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Eliyahu Federman
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Eli Federman serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer of 1Sale.com, (formerly 1SaleADay) the largest independently owned deal-a-day website. 1Sale has recently been featured on The View, Extra (TV), Wendy Williams Show and elsewhere.

He earned his B.A. from Marquette University and graduated law school from City University of New York School of law where he served as executive editor of the law review and interned for civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby. He received his theological training at Mayanot and the Rabbinical College of America.

He is also a community activist and writer whose work has been published in USA Today the NY Times, The Forward, Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Press and elsewhere on issues pertaining to sexual abuse awareness, gender equality, civil rights and improving police-community relations.

Facebook friend him and follow him @elifederman. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here represent the authors personal views and not necessarily those of his current, prior, future employer(s) or any organization he may be affiliated with.

Entries by Eliyahu Federman

Chainsaw Massacre Prank Goes Too Far

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:26 PM

As prank videos become more and more dangerous, someone is bound to get seriously hurt or worse.

A terrifying and realistic "chainsaw massacre" prank, uploaded this past Wednesday, has already garnered over 26 million YouTube views. In it, a chainsaw-wielding psychopath drags a bloody, dismembered, corpse in a parking...

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Be Grateful to Homophobic Preacher

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:20 PM

He showed the world the ugliness of hate and the importance of free speech.

Fred Phelps, the founder of the small, Kansas-based, homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) died Thursday. The unaffiliated Baptist church is known for its vitriolic anti-gay campaigns held at military funerals. It's website is even named GodHatesFags.

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Inconsistent Outrage In School Spanking

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:17 PM

If parents are repulsed when corporeal punishment occurs in school, then why aren't they repulsed when it occurs at home?

A Kansas lawmaker's legislation that would allow school officials to spank children, hard enough to leave "redness or swelling," has been defeated in a state House...

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Misguided Outrage in Giraffe Killing

(36) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 1:39 PM

To prevent inbreeding that could harm its giraffe population, the Copenhagen Zoo killed an 18-month-old giraffe. The meat was fed to lions. For educational purposes, the zoo allowed the public to view the slaughtering and quartering of the animal.

The mob outrage ensued.

Author Joyce Carol Oates compared the giraffe killing to Nazi doctors performing medical experiments. One email to the zoo declared, "[T]he children of the staff of Copenhagen Zoo should all be killed or should get cancer." Various online petitions calling for the shutting down of the zoo have already received hundreds of thousands of signatures.

The killing of exotic animals sparked similar mob outrage when hunter Melissa Bachman posed with a dead lion she lawfully killed on a preserve, and Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 to hunt a black rhino, the proceeds of which went toward conservation.

The visceral, selective outrage over the giraffe killing is a product of a double standard that romanticizes exotic animals, placing a greater value on their lives than, say, farm animals.

How is killing a baby giraffe any different than the killing of a baby cow or chicken?

Many of those outraged are perfectly content with the killing of billions of healthy chickens and cows each year. They happily eat chicken nuggets and veal cutlets, ignoring the abhorrent conditions many of these animals suffer. Conditions far worse than those of the Copenhagen giraffe, prior to his untimely demise. But how dare you kill a zoo animal!

The Copenhagen Zoo could have transferred the giraffe to the various zoos that offered to take it, but they chose not to claiming the other zoos were not a member of The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), and therefore not subject to the same standards of animal husbandry and welfare.

Regardless of whether or not they should have relocated the giraffe, the zoo killed the animal humanely, without waste, and for a reason that protects its population.

Animals are killed all the time for lack of habitat, genetic reasons, population control or for consumption by animals or people. There is nothing wrong with that. Even the Humane Society of the U.S. euthanized approximately 3.4 million pets in 2013, and PETA described it as a "tragic necessity."

And those claiming it was barbaric to display the ordeal in front of children, should reconsider letting there children watch the National Geographic channel where helpless animals are often stalked, ravaged and eaten alive by vicious predators. It's all a part of nature.

Further, the public display may have also helped viewers reckon with and appreciate the reality that animals give up their lives to sustain us. They don't come Saran-wrapped in grocery stores.

Bottom line: People truly concerned about animal life should be directing their outrage at poaching (which can lead to animal extinction), factory farming abuses, and habitat destruction -- not a zoo that killed a giraffe in order to maintain genetic diversity and ensure its species' long-term...

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Alarming Resurgence In Exorcisms

(11) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:14 PM

There is an alarming resurgence in the age-old practice of exorcising demons. Dioceses across Italy and Spain are officially qualifying priests to perform exorcisms. In America, Pew Research data shows that 68 percent of the population believes angels and demons are active in the world.

The...

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'Holiday' Trees Offend the Religious and the Secular

(9) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:58 AM

We should call it like it is: a Christmas tree.

