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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies

(JTA) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, has died at age 89. A maverick rabbi who started out in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Schachter-Shalomi transitioned over time toward a New Age, neo-Hasidic approach, gaining a substantial following on his own but also influencing other Jewish denominations. His nontraditional approaches to Jewish(…)

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Jewish man creates a Christian mezuzah called Christooza

Jewish man creates a Christian mezuzah called Christooza

(JNS.org) A Jewish man from the Queens borough of New York City is selling a Christian mezuzah dubbed the Christooza. Henry Zabarsky has created a hollow cross made from plastic which, like a traditional mezuzah, contains a prayer-inscribed parchment and must be affixed to a door post. Zabarsky, a financial adviser, came up with the(…)

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Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA World News LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Part “God Bless America,” part “Shabbat Shalom,” the Fourth of July this year falls on a Friday. In this land of religious freedom, how do we plan to observe both? As the sun sets over the “fruited plain,” will we be lighting Shabbat candles(…)

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Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews. Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority leader. He is the(…)

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Ready for Hillary launches Jewish outreach

Ready for Hillary launches Jewish outreach

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A political action committee preparing the ground for a Hillary Rodham Clinton run for the presidency launched a Jewish outreach. Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary launched last week just before the Shavuot holiday. It is attached to Ready for Hillary, a so-called Super PAC founded in January 2013 by former staffers and(…)

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Eitan Green, Schechter alum, among dead on Mount Rainier

Eitan Green, Schechter alum, among dead on Mount Rainier

(JTA) — Eitan Green, a Solomon Schechter day school alumnus from Needham, Mass., was among six hikers killed on Mount Rainier.Green, an experienced mountain guide for Alpine Ascents International who had made more than 40 ascents up Mount Rainier, was ascending the north face of the mountain with one other guide and four climbers when(…)

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Leftist organizations reframing their message post peace talks breakdown

Leftist organizations reframing their message post peace talks breakdown

With the reality of another failed round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks sinking in for American leftist Zionist groups, many of these organizations are now facing the challenge of restrategizing and reframing their message to the American Jewish audience. Groups like J Street, Americans for Peace Now and Israel Policy Forum are now left questioning the worth(…)

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Beyond Yom Yerushalayim: Memorial Day for fallen Ethiopian Jews

Beyond Yom Yerushalayim: Memorial Day for fallen Ethiopian Jews

While most of us are aware that today is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the Israeli holiday that commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, most are unaware that another memorial holiday is also celebrated throughout Israel today: Memorial Day for Ethiopian Jews Who Died on the Way to Israel. The nationally recognized holiday was established by(…)

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Huge hummus recall for Lansal Inc.

Huge hummus recall for Lansal Inc.

Approximately 15,000 pounds of hummus-related products have been recalled by major food label Lansal Inc. (better known as Hot Mama’s Foods) due to a possibly bacterial contamination scare. The news comes on the heels of the story earlier this week that Sabra had filed a petition with the FDA “to establish a standard identity” for(…)

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The Holocaust is not a he-said, she-said debate

The Holocaust is not a he-said, she-said debate

By Michael Gerson, The Washington Post Several years ago, I attended the bar mitzvah of a friend’s son. Uniquely in my experience — and, I’d bet, most people’s experience — all of the boy’s four grandparents were Holocaust survivors. In the middle of the ceremony, one grandfather interrupted: “I have something to say.” He recalled(…)

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