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Arizona chef makes worlds largest matzah ball

November 9, 2010

An attempt by Tuscon chef Jon Wirtis at a Jewish Food Festival to break the existing record of a matzah ball weighing 267 pounds.

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Eyal Goodman's barmitzvah invitation

By Katie Taylor, November 5, 2010
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Watch the barmitzvah invitation that went viral.

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YouTube invite brings in 80,000 barmitzvah guests

By Katie Taylor, November 5, 2010

A barmitzvah invitation which assumed a life of its own on the Internet has gone to more than 80,000 people — and the numbers are still rising.

Michael and Jacqui Goodman, formerly of Edgware, north London, decided to send out a different kind of invitation to the barmitzvah of their son, Eyal.

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Cartoon Kahane is comic book character

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2010

An extremist right-wing rabbi has been made into a comic book cartoon, 20 years after his assassination.

Rabbi Meir Kahane is the "star" of “Miracle Man”, a 50-page graphic novel designed to educate children about his life and political ideology.

It has been published by the Jerusalem-based Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea, set up in 1987 by Rabbi Kahane and now run by his followers.

Its English director Levi Chaden said: “[The comic] is for those who never had the chance to meet him.”

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Steve Jobs fights Jewish journalism student

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A Jewish student from New York spent Yom Kippur thinking about Steve Jobs after she received an email from the Apple chief executive telling her to leave him alone.

Chelsea Kate Isaacs described Mr Jobs as rude after he refused to help her with her university coursework. The 22-year-old former model, who studies journalism at Long Island University, had asked him for a comment for an article she was writing about the iPad. The university has launched an initative providing students with iPads.

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Airline stop rabbi for 'suspicious' shofar

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 2, 2010

An Israeli rabbi narrowly escaped arrest after being stopped by security officers at Munich airport for carrying a shofar.

Airport officials pulled aside Rabbi Mordechai Halperin, who is in his late 50s, and asked him to explain the religious article while arriving on a flight from Tel-Aviv on Monday night. Rabbi Halperin was visiting his daughter Esther Chitrik who lives in Nuremberg and works as an Chabad emissary in the city.

"He was in a bit of a panic," said Gigi Mechlowitz, a fellow Jewish passenger from Manchester, who stopped to help.

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English prof in Starbucks bagel broiges

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

A New York English professor taught a Starbucks barista a lesson because, she complained, she had been asked about what she wanted on her bagel in a grammatically incorrect way.

Lynne Rosenthal, an academic at Mercy College with a Phd from Columbia University, was forcibly removed form an Upper West Side branch of the coffee chain for allegedly calling the barista “an a***hole."

The 60-something had ordered a toasted multigrain bagel, but would not specify her non-choice of topping.

She was told: “You're not going to get anything unless you say butter or cheese!"

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Mazel tov from Obama, Schwarzenegger and the Queen

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

It would have been a guest list like no other, had all those invited to Travis’ barmitzvah been able to attend.

Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth and the late Charlton Heston were just some of the big names who made the list.

Sadly all the politicians, statesmen and celebrities who were sent invitations to the party in August 2007 by Travis’ father Gregory declined.

But 41 at least had the courtesy to reply and, after seeing another web user boast about a wedding message from the president, Travis has posted the responses online.

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Pot and prayer: rabbi’s cannabis plan

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

A rabbi and his wife are attempting to set up the first medical marijuana centre in Washington DC.

According to Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn, decriminalising use of the drug “is an important religious issue.”

He and his wife Stephanie, a nurse, have applied for a licence to open the “zen-like but simple and classy” Takoma Wellness Centre in America’s capital.

And rather than a traditional marijuana leaf motif to identify their shop, the Kahns want to use the Middle Eastern hamsa symbol as the logo.

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Adolf Hitler's parents lose custody appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

The parents of children named after Adolf Hitler and other Nazi figures have lost a custody battle.

Adolf Hitler Campbell, four, and his three-year-old sister JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, will not be returned to the care of their parents after an appeal was denied.

Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie, 2, will also remain in foster care. The three children were removed from their family home in January 2009.

Their unusual names had drawn media attention when Wal-Mart refused to personalise Adolf’s birthday cake.

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