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Could studying ancient ink help shed new light on the Dead Sea Scrolls? – The Jerusalem Post

| February 26, 2020

Could studying the ink used to pen the Dead Sea Scrolls help scholars shed light on the many mysteries still surrounding them?According to Ira Rabin, senior scientist at the Federal Institute of Material Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin and the Center for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) in Hamburg the answer is a resounding yes.Ancient Jewish Sages were very well aware of the importance of ink in Jewish practice.As it was taught Rabbi Meir said: When I was with Rabbi Yishmael, I used to put iron sulfate into the ink [with which I wrote Torah scrolls], and he did not say anything to me. When I came with Rabbi Akiva, he prohibited me so, reads a passage of Talmud in the Tractate of Eruvim (13a, William Edison Edition translation via Sefaria.org).Several passages in the Bible mention the action or the need of writing something down.

Charitable acts are our calling – Cleveland Jewish News

| February 26, 2020

This is the first of four special Shabbatot known as Shabbat Shekalim. The portion and the other three upcoming are all tied to Purim or Passover

G-d has always shown great compassion for the weak – The Times of Israel

| February 26, 2020

The Torah has always shown great compassion and mercy for the weak and unfortunate: the orphan, the widow, and the stranger. In the Torah section last week called Parsha Mishpatim, however, Gd takes up the plight of these hapless individuals by declaring that any cruelty shown to them incurs His wrath. In verse 22:22, the repetition of the verbs If you oppress, afflict him [beware,] for if he cries, cries out to Me, I will hear, hearken to his cry, underscore the severity of tormenting these downcast people.

A Moment in Time: If You Had One Moment to Speak With God . – Jewish Journal

| February 26, 2020

Dear all, If you had the chance to call God for just one moment (after all, the call rates are out of this world), what would you ask? What happens after I die? Why do bad things happen?

International Booker Prize-Winner Jennifer Croft on the Highs and Lows of Translating Olga Tokarczuk – frieze.com

| February 26, 2020

A stopped clock hung prominently in the Wrocaw apartment where I was trying to finish translating Olga Tokarczuks monumental latest novel, The Books of Jacob, in time for my 31 December 2019 deadline. It was the studios only artwork. Jet lag and anxiety made it hard for me to sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time and, whenever I opened my eyes, I would see those gargantuan hands and think, How can it already be so late

2020s in Religion: Facing the challenge of more hate, rethinking Jewish identity – The Oakland Press

| February 26, 2020

Editors Note: This is part seven in a series of Religion News Service interviews with experts discussing what the new decade may bring in religion. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin (Courtesy photo) The Talmud says: Ever since the destruction of the Temple, prophecy has been given into the hands of children and fools. I am neither, but let me tell you what I see in the stars for world Jewry in the coming year.

Listening To Gd – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| February 26, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press Two words we read towards the end of our parsha naaseh ve-nishma, We will do and we will hear are among the most famous in Judaism. They are what our ancestors said when they accepted the covenant at Sinai. They stand in the sharpest possible contrast to the complaints, sins, backslidings and rebellions that seem to mark so much of the Torahs account of the wilderness years

The Soraya Engages Its First Artist-in-Residence With Violins of Hope – CSUN Today

| February 26, 2020

At California State University, Northridge, the mission of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) is to present performances that include new and original work from Los Angeles, as well as work from around the world that appeals to its diverse communities. In a first since in 2011, this year The Soraya is engaging its first artist-in-residence, acclaimed violinist Niv Ashkenazi.

Gantz invokes Talmudic principle in pitch to right-wing religious camp – The Jerusalem Post

| February 26, 2020

Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz on Tuesday made a pitch for the religious right-wing vote in a speech emphasizing the importance of respect for the institutions of state and ethical behavior, which the religious-Zionist community has traditionally lionized.In a speech laden with religious overtones, he spoke at the Jerusalem Conference of the Besheva newspaper about the Jewish value of respecting ones fellow man and taking care of the weaker sectors of society.But he cited the Talmudic principle of respecting the law of the land in an implicit criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has fiercely attacked the Israel Police and State Attorneys Office over criminal indictments against him.Gantz said he entered politics after his military career out of a sense of duty, which he said was a central component of the ethos of the religious-Zionist community.This is my mission, and in my eyes, this is the idea behind the national and state-respecting camp, which loves this country, which is moved by the return to Zion, which is willing to fight for the security of the country, to settle its land, to take care of the weak, protect its Jewish identity and respect the rules of the democratic game, he said.The national and state-respecting camp is about accepting upon ourselves: The law of the land is the law, Gantz said in reference to the Talmudic principle that Halacha requires people to respect the civil law of the country where they live.The idea is not to fight against the legal system and bring about anarchy not because there is nothing to fix in the system, for sure there is, but because the way to fix things does mean destroying it from the foundations, he said.Gantz reiterated his pledge to introduce term limits for prime ministers, either eight years or two terms in office.He deplored the situation in the Gaza Strip periphery, which bore the brunt of terrorist rocket fire on Monday. It was the result of hesitation and the absence of initiative, he said.Gantz promised to appoint Blue and White MK and former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi as defense minister to tackle the challenge from Gaza.In response, the Likud said Gantzs promise to appoint Ashkenazi was empty of meaning, saying he could not serve as defense minister due to the Harpaz Affair, in which Ashkenazi was suspected, although ultimately cleared, of seeking to influence the appointment of the next chief of staff.

Benny Gantz: Gabi Ashkenazi will be appointed Minister of Defense in my government – Inside Israel – Arutz Sheva

| February 26, 2020

Blue and White chairman MK Benny Gantz promised on Monday that he will appoint MK Gabi Ashkenazi as Defense Minister if he forms the next government. "There are security challenges facing us in all areas, including the health emergency in the face of the coronavirus, which I am not sure is being properly addressed


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