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Under the sukkah with the Rabbi of Chelm, the city of holy fools J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| October 4, 2020

TheTorah columnis supported by a generous donation from Eve Gordon-Ramek in memory of Kenneth Gordon.First day of SukkotLeviticus 22:2623:44 Its the first day of Sukkot and the Rabbi of Chelm, the city of holy fools, is sitting in his sukkah with just a few masked guests sitting 6 feet apart. Its a month before Election Day and, my oh my, have words been flying. He is in the sukkah because of todays Torah reading: The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Say to the Israelite people: On the 15th day of this seventh month there shall be the Feast of Booths to the Lord, [to last] seven days.

The Jewish philosopher Spinoza was one of the great Enlightenment thinkers. So why was he ‘cancelled’? – ABC News

| October 4, 2020

We often think of cancel culture as a contemporary phenomenon, driven by social media and rife in our hyper-connected world. But really, punishing people for their ideas and opinions has been going on for as long as people have been thinking. Take the philosopher Baruch Spinoza

So someone you hate is sick. What Jewish tradition says about praying for them. – Forward

| October 4, 2020

So, you found out someone whom you detest is sick. Maybe its a political opponent. Maybe it is someone who you think is downright evil.

On Simchat Torah, a Jew Never Dances Alone – The Absurdity of a Quarantined Simchat Torah – Chabad.org

| October 4, 2020

And now we arrive at the point where Jewish practice attains the apex of a rich and beautiful theater of the absurd. This Simchat Torah, a Jew will take a book off the shelf, kiss it, dance with it, jump, twirl and holler with it. Alone

Sukkot: A holiday for the time of covid – The Jewish Standard

| October 4, 2020

Two verses in Leviticus 23 teach us a powerful lesson about the holiday of Sukkot and end up raising an intriguing question that continues to speak to us today in 2020, perhaps never more so that right now during this pandemic. Leviticus 23:42-43 states, You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens of Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I the Lord your God.

Sedra of the week: Succot | Jewish News – Jewish News

| October 2, 2020

Are you up for an adventure? Not had the opportunity to get out of lockdown properly

Serving Jews In The United Arab Emirates: An Interview with Rabbi Levi Duchman – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| October 2, 2020

Photo Credit: Rabbi Duchman Before it signed a normalization agreement with Israel, the United Arab Emirates had already distinguished itself as one of the only Arab countries in the world where Jews could live safely. Founded in 1971, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently home to approximately 2,000-3,000 Jews

Yom Kippur: Decisions and tears – The Jerusalem Post

| September 29, 2020

Yom Kippur comes 10 days after the beginning of the year. This is the day when God effects atonement (in Hebrew, the root is KPR) for the sins of humans.

For National Coffee Day, the Secret Jewish History of the coffee cup – Forward

| September 29, 2020

Editors Note: For National Coffee Day, September 29, 2020, we bring you the compelling history, originally published in 2014, of those familiar vessels that store our liquid energy. In the Talmud (Eruvin 65b), Rabbi Ilai cleverly opines: A person is recognized by three things: their cup, their pocket, and their anger

Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a wish and Jewish tradition can guide us – The Jerusalem Post

| September 29, 2020

What do we owe the dead? Do the recently departed continue to assert moral claims over us from the grave by the authority of their earnest deathbed wishes and well-planned estates, or are we free to lead our lives in the present without looking back?Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Ive been thinking about this question a lot. Media coverage so far has focused mostly on the unfolding political drama unleashed by her death: the nomination process, its effect on the upcoming election and the future composition of the high court


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