You are viewing weirdjews

entries friends calendar profile Previous Previous
Weird Jews
Disrupting Yeshivas since 2002
vvalkyri
weirdjews
vvalkyri
1 comment or Leave a comment
ride_4ever
weirdjews
ride_4ever
5 comments or Leave a comment
ride_4ever
weirdjews
ride_4ever
Hello, fellow weirdjews! I just joined this comm and wanted to offer my greetings and a Chag Sameach wish for everyone's Chanukkah!
7 comments or Leave a comment
vvalkyri
weirdjews
vvalkyri
A short post of the laws of Halloween, things like an olive's worth of candy (but an egg's worth is preferred)or that a scary costume is preferred but a notscary is okay :)

The comments are even better.

http://jewbellish.com/hilchos-halloween/
Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
What the Jewish world has been waiting for: a $50 app that enables you to halachically use your smartphone on Shabbat :-> Be sure to read the comment stream and description at their Kickstarter draft.

After I encountered this story, further research revealed that there is now a phenomenon called "half-Shabbos" among Orthodox teens where they keep Shabbat other than using electronic devices!
Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
I recently got the urge to try to track down others who were with me on a three-week AZYF Leadership Summer Tour to Israel in 1976. Unfortunately, AZYF no longer exists as an organization. If anyone has any idea how to go about tracking down this information (or miraculously knows someone who was on this tour), please let me know!
1 comment or Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
Yashar Lachayal is an organization that provides supplies directly to soldiers in addition to helping needy and lone soldiers. They have been getting phone calls from commanders asking for supplies of basic items such as shirts, socks, and underwear. You can donate to their Gaza Operation Emergency Fund at https://www.yasharlachayal.org/campaigns/gaza-operation-emergency-fund/


שַׁאֲלוּ שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
1 comment or Leave a comment
vvalkyri
weirdjews
vvalkyri

Happy Passover (Okay, halfway through). I saw KLP Cream Of Wheat (ish) at Safeway yesterday, and personally think KLP beer is similarly problematic, but here's a guy who might get it to happen, and in the process get a big boost for a gluten free beer that's said to be well worth drinking regardless:

http://israelbrewsandviews.blogspot.co.il/2014/04/kosher-for-passover-beer-maybe-for-next.html

Tags:

Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
Enjoy this holiday-themed video from College Humor. Chag sameach!
Leave a comment
vvalkyri
weirdjews
vvalkyri

....and here is the NPR article about Rosa Mexicana's Mexican Passover menu. Sounds yummy!
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/11/300596835/pass-the-chipotle-marrow-matzo-balls-its-mexican-passover

Tags:

1 comment or Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
An entertaining answer to the question "Which holiday is better?"
Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
Macy's has announced that they will be including in their Thanksgiving Day Parade a giant dreydel!
2 comments or Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
Just saw this Chassidic family drama as part of a Jewish Film Festival here in Melbourne - if it comes your way, I highly recommend it. (It was the Israeli submission to the Academy Awards this year and the lead actress won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival.) A pregnant woman dies giving birth and her grieving family encourages her younger sister to marry her brother-in-law so he won't leave the country with the baby to marry someone else. The film was directed by a BT Chassidic woman and is very sensitive and nuanced, with an insider's view of the community.
1 comment or Leave a comment
lilac_ribbon
weirdjews
lilac_ribbon
Hello weirdjews! I come to you with a question and discussion point. I learned how to blow the shofar when I was little and my dad (a rabbi) taught me that Teruah was wailing or moaning, three up and down notes. Shevarim was broken, shivering, a broken sound of 7-9 notes. I have always blown the shofar like that in synagogues. However in pretty much every other place where I have heard the shofar blown it is the other way round.

What say you all? Are there different traditions or have I just been doing it wrong my whole life? I have also lived in various different countries, so maybe that is a contributing factor?
3 comments or Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
The Rabbinical Council of California has certified a range of personal lubricants as kosher :-)
1 comment or Leave a comment
vvalkyri
weirdjews
vvalkyri
So I had already noticed that the list of kitniyot seemed to be getting longer over time; a friend told me the other day that at least the MO rabbis in New England kept expanding the list of "home cooks can't possibly inspect this well enough to find any bugs- you can only eat these things packaged and frozen, with hexure." I had been familiar with that concept for broccoli and such, and learned a few days later from someone else that the derivation of Israeli salad is the cucumbers and tomatoes aren't the leafy greens that would usually be considered similarly problematic.

My first friend told me that a bunch of berries have been more recently included in this list - the raspberry and blueberry bushes were hence jokingly referred to as trayfberries. Is this more of a regional thing or is it everywhere? How many people hold to it? Are maschgiach (sp?) that lacking for work that they need their realm expanded, or is there another reason to expand proscripted fruits and vegetables after many hundreds of years of them being fine?

Tags:

3 comments or Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
This Spanish Inquisition era teapot has numerous ritual objects hidden within. The workmanship and design are spectacular - you really have to see it!
11 comments or Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
Not exactly an app, but now there's Leviticus! The Video Game
Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
Amusing column for Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Chag sameach, everyone!
Leave a comment
smofbabe
weirdjews
smofbabe
An uplifting photo collection for Yom Hashoah, which includes links to some of the background stories
1 comment or Leave a comment