Jew Da Maccabi

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From a base out of Florida, Jewish orthodox rapper Jew Da Maccabi is creating a real buzz with the video of one of his tracks Iron Like A Lion.

With a thumping beat, pro-Jewish lyrics and a sharp performance, this 29 year old rapper looks set to do for Jewish rap what Matisyahu has done for Jewish reggae – get it out of just a Jewish niche and get it into the mainstream.

And like Matisyahu, Jew Da Maccabi is a Jew who became frum and wants to get his message out to as many people as possible.

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Limited transit strike under way


Workers at a pair of private New York bus lines went on strike early Monday — the first steps in what could be the shutdown of the nation’s largest public transportation system.

With no new agreement in place and a 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday strike deadline set by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), another 33,000 transit workers could join the picket lines in less than 24 hours, knocking out all New York City transit lines.

The Web site for TWU Local 100 announced the strike that will impact some 50,000 commuters in Queens and pull more than 700 workers off the job: “Strike Alert: NO BUSES MONDAY: Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach on Strike.”

Camp FREE – Gan Israel Pre-Chanukah Concert

Sunday, December 18, 2005, Camp FREE – Gan Israel, a division of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, held its annual reunion with a grand pre-Chanukah concert featuring ‘Music Rabbi’ Chaim Fogelman.

The children enjoyed a fun filled day, with many exciting activities which was held upstate New York. Many Jews of the local community who joined this event in honor of Chanukah were deeply impressed by the large turnout and thanked the organizers at Camp FREE – Gan Israel for coordinating this event.

The program was sponsored by devoted friends and supporters of Camp FREE – Gan Israel, and coordinated by a cooperative effort of dedicated Bochurim, including: Dovid Altein, Yossi Bryski, Dovid Okunov, Leima Teleshevsky and Tzali Stilerman.

Deconstructing the Kabbalah

The Hamden Journal

Members of the Jewish faith had an opportunity to learn about an increasingly popular and mystical facet of their religion during a recent series of workshops on the Kabbalah.

The “Kabbalah of Now” workshops explore ancient and modern mystics and the purpose of kabalistic mysticism in peoples’ lives.

Kabbalah is the mystical aspect of the Jewish faith, according to Rabbi Menachem Piekarski of the Chabad of Hamden. Kabbalah, which enhances the Jewish tradition, was in its earliest years studied only by scholars until various forms were brought down to an intellectual level ordinary people could relate to, Piekarski said.

Couple brings effort for Chabad outreach to Wallingfords’ Jews

Rabbi Baruch Kaplan in his Wallingford home, with his wife, Raizy, and their children, Lieba, sitting on his mother’s lap, and Mushkah. Rabbi Kaplan is making an effort to reach other Jews in town.

Rabbi Baruch Kaplan sat on a couch in his living room Tuesday night and spoke about his Jewish heritage with a great sense of pride. He has another couch for anyone wishing to join him.

Kaplan moved to Wallingford just over a month ago with his wife Raizy and their two young daughters to serve as the directors of the local Chabad-Lubavitch movement, a worldwide Jewish outreach organization.

Sharon Taken to Hospital

FOX News

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was taken to a Jerusalem hospital Sunday after feeling ill while working in his office, two Israel television stations reported. One of the stations said he suffered a minor stroke and had lost consciousness.

Channel 2 TV said the roads around the hospital were closed before Sharon, 77, arrived in his official vehicle.

Channel 10 TV, quoting police officials it did not identify, said Sharon apparently lost consciousness. He was taken directly to the emergency room of the hospital, the media reports said. Officials in Sharon’s office were not available for comment.

Update On The Transit Strike: Headed To Court


With a promised strike less than 48 hours away, the Transport Workers Union was planning to seek a court order Sunday against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — claiming that the agency was breaking state law by demanding changes in pension benefits for new hires, a union lawyer said.

There were no reports of progress following talks between the two sides on Saturday, and commuters were making plans for a possible shutdown of the nation’s largest mass transit system at the height of the Christmas rush.

According to Walter Meginniss Jr., the union planned to file the complaint with the state’s Public Employment Relations Board, The New York Times reported on its Web site Sunday.

Hasidics put down roots in Q-C

Quad City Times
Rabbi Shneur Cadaner lights a menorah as his wife Chana and infant son look on. The Orthodox Jewish family moved to the Quad-Cities six months ago as part of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement.

Rabbi Shneur Cadaner dresses in a traditional Orthodox Jewish manner and seems not to notice any extra attention he receives while moving about the Quad-Cities. He is a man on a mission.

The rabbi, his wife Chana and their infant son moved to a north Davenport home six months ago as part of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement. “Our outreach is to enrich the Jewish lifestyle,” he said, noting that the couple has sponsored several events and has “Chanukah on Ice” planned for Dec. 27 at the Quad-City Sports Center in Davenport.

“We give Jews reasons to explore Judaism,” Chana Cadaner said, noting that a good deal of reaction has come from older persons who remember the more traditional practices the couple supports.

The Festival of Lights in Manatee

Brandenton Herald
Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton displays a menorah on the roof of his 2003 Sonata, which will light up during Hanukkah.

Rabbi Mendy Bukiet sports a menorah on the roof of his car, all the better he says to bring attention to Hanukkah’s true meaning.

