Friday, December 2, 2011

"Brouhaha" Provokes a You-Know-What

It does sound vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?

The word “brouhaha” has appeared in Tablet Magazine well over a dozen times. In one instance, I fashioned a cognate from it: a brouhaha that is brewing, I suggested, is in fact something that is brouhaha-ing. It’s a handy, flexible word: it concisely describes any number of the types of conflicts that are journalism’s bread and butter; it has the added advantage of being not a little onomatopoetic. So I thought nothing of deploying it freely and frequently.

I’m … sorry?

I received a lovely email recently from one Bonny Fetterman. “I wonder if you are aware of the etymology of the word ‘brouhaha’ because if you were, you probably wouldn’t have used it in this title,” she wrote (I had typed it in reference to, of all things, the ADL). She continued, citing her high school teacher: “It was an anti-Semitic term in France, based on the words of Hebrew prayer, ‘Baruch atah … ’ which sounded like a confused mess to Frenchmen passing synagogues and came to signify a loud, confused mess.” Wait, really?

A quick check of an online etymological resource revealed: “1890, from Fr. brouhaha (1550s), said by Gamillscheg to have been, in medieval theater, ‘the cry of the devil disguised as clergy.’ Perhaps from Heb. barukh habba‘ ‘blessed be the one who comes,’ used on public occasions (cf. Psalm 118).” Ms. Fetterman pointed me to Merriam-Webster, which reports, “etymologists have connected the French derivation to that frequently recited Hebrew phrase, distorted to something like ‘brouhaha’ by worshippers whose knowledge of Hebrew was limited. Thus, once out of the synagogue, the word first meant ‘a noisy confusion of sound’—a sense that was later extended to refer to any tumultuous and confused situation.”

On the one hand, there is something elegant about the fact that the word once connoted “the cry of the devil disguised as clergy.” On the other hand, according to Ms. Fetterman, “I bristle every time I hear the term,” and so out of respect to her and other linguists among our readers, we will try to refrain from using it. Sincerest apologies for this kerfuffle. -- Marc Tracy, Tablet

A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise between the West and Tehran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, visits
the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility south of the capital, Tehran, Iran.
Source: AP
An Iranian nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran's military and atomic sites are under attack.

Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.

The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident." -- Sheera Frenkel, London Times via the Australian

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Ministry of Tourism launches the Gospel Trail

The 62 kilometer trail, which begins at Mount Precipice near Nazareth and ends at Kfar Nahum, consists of specially-signposted footpaths and roads which can be traveled on foot, by bicycle, horse and/or car.
Special Gospel Trail marker
Photo: Nitzan Shorer
The Israel Ministry of Tourism, on Tuesday, 29 November 2011, launched the Gospel Trail, a modular trail that follows the paths that Jesus is believed to have taken when he left Nazareth, the home of his childhood, for Capernaum on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which became the center of his ministry. The 62 kilometer trail, which begins at Mount Precipice near Nazareth and ends at Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), consists of specially-signposted footpaths and roads which can be traveled on foot, by bicycle, horse and/or car.

The new trail is expected to enrich the Israeli tourism product for Christian tourists, who represent approximately 65% of incoming tourism to Israel. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in Christian tourism to Israel, and the Gospel Trail is expected to attract an additional 200,000 tourists over the next two years. The Ministry of Tourism has invested, together with KKL-JNF a total sum of 3 million NIS in developing the trail’s infrastructure. -- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Adelsons give Birthright another $5 million

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are contributing an additional $5 million to Birthright Israel, which the organization says will move 2,000 applicants from waitlisted to traveling this winter.
The contribution announced Wednesday, a day after the Adelsons were honored in Washington by the group, doubles their contribution for this year to $10 million.

"In light of this announcement, Taglit-Birthright Israel is now sending letters to 2,000 North American young adults who had applied for a trip this winter but were waitlisted, informing them that they will now be able to go on the free, 10-day educational trip in the coming months thanks to the new funding," the group said. "Nearly 22,500 North Americans had registered for Taglit-Birthright Israel trips this winter and over 10,000 young adults had been waitlisted."

