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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fewer marriages and fewer children means fewer Jews doing Jewish

On Jan. 16, 1949, Toby Fassman married Max Cohen (Steven M. Cohen’s parents, now both of blessed memory). At 24, Toby was among the last of her circle of friends in Brooklyn to marry, and several jokingly remarked that Max had rescued her from lifelong singlehood. Today, if a 24-year-old Jewish woman were heading for the huppah, most would presume...

The scandalous murder of Alexander Rubowitz

A blue plaque on a stone wall in the Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem seems to hold a special significance. One May evening in 1947, Alexander Rubowitz, 16, was abducted at that spot and never seen again. Though only 16, Alexander was on a mission for the Lohamei HaHerut b'Yisrael, the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel (known by their Hebrew...
A beautiful children’s song performed in Yiddish by Bobe Adina. Monkeys and head injuries - Based on the famed  rhythmic poem ' 5 little monkey's jumping on the bed... ', it makes for an arithmetical lesson as each falls from the bed and hurts their head. Mom wants to have them all in bed so she can go to rest...
Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. His novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” was announced as the winner Thursday by Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 judging panel, at a dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Grossman, 63, is the author of more than 17 books of fiction and nonfiction, including “See Under: Love” and...
A beautiful children’s song performed in Yiddish by Bobe Adina. The Platter and the Pot - Both kitchen objects quarrel all the time to try to suggest who is the better one or the more useful one... until they decide to make peace, because it is the best way to live together. http://209.95.38.180/stm/complete/334-8a.mp3 This song is part of the album “Talzi”, Cri-Cri...
A beautiful children’s song performed in Yiddish by Bobe Adina. The Cat - This cat lives happily in a neighborhood he knows well. He never wants to leave as he can describe all its inhabitants  and enjoys to see how the little children that return from school are met by the songs of dogs and chickens.. All the animals of...

To Bris or not to Bris

What is a brit milah, and what are the reasons for it? A brit milah, also known as a bris, is the Jewish ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised. Circumcision dates back to the Book of Genesis, when God commands Abraham to circumcise himself and his offspring as a sign of the covenant between Jews and God. Throughout...
As a small boy, my father, Yehuda Koppel, used to tell a story of how he took my brother and I to the Opening Ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games in Israel. We watched and proudly cheered loudly for the Israeli team as they entered in their blue-and-white uniforms — and then suddenly we were confused as the USA squad entered...
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Last week a group of 150 people from all walks of life gathered in Toronto to perform a version of the Canadian national anthem … in Yiddish. It’s really something. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CarKYJ71lII Apparently, the June 6 performance, perhaps the first of its kind, began as an idea that quickly swelled into a collective mission. Hindy Nosek-Abelson, a Toronto-based writer who translated “O Canada” from...
A beautiful children’s song performed in Yiddish by Bobe Adina. Butterfly, Song from poet Beyle Schechter Gottessman; and song from Jewish Folklore, ' Under the little tree'.  The first describes a butterfly jumping from flower to flower and the beauty of this.  The second is a song describing first boys and then girls seating under a tree and confiding little stories...

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