“I’ve gotten a few thumbs up,” said Bukiet, of Chabad of Bradenton, after a day of driving his Hyundai with the Jewish candle holder with eight bulbs and a helper bulb attached to the car’s roof. ” I think I am probably the first person ever to have a menorah on a car here.”

Also called The Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 this year.

Bukiet, who had his metal menorah custom-made in New York, will insert the first bulb into the menorah on Dec. 25 and light another each day thereafter.

Brooklyn Jury Finds Norman Guilty, Again

NY Sun

If you are all wondering why I am covering this, is because he was the CHJCC’s former nominee for Assemblyman

The Brooklyn Democratic Party’s former leader, Clarence Norman Jr., was convicted yesterday of stealing a $5,000 check from his re-election campaign, a felony that could land him in prison for up to seven years.

The guilty verdict comes just two and a half months after Norman was convicted on three felony charges for soliciting illegal campaign contributions. The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles Hynes, has another two cases pending against him.

Handed down after about a week of deliberations, the verdict is another triumph for the district attorney’s office, which is said to be pursuing Norman aggressively to help crack a larger judicial corruption case in the borough.

In D.C.’s political maelstrom, Chabad man makes his mark

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Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad´s representative in Washington, speaks at a Republican Jewish Coalition event on Sept. 21, 2005.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad’s representative in Washington, bears certain similarities to the menorah whose lighting he engineers each year on the White House lawn: big, warm, and impossible to ignore.

What makes Shemtov remarkable is that in his 12 years of dealing with the world’s most powerful power brokers, few seem to consider him overbearing.

“We have nothing in common except love of Judaism and love of politics — and it’s not the same Judaism and not the same politics — but we’re still very good friends,” said Steve Rabinowitz, a former Clinton administration official and a longtime consultant to the Reform and Conservative movements.

Jewish women find togetherness, illumination

The ladies came one by one to Sharon Mizrahi’s Cape Coral home Wednesday night. They chatted about the house and decorating, traffic and the holidays. They talked about Ohio State football with Mizrahi’s daughter, Tracey, who was home for the semester break.

Then, while the pool fountain bubbled pleasantly on the other side of the open French doors, they settled comfortably onto upholstered sofas and got down to business.

Hanukkah is a symbol, a message of the triumph of freedom over aggression, of light over darkness, said Rivky Labkowski, a petite 24-year-old.

Today, that darkness includes the “insidious erosion of time-honored values and principles that are the foundation of any decent society,” she told the members of the Jewish Women’s Circle of Chabad of Cape Coral.

Olive oil tells the story of Hanukkah

SI Live

“You guys are the Maccabees of today,” Michael Albukerk told his enthralled audience, “the ones who will keep Judaism alive.”

Albukerk and Schneer Friedman of Tzivos Hashem arrived at Temple Emanu-El on Wednesday with baskets of olives, lots of hammers and wooden pegs, test tubes, an olive press, cotton balls and a centrifuge to teach students in the synagogue’s Hebrew School a thing or two — or 100, to be more exact — about Hanukkah.

At the end, there was a quiz (a hard one!) and prizes, and everyone took home a menorah they had made themselves.

Tzivos Hashem is an organization of Chabad Lubavitch in Brooklyn that sends teams to Hebrew schools, day schools, even the occasional public school, to lead holiday-themed workshops on everything from shofars to lulavs. It was olive oil that brought them to Port Richmond this week.

Chabad Menorahs Gain Acceptance


Ten years ago, the American Jewish Congress sued the city of Beverly Hills, Calif., to block the local Chabad house from erecting a 27-foot menorah in a public park near City Hall.

Displaying the menorah — a Jewish religious symbol — on public property, the AJCongress argued, was unconstitutional.

The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the city, allowing Chabad to put up the large candelabra. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals later reversed the decision.

Latke Larry Cooks Up Dough for Kids

For a second or two, it seems like the cloth doll is going to leap from the table to the stove and start wielding a spatula.

Or maybe it’s just that Latke Larry’s creator, Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, head of the Ohio State University Chabad House in Columbus, is so excited about the singing, dancing Chanukah action figure and how it will benefit children with special needs that his enthusiasm seems capable of casting a spell.

“How can you resist Latke Larry? He’s all about transforming the ‘oy’ of Judaism to ‘joy,'” says the rabbi, fidgeting in his chair as he activates the doll’s song.

The Weekly Sedra – Vayishlach

In this weeks portion we read about the confrontation between of Jacob and his brother Esau.

At first glance this is not very important.

Who cares what happened some four thousand years ago between two brothers in an isolated spot in the Middle East? Important events are things like Napoleon at Waterloo or the Japanese at Pearl Harbor!

But in fact our story is much more important. As famous as these occurrences were, they brought no significant change in the nature of man.

But the meeting of Yaakov and Esau refers to the battle of man for meaning and identity.

Mazal Tov! Mazal Tov!

I would like to wish a hearty Mazal Tov to a very dear friend of mine Avrohom Rapoport (Avi Raps) (Atlantic City, NJ) upon his engagement to Mashie Bronstein (Miami, Florida)

The L’chaim will be held on Motzi Shabbos December 17th at 9:00pm at Beis Levy Yitzchok Shul 556 Crown St. (Across the street from Lubavitcher Yeshiva. Use ramp on Albany Ave side of Building to enter).

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