESPN2.


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Head in the clouds and feet in the desert, Yosef Abramowitz dreams of Israeli solar power | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Head in the clouds and feet in the desert, Yosef Abramowitz dreams of Israeli solar power | JTA - Jewish & Israel News | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

"...Yosef Abramowitz moved from America to Israel, where he co-founded a solar power company with the goal of providing 10 percent of Israel's energy needs..."  

 

"...He has a grandiose vision for his small company -- one that is less about revenues and expenses than about values and ideals. Abramowitz sees solar energy as the key to lowering Israel’s high energy costs, cutting pollution and fulfilling David Ben-Gurion's vision of making Israel’s desert bloom..."

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Sonia Sotomayor is apparently a Bleacher Creature - who knew?

Sonia Sotomayor is apparently a Bleacher Creature - who knew? | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

In this Instragram photo taken a short while ago by [Stefanie Gordon] @Stefmara, Supreme Court Justice and Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor is seen at this afternoon's Yankees-Orioles game chanting along with [Vinny Milano, aka @baldvinny and] the rest of the Bleacher Creatures, the hard-core, often rowdy fans who sit in right field's Section 203...

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U.S. Gymnast Aly Raisman's Parents Contort Hilariously During Her Performance (VIDEO) | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

U.S. Gymnast Aly Raisman's Parents Contort Hilariously During Her Performance (VIDEO) | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Ricky and Lynn Raisman were shown contorting their bodies into different positions as they watched their daughter – the U.S. team captain – flip and tumble her way into the women’s finals.

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Romney Tells the Truth in Israel « Commentary Magazine

Romney Tells the Truth in Israel « Commentary Magazine | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

 

Romney said the economic history of the world has shown that “culture makes all the difference.”

 

“And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said, citing an innovative business climate, the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances and the “hand of providence.” He said similar disparity exists between neighboring countries, like Mexico and the United States.

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A Jewish dead poets’ society?

A Jewish dead poets’ society? | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
North Carolina’s American Hebrew Academy is facing ambitious challenges in its bid for elite status...
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Speeding baby "driving" to his brit milah clip goes viral on YouTube

Speeding baby "driving" to his brit milah clip goes viral on YouTube | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

A short clip of an eight-day old baby “driving” to his brit milah (circumcision) in a remote-controlled car, posted in early June on YouTube, has cleared the 100,000 mark and is still racing ahead.

Accompanied by drummers, camera crews in tow, with adoring family and fans clapping along the route, the baby was filmed sleeping at the wheel in an Israeli shopping mall.

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Feeling the Exile: Tisha B’Av 2012

Feeling the Exile: Tisha B’Av 2012 | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
There are many reasons to mourn on Tisha B’Av. Historically, our holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. As a result we lost the great spiritual connection present in those Temples.
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Gloating Ahmadinejad hints at Iranian responsibility for Burgas terror attack

Gloating Ahmadinejad hints at Iranian responsibility for Burgas terror attack | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gloated publicly on Thursday over the deaths of Israelis in a terror bombing in Bulgaria, and hinted that Iran was responsible for the attack.

 

Speaking hours after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had publicly blamed the bombing Wednesday at Bulgaria’s Burgas airport on “Hezbollah, directed by Iran,” Ahmadinejad described the attack as “a response” to Israeli “blows against Iran.”

 

“The bitter enemies of the Iranian people and the Islamic Revolution have recruited most of their forces in order to harm us,” he said in a speech reported by Israel’s Channel 2 TV. “They have indeed succeeded in inflicting blows upon us more than once, but have been rewarded with a far stronger response.”

 

He added: “The enemy believes it can achieve its aims in a long, persistent struggle against the Iranian people, but in the end it will not. We are working to ensure that.

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Today our kids came home

Today our kids came home | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Today our kids came home. Some in boxes, others on stretchers, and still others walked off the plane. But the scars in their heads will last a lifetime...

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‘God Particle’: We’ve just seen the light

‘God Particle’:  We’ve just seen the light | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Rabbi David Wolpe, of Los Angeles' Sinai Temple, penned some verses to commemerate the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson subatomic particle.

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Explosion targets Israeli tourists in Bulgaria

Explosion targets Israeli tourists in Bulgaria | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
Israeli media: 3 killed in explosion targeting bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. ...
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Murder of U.S. ambassador to Libya was planned

Murder of U.S. ambassador to Libya was planned | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Via New York Post:

 

TRIPOLI, Libya — Tuesday night's deadly assault that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans was planned by attackers who used protests as a diversion, sources told CNN today.

 

Earlier reports said the Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the US Consulate in Benghazi, setting fire to it in outrage over a film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

 

Libya's new president apologized Wednesday for the attack, which underlined the lawlessness plaguing a region trying to recover from months of upheaval.

 

Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate Tuesday evening, many of them firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades.


By the end of the assault, much of the building was burned out and trashed. Stevens was the first US ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.

 

A Libyan doctor who treated Stevens said he died of severe asphyxiation, apparently from smoke. In a sign of the chaos of during the attack, Stevens was brought alone by Libyans to the Benghazi Medical Center with no other Americans, and no one at the facility knew who he was, the doctor, Ziad Abu Zeid, told The Associated Press...

 

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Miami Beach Driver Impaled by Tree, Killed (VIDEO)

Miami Beach Driver Impaled by Tree, Killed (VIDEO) | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

A driver was killed when he was impaled by a tree in an accident in Miami Beach Thursday, police said.

 

The driver was traveling north on Pine Tree Drive when he crashed near the intersection with 41st Street at about 4:52 p.m., Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez said.

 

The mam died on the scene, and the medical examiner supervised firefighters' removal of his body from the SUV, she said. The victim was a white male in his late 40s, and police have not yet notified the next of kin, Hernandez said...