The Adelsons' foundation has given Birthright more than $100 million since 2007.

Adelson, a casino magnate, is a major giver to Jewish and conservative causes. -- JTA

Apple developing Hebrew support for Siri in development

Apple reportedly is developing add-ons for the Siri interface [Service Interface for Real Time Information] that will include support for Hebrew, among other languages.

Sources told the website that Nuance, a company working directly with Apple, has rented a studio where sound bites and sentences are being recorded in Hebrew. Nuance is using a special developer’s iPhone app to make the recordings.

The report does not guarantee that iOS 5.1, the forthcoming software update for iPhone, will support Hebrew. -- JTA

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1--World Aids Day

What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?
More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

What should I do on World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today - you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding. Click here to find out the facts.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness.

World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money for NAT and show your support for people living with HIV. If you feel inspired to hold an event, bake sale or simply sell red ribbons, click here to get started. If you'd like to see what other events are taking place — click here and find out more.

But what about after World AIDS Day?

Although World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to get the public talking about HIV and fundraise, we need to remember the importance of raising awareness of HIV all year round. That's why NAT has launched HIVaware — a fun, interactive new website which provides all the information everyone should know about HIV. Why not use what you have learnt on World AIDS Day to Act Aware throughout the year and remember, you can fundraise at any time of year too — NAT is always here to give you suggestions and ideas. -- World AIDS Day. org

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Hollywood digs Israel

Rob Morrow
TV and film stars are wowed on their first visit. Among these artist were: Rob Morrow, Richard Schiff, Patricia Arquette, and Steven Weber.

"A lot of us are very intensely overwhelmed by this beautiful country and the tenacious, focused spirit of its people."

So said actor-producer-director Giancarlo Esposito, one of 21 Hollywood personalities who toured Israel in mid-November through The Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing artists and entertainers on issues of public importance.

Speaking at a press conference during a week-long itinerary packed with sightseeing and dialogues with Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders, fellow artists, NGO heads as well as ordinary citizens and new immigrants, these first-time visitors reported that it had not taken long for their preconceptions to be shattered.

"To the outside world, the ‘two-state issue' makes you think that in the streets of Israel there would be conflict," said KayCee Stroh (High School Musical). "I assumed people would spit on each other and yet on the ground level I'm amazed at how respectful everyone is. I didn't expect that." -- Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

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Lakers Superstar Impresses Crowd at JCC in Irvine

Shooting Star: Kobe Bryant and other NBA stars are scrambling to get in shape for the season.
What better spot than the local JCC?
You never know who’s going to show up at the JCC these days.

With the pro hoops season back on track, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant reportedly held a surprise workout at a Jewish Community Center in Irvine, Ca.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard brought a trainer to work on shooting drills and cardio training as spectators looked on, according to the TMZ website.

He shot it around for about an hour as amazed spectators watched, the web site said.

Bryant and the rest of the NBA players are scrambling to prepare for a shortened season that will start Dec. 25 after they reached a deal with team owners to end their lockout.

Bryant’s not the first NBA superstar to stop by a JCC. Last month, the Miami Heat’s LeBron James played a pickup game at the JCC in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, New York Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire, who visited Israel last year to discover more about his Jewish heritage on his mother’s side, is interested in opening a Hebrew school, according to the New York Daily News.

An unnamed source told the newspaper that Stoudemire has discussed opening a school that would focus on teaching the Hebrew language and Jewish history, though no school is actually in the works. -- Forward with JTA

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Statue Honors First Jewish Commodore

The bronze statue of Uriah P. Levy
stands outside Congregation Mikveh Israel
on Independence Mall.
Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore of the United States Navy, was one for voyages.

