The Blatt

Daily Reyd

• N Lewin – Religious observance redux https://www.jns.org/opinion/religious-observance-redux/ • How ancient Jewish law has influenced pedestrian planning in West Rogers Park https://chi.streetsblog.org/2021/01/05/how-ancient-jewish-law-has-influenced-pedestrian-planning-in-west-rogers-park/ • Vol. 2, No. 1: January 2021 · Reviews in Digital Humanities  https://reviewsindh.pubpub.org/v2-n1

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New App Features

Last year, we released the free Torah Musings app for iOS and Android devices (announcement). We have started adding more features. You can now access a selection of video and audio shiurim on their respective tabs on the app (these are not available on the Torah Musings website). More features to come… Usage note: To refresh tabs in the app, ...

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Daily Reyd

• Dr E Brown – Friendship After COVID https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/01/friendship-after-covid • US immigration to Israel holds up in 2020 despite pandemic, and interest is surging https://www.jta.org/2021/01/04/israel/us-immigration-to-israel-holds-up-in-2020-despite-pandemic-and-interest-is-surging • The Age of Anxiety https://jewishaction.com/health/wellness-report/the-age-of-anxiety/

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Daily Reyd

• R Eis – Kosher Slaughter and True Religious Freedom https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/01/kosher-slaughter-and-true-religious-freedom • When Jewish Women Took to the Streets for Affordable Kosher Meat https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/01/when-jewish-women-took-to-the-streets-for-affordable-kosher-meat/ • One the sea change in the lives of Israeli Charedi women – “Noble Women”: Matter and Spirit in the Lives of Charedi Women https://iyun.org.il/en/article/the-charedi-noble-woman/ • Counterpoint on the same subject – Keeping Hold of What We’ve Got https://iyun.org.il/en/article/the-charedi-noble-woman/hold-on-to-what-weve-got/

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Books Received

Illuminating Jewish Thought Vol 1 Faith, Philosophy and Knowledge of God by R. Netanel Wiederblank (Maggid) Exodus: A Parsha Companion by R. David Forhman (Maggid)

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Write Your Way Home: The Torah Guide to Therapeutic Writing

Join the thousands of readers all around the world who have discovered the transformative power of therapeutic writing! With clear and simple to follow exercises, you can learn to use writing to develop inner peace, transform your relationships and connect to Hashem. No writing experience necessary! Write Your Way Home: The Torah Guide to Therapeutic Writing For the Torah observant reader, ...

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Daily Reyd

• M Krakowski – The War Against the Haredim https://www.city-journal.org/yeshiva-education • Starting a new job as a rabbi during the pandemic? It’s not easy https://www.jta.org/2020/12/29/united-states/starting-a-new-job-as-a-rabbi-during-a-pandemic-that-has-shuttered-synagogues-not-easy • How Bible Critics Misread the Bible—Even by Their Own Standards https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2020/12/how-the-bible-critics-misread-the-bible-even-by-their-own-standards/ • Federal appeals court strikes down New York’s capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID cases https://www.jta.org/2020/12/28/politics/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-new-yorks-capacity-limits-on-houses-of-worship-in-areas-with-rising-covid-cases • A year after attack, Monsey Jews are arming ...

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Daily Reyd

• Rav Hershel Schachter comments at the beginning of this shiur about his taking the vaccine from what he thought was a legitimate source – Halacha’s Traditional Approach to Vaccines and All Medical Issues http://www.torahweb.org/audio/rsch_122720_video.html • Federal appeals court strikes down New York’s capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID cases https://www.jta.org/2020/12/28/politics/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-new-yorks-capacity-limits-on-houses-of-worship-in-areas-with-rising-covid-cases • This could be an important ...

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Daily Reyd

• T Sinensky – From Boys to Men https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/12/from-boys-to-men • Y Hoffman – The Vaccine Scandal, the CDC, and Murder https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1932616/the-vaccine-scandal-the-cdc-and-murder.html • J Frager – Kudos to the National Council of Young Israel https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/12/28/kudos-to-the-national-council-of-young-israel/ • Bergenfield’s Gershon Distenfeld Heads to World Series of Poker https://jewishlink.news//community-news/bergen/41295-bergenfield-s-gershon-distenfeld-heads-to-world-series-of-poker

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