This post was originally published on this siteRabbis don’t always get their way. If you purchase a Torah nowadays, chances are that almost each column will start with the Hebrew letter vav. But in the Middle Ages, rabbinic authorities thought this was entirely unnecessary. The Maggid of Melbourne is an ongoing series by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper – teacher of Hasidut, community rabbi, lawyer, IDF reservist, father to six and native

This post was originally published on this site The American Muslim community has become inextricably linked to the most controversial sports story of 2016. Before an NFL preseason game in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 26, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit down rather than stand up for the traditional pregame playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Kaepernick, 28, explained afterward that his silent and entirely peaceful protest

This post was originally published on this siteBy the year 2010, Tiger Woods was a self-proclaimed collage of ethnicities, four-time golf master’s champion, Forbes List powerhouse, and a publicly convicted adulterer. Woods’ reputation as the rising phoenix of model minorities made him a household name. Where else but America could a person of color undermine the racist yarn the young country is quilted with in such a way? 2010 avalanched

This post was originally published on this siteVancouver, Canada can be an expensive Paradise. Our family is lucky to live in a diverse neighborhood, with cottages that sell for $2 million, condos that sell for $500,000, basement suites that rent for $1500 a month, cooperative apartments that rent for $750 a month, and buses to nearby homeless shelters. Here, you can’t turn away from economic inequality. You see its results

This post was originally published on this siteWhat does it mean to do that which is ‘good’ and ‘right’?  Might these two words and their Biblical meaning project something more than each individual word? Please let us know your comments and thoughts about the podcast, write us via: info@pardes.org.ilCredits: Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant Arlene Harel – Production Coordinator Dr. David Bernstein – Executive Producer

This post was originally published on this site“Be fruitful and multiply.” According to the book of Genesis, these are the first words God speaks to humanity. People have understood these words over the centuries as a commandment to procreate, and the ability to bear and raise children has been understood as a divine blessing. But what about people who can’t bear children due to biology or circumstance? Biblical scholars Candida Moss

This post was originally published on this siteAbu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Take on only as much as you can do of good deeds, for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.” Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4381

This post was originally published on this siteThe powerful, painful history of the Black Church has much to teach us as our culture continues to push the church to the margins of society. At dinner the other night, our family sat in earshot of a group of people discussing presidential politics. They were older, Caucasian, and rather conservative in their political leanings. It was clear that they, like many Americans,

This post was originally published on this siteBy Nadim Sohail Few weeks after the deadly terrorist attack in South of France that killed 86 people, a group of politicians started a controversy that became an intense national debate on the rights of Muslim to wear the famous burkini. Smile 13, a Muslim non-profit organization from Marseille were organizing a special day in a water park, reserved only for women. The

This post was originally published on this siteOne of the hardest days of incarceration may be the day it ends. The church can be there to make a difference. Two blocks from the North Carolina Capitol, a dozen women are sitting on couches in a circle. Unmarked, with dark windows and fluorescent lights overhead, the upstairs room of Raleigh’s First Presbyterian Church smells musty and damp. Alice Noell’s Job Start