Posts Tagged ‘Talmud’

Internet Background with Binary Code and Vitruvian Man - represents Parshat Shoftim and the Torah's prohibition against mutilating the body for a healthy body and soul.

Weekly Torah Portion – The Body Is Sacred

Parshat Shoftim: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-52:12 This week’s Torah portion introduces the prohibition against mutilating or harming one’s body as a sign of mourning. Our rabbis explain that we may not mutilate our bodies because they are, in fact, not ours. They are God’s body and God’s soul, which He placed within specially designed physical…

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Men pray at the Western Wall in 1929. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tisha B’Av 101

myjewishlearning.com Tisha b’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av (this year July 22), is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar. Although many disasters are said to have befallen the Jews on this day, the major commemoration is of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in…

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american politics and divisiveness

Commentary: It’s Time To Return To Civility

The toxic level of divisiveness in American political life today is driving families and friends apart and hurting our country. The hatefulness and intolerance that fuel it must be called out wherever they appear. Let’s stop looking for someone to blame and start looking in the mirror! It showed up in our own community when…

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Tishah b’Av Shabbat

Weekly Torah Portion – From Sorrow To Joy

Parshat D’varim: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-27. This Shabbat coincides with the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar. Known in Hebrew as Tishah b’Av, it is the day on which we annually mark the destruction of both holy temples in Jerusalem by fasting and mourning. This year, however, since it coincides with Shabbat, not only…

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Letters – July 5, 2018

Welcome, Rabbi Lopatin I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article “Mixed Welcome” (page 10, June 21, 2018, issue). Our Metro Detroit Jewish community is distinguished by its diversity and inclusion. There is practically a place of worship for each and every Jew, and with the addition of Rabbi Asher Lopatin and his wife, Rachel, a real…

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Larry Bacow/courtesy Harvard University

Scholar and Mentsh

Kim Lifton Special to the Jewish News Son of Detroit Jewish immigrants will bring a vibrant voice to Harvard as its next president. The official residence of Harvard University’s president has had a rich history of owners and tenants since its construction in 1767, including the father of gerrymandering, an owner of plantations in Antigua,…

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My Brother & Kate Spade (Thoughts on Suicide)

Almost 18 years ago, my youngest brother, Tom, died by suicide; he shot himself in the head. A recovering heroin addict who’d been clean 13 years, he relapsed after my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Not long before that, he had fallen in love with a woman who later left him, and he sank…

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Orthodox Jews. Modern Orthodox

What is Orthodox Judaism?

Some of the consternation regarding Modern Orthodox Rabbi Asher Lopatin stems in no small part from a lack of familiarity with the history and development of Orthodox Judaism itself. The term “orthodox,” derived from the Greek words orthos (correct) and doxa (belief or path), means “the correct belief” or “correct path.” Orthodox Judaism insists there…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Building Trust

Parshat Naso: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25. Jealousy — it is the “jaundice of the soul” as Dryden said. It is “a monster begot upon itself, born on itself” as Shakespeare proclaimed. The Hebrew word for jealousy is Kin’ah — and in this week’s Torah portion, we see the disastrous effects of what jealousy or suspicion…

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Rabbi Jared and Sarit Anstandig

Jewish@edu – Back In Michigan

Michael Weiss } Special to the Jewish News Rabbi Jared Anstandig returns to join the Ann Arbor Jewish community. After 35 years under the leadership of retiring Rabbi Rod Glogower, the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan (AAOM) and University of Michigan Hillel are preparing this summer to welcome Rabbi Jared Anstandig to the new leadership role…

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