Access and opportunity for people with special needs in Israel – The Jerusalem Post

| February 21, 2021

February may be Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM), however, for Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) every day is filled with improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The organizations focus is on services strategically located in the Negev and the Galilee to serve populations beyond the crowded Tel Aviv-Haifa-Jerusalem corridor. We believe that the inclusion of people with disabilities and special needs should be woven tightly into the fabric of Jewish life; all the more so in Israel, says Yossi Kahana JNF-USAs Director of Disability Programs

Celebrating 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany – DW (English)

| February 21, 2021

Back in the year 321, Cologne, then the capital of the Lower Germanic province of the Roman Empire, inspired an official edict that marks the earliest evidence of Jewish life in Germany. When the Cologne City Council wanted to repair a dilapidated bridge but lacked the financial means, a Jew named Isaac wanted to help out

Procrastination, Colors, And The IKEA Effect – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| February 21, 2021

Title: Talmud on the Mind: Exploring Chazal and Practical Psychology to Lead a Better Life (Maseches Berachos) Author: Rabbi Dr. Ethan Eisen Publisher: Kodesh Press Talmud on the Mind is an extremely enjoyable book that features 15 short essays on various ideas related to psychology and psychobiology, some of which are mentioned in Maseches Berachos. Throughout the book, traditional Jewish sources and academic/popular medical sources are used side by side to present new ways of looking at various topics.

CLERGY CORNER: Is there a blessing for the COVID-19 vaccine? – newportri.com

| February 21, 2021

Marc Mandel| Newport Daily News In the year 1848, Rabbi Israel Salanter, wrote the following words as a response to the cholera epidemic.Be sure to followthe behaviors which the wise doctors prescribe, for walking in the light of their words is also our religious duty, thus upholding life in this physical world to be good and to do good." This idea of Rabbi Salanter is based on the belief that science and religion are unified. Science helps us partner with God to make the world a better place.Jewish liturgy offers blessings for many occasions.

What kind of Jew are you? – comment – The Jerusalem Post

| February 21, 2021

What kind of Jew are you?Ask the question these days, and people are likely to answer it in one of three or four ways. They may tell you, for example, that they are religious Jews or secular Jews, making observance the focal point of their identity. Or they may apply politics as a yardstick instead, saying theyre conservative or liberal Jews

Commentary: Looking for ‘blind spots’ when it comes to race – Canton Repository

| February 21, 2021

David Komerofsky| The Repository What are you doing here?