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A Talmudic duel with Death comes to life in mosaic form in new book – Forward

| October 16, 2020

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi was a Jewish sage who lived in Palestine in the third century of the Common Era. While he was no doubt historical, in the legends of the Talmud and midrash, he became an otherworldly figure, the travelling companion between the worlds of Elijah the Prophet, who entered Paradise while still alive and defeated the Angel of Death in a duel of wits.

Why Is the Torah Read at Shabbat Minchah? – Chabad.org

| October 16, 2020

Before addressing Shabbat Minchah, letsunderstand which days of the week the Torah is read and why. The Talmud tells us that Moses instituted that the Torahbe read three days a week, Shabbat, Monday and Thursday, so that three dayswould not pass without a public Torah reading.This is alluded to in the verses describing how the Jews traveled for threedays and then thirsted for water

Why Do Some Letters in the Torah Have ‘Crowns’? – Chabad.org

| October 16, 2020

Ifyou look closely at the letters of a seferTorah (Torah scroll), you will see that many of the letters are topped bysmall spikes, called tagin or ketarim, the Aramaic and Hebrew wordsfor crowns. At times, they are also called zayins, since they resemble the Hebrew letter zayin (), coming out of the top of the letter

7 Facts About the Traveler’s Prayer Every Jew Should Know – Prayer – Chabad.org

| October 16, 2020

1. Its Known as Tefilat Haderech Known as Tefilat Haderech (Prayer for theWay), the travelers prayer is a single paragraph that we say when setting outon a journey. In it, we ask for a peaceful and successful trip.

Prop. 18 is vital for teens who want and deserve to vote – The Jewish News of Northern California

| October 16, 2020

Proposition 18 would amend the state constitution to allow all California citizens who will be 18 years old by a general election to vote in the preceding primary. This is already the law in many states both red and blue as well as in the District of Columbia

Apostolic asides: 29 brief insights from footnotes Latter-day Saint leaders added to conference talks – East Idaho News

| October 16, 2020

The Conference Center rooftop of Temple Square in Salt Lake City during the October General Conference held Oct. 3-4

Amy Coney Barrett may threaten access to IVF, and Jewish fertility advocates are worried – Forward

| October 16, 2020

When does life actually begin? Some conservatives Supreme Court Justice candidate Amy Coney Barett among them believe that it begins at fertilization. That poses a potential challenge not only to abortion advocates, but to the one in eight American couples suffering infertility and many Jewish organizations and fertility advocates are concerned about Coney Barretts stance on IVF (in vitro fertilization)

Locals bring restoration of Kadavumbhagam synagogue to a halt – The Hindu

| October 16, 2020

The restoration of the Kadavumbhagam synagogue at Mattancherry, which was a place of worship for the Malabari Jews, is caught in a tussle between the State Department of Archaeology and local residents. After a portion of the roof of the synagogue and its facade collapsed last year, the Archaeology Department had decided to erect a temporary roof to prevent the structure from crumbling further and avert an erasure of history

The Hampton Synagogue: Making Global Waves from WHB – Dan’s Papers

| October 16, 2020

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City In the months that followed New Yorks COVID-19 shutdown, Rabbi Marc Schneier of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach set four goals for himself and his leadership teamto make The Hampton Synagogue the first major synagogue in the state to reopen, to launch their own television platform and build a global congregation, to adapt their annual Jewish film festival into a drive-in format at Gabreski Airport, and to continue the Jewish author discussion series in-person. He and his team managed to accomplish each of these goals, complying with all COVID-19 guidelines without compromising the quality and authenticity of programs offered. In addition to reopening his own synagogue in May, Schneier was appointed to advise Governor Andrew Cuomo on how to best reopen all churches, mosques and synagogues in New York

QAnon: YouTube bans conspiracy theory content that justifies real-world violence – Euronews

| October 16, 2020

YouTube is the latest social network to take action to limit the spread baseless conspiracy theories online. The Google-owned video platform followed the lead of Twitter and Facebook by announcing an expansion of their existing hate and harassment policies on Thursday. YouTube will "prohibit content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence", the company said in a blog post


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