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msnbc.com: "Muslim Brotherhood says it will run candidate for president in Egypt election"

Muslim Brotherhood says it will run candidate for president in Egypt election

By Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News correspondent

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/31/10959476-muslim-brotherhood-says-it-will-run-candidate-for-president-in-egypt-election

CAIRO -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has announced it will field its own candidate for Egypt's presidential election on May 23.

The announcement of Khairat al Shater's selection by the Brotherhood's executive committee is a significant departure for the group, which initially vowed it would not field a candidate from within the organization. The Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, already controls nearly half of parliament.

Before he can run, Shater must win the endorsement of 30 members of parliament (he will easily do that). But he will also need a pardon from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to overturn a previous conviction. During Hosni Mubarak's decades-long rule, Shater …

First review of my CD Within, and 3 other great Jewish musical projects from the Bay Area!

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First review of my CD Within, and 3 other great Jewish musical projects from the Bay Area!  -- http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/64671/from-sacred-to-profane-take-your-pick-of-new-cds/
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NIF News

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29 March 2012Parting the WatersHere's a cure for those of you feeling the Israel blues... Read More »


Banishing Racism with Flowers at Jerusalem MallHundreds of Jerusalemites protested the violent rioting against Malkah Mall's Arab workers. Read More »

New Law Enacted to Protect AgunotThe Knesset has enacted a new law to protect the rights of agunot. Read More »



We did it! Activists celebrate postponement on planning reformKnesset vote on anti-democratic planning reform bill is postponed. Read More »


The Sweet Taste of Justice"I fell in love with Jerusalem and like many good love stories, it was unexpected and even fraught..." Read More »
NIF in the NewsVilification Has No Place In Debates On IsraelThe NY Jewish Week,
27 March 2012Police investigate anti-Arab riot at Malha MallJerusalem Post,
25 March 2012Tackling gender segregation in IsraelThe Canadian Jewish …

Being a Jew

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I shared with my Bnai Mitzvah Students today news of the attack just yesterday on a young Jew in France (click here for the article) as well as a shul voicemail I received yesterday (one of 5) from a person urgently arguing that the only way for my Jewish soul to be saved is to accept Jesus' blood as an atonement for the Jews. My thinking was/is that, while our children are blessed to grow up in the supportive Jewish environment at shul and home, both Jewish places where Jews and non-Jews love and learn and grow together, there are students in our shul's class and in their friendship circles who I know encounter much harsher realities. I shared that, though I feel incredibly proud to be a Jew, there are moments that remind me that being a Jew is not so simple, and not always the Freedom ending of the Pesach story. I told my students that, while I believe the person who left me the messages is likely in need of some help, I also felt a bit afraid - as a Jew - when I heard his …

forward.com: "Student Beaten Outside Jewish School in Paris"

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"Student Beaten Outside Jewish School in Paris" By JTAPublished March 27, 2012. PRINTEMAIL SHARE PARIS — A Jewish boy reportedly was beaten outside the Ozar Hatorah school in Paris by youths shouting anti-Semitic epithets.The incident occurred Monday outside the school, which the 12-year-old victim attends. He was not seriously injured.The attack came a week after a gunman opened fire on the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, killing a rabbi and his two young sons, and the daughter of the school's principal.The boy in Paris reportedly was beaten about 100 yards away from the school, out of sight of police who have been guarding the school since last week's attack in Toulouse.

Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/153829/student-beaten-outside-jewish-school-in-paris/#ixzz1qMNtiapX

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Tell the Supreme Court: I Support Health Care Reform

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Please forward the email below to 3 of your friends right now and encourage them to add their name to our petition at http://dccc.org/Support-HCR.

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With your help, we can hit our 100,000 signature goal.

Thanks for your support!

Right now, the Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to strike down President Obama's Health Insurance Reform law.

At this critical moment, let's show the world that we are united and strong behind President Obama's law and that every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care.

Send a message to the Court: Help us reach 100,000 strong standing up for Health Care Reform before tomorrow's final day of arguments.

I'm proud to support health care for all Americans. I'm proud that thanks to all of our efforts, millions of Americans can no longer be dropped from their coverage when they get sick. And I'm proud that when the law takes full effect, being …

Grains of my Soul

Grains of my Soul (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Is it myselfI see in the mirror?Is it the wrinkle of an ancestor  I see round my eyes? The grains of my soul  are etched deeper than my years.

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Trayvon Martin z"l wasn't just one of the world's children.

