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This will impact Shabbos, bringing back the biblical prohibition of lighting an incandescent bulb as opposed to the rabbinic prohibition of fluorescent bulbs – Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12093545/Return-of-incandescent-light-bulbs-as-MIT-makes-them-more-efficient-than-LEDs.html Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the ...

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Torah protects! A victim fends off a terrorist attack with Sefer Ve-Zos Ha-Berakhah on blessings – Youth stabs, lightly injures Jewish man in Marseille http://www.jta.org/2016/01/11/news-opinion/world/youth-stabs-lightly-injures-jew-in-marseille Youth stabs, lightly injures Jew in Marseille Victim, who was wearing a kippah, was assaulted with a machete knife near a municipal building. End to separate burial for fallen soldiers whose Jewishness is in doubt ...

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Dutch chief rabbi: Rabbinical pro-Christian statement ‘goes too far’ http://www.jta.org/2016/01/08/news-opinion/world/dutch-chief-rabbi-rabbinical-pro-christian-statement-goes-too-far Dutch chief rabbi: Rabbinical pro-Christian statement ‘goes too far’ Binyomin Jacobs, who was knighted for interfaith work, said that a statement by 50 rabbis who called Christianity God’s will ‘went too far.’ Celebrating Birth of 100th Great-Grandchild: “This is our response to Hitler” http://jewishmom.com/2015/01/20/celebrating-birth-of-100th-great-grandchild-this-is-our-response-to-hitler/ Celebrating Birth of 100th Great-Grandchild: “This ...

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R J Sacks: Religion Is Unlikely to Go Away Anytime Soon http://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2016/01/religion-is-unlikely-to-go-away-anytime-soon/ Religion Is Unlikely to Go Away Anytime Soon Although its demise has been predicted for over 200 years. Single-sex education: row erupts after head criticises girls’ schools http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jan/05/single-sex-education-row-head-richard-cairns-criticises-girls-schools Single-sex education: row erupts after head criticises girls’ schools Richard Cairns sparks anger by suggesting pupils are at ‘huge disadvantage’ ...

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Interview with Prof L Schiffman – Bible Expert’s Surprising Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernard-starr/bible-experts-surprising_b_8905154.html Bible Expert’s Surprising Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament It’s well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus’ Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the Sanhedrin, the ruling ...

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Book Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Life around Golders Green Synagogue http://www.jewishpress.com/news/book-celebrating-100-years-of-jewish-life-around-golders-green-synagogue/2016/01/04/ Book Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Life around Golders Green Synagogue The congregation was served at one point by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who later went on to become Chief Rabbi of the UK. Interesting application of a Torah concept: Why too much evidence can be a bad thing ...

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First Yeshivat Maharat graduate to call herself ‘rabbi’ hired by Orthodox synagogue First Yeshivat Maharat graduate to call herself ‘rabbi’ hired by Orthodox synagogue Lila Kagedan, who was ordained this summer by the Open Orthodox seminary, declined to identify the American congregation who hired her. Conservative Judaism hires marketers to give it a makeover Conservative Judaism hires marketers to give ...

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Reyd: Defending the Traditional Beis Medrash Curriculum – at YU and Everywhere Else

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   In my opinion, yeshiva graduates can’t be ignorant of Bible, Hebrew grammar, Jewish history and Jewish philosophy. There should be classes on those subjects that don’t interfere with regular Talmudic studies. In my day, YU had Bible, Jewish history, Mishnah Berurah and Hebrew language requirements but nothing for philosophy. And every third year was a Talmudic tractate with practical ...

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