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  • Tzitzit Tying and Knots Guide

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on January 01, 2013 | Leave a Comment

    There are several different traditions regarding the tying of Tzitzit that divide as Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Yemenite.

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  • Tallit Clips

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on January 01, 2013 | Leave a Comment

    Tallit clips are an appropriate accessory for any man or woman who wears a tallit during prayer.

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  • Tallit Bags

    Posted By Mike Rosethal on January 01, 2013 | Leave a Comment

    Arguably one of the most important articles of clothing for a Jewish person is the tallit, or prayer shawl.

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  • Tallit Size Guide

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment

    There are two basic ways to wear a tallit, with some variations depending on sect.

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  • Jewish Temple Rebuilt

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on April 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    Sounds crazy, right? World War III? Maybe. Since the year 70 of the common era, Judaism has lost its crown jewel: the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. To rebuild it would take something of a complete metal switch from western culture to Jewish culture, by which I mean a national realization that the Jewish people must rebuild themselves completely from the top down. As of this moment, the only thing stopping the state of Israel from actually rebuilding the Temple is lack of cultural and political will. Translated into a very simple term: fear.

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  • Jewish Kosher Justice

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    Uri L’Tzedek literally means, “Wake up for Justice”. Tzedek, though connotes a particular kind of Jewish justice, though not a justice that deals only with Jews. It is a sense that Jews have to pursue justice worldwide that was instilled in our people ever since the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The organization, headed by Shmuly Yanklowitz, pursues many causes, including a “moral kosher stamp” called the Tav HaYosher loosely translated as the “mark of integrity” which aims to ensure that the working conditions at any food production company are just and fair and do not exploit the workers.

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  • Simpsons at The Western Wall

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    Somehow they haven’t aged. It’s probably got nothing to do with their diets. More likely the fact that they’re animated. After 20 years, the Simpsons are finally coming to Israel. The episode is scheduled to coincide with Passover, and details of the plot are sketchy, but what we do know is that Homer will develop “Jerusalem Syndrome,” symptoms of which are unclear.

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  • Jewish Nation, or Israeli Nation

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 07, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    A cadre of 21 radical Left Wing activists have appealed to the Supreme Court to recognize them as belonging to the “Israeli Nation”. That is, they want to be recognized as “Israeli” on their national ID cards. As of now, Jewish citizens of Israel are registered as “Jewish,” Christians and Muslims as “Arab,” and non-Jews who have Israeli citizenship are listed by the nationality of their country of origin.

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  • Israel vs Saudi Arabia

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 04, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    At first, this may seem a bit strange. Even totally whacked out. But if you are intimately aware of what is happening, what Saudi Prince al-Faisal told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd  actually makes some sense. To put it in a sentence, al-Faisal told Dowd about the enlightened ‘liberal’ trends in Saudi Arabia, and compared them to Jewish conservative ‘extremism’ in Israel.

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