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Antisemitism, Real and False

We Jews have very good and terrifying reasons to be sensitive to antisemitism. Which is why we save our ammunition for the real thing like the horrible shootings in Kansas City. The hateful bastard who murdered three people is despised … Continue reading

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Matchmaking Fail — Hitler and a Jewish Woman

The Forward reports that DNA tests of Eva Braun show Ashkenazi genes. Braun, Hitler’s girlfriend, married him in the last last days of the Nazi Third Reich, just before both of them committed suicide in their Berlin bunker. I hope … Continue reading

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Happy MLK Day

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If You Think the NY Post Was Mean to Slain Slumlord Stark . . .

If you think the New York Post was mean to slain slumlord Menachem Stark when it ran a story with the front page headline, “Who didn’t want him dead?” check out the conduct of other newspapers owned by tabloid mogul, … Continue reading

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ArtScroll Promotes Destruction of Old Chumashim to Sell New Ones

The blog, Musings of a Jewish Bookseller, reports that ArtScroll is offering 46% discounts on new chumshim (Pentateuch) to synagogues who send in the torn-off covers of old ones. The blog owner links to an ad

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Reb Moshe Feinstein Looks at a Chicken

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was recognized as the major posek (Jewish law authority) for orthodox Jews, especially ultra-orthodox Jews. Dr. William Helmreich conducted an interview with Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg in 1978 as part of his research for his book, The World … Continue reading

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Joe Swings the Wrecking Ball

Richard, makes it into heaven. He sees a man in a white coat and stethoscope rushing back and forth and Richard asks “Who is he?” He’s told: “It’s very sad; he’s G-d, but thinks he’s a doctor.” Joe Hynes is … Continue reading

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QOTD Rabbi Soloveitchik on the Turn to the Right in Orthodoxy

QOTD = Quote of the Day   The Rav, Joseph Dov Soloveitchik is quoted by Rabbi Simcha Krauss on Mesorah.org as part of his larger article, “Orthodoxy’s Retreat from Modernity.” While Rabbi Soloveitchik claimed to have successfully transmitted the intellectual … Continue reading

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One Million Internet Hits for Frum Follies

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Young Men Rioted in Satmar Kiryas Joel

I have confirmed what was first reported by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg on his blog and then by Shmarya Rosenberg on Failed Messiah. Last night there was rioting in the upstate New York State Satmar village of Kiryas Joel (KJ). The … Continue reading

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Chag Sameach and Adios Till Saturday Night

Jewish holidays (Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah) start tonight at sunset. Blogging will resume sometime after sunset on Saturday night (9/28/13) Chag Sameach, Gut Yontif, Happy Holidays to all!

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How People Find Their Way to My Blog

Most of my readers are regulars, and most of my hits by new readers come via links from other sites, FaceBook postings, and Tweets. On most days, about a tenth of my readership comes from search engines, particularly  Google. Some … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah Greetings and Thoughts to My Readers

This message first appeared last year before Rosh Hashanah! The approach of Rosh Hashanah makes me think of Chanah, barren like Sarah. Before she could glory in her triumph she was misjudged as a nobody by Eli, the cohen gadol … Continue reading

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Message from Monsey re a missing 19-year-old

UPDATE- He has been found and the search was called off. 19 year old Autistic Male with Excellent verbal Skills missing. Possibly wearing dark brown work boots and wears black Kangol style cap. RESPONDS TO BINYOMIN. Left home in Rockland … Continue reading

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New Look to Frum Follies

Some readers were having trouble with my old page format. So I am trying a new look, using a different WordPress template. I chose it because it offers a wider column for my posts. It is functionally identical as far … Continue reading

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The Number of Rabbis in America

On the Main Line excavated a wonderful tidbit from an 1885 issue of the New York publication, the Jewish Messenger. According to the Jewish Press of Berlin there are 747 rabbis in America. Slightly in error.

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My Jewish Ethos

I love being Jewish. Judaism becomes real when its ideals are lived. I I have been privileged to see some real gedolim, living sifrei torah, whose conduct perfectly demonstrated the ideals of Judaism. Personally, they were anivim (modest people) but they … Continue reading

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First They Came for the Chinese Tourists, Then They Came for the Yeshiva Students

James Fallows in the Atlantic writes a rising tide of airline imperiousness withh the wonderful title, First They Came for the Chinese Tourists, Then They Came for the Yeshiva Students… He describes United Airlines’  lousy record with Chinese passengers but adds … Continue reading

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Father of Chaim Weiss Appeals for Help In Solving Murder of His Son, Chaim Weiss, at Long Beach Yeshiva

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. You can also contact them at http://nassaucounty.crimestoppers.web.com/ or text using codeword NCCS plus your tip to 274637 or call … Continue reading

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Measles Outbreak in Boro Park and Williamsburg Among the Unvaccinated

The New York City Department of Health issued a Health Alert (#12 5/21/13) which is reproduced on Failed Messiah which includes the following: 34 cases of measles have occurred in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Additional cases will likely occur, … Continue reading

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