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Could studying ancient ink help shed new light on the Dead Sea Scrolls? – The Jerusalem Post

| February 26, 2020

Could studying the ink used to pen the Dead Sea Scrolls help scholars shed light on the many mysteries still surrounding them?According to Ira Rabin, senior scientist at the Federal Institute of Material Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin and the Center for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) in Hamburg the answer is a resounding yes.Ancient Jewish Sages were very well aware of the importance of ink in Jewish practice.As it was taught Rabbi Meir said: When I was with Rabbi Yishmael, I used to put iron sulfate into the ink [with which I wrote Torah scrolls], and he did not say anything to me. When I came with Rabbi Akiva, he prohibited me so, reads a passage of Talmud in the Tractate of Eruvim (13a, William Edison Edition translation via Sefaria.org).Several passages in the Bible mention the action or the need of writing something down.

Charitable acts are our calling – Cleveland Jewish News

| February 26, 2020

This is the first of four special Shabbatot known as Shabbat Shekalim. The portion and the other three upcoming are all tied to Purim or Passover

G-d has always shown great compassion for the weak – The Times of Israel

| February 26, 2020

The Torah has always shown great compassion and mercy for the weak and unfortunate: the orphan, the widow, and the stranger. In the Torah section last week called Parsha Mishpatim, however, Gd takes up the plight of these hapless individuals by declaring that any cruelty shown to them incurs His wrath. In verse 22:22, the repetition of the verbs If you oppress, afflict him [beware,] for if he cries, cries out to Me, I will hear, hearken to his cry, underscore the severity of tormenting these downcast people.

A Moment in Time: If You Had One Moment to Speak With God . – Jewish Journal

| February 26, 2020

Dear all, If you had the chance to call God for just one moment (after all, the call rates are out of this world), what would you ask? What happens after I die? Why do bad things happen?

International Booker Prize-Winner Jennifer Croft on the Highs and Lows of Translating Olga Tokarczuk – frieze.com

| February 26, 2020

A stopped clock hung prominently in the Wrocaw apartment where I was trying to finish translating Olga Tokarczuks monumental latest novel, The Books of Jacob, in time for my 31 December 2019 deadline. It was the studios only artwork. Jet lag and anxiety made it hard for me to sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time and, whenever I opened my eyes, I would see those gargantuan hands and think, How can it already be so late

2020s in Religion: Facing the challenge of more hate, rethinking Jewish identity – The Oakland Press

| February 26, 2020

Editors Note: This is part seven in a series of Religion News Service interviews with experts discussing what the new decade may bring in religion. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin (Courtesy photo) The Talmud says: Ever since the destruction of the Temple, prophecy has been given into the hands of children and fools. I am neither, but let me tell you what I see in the stars for world Jewry in the coming year.

Listening To Gd – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| February 26, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press Two words we read towards the end of our parsha naaseh ve-nishma, We will do and we will hear are among the most famous in Judaism. They are what our ancestors said when they accepted the covenant at Sinai. They stand in the sharpest possible contrast to the complaints, sins, backslidings and rebellions that seem to mark so much of the Torahs account of the wilderness years

The Haskalah Series Part VII: Exploring The East – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| February 17, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press The story of Eastern European Haskalah as compared to Western European Haskalah was different in structure, yet similar in tone. While it was less focused on the dominant gentile culture, it was just as persistent in its efforts to root out traditional Jewish culture. As for that dominant gentile culture, there was not much to aspire to in the Polish peasants or the Russian proletariat.

Column B: One person really can change the world – Myhorrynews

| February 17, 2020

Harekla Hajabba earned $2.80 a day as recently as 20 years ago, selling oranges in Mangalore, India.

Tel Aviv professor is first woman to receive Israel Prize in Talmudic Studies – Jewish News

| February 16, 2020

Vered Noam of Tel Aviv University has been awarded the Israel Prize in Talmudic Studies the first time that a woman has received the award.


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