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Elena Kagan, Eye Candy Mentality & Jewish Wisdom

07/07/2010
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The news surrounding Elena Kagan’s nomination has focused on more than her legal qualifications — her looks have caused a lot of buzz, too. Michael Savage, talk show commentator, said that Kagan “looks like she belongs in a kosher deli.” Another writer questioned, “Why do Janet Napolitano, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all look like linebackers for the New York Jets?” JInsider wanted to get a Torah perspective on the relative importance of physical appearance from one of our favorite and most thoughtful rabbis, Rabbi Naomi Levy (www.nashuva.com).

Elena Kagan

My Jewish Learning: Accessible And Relevant Jewish Wisdom

06/30/2010
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In June, MyJewishLearning.com won the American Jewish Press Association's award for most “Outstanding Website.” Yasher Koach! We have great respect for CEO and Editor-in-Chief Daniel Septimus, who has led the effort to create an accessible and relevant source of Jewish wisdom on the net.

A Jewish Sense of Humor

06/23/2010
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What do you get when you Google “funny jew?” Marvin Silbermintz. More specifically, Marvin showing off a few hilarious inventions of his own devising – a Kiddush fork, a challah-doubler and a special Jewish comb, among others. A prize-winning comedian who wrote Jay Leno’s monologue for 19 years and appeared often as Jay’s Rabbi, Marvin currently does stand-up, lectures, writes and stars in the Chabad telethon (www.FUNNYfromBIRTH.com).

JInsider: Father’s Day Prep - Creating An Inspiring Home

06/18/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

For Father’s Day, JInsider offers practical advice for dads on cultivating an inspired life for their children.

Reflections on an Ideal Dad

I think that the most important lesson of being a father is to lower the bar into the human realm. I will never be the perfect dad. There are times when I embarrass myself by losing my patience or temper. I also regularly mortify my children now that they are older just by being near them in front of their friends.

Four Generations of Meszlers

Connect-the-Dots:The Flotilla Fiasco and Current Events

06/09/2010
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The Baal Shem Tov explained: “Every event that occurs is controlled by Hashgachah Protis (Divine Intervention). ...Everything a Jew sees or hears contains a lesson useful in the service of God.” With this perspective, the unfolding of everyday current events takes on a whole different meaning. What happens every week, every day, every moment — there is a hidden subtext. It’s just a matter of interpreting events on a deeper level. Last week the unfortunate flotilla incident occurred.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi: A Messenger for Israel

06/02/2010

Israel’s disputes with its neighbors have a long history — but there’s also a less tangible, but no less important front line: the media. Public opinion in the United States is an important area of concern for Israel, especially considering Israel has not always been great with its own public relations. Fortunately, there are a number of American-based groups that help make the case for Israel, and one of the best is The Israel Project (TIP).

Jennifer Mizrahi

Jewish Wisdom (not just) for Graduates

05/25/2010
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With university commencement season upon us, assorted pundits are appearing on local campuses to offer their self-help spiels. In reality, some of the best advice for graduates comes from our own Jewish wisdom. So in the spirit of America’s sound-bite culture and Hillel’s famous feat of summing up the Torah in one sentence (“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor”), JInsider offers some concise bits of Jewish wisdom in this week’s column. Here’s a taste on how to find one’s own purpose:

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: A British Invasion of Spirituality and Wisdom

05/18/2010

Rabbis aren’t usually rock stars, but British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks isn’t your average rabbi. A one-of-a-kind spiritual leader — and this week’s Top Jew — Rabbi Sacks consistently attracts overflow crowds all around the Jewish world. Last month, he thrilled attendees of a standing-room-only Shabbat weekend at Lincoln Square Synagogue with his insights, intellect and scholarship. His new book “Future Tense: Jews, Judaism and Israel in the 21st Century” is a must-read. Here are a few highlights:

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Mother’s Day: Creating a Jewish Home (Part 2)

05/11/2010
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This week JInsider continues its Mother’s Day series with more practical advice from Jewish mothers on inspiring and cultivating Judaism in the next generation.

Zilberman: Shababa Mamas Liana and Karina (1970’s and today)

Mother’s Day: Creating A Jewish Home

05/04/2010
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To transform Mother’s Day from a greeting-card holiday to one that nurtures the Jewish neshama (soul), here is practical advice on how parents can inspire and cultivate a Jewish life for their children. We are hopeful that our Mother’s Day gift will keep giving and possibly impact future generations.

Three generations of Sackses.
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