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Religion & Philosophy

  • Kabbalah theme of Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn

    By jwadmin on May 8, 2018
    ALBANY–Kabbalah will be the focus of Congregation Beth Emeth’s Lunch and Learn series on the Wednesdays of May 16 and 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Albany synagogue on 100 Academy Rd. Mystic, author and artist Heather Mendel will discuss and offer her insights regarding the ‘what, how and why’ of Jewish mysticism. In addition, Mendel will address […]
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  • An employee at the Anne Frank House asked to wear a kippah. He waited 6 months for an answer.

    By jwadmin on April 25, 2018
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ AMSTERDAM (JTA) – When Barry Vingerling asked his employers at the Anne Frank House whether it was okay for him to start coming to work wearing a kippah, he did it mostly as a courtesy. “I hadn’t expected this to be an issue,” Vingerling, 25, told the Dutch-Jewish NIW weekly in an interview. “I work at the house of […]
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  • Rabbi Rick Jacobs to speak at Beth Emeth as part of congregation’s 180th anniversary

    By jwadmin on April 18, 2018
    ALBANY–Union for Reformed Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs will speak at Temple Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany Friday, April 27, as part of the congregation’s 180th anniversary celebration. The program, which is open to the public, will begin with a 5:30 p.m. service, followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. and then a presentation by Jacobs at 7:15 p.m. As […]
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  • Pure commitment to Torah

    By jwadmin on February 19, 2018
    By MORDECHAI LEWIS  “You shall command the Children of Israel that they shall bring to you pure olive oil, that is pressed to… light a candle continuously.” Why did the olive oil have to be pressed? Rashi says, “Only oil for lighting had to be pressed rather than ground because this oil had to be absolutely pure, without olive particles […]
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  • The civil conversations project

    By jwadmin on February 7, 2018
    Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli — Holy Envy February 1, 2018 The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. One of them is that all over this country, synagogues and mosques, Muslims and Jews, have been coming to know one another. […]
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  • What really happened at the original Trefa Banquet

    By jwadmin on January 17, 2018
    By JONATHAN D. SARNA BOSTON (JTA) – In an article written for J: The Jewish News of Northern California and republished by JTA, David A.M. Wilensky describes with gusto the supposedly mouthwatering delicacies, including Peanut Butter Pie with Bacon and Pulled Pork Potato Kugel, consumed this month by “rabbis and foodies” at the Trefa Banquet 2.0 in San Francisco —complete with a communal […]
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  • After Rubashkin, Orthodox Jews should be working to create sentencing reform

    By jwadmin on January 13, 2018
    By ADENA BERKOWITZ NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the kosher slaughterhouse executive who served eight years in prison on bank fraud and money laundering charges, resulted in a vigorous communal discussion, especially within the Orthodox community. There was a great deal of relief among those who felt his original sentence […]
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  • How do you define anti-Semitism? It’s complicated.

    By jwadmin on January 3, 2018
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA)As I wrote soon after the arrest of Michael Kadar, the Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in early 2017 : “[T]he JCC bomb threat hoax wasn’t just an isolated swastika daubing — it was an ongoing story affecting Jewish institutions in nearly every American Jewish community. It shaped a communal […]
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  • This rabbinical student is explaining Judaism to Muslims—in Arabic

    By jwadmin on January 3, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? These are just a few of the questions Elhanan Miller has heard over the years. A fluent Arabic speaker and former Arab […]
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  • Orthodox Union says women don’t need to be rabbis to be leaders

    By jwadmin on October 25, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) – The Orthodox Union is founding its own division to advance women as congregational leaders, as well as to promote Jewish study and communal participation for women in Modern Orthodoxy. The announcement comes nearly nine months after the group, an umbrella association of centrist Orthodox synagogues, issued a ruling banning those synagogues from hiring […]
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