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Four extraordinary individuals to receive honorary degrees from Brandeis – Brandeis University

| May 8, 2020

Brandeis will award honorary degrees to Ruth Calderon, Alan Hassenfeld, Marta Kauffman '78 and Howardena Pindell Clockwise, from left: Jewish cultural scholar Ruth Calderon, television producer Marta Kauffman '78, artist Howardena Pindell, philanthropist Alan Hassenfeld May 7, 2020 Brandeis will award honorary degrees to Ruth Calderon, a scholar of Jewish religious texts and a former member of the Israeli Knesset; philanthropist Alan Hassenfeld, retired CEO of Hasbro and co-chair of the Brandeis International Business School board of advisors; television producer Marta Kauffman 78, creator of the iconic series Friends and more recently Grace and Frankie; and Howardena Pindell, American painter and mixed-media artist whose body of work since the 1960s confronts racism and other forms of inequality.

The minyanim happening in our community are a dangerous violation of Jewish law – Cleveland Jewish News

| May 8, 2020

This letter was originally sent to members of Young Israel of Woodmere on May 7. It has been reprinted here with permission. WOODMERE, N.Y

Blemished Imperfections – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| May 8, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press The Torah states that any kohen or animal with a mum (blemish) becomes unfit for ritual sacrifice. Rabbi Sholomo Pappenheim (1740-1814) writes that mum and meumah derive from the two-letter root mem-mem, which denotes the smallest amount.

Let us each find a way to remain committed to sustaining the Jewish people – Forward

| May 8, 2020

iStock The conversation returned to the image of the ner tamid, a continuous flame that required meticulous care to ensure its everlasting presence.

Gearing up to create unity from a distance on Lag B’Omer – JNS.org

| May 8, 2020

(May 8, 2020 / JNS) The holiday of Lag BOmer is one of the most boisterous events in Israel, in particular the bonfires in Meron at the tomb of one of the greatest Jewish sages, Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai. The second-century sage is considered by many the author of the Zohar, one of the most important works of Kabbalah, the mystical teaching of Judaism.

De Blasio’s disagreements with the health department – City & State

| May 8, 2020

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City Health + Hospitals, the citys public hospital system, will be leading the citys new contact tracing program, with some assistance from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. De Blasios decision not to have the health department oversee this initiative, however, has struck some as odd and indicative of the mayors contentious relationship with the department

How Jewish mystics sought to vanquish Hitler and the coronavirus – Haaretz

| May 8, 2020

This past Purim, in late March, a delegation of kabbalists and rabbis from Jerusalem flew over Israel in a helicopter, praying and blowing shofars and horns. Their aim was to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Israel.

Malka Zeefe takes on the Talmud – Washington Jewish Week

| May 4, 2020

Malka Zeefe. Photo courtesy of Malka Zeefe.

Mayor de Blasio is no enemy of Orthodox Jews. But others are weaponizing the coronavirus to vilify our community. – JTA News

| May 4, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) Among the most disturbing spectacles over the months since the coronavirus was unleashed on the world have been the attacks on haredi Orthodox Jews in both Israel and the United States. Some criticisms, like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasios stern tweets on Tuesday night following a funeral held in Brooklyn, are not born of antipathy to the Orthodox community

Ariyana Love in New, Horrendous Antisemitic Rant; Agrees With Comment Calling for Extermination of Jews – Israellycool

| May 4, 2020

Raving lunatic and Jew-hater Ariyana Love has gone on yet another Facebook video rant against the Jooooooos. Even by antisemitic standards, it is nutty and horrific containing almost every antisemitic trope in the book and blaming us for the coronavirus, among other things. I have distilled the main part (but there is more here for those who can stomach to hear more of this evil nutcase).


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