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Despite the Court Ruling, the EU is Still Committed to Ensuring Jewish life in Europe – The Media Line

| February 12, 2021

Maariv, Israel, February 4 Since the European Court of Justice ruled last December on kosher slaughter, newspaper headlines have claimed that the EU bans kosher slaughter and outlaws Jewish religious practices, signaling that Jews are no longer welcome in Europe. But this is explicitly untrue. Under current EU law, kosher slaughter is allowed, but national government bodies are given wide discretion regarding the need to bridge the gap between animal welfare and the preservation of religious freedom

Celebrating Judaism at home is a pandemic silver lining – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

| February 12, 2021

The COVID-19-spurred lockdown was the push Naamah Segal Karas needed to become more observant. I started trying to keep Shabbat in 2018, and we became more observant in 2019, but that was a very hectic year, she said.

Gay, black Elon rabbi to take job that seeks diversity within Jewish faith – Burlington Times News

| February 12, 2021

Dean-Paul Stephens|Times-News The Jewish faith needs to expand its reach, believes Elon University Rabbi Sandra Lawson.

More Israelis are learning to speak Arabic than ever before – The Jerusalem Post

| February 12, 2021

Noa Katzover does not seem like the typical student of spoken Arabic. An organizational consultant, she lives in what she calls the City of David, and most call the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem

California Jews should be proud of updated ethnic studies curriculum – The Jewish News of Northern California

| February 12, 2021

We all know the saying: two Jews, three opinions. But for once, the controversy around Californias Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum seemed to be an exception

Posters & books: Health Min. fights vaccine misinformation among haredim – The Jerusalem Post

| February 12, 2021

The Israeli Health Ministry is using its resources to fight a dangerous and quick spread of vaccine misinformation in the country's haredi (ultra-Orthodox) communities. The ministry's department for the education of the ultra-Orthodox public gave examples of the misinformation that is spreading which includes insisting that senior haredi rabbis who have publicly supported the vaccine do not support it 'in reality,' as well as presenting information to look medically accurate that advocates against vaccination.According to the department, the small, fringe group that is spreading the misinformation is denying infection rates, insisting that the virus is only a light flu, and that the pandemic is a conspiracy

Top rabbis rule on the need to vaccinate – The Times of Israel

| February 12, 2021

The following is a compilation of leading rabbinic voices outlining the halachic imperative to take the coronavirus vaccine. The list is far from exhaustive and does not include scores of other leaders who have vaccinated and who agree that taking the vaccine is a halachic obligation.

What’s Up Doc? Mediterranean fever mimics many other conditions – MetroWest Daily News

| February 12, 2021

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Chefchaouen: Exploring the Blue Pearl of Morocco & its Jewish Heritage – The Jewish Voice

| February 12, 2021

By: Meyer Harroch Among my favorite stopovers in Morocco is this artsy, blue-washed mountain village of 45,000 people. It is a uniquely beautiful small city in the northwest part and set against the backdrop of the Rif Mountains.

Parashat Mishpatim: The soul and the law – The Jerusalem Post

| February 12, 2021

After several years of teaching, I became a pulpit rabbi. Since I had really only seen my father in the pulpit, I decided to ask some notable rabbis how they ran their synagogues. I had a series of lunches and learned of the differences in the way a variety of rabbis thought about the institutions they lead


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