 

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Italians hold moment of silence for Israeli athletes murdered in Munich

Italians hold moment of silence for Israeli athletes murdered in Munich | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
Thirty Italians, including sports minister and the head of the Italian Olympic Committee, took part in the ceremony...
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Aly Raisman leads US to gymnastics team gold

Aly Raisman leads US to gymnastics team gold | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
Jewish American wins floor exercise and takes home gold for the red, white and blue...
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Romney's integrity, Erekat's ire

Romney's integrity, Erekat's ire | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
How could Romney praise Israel's culture over the Palestinians'? Is he not aware of Palestinian poetry, music and art? Let's take a closer look at Palestinian culture, shall we?

 

Poetry is the perfect place to start. The following verse was recited by a young girl on PA TV this spring: 

"... The occupier stole my land and my grandfathers' land ...

Where is your sword, Khaled (Arab warrior)?

Where is your courage, Saladin (Muslim conqueror)?

But no one answered me.

Where is my weapon? I found it — a stone.

I took it and threw it at the enemies of destiny.

I taught the world that the Muslim in the name of Allah cannot be defeated ...

They challenge us with the White House, and we challenge them with the [Islamic] awakening and the Kaaba [in Mecca].

They aren't stronger than Khosrau and Caesar (rulers of Persian and Byzantine Empires).

They [Christians and Jews] are inferior and smaller, more cowardly and despised.

They are remnants of the [Christian] crusaders and Khaibar (i.e., Jewish village destroyed by Muslims in 629) ...

Oh Muslims of the world: Awaken, you have slept too long.

Your fathers and your sons are being massacred, your Al-Aqsa [mosque] is defiled and destroyed."

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We've Learned Nothing in 2000 Years

We've Learned Nothing in 2000 Years | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

That beautiful unity, that amazing “achdut” and that wonderful feeling of being one family was shattered with the announcement – here in Israel – of the Siyum Ha’Shas.

 

Monday – the 11th of Menachem Av (July 30th) will be – and this is a direct quote: Siyum Ha’Shas for Sefaradim in Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.

 

Tuesday – the 12th of Menachem Av (July 31st) will be Siyum Ha’Shas for Haredim in a special complex being built for this occasion in Maalot Dafna, Jerusalem.

 

Thursday – the 14th of Menachem Av (August 2nd) will be Siyum Ha’Shas for Religious Zionists in Binyanei Ha’Uma, Jerusalem.

 

There it goes, or as a famous sports announcer used to say when a player hit a home-run: “Kiss it good-bye”. For 7+ years there was one nation and one people, but for the conclusion of this Kiddush Hashem there are three nations and three people. Knitted Kippa? Your place is on Thursday. Black hat? Your siyum is on Tuesday. Sefardi? Better hurry, you guys go first!

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Ticket touts disgrace: Row upon row of empty seats... as tickets sent to foreign VIPs go on the black market

Ticket touts disgrace: Row upon row of empty seats... as tickets sent to foreign VIPs go on the black market | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

(FYI: "tout" in UK translates to "scalper" in US)

Scotland Yard said every illegal seller arrested so far had held tickets despatched overseas to national committees and official re-sellers. One of the touts held is from Germany, another from Slovakia.

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For Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, art is a window into secret life

For Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, art is a window into secret life | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
A recent genetic survey in the Journal of Human Genetics revealed new DNA evidence that Spanish Americans of the Southwest likely had Jews in their family trees...
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Batman midnight movie massacre suspect was University of Colorado neurosciences graduate student

Batman midnight movie massacre suspect was University of Colorado neurosciences graduate student | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it

Via Denver Post:

 

AURORA — A gunman burst into the emerency exit door of a theater and shot 50 people, killing at least 12, at a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie Friday, creating a chaotic, smoke-filled scene that had bloody moviegoers dragging each other outside.

 

The 24-year-old man, later identified as James Holmes of Aurora, stormed into the theater with three guns and two gas canisters

 

The University of Colorado confirmed that Holmes was in the process of withdrawing from the university's graduate program in neurosciences. Holmes enrolled at the university in June 2011.

 


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Chabad Hebrew School Reston-Herndon

From Rabbi Leibel Fajnland (rabbi@chabadrh.org):

"Friends, are you looking for a Hebrew school that will make Judaism real, fun, and meaningful?
Where teachers see the education of next generations leaders as an honor and privilege?
Do you have friends who would love a Hebrew school like that?

I would be honored to try and make our Hebrew school work for you and your family; give me a call any time 571 594 6590 with any questions you may have.  Please forward & share."

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Terror in Bulgaria — a comedian’s response

Terror in Bulgaria —  a comedian’s response | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
I make people laugh. For a living, even. Early yesterday afternoon, I wrote the following status on Facebook:

 

"Why is there security at Mini Israel? Are they worried about a mini-pigua?"

 

Twenty-two “likes” later, life was good. Until the horrific news broke about the Bulgaria attack.

 

My friend Liza texted me: “I liked your pigua [Hebrew for "terror attack"] update earlier, but there was just a pigua against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria with at least five dead. You might want to take the post down.” That is, in case someone thought I had written it after the attack, or simply found it distasteful considering the context.

This extremely unlucky coincidence is emblematic of what it’s like to try to maintain a sense of humor in a country where nightmares are always lurking somewhere around the corner.

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The Olympic Committee Seems To Think That Jewish Blood Is Cheap – Tablet Magazine

The Olympic Committee Seems To Think That Jewish Blood Is Cheap – Tablet Magazine | jewcrew weekly | Scoop.it
Jewish Blood Is Cheap: The real reason the Olympic Committee refuses to commemorate the Israeli athletes murdered in Munich...
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