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What is Anti-Semitism? | ADL

| September 26, 2017

Hostility toward Jews dates to ancient times, perhaps to the beginning of Jewish history. From the days of the Bible until the Roman Empire, Jews were criticized and sometimes punished for their efforts to remain a separate social and religious group one that refused to adopt the values and the way of life of the non-Jewish societies in which it lived.

The correspondence constitutes the only remaining trace of Rivca’s voice, as well as a relatively rare window onto a … – Tablet Magazine

| August 21, 2017

Until my early adulthood, I had no family names or faces to connect with the Holocaust. I always assumed that, on my fathers side, any members of his extended Lithuanian family who didnt manage to escape their shtetls for America or elsewhere had become victims of the Nazis.

Zionism – Scripture Catholic

| August 17, 2017

Zionism is a movement that seeks a spiritual and national restoration of Israel, the land of the Jewish people. Specifically, Zionists believe that the Jews have a divine right to the real estate it formerly possessed during the reign of King Solomon, based on the promises that God made to Abraham in the book of Genesis: On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites. (Gen.

Tzedakah: Valuing Human Dignity as Envisioned in the Torah – Jewish Exponent

| August 16, 2017

By Rabbi Howard Alpert Parshat Reeh For many Jews, tzedakah is the quintessential Jewish act. Whether it is accomplished by simply putting a coin in a pushke (a charity box) or holding a door for someone who cannot open it for herself, or with a complex social project intended to improve the lives of a whole community, an act of tzedakah is seen as bringing the values of Judaism to fruition. How is that so

New Era of Spiritual Leadership at Cranford, NJ Synagogue –

| August 12, 2017

Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim (TBEMC), an egalitarian synagogue located in Cranford, New Jersey just introduced a new progressive model of rabbinic leadership at its 100-year-old Jewish community. The organization is welcoming Rabbi Neil Tow and Rabbi Rachel Schwartz as its spiritual leaders. This husband and wife rabbinic duo will work together to lead the congregation from the pulpit in daily and weekly services and innovative programming and education for children and adults

Why the Talmud Is the Most Important Text in Judaism – Algemeiner

| August 11, 2017

Email a copy of “Why the Talmud Is the Most Important Text in Judaism” to a friend A Talmud from Vienna, dating back to 1793. Photo: National Archives and Records Administration. It is always assumed that the most important text of Judaism is the Torah.

Struggling to Survive, Congregations Look to Sell Houses of Worship – New York Times

| August 7, 2017

Im surprised that the board of trustees and congregation doesnt really value the history and beauty of the building enough to find a different kind of resolution for the problems theyre facing, Ronna Blaser, a founder of the West Nineties Neighborhood Coalition, said of the synagogue, Shaare Zedek, which was dedicated in 1923. Last month, Ms. Blaser and a dozen members of the coalition sat in State Supreme Court in Manhattan for a hearing on Shaare Zedek

Holocaust education in Moldova is about to get (slightly) better – The Times of Israel

| August 4, 2017

CHISINAU, Moldova In a Moldovan secondary school history textbook, seven pages are devoted to the crimes of communist leader Joseph Stalin an entire chapter with numerous photos illustrating the horrors of the gulag.

Uneasy Welcome as Ultra-Orthodox Jews Extend Beyond New York – New York Times

| August 2, 2017

In March, Jackson adopted an ordinance banning school dormitories, which seemed aimed at yeshivas that draw students from afar. Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella group for ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic organizations, filed a federal suit in May arguing that the ordinance violated federal land-use laws intended to protect religious groups against burdensome local restrictions. Jersey City, a manufacturing hub well into the 20th century, never had a significant ultra-Orthodox presence

A most surprising law for the 9th of Av – Arutz Sheva

| July 30, 2017

It is forbidden to study Torah. This is one of the surprising Halakhot of the fast day of Tisha BAv, which we will be marking during the coming week. And the reason its forbidden to study Torah, is thatTorah gladdens the heart

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