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Publish or Perish? Both?

July 13, 2015, by

Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin, NCSY’s director of education, recently published his first sefer. He wrote about the experience for the immensely popular Seforim blog. My recently published sefer, “Berogez Racheim Tizkor” (trans: “In your anger, you shall remember to have mercy”), whose title is based on the verse in Habbakuk 3:2 and traditionally recited each morning

Meet Anne Neuberger: Chief Risk Officer of the NSA

July 13, 2015, by

Wow. Stop what you’re doing and read (and listen) to this amazing profile of Anne Neuberger, Chief Risk Officer of the NSA (yes, that NSA!) from NPR. Neuberger grew up in Brooklyn in an ultra-Orthodox family. She spoke Yiddish. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors and her parents were on the hijacked Air France flight in

A Letter from Iran

July 9, 2015, by

This is probably going to be the strangest story you’ll hear about Israel and Iran. In 1976, the Supreme Commander of Iran sent a condolence letter to the Mossad station chief in Tehran. The letter praised the Entebbe raid and called Yoni Netanyahu, who was killed on the mission,  a “martyr.” The Times of Israel

The Jewish Female James Bond

July 9, 2015, by

That headline probably made you wonder, didn’t it? The UK’s Jewish Chronicle has the scoop on the woman who kept Britain’s Jewish community safe for the last 25 years. Until her recent retirement, Carol Laster was head of the Community Security Trust, the organization tasked with providing security for Jewish communities in England. She kept

Adding Some Heart Post Birthright

July 8, 2015, by

Birthright Israel has changed the face of the Jewish community, but what happens to all those college students once they come back? They’ve been exposed to the truth of their beautiful heritage, but how do they stay connected once they leave the shores of Israel? Birthright Next was established by the Birthright Israel Foundation as

How to Make a Shiva Call

July 8, 2015, by

Shiva calls are a part of the fabric of Jewish life. But how do you make a proper a shiva call? Who doesn’t recall that time when you visited someone in mourning and had nothing to say? Kveller posted this article about how to properly make shiva calls. Some points include not trying to cheer

Pee Wee Herman’s Father Fought for Israel

July 6, 2015, by

Know this guy? Well, here’s something you might not know. Pee Wee Herman’s father, Milton Rubenfeld, was a legendary air force pilot during World War 2. When Israel declared its independence in 1947 and was attacked by its Arab neighbors, he, along with five other Jewish American pilots, donned their fatigues and fought for the

Patents … There’s a Great Future in Patents.

July 6, 2015, by

If you try to keep the Jewish Sabbath, you might have heard of KosherSwitch, which is supposed to allow observant Jews to flick switches without violating Shabbat. KosherSwitch looks like the clever brainchild of Rube Goldberg and Erwin Schrödinger. When you flick it, you’re raising a tiny plastic gate inside, which had previously separated a

Lipa Schmeltzer Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.

July 6, 2015, by

It is amazingly hard not to love Lipa Schmeltzer. The former Skverer chasid  has been banned, blacklisted and almost banished; but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves and producing some of the best Jewish music out there. Tablet Magazine’s Joe Winkler spent a day with the pop star, whom the Daily News

Sir Nicholas Winton, British Schindler, Dies at 106

July 1, 2015, by

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler,” died today at 106. Winton, a stockbroker, ferried 669 Jewish children out of occupied Prague as “the one-man children’s section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia.” He organized eight trains and then found homes for all of the children in England. As the BBC notes, his death

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