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Ruth Calderon to be WZO president – The Jerusalem Post

| October 30, 2020

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid appointed former MK and Talmud scholar Dr. Ruth Calderon to be World Zionist Organization president on Thursday.Calderon, whose appointment must be approved by the WZO, will be the first president of the organization in decades, and the first woman to hold any president or chair post in any Zionist institution. The post comes with an automatic grave in Mount Herzls section of leaders.Calderon is an educator and Talmud scholar working to promote Hebrew, Israeli, and Jewish culture, to cultivate the study of Torah in the secular world, and to create a liberal, humanistic public space that is rich in culture.She served in the 19th Knesset as an MK for the Yesh Atid party and as deputy speaker of the Knesset.Calderon founded Beit Midrash Elul in Jerusalem and Alma Home for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv.

Why are the Jews called the people of the Book? – The Jerusalem Post

| October 30, 2020

Since time immemorial, the Jewish people have been known as the people of the Book. While historically the term originates from Islam, which categorized the Jews as people of the book meaning those who possessed an earlier revelation from God that was written down the term most often refers to the intimate connection between the Jews and the Torah the Hebrew Bible (Tanach), and the many books associated with it, such as the Talmud, commentaries, and codes of Jewish law

Straight rabbis need to offer LGBTQ Jews so much more than just wedding ceremonies – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| October 30, 2020

(JTA) Like many progressives in America, as soon as Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court Monday night, my social media feeds erupted with anger over the process and fear that her appointment could presage a rollback of marriage equality.

Elijah the Prophet – My Jewish Learning

| October 30, 2020

Elijah is a biblical prophet and a central figure in Jewish folklore, which is riddled with stories of his roaming the earth, performing miracles, and providing spiritual and physical healing. The Talmud features many tales of ancient rabbis encountering Elijah, who weighs in on their legal conversations, answers questions, gives advice, and reports what is going on in heaven

Christians have struggled to understand Judaism on its own terms – The Christian Century

| October 30, 2020

In recent decades many Christians have begun to appreciate the integrity and genius of Judaism on its own terms rather than as the negative foil for Christianity. Old characterizations of Judaism as a religion of law not grace, or of legalism not love, have been recognized as caricaturesimpediments to understanding Jews of the first century or of today. Yet such caricatures retain power in parts of the church and continue to seep into Christian sermons

Why Orthodox Jews believe studying Torah protects from COVID-19 – Haaretz.com

| October 30, 2020

As the pandemic rages, some in the ultra-Orthodox community continue to cram into yeshivas to study, flouting the warnings of health officials, and to hold mass events.

The Plight of MENA Religious Minorities: A War for Civilization? – The Media Line

| October 30, 2020

Date and time: November 2, 2020, 8 pm Greenwich Mean Time (UTC0) Join Jeremy Havardis Zoom meeting.

Straight rabbis need to offer LGBTQ Jews more than just wedding ceremonie – The Jerusalem Post

| October 30, 2020

Like many progressives in America, as soon as Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court Monday night, my social media feeds erupted with anger over the process and fear that her appointment could presage a rollback of marriage equality. I am a rabbi, so my feeds were also full of fellow Jewish clergy promising, come what may, to perform queer peoples weddings. Thats an important impulse

Mikvah off the Coast of Tokyo – First-Person Stories – Chabad.org

| October 30, 2020

Becomingfriends with a Chabad Rebbetzin was going to be a different sort ofrelationship from any I had had before.

Finally, a podcast that addresses our crisis of meaning – Big Think

| October 30, 2020

Language evolves to reflect our understanding of existence. Before Hippocrates, healing was a system of theurgydivine influence on human eventsand religious philosophy. The Greek physician is credited with separating medicine from those previous beliefs.


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