His first came in 1802, at the age of 10, when he offered his services to the captain of the USS New Jerusalem, stipulating that he be returned to Philadelphia in time for his Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Mikveh Israel, then less than a century old.
The bronze statue of Uriah P. Levy stands outside Congregation Mikveh Israel on Independence Mall.

More than 200 years later, Levy, in the form of a two-meter-tall, 1,000-plus-pound bronze statue, has arrived back home. The artwork of the man famous for abolishing flogging in the Navy and later purchasing the home of Thomas Jefferson began its journey in a Moscow studio and has landed atop an enormous pedestal outside the same Old City synagogue where Levy once read from the Torah. -- Bryan Schwartzman, Jewish Exponent

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Israel-China car venture launching first model in ‘13

Getty Images
A Chery assembly line
The Qoros Automotive Company -- a joint venture of the Israel Corp. and China's Chery Automobile Company -- said it will introduce its first model in 2013.

Qoros will introduce a compact sedan in '13,  the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The Qoros factory is being built in Changshu, west of Shanghai.

The two corporations have invested $500 million in Qoros since it was founded in 2007.

Qoros, which is targeting the Western Europe and Chinese markets, plans to generate sales of about 150,000 vehicles a year by 2015 or 2016, according to The Wall Street Journal. -- JTA

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Bringing ancient manuscripts into cyberspace

The Google team digitizing the ancient scrolls
Photo: Ardon Bar Hama

The Dead Sea Scrolls can now be examined in glorious high definition, thanks to the Israel Museum and Google Israel. -- Desmond Bentley, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ACT NOW: Support Shaheen Amendment to Grant Reproductive Rights to Servicewomen

Support Reproductive Rights for Servicewomen

Women's League for Conservative Judaism supports the rights of Servicewomen to have full healthcare and choice.

More than 400,000 women serve in the Armed Forces, and receive their health insurance from the Department of Defense’s Military Health System. But the health insurance available to servicewomen differs significantly from every other health insurance plan provided by the federal government in that it does NOT cover abortion services in the cases of rape or incest. Rather, servicewomen can only receive insurance coverage for abortion services if their lives are in danger.

The current policy is particularly unjust and unfair in light of the alarmingly high rates of sexual assault in the military. According to the Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2010 numbers, 3,158 military sexual assaults were reported. That number alone is shocking, but it is even more disturbing in light of the knowledge that many women who have experienced sexual violence do not report the incident. Researchers estimate that over time, taking into account the percentage of military sexual assaults that go unreported, up to one-third of women experience an attempted or completed rape during their military service.

Sen. Shaheen (D-NH) is expected to offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which would repeal the ban on the military’s insurance coverage for abortion care for survivors of rape or incest. The Shaheen Amendment would bring the Department of Defense’s Military Health System in line with other federal health insurance programs, to provide women with coverage for abortion services in the cases of rape, incest and when their lives are in danger.

Jewish values affirm the rights of women to be moral decision makers, capable of making responsible choices about their reproductive health.  Women in the military are no less entitled to the right to make decisions about reproduction. Although the Reform Movement believes insurance coverage of abortion should not be limited solely to cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger, the Department of Defense—at the very least—should provide servicewomen with access to the same care available to the civilians they protect.

In emails, faxes and phone calls, please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Shaheen Amendment to the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121.

For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Katharine Nasielski at 202.387.2800.

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Key re-elected prime minister of New Zealand

38th Prime Minister of New Zealand
John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee who escaped Austria on the eve of the Holocaust, was re-elected prime minister of New Zealand.

Key’s conservative National Party defeated the opposition Labor Party Saturday to win a second term in a landslide. He likely will still require the support of several minor parties to form a government, although Key appears to have polled 60 seats in the 121-seat parliament.

Relations between Wellington and Jerusalem have largely been cordial since Key took office in 2008. His predecessor, Labor’s Helen Clark, had suspended high-level diplomatic relations with Israel for a year following a passport scandal involving two alleged Mossad agents in 2004.

