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Jews using devices allowing them to hear are considered active participants in obligation of Jewish duties, rituals
BY Melissa Gerr
November 7, 2013

It’s clearly stated in halacha (Jewish law) what is required of an able-bodied person to fulfill hearing- and speech-related Jewish mitzvot. When there is an exception, interpretation of the law is required. Situations where people with disabilities rely upon devices to help them hear and communicate are exceptions. So said Rabbi Mordechai Shuchatowitz, rav of CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
November 7, 2013

Matisyahu is inviting children to join him in a musical celebration. Matisyahu’s Happy Hanukkah Jam-Along app was released for the iPad on Thursday, Nov. 7. He teamed with Mibblio, the creator of a musical storybook app, to create his own similar app featuring one of his hit songs. “For ‘Happy Hanukkah’ to be developed into CONTINUE »

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Local Orthodox trio creates soulful music
BY Simone Ellin
November 6, 2013

They’ve been compared to musical acts such as the Indigo Girls and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, but local trio Ayelet HaShachar brings a unique blend of musicality, spirituality and religious devotion that sets them apart. Ensemble members Shalomis (Shelly) Koffler Weinreb (guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and composer), Lisa Aronson Friedman (pianist, composer and vocalist) and CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
November 6, 2013

David Broza is an Israeli music superstar. And with more than 25 albums, many of which have become multiplatinum, he’s also someone who gets attention worldwide. His style has been described as charismatic and energetic, a fusion of the three countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England. In the past, Broza, 58, CONTINUE »

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75 years since the Night of Broken Glass
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 6, 2013

“How did I become aware of Kristallnacht?” asked Holocaust survivor Johanna Neumann of Maryland. “ was not in the era of TV, of radio, etc.” It did not have to be. Neumann, who was 8 years old at the time, discovered the horrors of the Night of Broken Glass, which continued CONTINUE »