In a Yuletide shift, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee finally agreed to call a 17-foot statehouse spruce a Christmas tree, admitting that his past practice of calling it a "holiday tree" generated too much anger.

No kidding....

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Soy Sex Story: Atrocious 'Reporting' on Insular Religious Groups

(7) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:05 PM

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. You can sign up for their free daily newsletter here.

by ELIYAHU FEDERMAN AND JAMES MOXNESS

Multiple news outlets, including the Independent and Slate, recently linked to a story, originally posted in English on...

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Atheist Mega-Churches May Help Mend Relationships With Faithful

(77) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 11:40 AM

There has been a recent surge of "atheist mega-church" gatherings where nonbelievers pack into rooms for rousing music, inspirational lectures and reflection. It's an attempt to gain the benefit of a religious-like community, but without God.

These events will help atheists and religious people see...

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Chick-fil-A and Barilla Should Stay out of Politics Altogether

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:06 PM

Memo to CEOs: Don't publicly express your views on marriage or homosexuality or any other social issue. Instead of using the opportunity to foster a meaningful discussion, consumers may take your opinions personally and retaliate against you and your brand.

Late last month, Guido Barilla, president of Italy-based pasta brand...

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When Organized Religion Becomes a Cult

(120) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

The distinction between cult and religion lies squarely in how those leaving or those wanting to leave are treated

Diane Benscoter tells her harrowing story...

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Jewish Chosenness and American Exceptionalism

(20) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 2:45 PM

I have always felt uneasy with the concept. What does it mean to be "chosen"? Isn't it ethnocentric? Even supremacist?

High Holiday prayer services include the song of "Ata Bechartanu," which describes God choosing and loving the Jewish nation. I have always felt uneasy with the concept. What does it...

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Chicken Suffering Bigger Than Jewish Kaparot

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:54 PM

This week thousands of chickens were slaughtered as part of the 'Kaparot' ritual performed by some Orthodox Jews before Yom Kippur. A live chicken is rotated over the head, expiation prayers recited and then the fowl is slaughtered by slitting its throat with a knife as sharp as a scalpel....

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An Open Letter to the Media and Hollywood on Miley Cyrus

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Dear Media and Hollywood,

Stop criticizing Miley Cyrus's butt-grinding MTV Video Music Award show. She is merely conforming to and mimicking the licentious culture you created.

I'm not the morality police. I believe in free expression. My point is not even to critique our shameless culture but rather...

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Should Marijuana Be Legal for Religious Purposes?

(100) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Medical marijuana is spreading in acceptance, with Illinois this month becoming the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana.

This week a Federal court judge ruled that religion can be used as a defense in a marijuana distribution charge. But so far no states have legalized religious marijuana use, even though...

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Historical Comparisons to Jim Crow Era or Nazi Germany Are Foolish

(5) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:18 PM

This weekend Congressman Charles Rangel compared the Tea Party to Jim Crow era white segregationists of the '50s. "It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," he remarked of the Tea Party.

Historical comparisons are almost...

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If George Zimmerman Was a Cop, He Never Would've Been Charged

(17) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 10:18 AM

If George Zimmerman was a trained police officer, he mostly likely would have never been charged, tried or even arrested for shooting unarmed Trayvon Martin. Police who shoot and kill rarely face the criminal justice system.

Last year, the Pasadena, Calif., police shot unarmed Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old...

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Saving Trayvon Martin -- With Jewish Law

(8) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Under Jewish law one must protect oneself by injuring, instead of killing, a potential assailant, unless killing is the only option. One is also required to avoid any situation in which one's life may be placed in unnecessary danger.

If George Zimmerman had abided by these simple principles, he should...

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Three-Year-Old Bride In Bible Kids' Book

(16) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 1:19 PM

Not all Bible stories are fit for kids.

I refuse to teach my two-year-old daughter the story, in Genesis chapter 24-25, where the commentary Rashi describes three-year-old Rivka marrying 40-year-old Yitzchak.

The book Kind Little Rivka, which also chronicles the story of this underage...

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NBC Deceptively Edits Rabbi on Sexual Abuse, Ignoring Lessons From Zimmerman Scandal

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 5:08 PM

The prosecution in George Zimmerman's trial may claim that Zimmerman was motivated by racism. This narrative reached a pinnacle last December, when NBC edited audio of George Zimmerman's 911 call in a deceptive manner that made him appear racist. Though Zimmerman only mentioned race after being...

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Why Businesses Should Embrace Negative Customer Feedback

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:12 AM

By acknowledging and openly discussing the concerns of disgruntled customers on social media, businesses may actually boost their reputations -- and their bottom line.

The company I work for, a daily deals website called 1SaleADay.com, recently sold a credit card pocketknife, a utility knife that folds into the...

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