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• R DZ Feldman – IP Halakhah https://blogs.yu.edu/news/ip-halakhah/ • R A Males – Singing the Hadassim Blues in Memphis | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Life https://www.ou.org/life/holidays/sukkot/singing-the-hadassim-blues-in-memphis/ • R E Krakowski – What Did the Rabbis Have to Say About Anti-Semitism? https://jewishaction.com/jewish-world/what-did-the-rabbis-have-to-say-about-anti-semitism/ • R Z Eleff – Youth and the YU Idea https://yucommentator.org/2019/10/youth-and-the-yu-idea/ • R A Lamm – Israel’s Political ...

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• SCOTUS Considers Religious Liberty-LGBT Rights Balance https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/october/scotus-lgbt-rights-religious-liberty-bostock-zarda-harris.html • Troublesome development. Always buy a mezuzah with a good hechsher – The ranks of women serving as soferot, or female scribes who write holy texts, grows https://www.jewishexponent.com/2019/10/08/the-growing-ranks-of-female-scribes/ • F Nataf – Time for a crash course on religious toleration https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/time-for-a-crash-course-on-religious-toleration/ • Tea lights – Responsum: Best to light electric candles in ...

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• Why YU Needs a Rosh Yeshiva https://yucommentator.org/2019/10/why-yu-needs-a-rosh-yeshiva/ • Working for JOFA – Second Orthodox woman rabbi takes teaching role in London https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/second-orthodox-woman-rabbi-takes-teaching-role-in-london-1.489845 • Can we keep Trump out of Yom Kippur? https://www.jns.org/opinion/can-we-keep-trump-out-of-yom-kippur/ • Some 68,000 secular and religious Israelis to pray together on Yom Kippur – Jewish Telegraphic Agency https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/some-68000-secular-and-religious-israelis-to-pray-together-on-yom-kippur • Civil Court Can’t Decide What “Torah Law” Means, ...

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• I’ve been saying this for years. Women not counting for a minyan cannot and will not stand among the Open Orthodox – Tenth for a minyan https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/tenth-for-a-minyan/ • I’m not sure whether this is good or bad – Rabbinate DNA tests seek Jewishness in the blood, become a bone of contention https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbinate-dna-tests-seek-jewishness-in-the-blood-become-a-bone-of-contention/ • One non-Orthodox rabbi’s idiosyncratic views on ...

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• D Bashevkin in WSJ – #MeToo Should Include #SinToo https://www.wsj.com/articles/metoo-should-include-sintoo-11570142981 • Technology Lessons From Recent Headlines http://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/33656-technology-lessons-from-recent-headlines • The idea that God — or someone — is always watching comes to life with technology https://religionnews.com/2019/10/03/the-idea-that-god-or-someone-is-always-watching-comes-to-life-with-technology/ • A Home Smart System That Helps With Religious Observances https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-home-smart-system-that-helps-with-religious-observances-11570026331 • Porn Culture and Political Courage | Terry Schilling https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/10/porn-culture-and-political-courage • A Folger ...

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• Amen ve-amen – Y Aumann – Yeshivas Must Be Held Accountable to Provide a Secular Education https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/10/03/yeshivas-must-be-held-accountable-to-provide-a-secular-education/ • Avital C-G: ‘I’m Not Really Supposed To Be Here’: Orthodox Mothers On Nursing In Shul https://forward.com/life/faith/432548/breastfeeding-orthodox-synagogue/ • Rise of the vegan Jew https://www.cjnews.com/food/rise-of-the-vegan-jew • Over 130,000 Jews of Sephardic heritage applied for Spanish citizenship under law of return https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/over-130000-jews-of-sephardic-heritage-applied-for-spanish-citizenship-under-law-of-return • A ...

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• Refuah shelemah – J Rosenblum – Catching My Breath At Sinai On Rosh Hashanah https://forward.com/culture/432422/catching-my-breath-at-sinai-on-rosh-hashanah/ • D Bashevkin – Rosh Hashanah is how we prove our humanity. Are you ready? https://www.jta.org/2019/09/27/opinion/rosh-hashanah-is-how-we-prove-our-humanity-are-you-ready • This should be obvious but sadly is not – Religion for Adults Means Embracing Complexity https://www.wsj.com/articles/religion-for-adults-means-embracing-complexity-11569599979 • Rabbis join call to cut single-use plastic, starting with religious ...

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Texts: The Akedah’s Message

In his article on LGBT and Halachah, Prof. Aaron Koller says that he doubts Akedas Yitzchak, the binding of Isaac (Gen. 22), is about sacrificing one’s family (literally or figuratively) for God’s plan. After all, he points out, in the end Avraham did not sacrifice Yitzchak. Prof Koller direct readers to his forthcoming book on the subject, which I have ...

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• Chief Rabbi urges more ‘menschedik’ behaviour amid ‘toxic’ Brexit atmosphere https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/chief-rabbi-urges-more-menschedik-behaviour-amid-toxic-brexit-atmosphere/ • Depends on how you define Jewish – Jewish population worldwide hits 14.8 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah https://www.jns.org/jewish-population-worldwide-hits-14-8-million-ahead-of-rosh-hashanah/ • Don’t Enjoy Being Single https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/dont-enjoy-being-single/2019/09/26/ • A bee-keeping rabbi explains what the buzz is all about https://www.jns.org/a-bee-keeping-rabbi-explains-what-the-buzz-is-all-about/ • Creating options and opportunities for haredi youth to serve in ...

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• Jury Finds Rabbi Greer Guilty https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/greer_criminal_verdict/ • Joachim Gans, the First Practicing Jew to Set Foot in North America, Finally Gets His Due https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-first-practicing-jew-america-finally-gets-his-due-180973186/ • YUTorah Online – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur To-Go https://www.yutorah.org/togo/roshhashana/ • Rabbi evicted from Krakow synagogue must be allowed back, Polish court rules https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/rabbi-evicted-from-krakow-synagogue-must-be-allowed-back-polish-court-rules • Interesting Christian perspective – Another Look at the ‘Least ...

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