How SVARA Is Making Talmudic Learning Accessible

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My first solo outing as a new mom was to a gathering of queer Jews studying Talmud in a heimisch, if simple, room in Brooklyn. It was September 2019, back when gathering with a bunch of unmasked folks for hummus, tortilla chips, and Talmud study was a harmless activity. The gathering was part of an […]

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New Site Takes Deep-Dive Into Important Jewish Issue

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Nowadays, the easiest ways to read up on ideas circulating in the Jewish zeitgeist are to skim tweets; skim catchy headlines on op-eds; or occasionally skim the op-eds themselves.  But that experience isn’t necessarily fulfilling or educational. There’s only so much that can be said in 280 characters or in a 1,000 word limit, and […]

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They Say ‘The Jews Didn’t Fight.’ Here’s The Real Story.

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Last week was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Established by the U.N. for January 27, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army. And as every year, we will hear the speeches, we will remember the 6 million innocent Jewish victims, and the 5 million additional minority victims, and we will honor […]

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Rep. Phillips: Capitol Siege ‘Most Horrifying Moments Of My Life’

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Twenty-four hours after a group of terrorists, encouraged by President Donald Trump to go to the U.S. Capitol, took over the building and sent congress into lockdown, Minnesota’s Third-District Congressman Dean Phillips called the day the most horrifying moment of his life. “When you run for Congress and take the oath of office, we know […]

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JCRC Condemns Insurrection in Washington, D.C.

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Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement: “For American democracy — its wellspring, its tree of life—is the peaceful transition of presidential power from one president to another. “Today’s deadly riots that engulfed the Capitol complex in Washington D.C., and the protests […]

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A New Delhi Hanukkah Miracle

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I’m standing in a vaguely dirty room, by the take-a-book-leave-a-book shelves. The smell of dust, sweat, and fried dough tickle my nostrils. The room, which is sort of lit by stubborn yellow bulbs, is lined with overstuffed couches. These are littered with scarves, backpacks, dirty clothes, books, maps. The miscellaneous stuff of backpackers. This place […]

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Virtual Ingenuity: How the 248 Global Summit Brought Us Together

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Hi from my couch (Poland) – Magda Rubenfeld!” “Hello from St Petersburg, Russia – Nadia Bezuevskaia!” “Rehovot is here:) – Pola Barkan!” “Hello from Majorca Island, SPAIN – Dani Rotstein!” The chat screen lit up with places all over the world. Everyone was gathered for the 248 Community Action Network (248) Global Summit on Sunday, […]

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Where Was the “Peace” 400 Years Ago?

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(Editor’s note: This piece contains strong language) My father is the most peaceful man I know. A few years ago, he came home from the watch store, and told us that the owner had said to him, “What would people think if they walked in and saw a nigger working here?” after my father had […]

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Running With An Idea

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Five weeks into our quarantine and I feel that my family has been doing what everyone else is doing. We adopted a new kitten, started an herb garden, and tried camping in the backyard. We walk and scooter at least once daily and had a family Zoom Seder. And we bake a lot of banana […]

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