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Thur. 5/21, 4 p.m.: Reflecting on the Talmud as a Physical Book – The Jewish Standard

| May 18, 2020

Dr. David Stern of Harvard University will discuss what hes learned about the Talmud a carefully curated collection of thousands of years worth of rabbinic commentaries on Jewish law and the Jewish Bible and its shifting form over time, based on research related to his recently published book, The Jewish Bible: A Material History, part of the University of Washington Presss Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies series. The layout of the Talmudic page, with its text in the center surrounded by a sea of commentaries, is the iconic page format of the Jewish book

The message of Lag Ba’omer is that we can recreate the world anew – The Jerusalem Post

| May 18, 2020

How do we bear up to lifes most formidable challenges? What is our response to a crisis that affects us as individuals, as communities, as countries, and as a world?This week we celebrated Lag Baomer

Ethics and Religion Talk: Celebrating our 400th column! – The Rapidian

| May 18, 2020

This column is the 400th appearance of Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press since we began on July 31, 2012, almost eight years ago. My initial vision, when creating the column, was to model a kind of respectful interfaith dialogue, in which we clearly articulate what defines us as unique religious traditions without disparaging each others faith traditions. The reader, over time, would also see the common threads running through our traditions

Talking to yourself matters. Here’s how to do it in a pandemic – Gwinnettdailypost.com

| May 18, 2020

For Andy Hull, this was the year that a lifelong dream of being a philosophy professor was set to culminate.

Work-study programs. What’s the distinction? – The Jewish Star

| May 18, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb It is a long time since I first heard the term work-study program, something designed to assist young adults with limited financial means to achieve a professional education. Participants were encouraged to continue working while also being paid to enroll in college level courses, to study.

What universities can learn about citizenship in the COVID-19 pandemic – World Economic Forum

| May 18, 2020

Higher education around the world has been shaken to its core by the coronavirus pandemic. But this pandemic, and our responses to it, have much to teach us. Educational leaders, scholars and policy makers should not only take advantage of this unprecedented moment in university history to fund, invest and get trained in the friendly use of instructional delivery platforms, applications and assessment tools.

Anti-Defamation League reports 114 recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Mass. in 2019 – The Boston Globe

| May 18, 2020

For the third straight year, the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Massachusetts in 2019, including the desecration of a Fall River cemetery and the arson of two Chabad houses, were in the triple digits, the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday. The continuing wave of violent acts in Massachusetts came as the nation overall established a new record of hate-related crimes targeting Jews and Jewish institutions 2,107 acts of antisemitic hate the highest number since the ADL began tracking the data in 1979. There were 114 incidents recorded in Massachusetts, officials said

VA Will Let Headstones With Swastikas Stand in Veterans’ Cemeteries – Newsweek

| May 18, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has decided against removing swastikas from the gravestones of Nazi military officers who died as U.S. prisoners of war (POWs) during World War II

Berks County GOP stands behind Facebook posts some criticized as anti-Semitic; governor target of one – Reading Eagle

| May 18, 2020

The leader of the Berks County Republican Committee is standing behind a pair of party Facebook posts this week that several civil rights groups and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party say are hateful, disturbing, divisive and anti-Semitic. The posts, which were published recently on the committees official Facebook page,first drew sharp criticism from the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphiaon Friday. That was quickly followed by calls from the The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks and The Pennsylvania Democratic Party to takedownthe posts and issue an apology.

ADL leader’s announcement that Jewish tomb in Iran was ‘set afire’ appears to be baseless – Mondoweiss

| May 18, 2020

Jonathan Greenblatt is the leading authority on antisemitism, in the eyes of the mainstream media, as the CEO of the pro-Israel organization the Anti-Defamation League, and yesterday morning he reported that a Jewish holy site in Iran had been set afire. Disturbing reports from #Iran that the tomb of Esther & Mordechai, a holy Jewish site, was set afire overnight


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