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The fragility we feel as parents is based on a world that makes trust and security rare commodities. But Trayvon Martin z"l wasn't just one of the world's children. He was a black child murdered for doing nothing more than being black. Those who would claim that this cartoon is "playing the emotion card" are right. It's every parent's emotion, but particularly those whose identities are used as target practice. 
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Rabbi Reuven Hammer: "Tradition Today: Remembering Chief Rabbi Hertz"

Jpost.com: "Tradition Today: Remembering Chief Rabbi Hertz"
By Rabbi Reuven Hammer03/22/2012 http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishFeatures/Article.aspx?id=263029

The position of chief rabbi in England is certainly one of the most prestigious rabbinical positions in the Jewish world. Both the current chief rabbi and the former were made Lords, not an insignificant achievement. It should be noted, however, that the post – known in England simply the "the chief" – is not really chief rabbi of Great Britain, but chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, the largest organization of Orthodox synagogues. The ultra-Orthodox have their own organization, as do the Liberal, Reform and Masorti movements, none of which recognize the authority of the chief rabbi.

As the United Synagogue begins its search for a new chief rabbi, it is interesting to look back at one of the most celebrated chief rabbis, Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz. Hertz was a graduate of the …

Half my heart will be in Boston on April 2

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Half my heart will be in Boston on April 22, celebrating my precious friends Stuart and Susan Goldstein Salzberg at Chaijinks 2012! If you can be there, go! The Kehillah Schechter Academy is a holy Jewish community, and the Salzbergs are a huge part of why. 
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VaYikra 5772/2012: "The Sacrificial Call"

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VaYikra 5772/2012: "The Sacrificial Call"
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Parashat VaYikra contains echoes of the past few weeks. We just finished the book of Shemot/Exodus, and this week we begin the book of VaYikra/Leviticus. The end of Shemot is all about the building of the mishkan, and so, true to Jewish tradition, the journey forward remembers the past. The final verses of Shemot read:

"...When Moses had finished the work, the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Presence of God filled the Tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud had settled upon it and the Presence of the God filled the Tabernacle... over the Tabernacle the cloud of God rested by day, and fire would appear in it by night, in the view of all the house of Israel throughout their journeys. (excerpted from Ex. 40:33-38)"
So strange that Moses, after dedicating years to connecting the Israelites to God, can't enter into the very structure he has helped create …

New Audio-Shiur! "The Legacy of Moshe Rabbeinu"

New Audio-Shiur! "The Legacy of Moshe Rabbeinu"
Sinai Memorial Chapel Zayin Adar Lunch 5772
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

What are some lessons we can learn from Moshe Rabbeinu? At the Zayin Adar lunch for Sinai Memorial Chapel, Rabbi Creditor gleans lessons from the life of the greatest and most humble prophet. -- http://soundcloud.com/rabbicreditor/the-legacy-of-moshe-rabbeinu

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Rabbi Creditor: Words Like "Chocolate"

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a note from Rabbi Creditor Words Like "Chocolate" 19 Adar, 5772 March 13, 2012 Dear Chevreh, First, a joke I remember reading as a child in The Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten: There once was a Russian man who received a telegram from his wife which read: "DOCTOR SAYS OPERATE OPERATE." The husband then cabled back immediately this telegram: "DOCTOR SAYS OPERATE OPERATE." This exchange aroused the suspicions of the authorities, who immediately investigated to see if this was some secret code. But the husband protested that the authorities were simply misreading the telegram. Clearly what the wife said was: ¨Doctor says operate. Operate?¨ And the reply: ¨Doctor says operate?! Operate!!¨ What sounds like one thing can mean quite another. It all depends on context.
Pesach is coming up soon, and with it culinary tradition and memory. Matza balls that float (or don't), chopped liver (here's a great recipe for a Pesadik  vegetarian version), and, for me, the grea…

Letter to the SF Chronicle in response to Jon Carroll's "Dead Souls on Our Conscience" (March 9)

Jon Carroll's "Dead Souls on Our Conscience" (March 9) is the worst kind of lie, because some of it is true. He convincingly demonstrates President Obama's reticence and Republican Presidential candidates' readiness to launch a military attack on Iran. But then Carroll launches his own war of words on America's greatest ally in the Middle East, saying, "Israel is an ally, but it's not a very nice one. It keeps saying rude things about us; it keeps threatening us. Heck, you'd think it was Iran." It is impossible to confuse Israel's sometimes terse political language with Iran's demonstrated violence against its own citizens and others. Israel and the the United States have much in common: a democracy under attack from its own fundamentalist strains and a defensive global posture given a precarious and volatile world. Heck, you'd think Carroll equates rudeness with enmity.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor Berkeley, CA _____ Rabbi Menachem Credi…