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Can the Bible teach us anything about the riots today? – The Times of Israel

| June 15, 2020

The name Korach, which when translated from the Hebrew means baldness, ice, hail, or frost, is the 38th weekly Torah portion (, parashah in Hebrew) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the fifth in the Book of Numbers. It tells of Korachs failed attempt to overthrow Moses. It constitutes Numbers 16:118:32

Confessions of a Grieving Heart – Aish

| June 15, 2020

My brothers sudden, unexpected death has left within me a gaping hole. A month ago, I received a phone call that changed my life forever: my brother had suddenly, unexpectedly died. To say that the news hit me like a ton of bricks would be an understatement; it was as if I had been hit by a freight train boring down on me at top speed

What does Jewish tradition say about Defund the Police? Its complicated. – Forward

| June 15, 2020

In the wake of George Floyds death at the hands of police officer Derick Chauvin, a new cry has emerged from amidst the protests against racism and police brutality shaking the nation: Defund the Police. The cry means different things to different people, but in addition to addressing the fraught tensions between black communities and the police, the idea of defunding the police or minimizing their presence in American cities suggests a future in which people police themselves more than they do now.

Everything you need to know about world blood donor day 2020 – India Today

| June 15, 2020

Every year on June 14 World Blood Donor Day is observed all around the globe. The first World Blood Donor Day was celebrated in the year 2004, to spread awareness about the importance of blood donation and its significance for saving lives.The recognition of World Blood Donor Day by WHO has helped in spreading awareness and in dispelling many long-held myths regarding blood donation

The Sacred Policing Function May Not Be Profaned – The Times of Israel

| June 12, 2020

America is experiencing another episodic paroxysm; this time triggered by the tragic death of George Floyd, at the hands and knees of a policeman. Most everyone is united in genuine outrage at this dreadful act committed by someone charged with protecting everyone.

Tikkun olam to the Talmud, Jews double down on identity at protests – Forward

| June 10, 2020

Jewish protesters are putting their own spin on the signs they carry to Black Lives Matters rallies across the country. In Brooklyn, home to the largest Jewish community in the United States, signs have included religious and secular tropes, generally sharing a common theme invoking Jewish identity

Turn to the Talmud for instructions on anti-racism – Forward

| June 10, 2020

Yesterday I was invited to a webinar called How to make sure you are not raising the next Amy Cooper. It is one of countless calls in the past few days about how to not be or not raise a racist. These lessons are essential.

Dangers of ‘lashon harah,’ even without malice – The Jewish Star

| June 10, 2020

By Rabbi David Etengoff Remember what the L-rd, your G-d, did to Miriam on the way, when you went out of Egypt (Devarim 24:9) is one of the Six Remembrances that many people recite at the end of Tefilat Shacharit. It is a brief reminder of a famous narrative in our parasha, Behaalotecha, that recounts the incident of Miriam and Aharon having spoken lashon harah against their beloved brother, Moshe Rabbeinu. It must be noted that while both Miriam and Aharon slandered Moshe, Miriam began this action

This remote Jewish study buddy program is finding its moment in the COVID era – Cleveland Jewish News

| June 10, 2020

When Sheri Hellers husband nearly died in 2014 after doctors found that a quarter he had swallowed decades earlier had perforated his small bowel, Heller decided that the episode was a case of God banging on our door. An attorney from Potomac, Maryland, Heller had attended Hebrew school as a child but had not really done much Jewish learning as an adult

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.


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