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Japanese Gymnast Delivers Twist on Jewish Prayer

WATCH: Sae Miyakawa performs routine to klezmer version of “Gesher Tzar Me’od”

08/10/2016 - 14:32
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Jewish twitter was set abuzz yesterday during the women’s gymnastics event, and for once the subject was not Team USA’s Jewish sensation Aly Raisman. The unlikely topic of conversation was Sae Miyakawa, a 16 year-old Japanese gymnast whose floor routine was set to a klezmer take on 18th century Jewish prayer “Gesher Tzar Me’od.” 

 

Sae Miyakawa performs a routine during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships. Getty.

The Massacre Of People With Disability: What Parents Can Do

Until yesterday, I only felt sadness and despair about about the massacre of people with disability in Japan on July 26th. Then I realized there was something I could do. You, too. Actually, you're likely already doing it.

The attacker stabbed 19 people to death as they slept at the Tsuki Yamayuri-en facility in Japan and wounded 26 others. The suspect, a 26-year-old former staffer, had planned the killings, Reuters noted. In fact, he'd stated that he was going to do the deed in two letters given to the speaker of the lower house of parliament in February.

Memorial for victims in Japan. Getty images

Ari Lesser Raps About BDS

"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.

 

Kabbalat Shabbat in Camp Foster: The Challenges of a Marine Chaplain

08/08/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I would imagine that rest and relaxation are the two most important criteria of a really good summer vacation, especially when one’s job is stressful.  But if it is also true that expanding one’s horizons and learning about parts of the world that were completely unfamiliar are also important components, then my wife and I are enjoying one of our most successful summer vacations ever, here in Okinawa, Japan, and soon in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Federations Raise $1 Million in Japan Relief

04/10/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Jewish federations throughout North America have raised nearly $1 million to help Japan recover from last month's massive earthquake and tsunami.

The federations' Japan, Hawaii and Pacific Relief Fund, opened immediately following the earthquake and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, has collected the money to support relief and recovery efforts in the damaged areas.

The Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group of the federation movement, has directly raised more than $187,000 through online, mobile and mailed donations.

Taking Japan Personally

04/04/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s jaw dropped in disbelief. “You’re going back? What?! Why?”

She turned to her new husband, her eyes twinkling, her voice teasing. “Japan is Elicia’s Israel,” she said. By which she meant, Japan is Elicia’s homeland. By which she meant: how absurd.

Elicia Brown

The Masks We All Wear: Remembering Japan this Purim

03/17/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Okay, I have a secret to tell you. But you have to promise to keep it a secret. Promise? Well, then, here goes: I’m a “theater person.” Yep, it’s true. I have a big background in theater, drama, musical theater, sketch comedy, and improvisation. Yes, that means I speak in silly voices and accents sometimes. And, yes, hopefully it does make my sermons at least a little more engaging. I’ve noticed that there are many fascinating similarities between the theater world and the rabbinate, but I suppose those observations will have to wait for another column.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Japan’s Agony: Natural Disaster Through a Religious Lens

03/17/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

After one or two probing and thoughtful questions from my Hebrew High School students this week about the unfolding disaster in Japan, I decided to shelve my lesson plan and just talk with them about what they were feeling. They were, like we all are, horrified by the images they were seeing, and struggling to frame this great tragedy in some way that was manageable for them.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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