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When Torah and Politics Align – Jewish Journal

| June 10, 2020

Anyone who can protest against the transgressions of ones household and does not, is liable for the actions of the members of the household; anyone who can protest against the transgressions of ones townspeople and does not, is liable for the transgressions of the townspeople; anyone who can protest against the transgressions of the entire world and does not is liable for the transgressions of the entire world. (Talmud Bavli Shabbat 54b-55a) The human was created from a single person so that no one can say to another, My father is greater than your father. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5) On June 3, thousands of Angelenos mostly but not all young, and in every shade of human skin came together to demonstrate angrily and nonviolently that we will not stand for the killing of black people, whether by police or by racist vigilantes.

How to Read the Talmud – My Jewish Learning

| June 10, 2020

If you buy a new car, you will find in the glove compartment a thick paperback book called an owners manual. It will tell you everything you need to know to operate your car what the knobs on the dashboard do, how to adjust the mirror, turn on your brights, engage the cruise control. Its job is to make operating the car as simple as possible

40 days and 40 nights: What the Bible can teach us about quarantine – The Jewish News of Northern California

| June 10, 2020

The word quarantine comes from quarantena, or 40 days, in the Venetian language. It was first used during the Black Death epidemic in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to designate a period that ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore. As a rabbi and a student of religious history, this etymology has fueled my imagination and led me down a rich and colorful path of biblical exegesis

As the next generation of Modern Orthodox leaders, we demand real change. – Forward

| June 10, 2020

We are Modern Orthodox success stories: products of day school education, Jewish summer camps, and gap years in Israel. We are active participants in Jewish life on our campuses, ardent Zionists, and Torah enthusiasts. Our religious upbringings have taught us that Jewish communities do not stand idly by when faced with injustice

Torah Portion: The In-Between Zone | The Jewish News – The Jewish News

| June 10, 2020

We all have an in-between zone: the constant waiting period between two items on our schedule too short to make anything productive of it. We humans often spend lots of our life in such zones, waiting

Seeking perspective in challenging times | From the Editor – Colorado Springs Gazette

| June 10, 2020

Last week was especially tough on all of us. As we were beginning to emerge from weeks of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country erupted in turmoil over the recent violent killings of black Americans.

The Lakewood box – Cleveland Jewish News

| June 10, 2020

This past Passover, a quiet revolution was underway in the town of Lakewood, N.J. Unlike its fellow town of Lakewood, Ohio, the New Jersey version is home to tens of thousands of Jews, the overwhelming majority of whom are Orthodox

Talmud comes alive in 1,800-year-old marble face found in Galilee – The Jerusalem Post

| June 1, 2020

A 1,800-year-old fountainhead in the shape of a face was uncovered by chance by a visitor at the Tzipori National Park in the Galilee, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced Monday.In the Babylonian Talmud, the Jewish sages warned their disciples that they should not place their mouth directly on the faucets of fountains shaped a human or animal-like creature to avoid the appearance of idol worshiping. The new discovery offers a powerful testimony of the Jewish text coming alive.With regard to figures of human faces [partzufot] that spray water in the cities, i.e. fountains, one may not place his mouth on the mouths of the figures and drink, because he appears to be kissing the object of idol worship

Thinking Shavuot, Torah and the Jewish people – The Jewish Star

| June 1, 2020

By Rabbi David Etengoff HaRav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zatzal was one of the 19th centurys greatest European Torah scholars.

Are Conversion Standards In Israel Too Harsh? – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| June 1, 2020

Photo Credit: Chabad.org Over 3,100 years ago, Ruth left her land and people to accompany her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi, to Eretz Yisrael with the intention of joining the Jewish people. According to the Talmud (Yevamos 47b), Naomi attempted to dissuade her, but once she saw Ruths resolve exemplified by her statement your people will be my people, and your G-d will be my G-d (Ruth 1:16) she relented and Ruth formally became a Jew


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