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The Jewish New Year is approaching, which means a traditional cleaning for the Western Wall

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August 26, 2013
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Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

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With the Jewish new year upon us, maintenance workers at the Western Wall on Sunday cleaned out the prayer notes left behind by the many tourists and dignitaries who made the pilgrimage to Judaism’s holiest site in order to submit a request to God.

The notes are taken to the Mount of Olives for burial, as per tradition. Jews began placing notes in the cracks of the Western Wall in the 18th century, and since the custom has remained in practice.

Source: Jpost.com

He has a Hebrew tattoo, and was just spotted wearing a Kippa at a kosher resto in NY… but One Direction’s Harry styles is not a Jew.. yet?

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August 26, 2013
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Source: Twitter - Harry Styles

Source: Twitter – Harry Styles

One Direction star Harry Styles posed with fans outside a kosher restaurant. Photo: 1DMofosUpdates via Twitter.

One Direction star Harry Styles posed with fans outside a kosher restaurant. Photo: 1DMofosUpdates via Twitter.

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Harry Styles, star of uber-popular British boy band One Direction stopped by one of Manhattan’s most popular kosher hot-spots, Le Marais, Thursday night, much to the delight of his young female Jewish fans and others who gathered outside the 46th street establishment hoping to catch a glimpse of the star, fans on Twitter reported.

Styles sported a blue knitted kippa embroidered with his name, which was given to him as a birthday gift by his friend, director Ben Winston.

Despite possessing a Hebrew tattoo spelling his sister Gemma’s name and tweeting from time to time about Jewish holidays, Styles is not Jewish. Responding to inquiries on the matter, Des Styles, the star’s father wrote earlier this month on Twitter, “Still lots of queries asking if H is some % Jewish? No idea where any rumours came from in but, categorically, he is 0% Jewish. Not at all.X”

Staff at Le Marais did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment on the visit.

Source: Algemeiner.com

Israeli And Palestinian Metal Bands Join Forces For European Tour

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July 21, 2013
ACT, Coexistence, Music
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Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will join forces with the Palestinian group KHALAS for an 18-concert European tour in October/November. The two bands will also share a tour bus for three weeks, an artistic cooperation between Jewish and Arab artists which is being hailed as “a major breakthrough.”

“We can’t change the world, but we can give an example of how coexistence is possible,” ORPHANED LAND singer Kobi Farhi told The Guardian. “Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together.”

“We are metal brothers before everything,” added KHALAS lead guitaristAbed Hathut. “There is no bigger message for peace than through this tour.”

Previous collaborations between Jewish and Arab artists in Israel have led to calls for boycotts from pro-Palestinian activists as part of a campaign to isolate the Jewish state culturally and economically.

“I’m strongly against boycotts of any kind,” Farhi told The Guardian. “The purpose of art is to represent harmony in places of disharmony, to bring hope.”

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This list Is-Really hot… BuzzFeed’s 51 Hottest Jewish Men In Hollywood

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July 11, 2013
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We all love those Buzzfeed lists, this one is Kosher for Passo… It’s just kosher!

“They may not be a doctor or a lawyer, but they can play one on TV! All men given a stamp of approval by a Rabbi* (*the Rabbi being me and not an actual Rabbi).” - Lauren Yapalater

1. Adam Brody


BARUCH HASHEM FOR ADAM BRODY. If there was a trophy for best Jewish boy in the world it would be sitting on his mantel right next to his Menorah. Amen.

2. Bryan Greenberg

Bryan Greenberg


3. Liev Schreiber


WHERE TO BEGIN WITH THIS BEAUTY. I’ll begin with his manly nose and his manly facial hair and just overall manly perfection.

4. James Franco


*You gaze at each other during Shabbat and realize, you don’t need electricity as long as you have each other.*

5. Jake Gyllenhaal

Did he just come in some perfectly wrapped paper BECAUSE HE IS A GIFT TO US ALL.

Did he just come in some perfectly wrapped paper BECAUSE HE IS A GIFT TO US ALL.

6. Ben Barnes

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SLKDJGNSASKJGNSDFLKJGN. This man was literally chosen by god to be perfect.

7. Dave Franco


Are you seeing those eyebrows? LOOK CLOSER. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AND LUSCIOUS.

8. Andrew Garfield

One hyphenated word: SPIDER-MAN. ANOTHER TWO WORDS: skintight costume.

One hyphenated word: SPIDER-MAN. ANOTHER TWO WORDS: skintight costume.

9. Adam Levine

Just needs a long sleeve shirt to wear around the relatives and everything is totally cool, just a perfectly flawless face at the other end of the seder table.

Just needs a long sleeve shirt to wear around the relatives and everything is totally cool, just a perfectly flawless face at the other end of the seder table.

10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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We’ve now entered the top 10 zone. Things are getting serious.



