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Pictures of Women

I have discussed in the past the disheartening practice of some periodicals to omit completely pictures of women. This enters a complex sociological arena with competing concerns. Some people are trying to change this, using financial incentives to advance the interests of a broad public. Current subscribers are demanding the practice change and others are agreeing to subscribe if the ...

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Does Money Create A Sale?

by R. Gidon Rothstein 26 Adar: Chatam Sofer on Whether Money Does or Doesn’t Create a Sale Halachah is meant to be a complete system, applicable to all areas of life. That includes monetary transactions, and I perhaps don’t often enough include responsa where a meshiv is asked to rule on such financial questions. These can seem less “religious,” and ...

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All the Days of Your Life

by R. Ira Bedzow When one first reads Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah’s statement, “Behold I am about seventy years old, and I have never been worthy to [find a reason] why the Exodus from Egypt should be mentioned at nighttime until ben Zoma expounded it,” the first thought is to consider the focus of this section to be on the ...

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Minhag America and American Nationalism

by R. Gil Student In 1857, a leading reform-minded rabbi in America, Isaac Mayer Wise, published a prayer book he called Minhag America. With this publication, he attempted to unify American Jews around a single text of prayer, which of course faced immediate opposition and eventual failure. More radical reformers felt the book was too traditional and more traditional Jews ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:12

by Joel Rich Part of the challenge of the modern world, I think, is breaking out of the manic oscillation between authority and personal freedom, finding not so much a middle ground, but a balance, however fraught, between the two. W. Kolbrenner (Me-Amen) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ It seems to me the halachic definition of anoos (“circumstances beyond one’s ...

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The Student-Centered Classroom and Why You Should Care

by Alexandra Fleksher The classroom is filled with noise.  Students are on the floor in circles, crouched in corners, and walking about, engrossed in discussion.  Books are open, papers are being scribbled upon, and pages are being flipped as the students are taking active responsibility for the learning task at hand.  If you have ever seen a classroom like this, ...

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