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Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

NEW SQUARE, NY— Get Rabbi Shulim Greenberg talking about the health benefits of pomegranate juice and he sounds like a homeopathic nutritionist — with a Yiddish accent.

Every January, the chasidic charity run by Greenberg obtains some 40,000 pounds of California pomegranates, squeezes them into juice and ships the product in eight-ounce plastic bottles to ailing Jews.

The recipients — mostly residents of the Orthodox strongholds of Brooklyn, Lakewood, NJ, and New York’s Rockland County, where the New Square chasidic village is located — apparently believe in the nectar’s healing powers.

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Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn together

Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn togetherWHEN PRESIDENT Obama lit a menorah in the White House last month, it was a colorful olive wood menorah made by Hand in Hand students after arsonists burned down a first grade classroom. Labeled in Hebrew and Arabic, the menorah listed values such as equality, peace, education, friendship and freedom that characterize the school. Two ninth-graders, one Jewish and one Arab, were on hand to light the menorah. Jews and Arabs in Israel attend separate schools and study mostly in their native langu...
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Top ten IJN stories of 2014

Top ten IJN stories of 2014Curious what our top stories of the year were? Re-read the 10 stories that kept getting hit on IJN.com. Reb Zalman Schacter Shalomi dies by Andrea Jacobs The father of renewal Judaism passed away in August in his longtime home of Boulder. East Side Kosher Deli sold to Shua Horowitz Michael and Marcy Schreiber, longtime owners of the East Side Kosher Deli, announced in the IJN in December that they were selling the deli. ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:56 )

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Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish community

Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish communityWHAT IF Moses never accepted the task to lead the Jews out of Egypt because of his speech impediment? Award-winning author Chava Willig Levy, a polio survivor, uses the episode to illustrate what she calls a clear biblical precedent that people with disabilities have enormous potential. “When G-d said to Moses, ‘I’m tapping you to lead my people out of Egypt,’ Moses [countered], ‘No, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m disabled myself,’” Levy says. But G-d gets angry at Moses for ...
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Website brings community service into 21st century

Website brings community service into 21st centuryWASHINGTON — Fulfilling community service hours can sometimes be drudgery for students who must complete the requirement before graduating from high school. Edan Evenhaim, 17, and his best friend and classmate, Noah Emanuel, wanted to make community service both accessible and fun for their peers — so they started a website. “Myself and my peers, we were just not enjoying the experience of community service,” said Evenhaim, a senior at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, Ca...
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Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

Reid endorses Schumer for minority leader

Ben Harris The retiring Senate minority leader predicted that Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, would win the post without opposition. ... [Link]

France to work on UN draft resolution on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters he plans to move forward with drafting a Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Toulouse rabbi told to remove kippah at voting station

Cnaan Liphshiz Rabbi Avraham Weill complained to police of the alleged discrimination. ... [Link]

WATCH: Check out this year’s leading Passover parody videos

Julie Wiener If there had been just one “Uptown Funk” parody for Passover, Dayenu. But there are two. ... [Link]

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