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Tikkun olam to the Talmud, Jews double down on identity at protests – Forward

| June 10, 2020

Jewish protesters are putting their own spin on the signs they carry to Black Lives Matters rallies across the country. In Brooklyn, home to the largest Jewish community in the United States, signs have included religious and secular tropes, generally sharing a common theme invoking Jewish identity

Turn to the Talmud for instructions on anti-racism – Forward

| June 10, 2020

Yesterday I was invited to a webinar called How to make sure you are not raising the next Amy Cooper. It is one of countless calls in the past few days about how to not be or not raise a racist. These lessons are essential.

Dangers of ‘lashon harah,’ even without malice – The Jewish Star

| June 10, 2020

By Rabbi David Etengoff Remember what the L-rd, your G-d, did to Miriam on the way, when you went out of Egypt (Devarim 24:9) is one of the Six Remembrances that many people recite at the end of Tefilat Shacharit. It is a brief reminder of a famous narrative in our parasha, Behaalotecha, that recounts the incident of Miriam and Aharon having spoken lashon harah against their beloved brother, Moshe Rabbeinu. It must be noted that while both Miriam and Aharon slandered Moshe, Miriam began this action

This remote Jewish study buddy program is finding its moment in the COVID era – Cleveland Jewish News

| June 10, 2020

When Sheri Hellers husband nearly died in 2014 after doctors found that a quarter he had swallowed decades earlier had perforated his small bowel, Heller decided that the episode was a case of God banging on our door. An attorney from Potomac, Maryland, Heller had attended Hebrew school as a child but had not really done much Jewish learning as an adult

When Torah and Politics Align – Jewish Journal

| June 10, 2020

Anyone who can protest against the transgressions of ones household and does not, is liable for the actions of the members of the household; anyone who can protest against the transgressions of ones townspeople and does not, is liable for the transgressions of the townspeople; anyone who can protest against the transgressions of the entire world and does not is liable for the transgressions of the entire world. (Talmud Bavli Shabbat 54b-55a) The human was created from a single person so that no one can say to another, My father is greater than your father. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5) On June 3, thousands of Angelenos mostly but not all young, and in every shade of human skin came together to demonstrate angrily and nonviolently that we will not stand for the killing of black people, whether by police or by racist vigilantes.

How to Read the Talmud – My Jewish Learning

| June 10, 2020

If you buy a new car, you will find in the glove compartment a thick paperback book called an owners manual. It will tell you everything you need to know to operate your car what the knobs on the dashboard do, how to adjust the mirror, turn on your brights, engage the cruise control. Its job is to make operating the car as simple as possible

40 days and 40 nights: What the Bible can teach us about quarantine – The Jewish News of Northern California

| June 10, 2020

The word quarantine comes from quarantena, or 40 days, in the Venetian language. It was first used during the Black Death epidemic in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to designate a period that ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore. As a rabbi and a student of religious history, this etymology has fueled my imagination and led me down a rich and colorful path of biblical exegesis

As the next generation of Modern Orthodox leaders, we demand real change. – Forward

| June 10, 2020

We are Modern Orthodox success stories: products of day school education, Jewish summer camps, and gap years in Israel. We are active participants in Jewish life on our campuses, ardent Zionists, and Torah enthusiasts. Our religious upbringings have taught us that Jewish communities do not stand idly by when faced with injustice

Torah Portion: The In-Between Zone | The Jewish News – The Jewish News

| June 10, 2020

We all have an in-between zone: the constant waiting period between two items on our schedule too short to make anything productive of it. We humans often spend lots of our life in such zones, waiting

Seeking perspective in challenging times | From the Editor – Colorado Springs Gazette

| June 10, 2020

Last week was especially tough on all of us. As we were beginning to emerge from weeks of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country erupted in turmoil over the recent violent killings of black Americans.


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