When the word maharat is typed into the search box on the Orthodox Union’s (OU) webpage, the message “no results found” comes up. The same thing happens if the search term is “women clergy.”
Mass murderers have been in the news recently. In the United States and England, they were remembered with revulsion. In Hebron, one was elected mayor.
Government power comes at the cost of personal liberty, but sometimes we willingly sacrifice certain freedoms hoping to receive, in exchange, things like security and stability.
JCADA strengthens our community by discreetly and respectfully empowering some of its most vulnerable members.
In their 16 years working with victims of domestic abuse, the staff at Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) have heard many tragic stories. But in some cases, the most insidious abuse is found in the most unassuming details.
The word robot was coined by the Czech playwright Karel Capek in 1920. It comes from the root robota, which means labor. Robots are made to assist us in our labors so we don’t need to break a sweat. But today people are concerned that as smarter robots are doing more of our jobs, there won’t be anything left for people to do.
Accounts of Jewish religious life in the Warsaw Ghetto, written as the events were actually transpiring, are few and far between. One of the most important of these available accounts, which was authored by Rabbi Shimon Huberband and published several decades after the war, includes a remarkable description of Shavuot in Warsaw as the construction of the ghetto was underway.
I walk into a packed shulon a Saturday evening. At least 200 people are listening to a rabbi with a slightly crumpled hat and a long white beard. He radiates both gentleness and the aura of a true believer. His hands are waving as he exclaims in a Russian accent, “The first thing we need to do is hijack a plane!”
Last month, the state of Arkansas executed four inmates in eight days in what one CNN report referred to as a “frantic schedule.” The explanation? The state’s supply of a sedative used for lethal injections was going to expire at the end of April.
Shabbat: we know it well. It’s our holy day of rest, a sign of the covenant between G-d and the Jewish people, and a time to reconnect with our families and communities after a long and busy work week. It is truly a gift that keeps on giving week after week and many of us couldn’t imagine our lives without it.
As a writer for the New York Jewish Week a decade ago, I was surprised and delighted to find that when I wrote about compelling charities in Israel and the U.S., people would send me questions and often send the organizations gifts ranging from small amounts to large endowments.
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