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Israel's President's Chief of Staff Gives Birth to 12th Child & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Israel’s President’s Chief of Staff Gives Birth to 12th Child & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


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Orthodox Jews Sick of Being ‘Photographed Like Animals’ by Tourists
Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents are fed up with tourists who swarm their insular neighborhoods by the busload — all to gawk at their clothing and customs. “People snap pictures of you like you’re on some sort of display — like you’re in a zoo,” said Chaim, 42, who lives in Williamsburg’s Satmar community and asked that his last name be withheld. “We are people, not animals to be photographed.”

Pretty Fly for a Rabbi
Yosel Tiefenbrun was set for a career as a rabbi—and then he decided that he’d rather become a Savile Row-trained tailor instead. Three years ago, Tiefenbrun opened his shop with his wife, Chaya, who manages the books and social media.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and His Wife, Elaine, on Anti-Semitism and Love at First Sight
Elaine and I met in 1968. I was studying philosophy at Cambridge University and was deep into existential angst. Lo and behold, I saw [her and] I thought, this is the person most unlike me I’ve ever encountered. She radiated joy.

To Fight Anti-Semitism, Be a Proud Jew
Does safety for Jews come from trying to be more like everyone else — or from embracing what makes us special? This NY Times Op-Ed gives some clarity.

President Rivlin’s Chief of Staff Gives Birth to 12th Child
Chief of Staff of the President’s Residence, Rivka Ravitz, gives birth to a son. Ravitz has been working for Rivlin since 1999.

Tiny First Temple Seal Impression Found With Name of Bible-era Royal Steward
A minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project. In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter sealer bearing the ancient Hebrew name of a character found several times in the Hebrew Bible.

Lakewood’s Kosher Food Scene is Booming. Here Are Some of The Best Spots.
From pizza to pastrami and much more, Lakewood’s food scene is on-trend. Instagram star Sarah M. Lasry takes two non-Jewish reporters to some of her favorite restaurants, diffusing the tensions in that community with a mutual love of food.

NBA Basketball Clinic Bridges the Gap Between Orthodox Jewish and Muslim Communities in Brooklyn
Enes Kanter, star of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, came to the Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn for a special event. Bringing together Muslim and Orthodox Jewish kids through a mutual love of basketball, this clinic served to start to bridge the gap between the communities.

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Sara Levine

A former Hollywood script editor, Jerusalem event planner, non-profit fundraiser and professional blogger, Sara Levine is an accomplished writer and editor. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, her first screenplay was well-received by story executives at major studios. As a journalist, her articles have been published internationally in popular magazines and websites. With over 18 years experience as a story consultant, her notes and critiques on novels and scripts have been used to select and improve material by top studios, networks, agencies and writers in Hollywood and beyond. She is currently at work on her first novel.

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