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For observant Jews, owning Farfel, Mitzvah and Matzo Ball raises halachic questions, concerns
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

Purchasing or rescuing a sweet little puppy is a day of adulation. The kids have been begging for a dog for months, and even you look forward to the idea of snuggling up with a pup or having him fetch the newspaper in the morning. But if you are a Torah observant Jew, as a CONTINUE »

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France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows
BY Cnaan Liphshiz
July 3, 2013

With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day. Using their helmets as bludgeons, members of France’s CONTINUE »

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Some dog lovers celebrate their pets’ 13th birthdays by holding “bark mitzvahs®” — bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies for their animals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

Baltimore’s Grand Historic Venue now offers full catering services for kosher weddings, thanks to a partnership with O’Fishel Kosher Catering. The venue, which is next door to what used to be the Tremont Grand Hotel, previously only had the capacity to deliver pre-wrapped kosher meals for individual guests. With a separate kitchen, O’Fishel can now CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

ProtectSeniors.org, a Washington, D.C.- based nonprofit, is working to protect pensions, health care and Medicare for seniors and retirees. “Our nonprofit, ProtectSeniors.org, has written to the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means supporting the continued maintenance of Medicare, and I urge all retirees to work and stand together to make sure America’s senior generation CONTINUE »