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Daily Reyd

• Dr. RP Schwartz – Our yeshiva day schools have a binge-drinking problem. Here’s what we can do about it. https://www.jta.org/2021/02/23/opinion/our-yeshiva-day-schools-have-a-binge-drinking-problem-heres-what-we-can-do-about-it • R K Brodkin – The Megillah is named after only one woman https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-megillah-is-named-after-only-one-woman/ • S Savitsky – What kind of Jew are you? https://m.jpost.com/opinion/what-kind-of-jew-are-you-comment-659621/amp • NYC medical chief apologizes to the Orthodox community https://forward.com/news/464637/nyc-medical-chief-apologizes-to-the-orthodox-community-for-mishandling/ • Most ‘Nones’ Still Keep the Faith https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/february/nones-religious-unaffiliated-faith-research-church-belief.html ...

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Books Received

Hiding in Plain Sight: The story behind Megilat Esther by R. David Shabtai (Targum)   The Secret of the Torah: A Translation of Ibn Ezra’s Yesod Mora by R. Avraham Ibn Ezra, translated by R. H. Norman Strickman (Kodesh)   Because It’s Israel: An Aliyah Odyssey by Arthur Miller (JewishSelfPublishing)

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Daily Reyd

• WARNING FROM HATZOLAH: This Purim has The Potential To Again Be a “Super Spreader” Event In Our Community https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1951072/warning-from-hatzolah-this-purim-has-the-potential-to-again-be-a-super-spreader-event-in-our-community.html • G Troy – How Conservative Judaism Got Everything Right but Religion https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2021/02/how-conservative-judaism-got-everything-right-but-religion/  

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Daily Reyd

• Jewish communities in Texas battle lowest temperatures in century https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/jewish-communities-in-texas-battle-lowest-temperatures-in-century-659569 • National Council of Young Israel replaces entire board in pivot away from politics https://jewishinsider.com/2021/02/national-council-young-israel-board/ • Orthodox Amazon sellers say they’re squeezed by new 6-day-a-week shipping requirement https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/amazon-delivery-change-driving-out-orthodox-sellers • Op-ed on abortion and the Jewish faith misrepresented Jewish law https://www.cleveland.com/letters/2021/02/op-ed-on-abortion-and-the-jewish-faith-misrepresented-jewish-law.html  

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Daily Reyd

• How to move to Israel while working remotely for a US employer https://www.jta.org/2021/02/17/israel/how-to-move-to-israel-while-working-remotely-for-a-us-employer • Is Authenticity Good? https://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/torah/is-authenticity-good/2021/02/18/ • U.S. Agunot Have Reason To Celebrate https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/u-s-agunot-have-reason-to-celebrate/2021/02/18/ • When Chasidim Become Misnagdim – The Stories Less Heard http://mrlitvak.blogspot.com/2021/02/venahapoch-hu-when-chasidim-become.html  

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Daily Reyd

• R Y Levine – Why should we go back to synagogue? https://www.jta.org/2021/02/17/opinion/why-should-we-go-back-to-synagogue • Overnight camps can open this year, NY governor announces https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/overnight-camps-can-open-this-year-ny-governor-announces • Obvious points. Very difficult to execute successfully – A North American Conservative Judaism for the next generation https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-north-american-conservative-judaism-for-the-next-generation/ • Scaled-down Passover resorts book up, but refunds are still an issue https://forward.com/news/464239/scaled-down-passover-resorts-book-up-but-refunds-are-still-an-issue/ • Shabbos, Yarmulkes, And Kiddush Hashem – An ...

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Daily Reyd

• It turns out that general society watches how Orthodox Jews act and discusses it. Imagine if we took that into account in our behavior – ‘How Many Funerals Will Come Out of This One?’ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/02/17/world/middleeast/israel-orthodox-jews-haredim.html • Alliance of religious schools in Cook County arranges for vaccines for all full-time employees https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/vaccine/ct-coronavirus-vaccine-cook-county-religious-schools-20210216-cd756dzjevedlavxokjsdjjhsq-story.html • Rabbonim Of Chicago: No Collecting In Chicago This Purim ...

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Daily Reyd

• Lakewood Yeshiva Cancels Massive Purim Mesiba; Rabbonim Issue “Kol Koreh”; Bochrim Should Not Go Collecting https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1948510/lakewood-yeshiva-cancels-massive-purim-mesiba-rabbonim-issue-kol-koreh-bochrim-should-not-go-collecting.html • Y Rosenblum – Dealing With Disappointment https://beyondbt.com/2021/02/11/dealing-with-disappointment/ • Equality Act puts Christian hiring policies in ‘jeopardy’: ADF https://www.christianpost.com/news/equality-act-puts-christian-hiring-policies-in-jeopardy-adf.html • Jewish camps are ready to open this summer. Will states let them? https://forward.com/news/464019/jewish-camps-are-ready-to-open-this-summer-will-states-let-them/ • So, Who Were the Khazars? https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/history/articles/history-detective-shapira-khazars

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Daily Reyd

• Not so much a Kiddush Hashem – Covid: Rabbi urges pause to ultra-Orthodox wedding parties https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56040572 • Letter to the Editor: A Response to Rabbi Blau https://yucommentator.org/2021/02/letter-to-the-editor-a-response-to-rabbi-blau/ • Arizona Jewish Post shuts down after 75 years https://www.jta.org/2021/02/11/united-states/arizona-jewish-post-shuts-down-after-75-years  

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Daily Reyd

• ‘In Review’ — The Final Article by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski https://hamodia.com/2021/02/11/review-final-article-rabbi-abraham-j-twerski/ • Some Lessons about Cancel Culture from a Former Refusenik https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/02/some-lessons-about-cancel-culture-from-a-former-refusenik/ • How gay rights, religious privilege debates threaten church-state partnerships https://www.deseret.com/indepth/2021/2/11/22276434/the-past-and-future-of-church-state-partnerships-government-faith-based-initiative-bush-biden-trump  

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