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JUF News | Jewish Women’s Foundation allocates $413000 in grants supporting women and girls – Jewish United Fund

| January 22, 2021

Responding to a year of extraordinary need, with an eye on opportunities ahead, the Jewish Women's Foundation allocated $413,000 in grants supporting 27 organizations in 2021. Included in this year's allocations are 10 grants supported by the Ellie Fund, focused on reproductive health care, lifting women and girls out of poverty, and promoting health, non-violence, and career development.

Israel tops 4,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic – The Jerusalem Post

| January 22, 2021

The cabinet meeting that was expected to take place on Wednesday has been moved up to Tuesday so that the government can determine next steps for tackling the coronavirus crisis. There were 5,060 new cases of the virus diagnosed on Saturday, the Health Ministry reported Sunday evening, with 7.2% of those screened receiving positive results. Among the sick were 1,177 in serious condition, including 282 who were intubated.

I resisted the call to include non-male voices every time I taught Torah. Then I tried it. – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| January 4, 2021

(JTA) Many of my fellow rabbinical students and friends are enthusiastic about a new strategy for elevating womens voices in Torah study into the beit midrash this fall. The Kranjec Test named for Danielle Kranjec, the Jewish educator who created it holds that collections of texts known as source sheets must include at least one non-male voice. Its the Jewish studies equivalent of the well-known Bechdel test for film, in which movies pass if they include two women having a conversation about something other than men, and it quickly gained currency among my colleagues

Law professor Ray Bernstein, 56, dies in bike accident – The Jewish News of Northern California

| January 4, 2021

San Francisco attorney Ray Bernstein could have been a swashbuckling trial lawyer, winning big cases and raking in big bucks. But that would have required a taste for the blood sport of litigation, and that just wasnt him. He was much happier on the faculty of the Santa Clara University School of Law, or offering up insights during Torah study at his S.F.

Let’s head into the new year in a new frame of mind – The Jewish News of Northern California

| January 4, 2021

TheTorah columnis supported by a generous donation from Eve Gordon-Ramek in memory of Kenneth Gordon.VayechiGenesis 50:14-21 Great is peace, said Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel, for even the ancestors resorted to a fabrication in order to make peace between Joseph and themselves (Genesis Rabbah 100:8). Praise and rabbinic sanction for speaking falsely?

The Purpose Of Chassidus In The Alter Rebbe’s Own Words – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| January 4, 2021

As we approach the 24th of Teves, the yahrzeit of the Alter Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of the Chabad chassidic movement we should consider what he aimed to accomplish with his unique path in serving Hashem. He actually explained his goal in great detail in a surprising source a Hebrew affidavit written in reply to his czarist interrogators during his first arrest in 1798. After replying in Russian to simpler questions, he asked for an interpreter to answer more complex questions.

Opinion/Keep the Faith: Hanukkah reminds us of light and hope, even in dark times – Worcester Telegram

| December 19, 2020

Rabbi Aviva Fellman| Telegram & Gazette Yesterday, as it became dark, we ended our eight-day celebration ofthe holiday of Hanukkah,a festive holiday that commemorates the 165 BCE victory of a small band of Jewish fighters, theHashmonaim, over the foreign forces that ruled the land of Israel.

Opinion: The true meaning of Hanukkah (hint, it’s not about joy) – The Detroit News

| December 19, 2020

David Harsanyi Published 10:28 p.m. ET Dec

Is the Temple Menorah Hidden in the Vatican? – Questions & Answers – Chabad.org

| December 19, 2020

There is much controversy and misinformationsurrounding this question, so lets begin by clarifying the facts of the story.

Circumcision, Berzerkeley, and the Power of Five Minutes – Chabad.org

| December 19, 2020

Rabbi Chanan Feldwas a towering fixture of my childhoodmy friends father, and my fathersfriend. He had the cuddly torso of a teddy bear, the magical beard of a wizard,and the twinkling eyes of a rebbe. This is how I remember him.


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