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In Israel, haredi men going to work

In Israel, haredi men going to work

TEL AVIV — When Moshe Friedman turned 31, he made what was for him a radical decision: He left school and launched a start-up.

Plenty of Israelis jump from graduate school to the high-tech sector, but for Friedman the leap was longer. A descendant of rabbis, he had studied at leading haredi Orthodox schools where many of his peers would spend decades, never intending to work.

Friedman soon found himself caught between two worlds. Largely secular venture capitalists were reluctant to fund his video editing company, he said, because the cultural gap between secular and haredi engendered a measure of mistrust.

And he kept the company a secret from his extended family for fear they would disapprove.

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Putting magic into mitzvah

Putting magic into mitzvahWASHINGTON — When he was three years old, Daniel Rosenthal’s Uncle Joe taught him how to make a quarter disappear and reappear from behind his ear. Eager to learn more, he begged his uncle to teach him other tricks as well. “The sense of amazement and mystery,” said Rosenthal, now 17. “I fell in love with magic; it’s so amazing.” By the time he was 5, he was performing professionally at parties, “and I was teaching my uncle tricks.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:49 )

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Website by Israeli Arabs for Israeli Arabs

Website by Israeli Arabs for Israeli ArabsNAZARETH, Israel — After Israel’s 2006 war with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah devastated the country’s northern region, most Israelis focused on rebuilding their towns and creating better defense infrastructure. Arab-Israeli journalist Ghada Zoabi turned her focus to the media. Though Israel has well-established protocols for civil defense that instruct civilians to head for reinforced shelters in advance of rocket attacks, 18 Israeli-Arabs died in the conflict, most of them whi...
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Rhode Island teen fills big shoes

Rhode Island teen fills big shoesWASHINGTON — Nicholas Lowinger was five years old when his mother took him to play with some children living in a nearby Rhode Island homeless shelter. Despite being so young, he soon noticed that many of the children were wearing shoes that were either too big or too small, were falling apart or had to be shared with someone else. “I knew I had to do something more,” Lowinger said, recalling how he donated his own gently worn shoes. In 2010, Lowinger had his chance when tasked with com...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:51 )

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From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 16 NEW YORK — In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clock producing matzah in the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once. Using a mix of grain they grow on their own farm and wheat sourced from other local farmers, the couple creates hundreds of pieces of the unleavened bread they call Vermatzah. “The idea came because of our initial interest in growing grains,...
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Marcy Oster Nominations have opened for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizing outstanding English-speaking immigrants to Israel. ... [Link]

Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

Marcy Oster Lawyers for an American of Palestinian descent accused of concealing her conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel are seeking to bar references to terrorism at her trial. ... [Link]

Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent claim that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. ... [Link]

Danish health director: No reason to ban circumcision

Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark’s national health authority does not think non-medical circumcision is risky enough to justify a ban on it, the body’s director said. ... [Link]

European rabbis seek laws singling out anti-Semitic hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews. ... [Link]

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