Relations also have been aided by the reopening of Israel’s embassy in Wellington last year following its closure in 2002 due to cost-cutting measures.

Stephen Goodman, president of the New Zealand Jewish Council, congratulated the National Party, saying he hoped the government would "ensure that New Zealand remains a country where we, as Jews, are free to fully practice all aspects of our religion away from threats, dangers and discrimination."

The Jewish community almost clashed with the prime minister over a ban on ritual kosher slaughter, or shechitah in 2010, but it was averted on the eve of the case going before the courts after the government backed down.

Key’s late mother, Ruth Lazar, fled Austria in 1938. A refugee in Britain, she married an Englishman before immigrating to New Zealand in the 1950s.

Key’s father died when was 6; he and his two siblings grew up in government-funded housing. Before entering politics, Key became a millionaire, working in London as a currency trader with Merrill Lynch. -- JTA

UNESCO Fueling Cultural Conflict Over Hebron Holy Site

Israel's Minister of Information and Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein
in front of the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron last Monday.
Photo: Anav Silverman
It is a clear blue and busy day in the holy city of Hebron. A small crowd of press gathers around Israeli Minister Yuli Edelstein outside the Tomb of Patriarchs. A Bar Mitzvah celebration is taking place and a procession of musicians lead the Israeli family whose son is celebrating his coming of age to the world's most ancient Jewish site. Meanwhile, a group of Mennonite Christians from North Carolina make their way up the steps to the tombs, while a local Palestinian tour guide leads a group of Germans to a tourist shop selling hand-made pottery nearby.

Beyond the rather picturesque scene in Hebron today, conflict rears its head elsewhere. Now that the Palestinians have been accepted as UNESCO's 195th member in late October, they can now apply for World Heritage classification for cultural sites they deem exclusively theirs. Such sites would be protected by the UN and could receive funding from UNESCO for restoration. -- Anav Silverman, Huffington Post

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood facing compromises on its Islamist ideology

Discarded election flyers and pamphlets lie on the street
as Egyptians queue to vote in front of a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, November 28, 2011.
Photo by: AP
Even if all of Egypt's Islamist factions were to join forces, the Muslim Brotherhood will need to find coalition partners, and compromise on Islamist ideology for the sake of political strength. -- Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz

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Love, Marriage, and the Israeli Rabbinate

The organization Tzohar is fighting for the right to perform its popular "alternative" weddings in Israel. A recent dispute with the Ministry of Religious Services was apparently resolved after a media war, frantic mediation, and a high-level Knesset meeting.  Tzohar's victory lasted all of two days before the Chief Rabbinate decided to enforce a long-neglected and selectively applied regulation, again placing the future of Tzohar's program in jeopardy.

After Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's 1996 assassination, Tzohar was founded by a group of relatively open-minded, idealistic Religious Zionist Orthodox rabbis to bridge the growing divide between Israel's religious and secular populations.  ("Tzohar" is a Hebrew word for window; the organization's motto is "a window between two worlds.")

Soon after its founding, Tzohar began the Wedding Project. -- Elli Fischer, Jewish Ideas Daily

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Jewish wedding traditions adopted by non-Jewish couple

Courtesy Freed Photography - Melanie and Michael Pezzula walk down the aisle, husband and wife, after their wedding ceremony. Though neither Melanie nor Michael is Jewish, the couple incorporated many Jewish traditions into their wedding.
On a September afternoon, as the strains of Pachelbel’s Canon filled a flower-laden hotel ballroom, Melanie Lo and her father slowly proceeded past family and friends toward a huppah, the Jewish wedding canopy.

Rabbi Kenneth Block stood waiting under the white canopy with Melanie’s husband-to-be, Michael Pezzula. Next to them were a decorated ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract) and a tall, white table that held a wine glass for the Kiddush, a blessing over the wine that would be recited as Melanie, 28, and Michael, 32, drank from the same cup to symbolize the sharing of their life together.

