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When the Mikveh Is an Ordeal of Faith

blogs.forward.com — Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh The first time I prepared to immerse in the mikveh, the Jewish ritual bath, I was 18 years old and four days away from my wedding. I sat naked in a white bathtub as the mikveh attendant scrubbed my back with a washcloth and a dollop of baking soda.

The Spookiest Jewish Museum on the Planet

forward.com — Brooches and wreaths made of carefully coiled human hair. Images of life-size, ultra-realistic models of dead, naked women - their supine bodies arranged in what look like post-coital poses, but with their abdomens sliced open and organs spilling out. Death masks hundreds of years old that look like people standing next to you.
Oct 31, 2014

Brooklyn has a new Morbid Anatomy Museum which is pretty much exactly what you think it is. forward.com/articles/20822…?

That Time Yehuda Glick Was My Tour Guide

blogs.forward.com — Rabbi Yehuda Glick / Tumblr The first time I met Rabbi Yehuda Glick, I thought he seemed completely normal. I never would have thought to call him a right-wing extremist, as many reports are doing nowadays.
Oct 30, 2014

That Time Yehuda Glick Was My Tour Guide jd.fo/s5xfc 'never thought he would be the target of an assassination attempt' @rdbenaim

Jews and Muslims Unite in Outrage as Israel Closes Temple Mount Over Violence Fears

forward.com — Muslims and Jews united in outrage as Israel blocked all access to the Al Aqsa compound - known to Jews as the Temple Mount - amid fears of unrest following the shooting of a prominent right-wing Israeli activist and the police killing of his suspected attacker.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @joshnathankazis: "If someone won’t let you into your house, how will you react?” @NaomiZeveloff on the ground in the Old City: forward.com/articles/20824…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jdforward: Muslims and Jews united in outrage as Israel closes the Temple Mount to all. @NaomiZeveloff's report from #Jerusalem: jd.fo/j5nzV

Oct 30, 2014

"If someone won’t let you into your house, how will you react?” @NaomiZeveloff on the ground in the Old City: forward.com/articles/20824…

Jewish Woman in 108-Catcall Video Gets Rape Threats

forward.com — (Reuters) - A Jewish woman featured in a video in which she is harassed more than 100 times on New York City's streets said on Thursday that she has received dozens of rape threats after the clip was posted on the Internet and watched widely.

6 Jewish Costumes for Shabbat-oween

blogs.forward.com — Dressing up for Halloween is always an ordeal. Dressing up when Halloween also falls on Shabbat? Wow. So this year, in honor of "Shabbatoween," we've come up with some easy tricks to add a topical Jewish twist to your costume. Major treats guaranteed. For ultimate '70s swag, pair a leisure suit with a colorful shirt.

Make Fort Kent, Maine Famous? It Takes Ebola.

blogs.forward.com — Kaci Hickox, the nurse quarantined over fears she contracted Ebola, has done the impossible: She's made Fort Kent famous. Fort Kent is a Maine town of 4,000 people in the middle of nowhere. I got blank stares back in May when I told friends I was heading there for a story about my great-grandfather, who grew potatoes and sold cars in town.

I've Taken Liberties With Roberta Greenberg’s Brisket

blogs.forward.com — Photograph by Hathaway_M; Flickr Out of all the recipes in my cookbook, "The Brisket Book. A Love Story With Recipes" (Andrews McMeel), only one came with a blessing. It is the Temple Emanu-El Brisket from home cook Roberta Greenberg, the longtime assistant to the rabbis at this well-known New York synagogue.
Oct 30, 2014

Well @thebrisketbook, who hasn't? I've Taken Liberties With Roberta Greenberg’s Brisket jd.fo/b5hiy#.VFJJ0Y2… via

Professor Sprout Calls Israel 'Stupid'

blogs.forward.com — Looks like Professor Sprout has stepped out of the Hogwarts greenhouse - right into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Miriam Margolyes, who played the matron of the Hogwarts greenhouses and Head of Hufflepuff house in the "Harry Potter" franchise, spoke out about the recent war in Gaza to Radio Times, a British television and radio magazine.

