Halachot Shabbat: Separating the Juice from the Fruit

Halachot Shabbat: Separating the Juice from the Fruit

If a person wants to drink the juice that’s part of the compote, he is permitted to select it from the container with the juice and fruits. One may do so by tilting the container, thereby letting the juice come out and allowing the fruits to remain in the vessel.

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Coffee Culture

Coffee Culture

Cafes are very popular in Israel, practically on every corner, because Israel has a definite coffee culture.

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As President Shimon Peres Turns 90…

As President Shimon Peres Turns 90…

Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president, turns 90 on August 2. Part of the prestigious Presidential Conference, taking place on June 18-20, will be dedicated to celebrating his entry into his nonagenarian years.

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A Jewel in the Crown

A Jewel in the Crown

A short ride outside of Jerusalem, in the suburb of Ramat Motza, is a large building with the word, Yvel. Yvel is Levy spelled backwards and the home of the international jewelry company founded by Orna and Isaac Levy.

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Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Residents of chutz l’aretz are usually surprised that I live in Tveria. They think Tveria is a resort city and great place to bring the family for vacation, especially during the Chaggim, but to live here…?

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Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Zionist activists in Israel and abroad seem to have settled on a theme du jour for just about everything they say and do. “Israel is being unfairly treated by the world.” I see it in the news every day and it’s becoming a menace. Not because it’s not true but because it’s being misapplied.

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What Judaism Means to Me

What Judaism Means to Me

Judaism means everything to me. It’s a part of my life from the second I get up in the morning to the moment I fall asleep at night–and it also accompanies me in my dreams.

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The Vision

The Vision

It appeared to me in a dream, What was it who knows? Behind its hideous mask, the soul of the creature arose, For beneath it somewhere, I could sense a familiar stare, Could it possibly be? A reminder, a twinkle of hope, In the ocean of thought so remote, So far and yet so near, That I shook and trembled in fear, The mask’s lips slightly moved and a sound: Like the cry of a million trumpets, Like the beat of a million drums, And yet so sullen, so quiet, like a perilous journey begun.

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6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Imrei Emes of Ger, (1866-1948). The son of the Sefas Emes and a great-grandson of the Chidushei HaRim, he was the third Rebbe in the Gur dynasty, the leader of over 250,000 chassidim in pre-WW II Poland. The Imrei Emes was instrumental in establishing and expanding Agudas Yisroel, and was at the forefront of strengthening the Jewish community of Eastern European.

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Street Food Eating in Israel

Street Food Eating in Israel

One of the nicest and most distinct Israeli traditions is food. Jews coming from the Middle East and Far East, from Europe, Australia, South Africa, North and South America—all adopted the local cooking habits to their dietary laws and passed them on to their children. The cooking style of the countries where they lived came as part of their baggage when they made their way to Israel, and they blended with those who had come before them.

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The Sadly Superficial Stephen Hawking

The Sadly Superficial Stephen Hawking

As the “Daily Mail” said, “Stephen Hawking is someone we admire.” Almost fully paralyzed and able to communicate only through a speech-generating device, his brilliant mind has illuminated the universe’s mysteries for all of humanity.

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Chodesh Sivan…Shavuot…Cheesecake!!!

Chodesh Sivan…Shavuot…Cheesecake!!!

Ask anyone about Shavuot, and the first thing that comes to mind is cheesecake. But, if we look deeply into the mystical aspects of this amazing month of Sivan, we will learn that embedded in the month are all the powers we need for strengthening our spiritual foundation for the entire year.

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What’s the Difference Zionist Song

What’s the Difference Zionist Song

This is a song I wrote and recorded with my friend, Matvey (video by Speedy of SpeedyMedia) about a year ago. I’ve since posted it on Youtube, haven’t gotten very many views and haven’t tried too hard to promote it.

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Squeezing Out Lemon Juice into a Salad

Squeezing Out Lemon Juice into a Salad

It is permitted to squeeze out lemon juice into a salad in order to improve the taste of the vegetables*. One must squeeze the lemon directly on the vegetables (i.e., it is not permitted to squeeze out the lemon juice into a cup and then add it to the salad).

Squeezing out lemon juice into a salad is permitted even if the lemon juice will not be absorbed into the vegetables of the salad.

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