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Jewish life in Stockholm (Sweden)

OHMYGOSSIP — There is no ethnic registration in Sweden, so the Jewish population can only be roughly estimated. The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities estimation is that about 20,000 pass the halakhic criteria. Of those about 7,000 are members

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Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu set to meet, with Iran high on the agenda

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama — and pledging, as relations appear to warm between the United States and Iran, to “tell the truth in the

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Eliyahu Yaakov: Salt & Suffering

Salt is unique in that it is bitter on its own, yet becomes sweet and brings out the taste of that which it is added to.  Therefore, while bread is the staple of man’s sustenance, salt is the staple of

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Eliyahu Yaakov: The “Jewish tatoo”

Growing up as a not-all-that-affiliated Jew in Dallas, Daniel didn’t exactly have what we might call a “positive Jewish upbringing”. His two days of Hebrew school per week meant getting shuttled to his “Jew school” when the rest of his

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David Suissa: There’s no app for humanity

OHMYGOSSIP — Every time I turn around, I hear about a new app that promises to make my life easier, get somewhere faster, find things quicker. This is the golden calf of the digital era: speed. We’re desperate for any

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Natalie Portman: Jennifer Grey makes me starstruck

OHMYGOSSIP — Even Oscar-winner Natalie Portman gets starstruck. The actress says she became flustered around Jennifer Grey. 👍 0

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Eliyahu Yaakov: Psychology of the Spirit

I would like to share with you something I saw in an email in honor of the new year from the always insightful and inspiring Rabbi Avrohom Lipszyc of North Miami, Florida. 👍 0

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan looking for house in Hawaii

OHMYGOSSIP — Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan have been looking for a home in Hawaii. The billionaire Facebook founder and his bride have been on vacation in the Aloha state, and took time to peruse some first

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Israeli talent show ‘A Star is Born’ boosts its mobile app in bid to rebrand series

Show to be renamed ‘The Next Star’ with singers Rita and Eyal Golan joining the panel of judges; public will now have the majority vote thanks to new mobile application. 👍 0

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Eliyahu Yaakov: The Aaron Hernandez Story & You

On June 26, 2013, Aaron Hernandez, star Tight End for the New England Patriots, was arrested on charges of first degree murder. While circumstances of the killing have not yet been made public, one thing is clear: Aaron Hernandez had

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Polish philosopher rejects honorary degree over anti-Semitic attacks

Polish-British philosopher Zygmunt Bauman rejected an honorary doctorate from a Polish university because of anti-Semitic attacks against him on the Internet. 👍 0

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Bar Refaeli vs. Roger Waters: The Israel boycott showdown

The former Pink Floyd frontman published a letter this week urging fellow rockers to boycott Israel, and got his comeuppance from none other than Israel’s best-known supermodel. It’s not every day that a supermodel takes on a rock legend. But

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Port city Malmö ‘no haven’ for Swedish Jews

OHMYGOSSIP — Attacks against Jews in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, have left members of the community questioning their future in a place known for its multiculturalism. Jewish people have lived in Malmö for over two centuries, often arriving in

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ISRAEL: Four Sephardic Synagogues (Yochanan ben Zakai Synagogue; Istanbuli Synagogue; Eliahu Ha’navi Synagogue; Emtsai Synagogue) + streets of Jewish Quarter

B”H LA-JEW.com — The Four Sephardic Synagogues (Yochanan ben Zakai Synagogue; Istanbuli Synagogue; Eliahu Ha’navi Synagogue; Emtsai Synagogue) are located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. They form a complex which comprises four adjoining synagogues which

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ISRAEL: The Ramban Synagogue + streets of Jewish Quarter

B”H LA-JEW.com — The Ramban Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was founded by Nahmanides (Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman, whose name is often abbreviated as Ramban) in 1267. Today it’s located at the

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Israeli president Shimon Peres coming to Beverly Hills next week

OHMYGOSSIP — The president of Israel, Shimon Peres, will visit Los Angeles next week, the Israeli consulate announced tonight, CNS mediates. 👍 0

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