Same old chuppah, brand new ceremony

When we began learning with Rabbi Joel Levy in the run-up to our wedding, one thing was clear – we wanted a wedding that reflected our Jewish values and also had roots steeped in Jewish tradition. We were presented with two options, Kiddushin and Shutafut, but neither option felt right for us. ‘Kiddushin’ forms the …

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Cry Freedom

By Danny Rothberg Dedicated to Michael Sherbourne (1917-2014) and to all those that say Hineni 1977, in a lonely, brutal Siberian Gulag a Refusenik prisoner is being beaten and taunted by the guards. “You will die here. No-one cares about you. Just students who send you letters. Students and kids”. Natan Sharansky is fond of …

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After the 7th Inning – Single A Baseball on July 5th, American Heroism, and Normandy

There was a moment over the weekend that struck me deeply. All weekend, we Americans were out celebrating our Americanness with music, BBQs, swimming pools, and everything else America. Of course, there was no shortage of fireworks as well. On Saturday, July 5th, with patriotism still on my mind, I headed to the local single …

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Graduate Unemployment; What should the government be doing?

By Max SobellThe recent deaths of Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach certainly made me think twice about posting my blog below, given how trivial the following rant seems in the circumstances. However, much has already been written about the abduction and murder of these boys, so rather than adding to a rather …

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Stay Up All Night – THE Shavuot Song

Perhaps the greatest thing about Youtube is the ability to stumble across pure brilliance. Several years ago when working in the NOAM office in London, I happened to come across this amazing little gem, which I knew nothing about other than that it was incredible. I was definitely looking for the next hot Maccabeats Jewish …

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