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Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am

Exodus 33:12-34:26; Maftir Numbers 29:17-22


Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein for ReformJudaism.org


The Sukkah and the Jewish Experience


The biblical explanation for the sukkah is that the Israelites were commanded to dwell in these habitations for one week during the year “in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I the Eternal your God” (Leviticus 23:43). This dwelling in “booths” is not just a historical fact that has to be learned, like the account of the binding of Isaac as read on Rosh HaShanah, or the bravery of Mordecai and Esther as read in the M’gillah on Purim. It is more like matzah and maror eaten on Pesach, a message so important that it must be not only learned and memorized, but also experienced, year after year. And the reason for this is that it is not simply part of the distant past. It is a lesson with ongoing experience. Let us focus on two aspects of the sukkah as a symbol of Jewish experience not just millennia ago, but bearing a message of ongoing significance.

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Harvard’s Jewish president wants to restore faith in higher education

Young-Adults - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Penny Schwartz for JTA


Lawrence Bacow, who began his new position as the Harvard president on July 1, and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, plan to spend some of the High Holidays at religious services at the Ivy League school’s Hillel. The Jewish couple met on the campus more than 40 years ago, when Bacow began Harvard Law School, he recalled.


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7 fantastic reasons to put Beersheva on your travel itinerary

LGBTQ - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Nicknamed B7, the unofficial capital of the Negev is emerging as an alternative cultural destination to bigger sisters Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.


When Gabe Axler and Ravit Greenberg moved to Israel from Chicago seven years ago, they banded together with other young couples to create an intentional community in the heart of Beersheva, the multiethnic unofficial capital of the Negev.


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Remembering the Emmys’ First Best Actress Winner

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 
 

Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women


Last week, many of us were glued to our TVs for the 70th annual Emmy Awards, waiting to see whether Rachel Brosnahan wins her first Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. But if you rooted for the star of the Jewish-est show on television, why not take the opportunity to learn about the winner of the very first Emmy for best actress, Gertrude Berg?

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SHABBAT MENU - SUKKOT COMFORT

Jewish-Food - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 
By TAMAR GENGER MA, RD for JoyofKosher 


The Sukkot holiday has a strong connection to agriculture.  It is a harvest festival and the perfect time to celebrate the rich bounty of the land with a vegetarian feast for Shabbat.  Maybe its just me, but don't we all need a little break from the abundance of meat?

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7 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Simchat Torah

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

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Simchat Torah is next week. Start planning.


After the High Holidays, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret, it’s time for Simchat Torah, the "Celebration of the Torah." On this special day, Jewish people around the world celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of the Torah reading. Many synagogues even unroll the entire Torah scroll for everyone to look at.

Since Simchat Torah is a joyful holiday, there are lots of wonderful ways to involve kids. Traditionally families dance, decorate flags, and start the next annual cycle of reading. Here are seven ways to mark Simchat Torah with your family:

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The Jewish Women Writers Who Made Their Mark on Café Culture

Jewish-Books - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
Shachar Pinsker is writing here as part of Jewish Book Council's Visiting Scribe series.


When I did research for my previous book Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, I asked myself: Where did Jewish writers and intellectuals who migrated to large cities at the turn of the 20th century live and work? Where did they find inspiration and a place to meet others? The answer I kept coming to repeatedly was the coffeehouse. I discovered that not only the allure of the café was very strong, but that it became a key site for the creation of modern Jewish culture, which is how I came to write my new book, A Rich Brew.

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Israeli medical team brings CPR skills to Africa

Israeli-News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


The Rambam team taught their local counterparts CPR equipment maintenance, case-management techniques, and basic and advanced resuscitation methods.


Into a country where medicine, manpower and equipment are all in short supply came the Israelis. Their goal: to teach advanced CPR in the heart of Africa.


A senior delegation from the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa recently gave an emergency medicine course to local doctors and nursing staff in the village of Nakuru, Kenya.


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A Twisted Thing: An Interfaith Story

Interfaith - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
From JewsForJudaism.org


Note: The following letter was sent to us by a visitor to our site in response to an earlier “issue“. We invite others to share their viewpoints with us.

The pasuk (verse) says: A twisted thing cannot be straightened, and that which is missing cannot be numbered. (Koheles 1:15).


My story is a different sort of an interfaith story. It does not include struggling with the December dilemma or deciding whether the children should go to church or temple, or Christmas trees and latkes, or “a celebration of our differences.”

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John V. Lindsay Builds a Sukkah

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am

For more articles, recipes, crafts, and Sukkot ideas visit Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide.
 


By Jeffrey F. Taffet for Tablet Magazine


How a liberal mayor learned to embrace Jews’ international and cultural concerns to court their vote, and changed New York City politics


On the eve of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, with the 2017 New York City mayoral contest already in full swing, it is instructive to reflect on the impact that a similar coincidence had on a mayor’s race nearly 50 years ago, and on the nature and influence of the solidly Democratic yet independent-minded Jewish political base that proved decisive in that election. In 1969, New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay needed Jewish voters to win his reelection bid. But in the months before the election, survey and anecdotal evidence suggested that Jewish support at the polls would not be forthcoming. Many Jews had come to believe that Lindsay had not been effective and, more importantly, that he had little interest in supporting their particular interests.