In many ways, it looked like a typical Jewish wedding ceremony. Yet neither bride nor groom is Jewish.

The inclusion of so many Jewish traditions in the ceremony uniting Melanie, raised Episcopalian, and Michael, raised Catholic, was their way of making their wedding special, they said. -- Lindsey Anderson, Washington Post

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

29 Nov 2011 -- The Partition Plan - 64 years later

Celebrations in Tel Aviv, Nov 29, 1947 (GPO archive photo)
On November 29, 1947 the UN General Assembly voted on the partition plan, and  UNGA Resolution 181 was adopted by a vote of 33 to 13.

History of the Resolution
In February 1947, Great Britain, which had controlled the mandatory territory since 1917, decided to turn the issue of the Palestinian Mandate over to the United Nations. The UN established a Special Commission on Palestine (UNSCOP), which recommended the establishment of two states - Arab and Jewish - in the area and Jerusalem as an international enclave.

The Jewish population - while dissatisfied with the small size of the territory allotted to their state in contradiction to the promises made by the League of Nations in 1922, as well as the plan to sever Jerusalem from the state by internationalizing it - accepted the compromise. In sharp contrast, the Arab states and the Arab residents of the Mandatory territory rejected UNSCOP’s recommendations out of hand.

The UN General Assembly held a vote on the partition plan and on 29 November 1947 UNGA Resolution 181 was adopted by 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions. -- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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US, Canada issues Chanukah stamps

The United States and Canada have issued stamps ahead of the eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins Tuesday night on December 20

New Chanukah stamps
Israel news photo
The United States and Canada have issued stamps ahead of the eight-day Chanukah festival, which begins Tuesday night on December 20.

“This year, for the first time, all of our holiday stamps are being issued as ‘forever’ stamps,” said Stephen Kearney, executive director of Stamp Services for the U.S. Postal Service and quoted by the San Francisco JWeekly.

“These popular stamps rank among our best sellers, with 1.3 billion being sold from October to December last year. That amounts to one in every 10 stamps we sell for the year,” he added. --  Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Arutz Sheva

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Sweden funds anti-Israel brochure

Scandinavian country finances booklet accusing Jewish state of ethnic cleansing, apartheid rule. -- Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews

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Oldest Holocaust survivor turns 108

Alice Herz-Sommer
© Web of Stories
Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known survivor of the Holocaust, celebrated her 108th birthday.

Herz-Sommer, a native of Prague, marked her birthday in London on Nov. 25.

She was a professional pianist in her mid-teens. Herz-Sommer, her husband and young son were sent to the Nazi show camp at Terezin in 1943, where she played more than 150 concerts as Jews were sent to their deaths and for visitors from the Red Cross.

Herz-Sommer's husband, also a musician, did not survive the war, but their son, Raphael, who also took part in performances at Terezin, did.

Herz-Sommer swam daily until the age of 97, and continues to play her piano every day, according to reports. She also enjoys playing Scrabble.  -- JTA

Judah P. Benjamin: the "Confederate Kissinger"

According to biographer Eli Evans, Judah P. Benjamin, a leading political figure of the Confederacy, "achieved greater political power than any other Jew in the nineteenth century -- perhaps even in all American history." It goes without saying that his tenure, like the Confederacy itself, was relatively short-lived.

The History Channel pegs today as the sesquicentennial anniversary of the day Benjamin was appointed the Confederacy's secretary of war (Nov. 21, 1861), later serving as secretary of state. Benjamin resigned his political post after his suggestion to emancipate slaves who fought for the Confederacy (in a bid to win recognition from foreign powers) fell flat. Once the Union's victory seemed assured, Benjami fled and eventually relocated to England, where he established himself as a successful barrister.

But according to a 1917 biography excerpted by the Jewish-American History Foundation, Benjamin assumed the position on Sept. 17 of that year.

History Channel may have the edge; in a letter published in the Richmond Enquirer on Nov. 13, Benjamin signed as "acting secretary of war."