Jewish toddler’s kidney saves Palestinian boy’s life

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June 3, 2013
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Yakoub Ibhisad after transplant (Photo: Schneider Children's Medical Center)

Yakoub Ibhisad after transplant (Photo: Schneider Children’s Medical Center)

Parents of three-year-old Noam Naor who was declared brain dead after falling from fourth floor donate his kidney to 10-year-old Yakoub Ibhisad. ‘Knowing I saved a life gives me great comfort and the power to go on, mother says

The parents of a Jewish boy who was declared brain dead after falling from a fourth floor window have donated his kidney to a 10-year-old Palestinian boy thus saving his life.

Three-year-old Noam Naor fell from the fourth floor of his parents’ apartment building and was rushed at critical condition to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. His injuries were so extensive they had caused him irreparable brain damage forcing doctors to declare him brain dead.

After consulting the matter with rabbis, Noam’s parents, both religious, decided to donate their son’s kidneys.

Given Noam’s young age there was no choice but to donate the kidney to a child as the organ could not be transplanted in anyone weighing over 30 kilograms.

A tissue test run through the national waiting list found only one match – a 10-year-old Palestinian boy.

Yakoub Ibhisad had been treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for the past seven years for kidney failure. None of his family members were a match.

The transplant center asked Noam’s parents’ permission to give the kidney to a non-Israeli, and was given their consent.

“I thought about Shimon Peres’ efforts for peace with our neighbors and realized I was making the right decision,” Noam’s mother Sarit said.

“Knowing I saved a life gives me great comfort and the power to go on,” she added. “It was not an easy choice, but I today I am happy I made it. It doesn’t matter that it’s a Palestinian boy, I wish it would bring us peace.”

Having been made aware of the mother’s wish to speak to President Peres, the transplant center arranged a call between with the president who conveyed his condolences and expressed his support for the family’s decision.

“It’s one of the most moving contributions to peace,” Peres told the mother. “It shatters all prejudices.”

The transplant was performed at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva, where Yakoub is still hospitalized. He is scheduled to be discharged soon.

Samir Ibhisad, Yakoub’s father said, “I haven’t the words to thank the family that saved my son’s life. We’ve been through many years of suffering when my son was on dialysis and his life was in danger.

“We are grateful for the donation and hope that God willing the couple will be blessed enough to have another child.”

Health Minister Yael German said, “Noam’s parents are noble and inspiring people. Their donation is a source of pride and an example of humanity and kindness. ”

Source: Ynetnews.com

Hockey team brings Jewish, Muslim kids together

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March 18, 2013
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For a lesson in how Jewish and Muslim people can get along, look to the children.

An Israeli team of 17 minor hockey players, aged 10 to 14, was in Winnipeg last week and, despite their religious differences, their only opposition was the team at the other end of the rink.

“It is very exciting,” said Itamar Melzar, 10, from Metula, Israel, with the help of a translator. “There are so many opportunities for hockey here.”

They are students of the Canada Israel Hockey School based in the northern Israeli city of Metula and, on Sunday, they faced off against the Corydon Comets Pewee A3 team.

The team consists of 12 Jewish and five Muslim children from the Galilee region, said Shelley Faintuch, community relations director for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.

“These kids wouldn’t have an opportunity otherwise to play hockey together. They don’t all live in the same town,” she said. “The Muslim kids actually travel over two hours by car to get to the ice rink in Metula twice a month. It is an entire outing and it mobilizes the entire family.”

Mike Mazeika, a Canadian, has been living and teaching hockey at the Metula school for 13 months.

“It is so rewarding,” said Mazeika. “I’m actually getting emotional… some of these kids could barely skate five days ago and today they played so well.”

DJ Schneeweiss, the Israeli consul general, flew in from Toronto to watch the students take on the local team on Sunday. He said bringing the students to Canada can educate Canadians about the culture of Israel that is often misinterpreted.

“It brings a young face of Israel into Canada and very completely human face,” said Schneeweiss.

Schneeweiss said with conflict in the Middle East, playing hockey in Metula can be a healthy distraction.

“When you go into an area like that, it’s all self-contained. It’s sort of its own world. And I think that’s probably a good thing; it allows them to sort of shut out what may be going on outside.”

While in Winnipeg, the students played and practised their hockey skills for 90 minutes each morning. In the evenings, they participated in different Canadian activities such as bowling, curling and sledding before returning to their billet families.

Marla Vittera hosted the two youngest visitors, Amit Vinegrad, 11, and Itamar.

“It’s been exhausting but very rewarding,” said Vittera. “They have been doing so many things but they are enjoying themselves.”

Vittera said they enjoy the basic Canadian food.

“I took the time and made a great spaghetti dinner and no response,” said Vittera.

“I made chicken fingers and fries the next night and I’m a hero.”

Itamar’s favourite Canadian food on his visit has been pizza. While in Winnipeg, not only has his appetite improved, Itamar said his hockey skills have improved, too.

“They taught me a few new things that I didn’t know before,” said Itamar through his translator. “There a lot more opportunities here, so I feel that I am better.”

Itamar’s team is called the Macabi Young Metula.

By the end of the first period they were down 1-0 to the Comets. By the end of the second, it was 2-2. But in the third period, the Israeli team succumbed to the Comets 5-2.

It didn’t matter to the fans though. The cheers were loud for every save and every goal.

::Winnipeg Free Press