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Riverdale Mother-Son Talmud Team Rocks Talmud Israeli Finals – Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut

| January 16, 2020

By Judy Berger | January 15, 2020 Riverdales Yardaena Osband and her son Yonah Glazer.

Does the Talmud Contain a Hidden Anti-Epicurean Treatise? – Mosaic

| January 16, 2020

Tractate Avot (Fathers) is unique within the Talmud in that it is composed of a series of rabbinic moral teachings and aphorisms without any discussion of Jewish law. While the first two chapters follow a clear chronological order, moving from teacher to disciple, from Moses until the end of the 2nd century CE, the fifth and final chapter begins by listing things of which there are ten, then things of which there are seven, and so on

At MetLife Stadium, Jewish World Celebrates the Siyum HaShas – Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut

| January 16, 2020

Rabbi Steven Weil and Rabbi Menachem Genack on the floor at the siyum. (Credit: Moshe Gershbaum and Chaim Schwartz, Agudath Israel of America) It was an extraordinary and beautiful spectacle to witness the 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, held on Wednesday, January 1, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Hundreds of community members took the day off to celebrate with shul friends or their learning partners, with many entire families joining together to celebrate.

Maayanot Alumnae Inspired To Give and Achieve – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| January 16, 2020

By JLNJ Staff | January 16, 2020 Maayanot graduates are empowered to achieve in any field, be it engineering, medicine, law or education.

Framing and Creating a Brilliant Context for the Book of Exodus – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| January 16, 2020

When it comes to an understanding of a subject, context is vital.

‘Religious Zionism agrees with us on most issues’ – Arutz Sheva

| January 16, 2020

: " ' " MK Yoaz Hendel of the Blue and White party spoke to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday about the values that are shared by both his party and the national religious public which, he claims, make the Blue and White party a home for this public. I think that Blue and White represents a perception of the people of Israel and the land of Israel. We agree on most things and I suggest to my friends from religious Zionism that they look at who truly represents them on issues of religion and state, who represents them on economic issues and on other issues, and I think theyll find a true home here, said Hendel.

New Right, Bayit Yehudi and National Union unite, leaving Otzma out – The Jerusalem Post

| January 16, 2020

On a day of high political drama, the three parties of the right-wing, religious-Zionist sector New Right, Bayit Yehudi and National Union finally came together in a last-minute deal Wednesday night, despite deep personal and ideological differences between them.The far-right, Kahanist party Otzma Yehudit was left out in the end, after New Right leader Naftali Bennett refused to accept the extremist party into his political union despite massive pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do so.Netanyahu, the heads of the right-wing religious-Zionist parties except Otzma, and senior religious-Zionist leader Rabbi Haim Druckman were locked in discussions right up to the deadline for filing electoral lists to the Central Elections Committee on Wednesday night.The day saw high political drama among all the right-wing religious parties, as New Right leader Naftali Bennett categorically refused to accept Netanyahus demand to include far-right Otzma Yehudit in his emerging right-wing, religious political union.Over the last few days, Netanyahu brought huge pressure on Bennett to allow Otzma to join, to avoid right-wing votes being wasted on a party, or two parties, that will not pass the electoral threshold.Earlier on Wednesday evening, however, Bennett strongly rejected the possibility of allowing the extremist Otzma to join the right-wing union he was forming, and strongly criticized Netanyahu for pressuring him to take the Kahanist group on board.I will not include someone on my electoral list who has a picture in his living room of a person who murdered 29 innocent people, said Bennett in a statement on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.He was referring to Otzma leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, who infamously has a picture of Baruch Goldstein, who carried out the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in 1994, on his living room wall.This should be so self-evident that I am shocked that I need to explain it, continued Bennett.Imagine a US congressman who had a picture of someone on his wall who killed 29 Jews in a synagogue. Does this sound logical?I dont care how much I am pressured; its not even an option; it wont happen. This is my final decision.Netanyahu has strongly pressured Bennett to accept Otzma, similar to the events of the April and September elections, when the prime minister also exerted heavy pressure on the right-wing parties to accept the extremist Kahanist party in its joint list.Bennett tweeted later Wednesday evening that if Netanyahu was so anxious to have Ben-Gvir in the Knesset, he should offer him a reserved seat on the Likud list and cease his pressure on New Right.The religious-Zionist political parties have been riven by internal fighting and factionalism in recent months.New Right, led by Bennett, initially refused to unite with any of the other religious right-wing parties, but on Tuesday acquiesced to Netanyahus demands to run together with the National Union Party.This decision was taken due to internal Likud polling showing that Bayit Yehudi, National Union and Otzma would not pass the electoral threshold together, leading Netanyahu to panic and insist that Bennett bring in the rest of the religious-Zionist parties.National Union then split from its longtime, natural partner, Bayit Yehudi, to join New Right, because of a fight over the leadership of a joint Bayit Yehudi-National Union list, and joined New Right.Peretz had united Bayit Yehudi with Otzma in December to outflank Smotrich and reassert his position as head of the traditional religious-Zionist parties, but was forced to back down since a Bayit Yehudi-Otzma list would be hard pressed to pass the electoral threshold.Despite his pledge to Otzma, Peretz was forced to abandon his far-right ally in order to save his political career and the political life of Bayit Yehudi.Blue and White MK Yair Lapid responded to the announcement, saying: "I address the religious Zionism, the true religious Zionism

This Student is Taking on Columbia in First Test of Trump’s Title VI Order – Atlanta Jewish Times

| January 16, 2020

In the charged campus debate on Israel, many activists see a reed-thin line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. For Columbia University student Jonathan Karten, that line was erased altogether in November when he read about a speech by Professor Joseph Massad, who has written extensively on Arab nationalism

New Right, National Union Agree to Joint Run in Elections – Algemeiner

| January 16, 2020

Yemina political alliance members Ayelet Shaked, Rafi Peretz, Naftali Bennett and Betzalel Smotrich seen during the launch of a housing project in Elkana, Israel, on Aug. 21, 2019.

Podcast: Neil Rogachevsky on the Roots of Israel’s Political Crisis and How to Fix It – Mosaic

| January 16, 2020

This Weeks Guest: Neil Rogachevsky Israels electoral politics are a mess. One election last April failed to produce a governing coalition; so did a second one in the fall. Now Israelis are scheduled to head back to the polls in March for the third time in a single year


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