Benjamin has also been referred to as "the Confederate Kissinger." No word whether he also accused Jews of being "self-serving," but the Archive Blog is loath to make anachronistic analogies.

For more Jewish Civil War fun, check out a Hebrew-language account of the Battle of Bull Run from 1861 over at On The Main Line.  -- Adam Soclof, JTA Archives

With haredi population growing, can Israel put them to work?

It’s one of many indications of Israel’s large and rapidly growing haredi population. Now comprising nearly 10 percent of Israel’s residents, the community is expected to double its numbers in the next decade….

The unique circumstances and growth of Israel’s haredim pose a significant challenge for the country -- one this college is attempting to answer. There are a few factors keeping haredim out of the workforce: haredi values, including wariness of the secular world; government subsidies for yeshiva study; and the rules of the Israeli army draft, which mandate yeshiva study for those seeking to avoid military conscription.

Some 65 percent of Israeli haredi men do not work. As their numbers continue to swell, so does a growing sense of alarm that the rest of the Israeli population won’t be able to shoulder the country’s economic or defense burdens if the status quo of state-subsidized, full-time Torah study continues. -- Dina Kraft, JTA

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Ryan Braun Named National League MVP

Ryan Braun, Getty Images
"Hebrew Hammer" Is First Jew To Win Since Koufax in 1963

Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, was named the National League Most Valuable Player, making him the first Jewish ballplayer to win the award in nearly five decades.

Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp was second with 10 first-place votes and 332 points. -- Nate Lavey, Forward

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Blazing a Trail, With Modesty and Faith: Rhodes Scholar Miriam Rosenbaum Sets Example for Orthodox

Miriam Rosenbaum is not your typical yeshiva girl, though she is deeply devout and modest to a fault.
Miriam Rosenbaum
The Princeton University senior is the first Orthodox woman to win a Rhodes Scholarship — and she wants to use the honor to champion the education of Jewish girls.

“I hope that Orthodox girls realize they can be frum and get any education that they want,” said Rosenbaum, 22, who grew up in the Bronx and attended Bruriah High School for Girls, in Elizabeth, N.J. “You don’t have to choose one over the other. “I want to make a kiddush haShem [a blessing for God] and encourage other girls to pursue higher education.”

Mentors say Rosenbaum cuts an impressive figure and has the potential to influence the lives of many other Orthodox girls. “She presents a very important role model,” said Sara Wolkenfeld, director of education at Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life/HILLEL. “Education is an important frontier for Orthodox Jewish women, and it’s really important that there’s no glass ceiling in terms of what they can accomplish. Miriam represents that.”

Rosenbaum, who is studying the intersection of ethics, genetic research and public policy, says she was inspired to excel by stories of her grandfather, Mordechai Rosenbaum. -- Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Forward

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A quick fix for addictions and depression?

Brainsway's revolutionary painless, non-invasive deep electromagnetic stimulation eases addiction, depression, autism and other conditions.  -- Karin Kloosterman, Israel21c
Brainsway’s device consists of a coil attached to a helmet. Treatments take about 15 minutes.
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Cairo rally: One day we'll kill all Jews

Muslims pray in Cairo Photo: AFP

Muslim Brotherhood holds venomous anti-Israel rally in Cairo mosque Friday; Islamic activists chant: "Tel Aviv, judgment day has come!" -- Ynetnews

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OECD: Israel 5th in life expectancy

International economic organization's report points to significant drop in infant mortality, higher cancer survival rates, although public and private healthcare spending in Jewish state is among lowest in world.

Israelis live longer, but State invests less in their health (illustration)  Photo: AFP

A new report released Wednesday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals encouraging figures about the healthcare situation in Israel.

Israeli life expectancy is among the highest in the world, and fifth among OECD countries, infant mortality rate is among the lowest in the world, and a significant improvement has been recorded in the treatment of chronic diseases. -- Dr. Itay Gal, Ynetnews

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