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Haredim add to COVID-19 complications in Israel – Cleveland Jewish News

| October 30, 2020

Israel is gradually emerging from its second COVID-19 lockdown, imposed after things began spiraling out of control here.

Amy Coney Barrett needs a Talmudic view of the Constitution J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| October 28, 2020

This piece was first published by the Forward and is reprinted with permission. During the course of her confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court seat left open by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs death, Amy Coney Barrett often was asked about her judicial philosophy, which she summed up over and over as Originalism.

Opinion | What the Talmud can teach Amy Coney Barrett about ‘Originalism’ – Forward

| October 28, 2020

During the course of her confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court seat left open by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs death, Amy Coney Barrett was often asked about her judicial philosophy, which she summed up over and over as Originalism. Its a view of the law which was favored by Judge Barretts mentor, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which says that the correct interpretation of the law is the interpretation which would have been intended at the time the law was written. Originalists believe that their way of interpreting the law is the only way to protect the sacred nature of Americas founding document

A Jewish Guide to Dealing With Demons – jewishboston.com

| October 28, 2020

As we know from the Talmud (or as youre learning right now), each and every one of us has 1,000 demons to our left and 10,000 to our right (Berakhot 6a:4). Its totally normal, but it can get annoying. Demons can cause everything from weak knees to contaminated drinking water (Pesachim 112a:5), and some have even been known to attack a persons self-esteem with extremely sarcastic and hurtful comments (Pesachim 110a:5).

The Vibe of the Tribe Podcast: Monsters and Demons in Jewish Folklore – jewishboston.com

| October 28, 2020

Never miss the best stories and events! Get JewishBoston This Week. This Halloween, get spooked by monsters of Jewish lore as occult expert Peter Bebergal returns to The Vibe of the Tribe, escorting Miriam, Dan and Ashley on their ongoing quest into the Jewish supernatural world

In praise of the yeshiva and yet something crucial is missing – Forward

| October 28, 2020

I went to yeshiva for the reason I imagine many men do: because I didnt want to work. The summer after graduating college, I interned (unpaid) at a newspaper; toward the end, it was intimated that a job working for a columnist might be available. Having spent numerous afternoons listening to this person shout at their assistant, I passed.

A 500-Year-Old Rif – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| October 28, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press I recently acquired a volume of the Rif printed in Venice by Daniel Bomberg in 1521.The Rif is the most significant halachic compendium prior to the Mishneh Torah, and R. Joseph Caro based his Shulchan Aruch on it, Maimonides, and the Rosh.

I grew up in Orthodox Brooklyn. We must apply the same COVID-19 standards for all and Jews must choose life. – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| October 28, 2020

(JTA) I grew up in the Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn.At my Orthodox Jewish day school, I studied the Torah and Jewish law.Our rabbis, many of whom had been trained in the great Talmudic academies of eastern Europe, always focused on the primary role of choosing life.In Hebrew this is called Pikuach Nefesh. The biblical commandment is derived from Deuteronomy 3:19-20: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse.

Unity’s no goal when not everyone’s the same – The Jewish Star

| October 28, 2020

By Rabbi Avi Billet This column is reprinted from 2008. Reading the story of the dispersion at the beginning of chapter 11, it is hard to see where the people went wrong

Prop 14: Don’t Stand Idly By – Jewish Journal

| October 28, 2020

At the very heart of our Biblical tradition is this commandment from the Book of Leviticus: You shall not stand idly by the blood of your fellow. (Leviticus 19:16) If we see our sisters or brothers in danger, our job is simple: provide that help, come to their aid, do what is in our power to protect them and save them. In the midst of a global pandemic, we feel the call to protect and promote the health and well-being of others even more urgently.


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