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An elevator tech that could save lives in a high-rise fire

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c

 

Seventeen years after 9/11, an Israeli startup is testing its solution to turn the elevator into a traveling ‘safe room’ that can facilitate rescue operations.

 

When there’s a fire in a high-rise building, safety rules dictate that you don’t take the elevator. You head for the stairs instead. But what if using the elevator could actually be the fastest – and safest – way to evacuate a building on fire?

 

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In ‘Tracking Edith,’ how an Austrian Jewish woman turned unpaid Communist spy

Feature-Article - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By ANNE JOSEPH for The Times of Israel


Released this summer in the UK and screening in Tel Aviv in March, Peter Jungk’s documentary on his mysterious photographer great aunt is a dark picture of Soviet espionage


LONDON — Every family has its secrets, says writer and director Peter Stephan Jungk at the opening of his gripping documentary, “Tracking Edith.” His family’s was revealed only decades later.


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A Very Jewish Town Feuds Over Israel Like Only Jews Can

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Aiden Pink for The Forward
 

Newton, Massachusetts is one of the most Jewish cities in the United States, with Jews making up between 20-30% of the Boston suburb’s population. Newton is so Jewish that there’s a part of town with three synagogues in a one-block radius. Newton is so Jewish that its Jewish population is not only mentioned on its Wikipedia page but also on Urban Dictionary. Newton is so Jewish that people, without any irony whatsoever, call it “Jewton.”

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Haazinu

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am

Deuteronomy 32:1–52 


By Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein for ReformJudaism.org


Remember the Days of Old


Haazinu is powerful poetry, often difficult both in its language and in its message. The verses near the beginning of the parashah seem less a farewell address from Moses than a prophetic diatribe and fearsome warning. The basic pattern is clear: it speaks of the unmerited, beneficent gifts God gave to the people of Israel, their insensitive lack of gratitude and betrayal of their Benefactor, and the resulting divine anger leading God to a promise of frightful punishments, stopping just short of annihilation (Deuteronomy 32:8–26). The message is that in times when things seem to be going well, when the Jewish people are prospering, thriving economically, comfortable with their lives, they are most likely to forsake the Eternal and turn to false gods that begin to demand their loyalty and allegiance. Each generation may indeed draw a message for themselves about the implications regarding their own society.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE JULIA SALAZAR DRAMA

Young-Adults - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Emily Burack for HeyAlma.com


Julia Salazar, the 29-year-old candidate for New York State Senate, can’t seem to stay out of the news.

Self-identified as a Latina Jewish millennial and democratic socialist, Salazar was poised to become “the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” As The New York Times reported, “Like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Salazar is young and Latina, poised and progressive, and a democratic socialist.

 

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How Jewish LGBT Weddings May Improve Straight Ones

LGBTQ - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY HAVIVA NER-DAVID for myjewishlearning.com 


Heterosexual couples have much to learn from gay ones when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.


As a straight post-denominational rabbi who has advocated for women’s rights and gay rights in Jewish ritual practice, and who has done much work in the area of Jewish marriage and divorce, I think that straight couples have much to learn from gay couples when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.

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In ‘Unsettling,’ Leftist Filmmaker Embeds in a West Bank Settlement

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY ROSANNE SKIRBLE for Moment


Founded in 1976, Tekoa is one of the oldest Jewish settlements on the West Bank. About an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, it is a world apart, isolated in the Judean Hills and surrounded by Arab villages. Tekoa is a small town whose settlers wrestle with the ongoing controversy about their right to live there. But politics isn’t the only driver that brings people here. Residents say Tekoa is a good place to raise a family and are attracted to the sense of community and affordable lifestyle. Many residents have lived there all their lives.

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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Jewish-Food - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
 
This recipe is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

It comes from JENNY SANSOUCI on HealthyCrush.com


A wonderful fall meal, easy to make and fun to eat in a sukkah or just for Sukkot.


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Build a Mini (Edible) Sukkah

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

By Brenda Ponnay for ToriAvey.com

 


A sukkah is a temporary hut, or booth, built especially for the week-long Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. In the Torah, in Leviticus, God commands the Jews to build “booths” and live in them during the festival of Sukkot. This temporary structure is known as a sukkah; it is constructed with three or four walls and a roof known as a “schach” made from natural organic materials. Traditionally, Jewish families decorate the sukkah with a variety of decorations including homemade ornaments, paintings, and streamers.

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Historic Mysteries in ‘Strangers in Budapest’

Jewish-Books - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Stewart Kampel for Hadassah Magazine

 


Strangers in Budapest: A Novel By Jessica Keener

 

The year is 1995 and Hungarians are still adjusting to victory after the bitter revolt that freed them from Soviet dominance and the shackles of communism. Eager would-be capitalists are flocking to Budapest, the legendary city.

 

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