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Seen to the Eye | Kenneth Ryesky | The Blogs – The Times of Israel

| September 15, 2020

The Rabbis of the Talmud have instructed that a fence be built around the Torah, meaning that we should set for ourselves limits well within the Torahs bare minimums so that people do not inadvertently transgress them. From this has come the concept of Marat Ayin (seen to the eye, whereby certain activities, though technically not in violation of the Torahs commandments, are discouraged because an uninformed observer might conclude mistakenly that such activities are acceptable, or that the person who engages in such activities is transgressing the rules. Marat Ayin is often invoked in the context of a religiously-observant Jew entering a non-kosher restaurant to use the restrooms or some purpose other than to eat treif food

The Hatzav Is Blooming Everywhere in Israel, It Must Be Autumn – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| September 15, 2020

Photo Credit: Aviram Shani / Nature and Parks Authority The hatzav, or drimia, is a deciduous plant, growing from bulbs. Each bulb has one to several leaves that are often dry by the time the flowers open

LA rabbi reminds everyone to focus on beauty that remains amid fires, COVID, 9/11 anniversary – KCRW

| September 15, 2020

The U.S.

Lecture on booze as a gateway chug into rabbinic thinking J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| September 11, 2020

Jordan Rosenblums first whiff of the Talmud in college was intoxicating. Now 41 and a professor of Jewish studies and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rosenblum is the author of Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature a sort of backdoor introduction to the basics of Talmud and the classical rabbinic mindset

Can we be pious and ambivalent? – Forward

| September 11, 2020

Still Small Voice is a collection of 18 interviews with clergy and scholars tackling 18 questions about God, published during the month of Elul, a time of Jewish reflection and accountability. Click here to read the introduction to the series

The Trickle-Down Effect – Song of the Soul – Chabad.org

| September 11, 2020

Its a daunting task.

New year cometh – Cleveland Jewish News

| September 11, 2020

Let the old year and its curses end; let the new year and its blessings begin (Babylonian Talmud). Its been a weird year. Hard to believe that last year, on Rosh Hashanah, we all gathered together by the hundreds and prayed, not socially distanced, no masks, no Purell

Iraq’s Jews fled long ago, heritage struggles on – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post

| September 11, 2020

Growing up in Iraq, Omar Farhadi would heat up dinner for his Jewish neighbors when they rested on the Sabbath. Few are left, and their heritage risks fading away too.

Sounding the shofar is a blast and meaningful – St. Louis Jewish Light

| September 11, 2020

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose and three additional Hadar fellows reflect on the calls of the shofar In this unprecedented year when our High Holiday experiences will surely be modified to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, below you will find a Kavanah (contemplative meditation) to be shared in your homes and in our Houses of Worship prior to the sounding of shofar. Penned by four Hadar Jewish Wisdom Fellows (three rabbis, including myself, and a hazzan), we hope these text based inspired ruminations will help in the introspective work that these Days of Awe are intended to catalyse. May the sounds of the Shofar help usher in a Good New Year and may 5781 herald the arrival of new era, one filled to overflowing with health, wholeness, happiness and holiness.

Rejoicing in the Triumphs of the Next Generation – Jewish Week

| September 11, 2020

This weeks parsha poses a challenging theology and ideology. After nearly 40 years of wandering in the desert, all of the Israelites men, women, young, strangers stand before God and are told that in an effort to create transparency and accessibility, all of the commandments will be recorded for them: Lo bashamayim hi It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who will go up to heaven for us and fetch it for us, to tell [it] to us, so that we can fulfill it? Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us and fetch it for us, to tell [it] to us, so that we can fulfill it?


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