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At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service ANALYSIS NEW YORK (JTA) — The circus is coming to town. No, there won’t be marching elephants, lion tamers or motorcycles jumping through rings of fire. But there may be wolves in sheep’s clothing, tightrope walking and motorcades blocking traffic. We’re talking, of course, about the United Nations(…)

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Recipes from our history

Recipes from our history

With 2014 marking our 90th anniversary, we decided to take a look back at our history to help you create your High Holiday menu. What you will find here — and what you can download as an ebook by visiting jewishsound.org/cookbook — is a selection from every single High Holiday recipe published in the Jewish(…)

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Top 10 viral videos of 5774

Top 10 viral videos of 5774

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — For a few days this year, they clogged up our Facebook feeds and then, perhaps, our subconscious. In our list of the top viral videos of 5774, we bring back those videos that had you hitting “share” again and again. Prairie dogs under Gaza http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/181478/hamas-anthem-israel?all=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDUeEmgnm4  What(…)

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Chabad day school lives on despite losing its home

Chabad day school lives on despite losing its home

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Despite having to leave its building in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood after a six-year, post-recession, uphill financial struggle to buy it, the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder has found a new site and is now open and bustling. Nearly 80 students from preschool through 8th grade have followed the school(…)

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Three Myths of Rising Global Anti-Semitism

Three Myths of Rising Global Anti-Semitism

By David Chivo, Special to The Jewish Sound The media is awash these days with coverage about the rise of anti-Semitism around the world. If we are to respond, we first need to understand that this situation is not new phenomenon, but the rehashing of the same old story. Myth #1: Anti-Semitic sentiments are on the(…)

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70 years on, a missing private comes home

70 years on, a missing private comes home

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service ARLINGTON, Va. (JTA) — The scene at Arlington National Cemetery last Friday was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer — one of the “Arlington Ladies”(…)

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Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Why does Qatar support Hamas?

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students, and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts. Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its(…)

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Where high-tech meets High Holidays

Where high-tech meets High Holidays

By Julie Wiener, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — Unplugging more from electronic devices has become a commonly cited resolution for both the Jewish and secular new years. But electronics are also increasingly becoming integrated into Jewish New Year observances. Here are some new offerings at the junction between high-tech and High Holidays.(…)

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A new way to prepare for the High Holidays

By Tsafi Lev, MyJewishLearning.com I’m advocating a new angle on Heshbon Nefesh, “soul’s accounting,” that we do in preparation to the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This soul work begins with the ancient Greek dictum “know thyself.” Or, to put it more rabbinically, “know before whom you stand.” I ask myself: What(…)

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Germany planning to fund anti-Semitism education for Muslim youth

Germany planning to fund anti-Semitism education for Muslim youth

  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Germany is ready to allocate funds to tailor education about anti-Semitism for its Muslim students, the country’s Jewish outreach official said.Felix Klein, Germany’s special representative for relations with Jewish organizations, is in Washington this week to meet with Jewish groups and Obama administration officials over American concerns about a spike in(…)

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Beyond the synagogue, a shofar’s call makes connections

Beyond the synagogue, a shofar’s call makes connections

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA World News Service LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In preparation for the High Holidays last year, my community sent its shofar blower on the road. During the month of Elul, in the run-up to Rosh Hashanah, we are supposed to hear the shofar blown every day except Shabbat. Traditionally this is(…)

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