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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.”

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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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Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

Julie Wiener Religiously affiliated supporters of Jewish innovation are involved in Jewish life, know what they find most valuable in Judaism and want to find ways to share it with others, this foundation director... [Link]

Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will consult with his country’s leaders on nuclear negotiations. ... [Link]

Do you know a teen who deserves a shout-out?

Ami Eden We’re looking for teens whose social action work is worthy of attention — to highlight in our Teen Heroes column. Please send your suggestions to teens@jta.org. ... [Link]

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