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Make Yourself the Norman the Doorman of Judaism – Aish

| June 22, 2020

The secret to greatness is consistency, dedication and integrity. There is nothing traditional about this years graduation season. In addition to schools grappling with how to properly acknowledge these milestones in a creative and meaningful way, commencement speakers have also had to find their unique way to share an impassioned message to the graduates

Are Jews white? Comfort in ambiguity is the answer – Forward

| June 22, 2020

Theres something simultaneously ironic, funny, sad and fascinating when a student messages me asking if they are white. Now this isnt, of course, a question about physical colors, in which Im no expert; any of my peers will attest to the fact that I wasnt blessed with an eye for color schemes. Rather, they are asking a fundamental question about identity.

Lessons of a talmudic oven and Pittsburgh pizza – thejewishchronicle.net

| June 22, 2020

Artist Ben Schachter is taking a slice of the Talmud and seasoning it anew in his upcoming graphic novel, Akhnais Pizza, a reimagining of the dispute between Rabbi Eliezer and the sages. In its original telling, the Talmud notes a disagreement between Rabbi Eliezer and the rabbis. According to Rabbi Eliezer, if one cut an earthenware oven into segments and placed sand between those segments, the oven is ritually pure, as it is no longer a complete vessel.

Rivkah Karp, 90, Stalwart Supporter of Jewish Education – Became an anchor of Montreal’s Jewish community after fleeing the Soviet Union – Chabad.org

| June 22, 2020

Whether it was risking her life to bring food to hungry students at an underground yeshivah in the Soviet Union or standing by her husband as he taught thousands of students in Canada who were thirsty for the Torahs wisdom, Mrs. Rivkah Karp, 90, who passed away April 4, was a stalwart for Jewish education and tending to the needs of others. Born in 1929 in the Russian city of Voronezh, young Riva, as she was known, lived a happy and relatively comfortable lifestyle in the home of her parents, Zev Avraham and Shaina Chaya Slavin

From Islam to Buddhism, faiths have long encouraged stewardship of nature – UN Environment

| June 22, 2020

In most major religions there is scripture encouraging the protection and care of nature. From Buddhism to Christianity, Hinduism to Islam, faiths recognize the need for environmental stewardship and urge followers to be caretakers of the planet and its biodiversity. Spiritual leaders play an important role in sharing religious practices and passages so that followers can live a more sustainable lifestyle respecting the 8 million species we share our planet with.

13 Meditations For the Third of Tammuz – Thoughts for the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe – Chabad.org

| June 22, 2020

Rabbi Judah, the Rebbe in his time of all Israel, as he passed from life confined within a body to liberation from all physical bonds as he began to attain higher and yet incomparably higher states of being, for the righteous have no rest, not in this world and not in the world to come at that time, he said, My children, I need them. So too with our Rebbe. Even as he has left the confines of his body, even as he leaps to entirely new heights of existence, not only will those tied to him still need him, climb higher with him, achieve so much more through the strength he gives them, but he, as well, will need them, and depend upon their hard work, to achieve that which he must achieve

A call to remove the Saint Louis statue in Forest Park – KSDK.com

| June 22, 2020

Two men said to truly take King Louis IX off his pedestal in St. Louis they can't stop with taking down his statue they'd also want to change the city's name ST

BBC – Religions – Judaism: The Talmud

| June 15, 2020

The TalmudPage of the Talmud The Talmud is the comprehensive written version of the Jewish oral law and the subsequent commentaries on it. It originates from the 2nd century CE

Letter: A place to start: Small acts of thoughtfulness and compassion – Fauquier Times

| June 15, 2020

I, as everyone else, have been trying to process the events of the past week or so. How did our country become so flawed thatdriving whileblack is a synonym for danger?

13 Facts About the Mitzvah to Visit the Sick – Mitzvahs & Traditions – Chabad.org

| June 15, 2020

In the age of corona, we are no longer able to visit the sick in person as often or as easily as we wish (and sometimes not at all). In the meantime, lets take a step back and learn 13 facts about this building block of Jewish life


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