Ukraine’s Election Results Are Good for the Jews - But What Comes Next?

forward.com — Ukraine's parliamentary election delivered a stinging rebuttal to Russia's claims that this year's pro-Western revolution was galvanized by fascism and anti-Semitism. Far-right and nationalist parties, long singled out by Russia as prime evidence of the revolution's extremist character, suffered a series of stunning setbacks.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @YanaTyapkina: Ukraine’s Election Results Are Good for the Jews — But What Comes Next? fb.me/2aEOt3OYK

Jewish History's Lesson for Handling Ebola

forward.com — With the arrival of the Ebola virus on American shores, public conversation has shifted from fears of contagion to a focus on the ethics of quarantine and the rights of the contained. Quarantine is an ancient form of medical precaution, predating immunization by centuries. Its implementation, however, has never been strictly clinical.
Oct 30, 2014

Some fascinating Jewish historical context for understanding the debates around Ebola and quarantine, in @jdforward: forward.com/articles/20815…

A Jewish Hottie on 'Downton Abbey'

blogs.forward.com — Courtesy of ITV SPOILER ALERT If you are one of those who actually waits the four-month purgatory period between when "Downton Abbey" airs in the United Kingdom and in the United States, you may want to avoid this blog post. Until January 4, that is. Attention fellow tribe-members!

Jewish Enclave Devastated by Sandy's Wrath

forward.com — Hurricane-force winds and historic flooding from superstorm Sandy have devastated the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sea Gate, a gated community on the western tip of Coney Island that is home to several hundred Jewish families. Many homes facing the Atlantic Ocean were gutted by floodwaters. A few were absolutely flattened by the raging winds.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @joshnathankazis: On the 2nd anniversary of Sandy, I'm rewatching this video @nate_lavey and I filed from Sea Gate the day after. forward.com/articles/16517… 1/2

Oct 29, 2014

RT @joshnathankazis: On the 2nd anniversary of Sandy, I'm rewatching this video @nate_lavey and I filed from Sea Gate the day after. forward.com/articles/16517… 1/2

Oct 29, 2014

On the 2nd anniversary of Sandy, I'm rewatching this video @nate_lavey and I filed from Sea Gate the day after. forward.com/articles/16517… 1/2

Stunning New Louvre of Jewish Museums Opens in Warsaw - Forward.com

m.forward.com — Polish Museum Tells Story of a Millennium - and a People By A.J. Goldmann In August 1942, as Jews were being deported from the Warsaw Ghetto, the Jewish artist Gela Seksztajn wrote her last will and testament.

How To Say 'Chickenshit' in Hebrew

blogs.forward.com — Thinkstock / Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confronted quite a challenge when the Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg quoted Obama administration officials calling him a "chickenshit." Israeli reporters, in turn, faced their own challenge: How to translate "chickenshit" into Hebrew. Modern Hebrew is rich with phrases alluding to the Bible and rabbinic literature.
Oct 29, 2014

How To Say 'Chickenshit' in Hebrew jd.fo/s5whK Hint: it's harder than in English.

I've Taken Liberties With Ms. Greenberg’s Brisket

blogs.forward.com — Photograph by Hathaway_M; Flickr Out of all the recipes in my cookbook, "The Brisket Book. A Love Story With Recipes" (Andrews McMeel), only one came with a blessing. It is the Temple Emanu-El Brisket from home cook Roberta Greenberg, the longtime assistant to the rabbis at this well-known New York synagogue.

'Crossing Brooklyn' Scratches Surface of Hyperlocal Potential in Hippest Borough

forward.com — Courtesy of brooklyn museum Oy, the Brooklyn Museum, that large white creature of Eastern Parkway, how it wants to belong and be loved! It's nothing if not willing to change. It changed its name twice between 1997 and 2004.
Oct 29, 2014

What can @brooklynmuseum do to get Brooklyn to care, short of turning its admissions desk into an open bar? forward.com/articles/20801…

Norway Jewish Cemetery Is Vandalized

forward.com — A Jewish cemetery in the north of Norway was desecrated. The incident was discovered on Oct. 25 at the Jewish cemetery of Trondheim, the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten reported. Several tombstones were vandalized with purple paint and the words "Der Furher," a reference to Adolf Hitler, were painted on a nearby building.
Oct 29, 2014

"The word 'Jew,' he said, was one of the most common curse words in Norwegian schools." bit.ly/1nRFvod