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Jewish and Israeli News

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Jewish Thought and Education

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Judaism & Jewish Life

  • Nazir 12
    by Rachel Scheinerman on February 2, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Toward the bottom of today’s page, we encounter this mishnah:If one says: “It is incumbent upon me to shave half a … The post Nazir 12 appeared first on My Jewish Learning.

  • Nazir 11
    by Rachel Scheinerman on February 2, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    It can be hard to turn down a drink. Even without problems related to alcohol dependency, when a friend offers … The post Nazir 11 appeared first on My Jewish Learning.

  • Nazir 10
    by Rachel Scheinerman on February 2, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    A new mishnah on today’s page takes up a another case of an oddly stated nazirite vow: If one said: “This cow said: … The post Nazir 10 appeared first on My Jewish Learning.

  • Coming Down to Earth
    by Ben Harris on February 2, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    Over the last few years, I have developed a practice of going on daily walks in my neighborhood. Day after … The post Coming Down to Earth appeared first on My Jewish Learning.

  • Tracing the Jewish History of Tamarind, From India to Syria and Beyond
    by Shannon Sarna on February 2, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Tamarind is a staple ingredient in the global Jewish pantry, with an extensive history. It was adopted by Middle Eastern … The post Tracing the Jewish History of Tamarind, From India to Syria and Beyond appeared first on My Jewish Learning.

  • In Defense of Sacrifices 
    by Rachel Scheinerman on February 1, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Reading of sacrifices in the Bible, many are mortified to think that ancient Israelites would slaughter animals at the Temple. It … The post In Defense of Sacrifices  appeared first on My Jewish Learning.

Blogs

Deborah Fripp’s Blog on The Times of Israel

  • Broken Glass, Preserved Memory
    by Deborah Fripp on November 3, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Please don’t let them find out I’m Jewish. Please don’t let them find out I’m Jewish. It is November 10, 1938, and Margot Gunther (Jeremias) is riding the train to school. It’s an hour ride from her home in Hoffenheim, Germany to Heidelberg where her…

  • When it’s an attack on your own community
    by Deborah Fripp on January 17, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I awoke on Sunday morning in Singapore to the news that another synagogue was under attack. The rabbi and several congregants of a synagogue in Texas were being held hostage by an unknown assailant. An old story, a repeated story – Jews under attack for…

  • How to Teach Race Relations: Lessons from Holocaust Education
    by Deborah Fripp on November 17, 2021 at 9:32 am

    A group of 7th graders sit in a circle, white kids in the center, black and brown kids on the outside. They have been sorted by a “privilege” score assigned based on the color of their skin. The white students are trying to find a…

Union for Reform Judaism Posts

Jewish Learning

  • Take a Tour of the Torah!
    by jemerman on October 4, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Take a Tour of the Torah! jemerman October 4, 2022 Read more about Take a Tour of the Torah! Torah usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Running through these stories is the unique lens through which the Jewish people would come to view their world and their God.

  • Weaving Together Formal and Lived Jewish Education
    by jemerman on August 16, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Weaving Together Formal and Lived Jewish Education jemerman August 16, 2022 Jewish Learning Image I’m a self-proclaimed book worm. Since I could read, my default setting has been to research anything new at the library before implementing it. However, adulthood has taught me that some of the best lessons are learned after acting and truly living, which is why Rabbi Yanklowitz’s perspective so resonates with me. Even so, I always start new adventures by studying.

  • The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge
    by sdolgov on August 9, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge sdolgov August 9, 2022 Ten Minutes of Torah Image Lifelong learning, however, can be easier said than done. For many, as they enter adulthood, with its competing demands and obligations, setting aside time for learning – and especially for Jewish learning – can be challenging indeed.

Israel

  • Seeking Jewish Values Amidst Broken Glass
    by jemerman on January 18, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Seeking Jewish Values Amidst Broken Glass jemerman January 18, 2023 Experiencing Israel Image Nearly two months ago, our Just Zionism group landed in Israel as the election to cement a far-right government in the Knesset was taking effect. When we landed, I had a surface-level understanding of Israeli politics but was about to get a crash course on the election’s implications for the activists who were heartbroken by the results.

  • Israel is Messy and I Love It
    by jemerman on December 20, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Israel is Messy and I Love It jemerman December 20, 2022 ARZA Image On November 2, 2022, I landed at Ben Gurion Airport for the first time. Filled with many emotions, this being my first trip to Israel, I decided to keep an open mind as I joined twelve young adult leaders on a journey to learn more about Israel, Zionism, and why Jews in the Diaspora, especially in the United States, should be engaged.

  • Aliyah to Israel is a Reform Value, Too!
    by jemerman on October 18, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Aliyah to Israel is a Reform Value, Too! jemerman October 18, 2022 Israel Image There are a few days in my life that stand out. There are the big milestones: my first days of school, going to camp for the first time, and my first homerun. Another one of those dates that stands out is December 28th, 2015. That was the day that I made aliyah and became an Israeli citizen.

Jewish Holidays

  • Tu BiShvat – Nature’s Invitation to Grow
    by jemerman on January 25, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Tu BiShvat – Nature’s Invitation to Grow jemerman January 25, 2023 Tu BiShvat Image Tu BiShvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, is upon us. While it may not be the most celebrated new year in the Jewish tradition, there is a simple power to the holiday – the call for us to become attuned to nature and learn what it can teach us about personal growth.

  • New Year, Same Me: Finding the Diamond Within
    by jemerman on December 15, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    New Year, Same Me: Finding the Diamond Within jemerman December 15, 2022 Jewish Rituals and Symbols Image As Jews, we have the opportunity to celebrate the New Year not once, but several times. The Jewish year has four different New Year celebrations: Rosh HaShanah, Passover, Tu BiShvat, and Elul. Many Jews also celebrate the Gregorian New Year in January. That means we get five opportunities every year to do an accounting of our soul (cheshbon hanefesh) and make resolutions for growth and betterment.

  • Sharing the Miracle of Jewish Joy
    by jemerman on December 14, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Sharing the Miracle of Jewish Joy jemerman December 14, 2022 Hanukkah Image Conversations about Hanukkah are few and far between in our ancient texts; most of what the Talmud records about Hanukkah is within a few pages in the tractate called Shabbat. But, as is so often the case, those millennia-old words have grown in significance as we prepare for Hanukkah 5783.