Artscroll Goes Digital

 Last week on the Jewish Techs blog I wrote about the Shabbat implications of e-readers from a Halachik (Jewish legal) perspective. Now Artscroll, one of the largest publishing houses of Orthodox books including holy texts, has announced it will begin digitizing its collection. Of course, those issues concerning Shabbat and holiday use will come into play for the majority of Artscroll's readership.

New Theater Troupe Dark On Sabbath

Company called 24/6, first of its kind here, to focus on Jewish-themed plays.

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It may be largely a Jewish invention, but the theater in New York has never run on a Jewish schedule. Jewish theater artists have often had to choose between keeping the Sabbath and building a career on the stage, where weekend performances are not just the norm, but the box office bread and butter.

Now comes 24/6, the first theater company in New York that will not require its members to rehearse or perform on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

The 24/6 team: Yoni Oppenheim, Jesse Freedman and Avi Soroka.

When Technology & Shabbat Collide, Give the Benefit of the Doubt

This past Sunday, the president of New York University issued a mass e-mail apology to students and staff. The day after Yom Kippur might sound like a sensible day for issuing apologies, but the question is whether John Sexton actually needed to make a Mea Culpa.

Outside the Mikveh

For this husband, the mikveh is all about waiting

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I sat waiting for her on a bench on a traffic island situated between the northbound and southbound lanes of Broadway, about a block away from the Upper West Side mikveh. Wearing my Shabbat clothes, with a yarmulke on my head, I felt self-conscious, acutely aware of the questions I would ask if I saw someone like me, openly Orthodox, sitting and watching the traffic at the onset of Shabbat when I should have been in shul davening.

New Bath House, built by JDC. Sochaczew, Poland. 1921–1923. PHOTO: AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE

Jewish Weddings on Shabbat: A Different View

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My friend and colleague Rabbi Leon Morris has made a provocative call for a moratorium on weddings performed before the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening. He argues that such weddings undermine the sanctity of Shabbat and send the wrong message about the demands of Jewish commitment.

Mets Call Error On Kosher Food


Reports of imminent kosher food sales during Shabbat Mets’ games appear to be off-base.

The Mets are disputing reports in local tabloids that a federal judge ordered the team to allow Kosher Sports Inc. to open its three stands at Citi Field on Friday nights and Saturdays.

Stories in the New York Post and Daily News “contain numerous errors and mischaracterize the court’s verbal ruling,” the team said in an e-mailed statement.

Kosher food.

Mets Claim Foul on Reports of Shabbat Ruling


NEW YORK (JTA) -- Reports saying that a judge ruled that the New York Mets' ballpark must allow a kosher-food vendor to sell its products on the Jewish Sabbath "mischaracterize the court's verbal ruling," the team said.

According to a report in The New York Daily News, as well as the New York Post, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled that Kosher Sports Inc. should be allowed to sell its products on Friday nights and Saturdays at Citi Field in Queens.

Models Of Leadership

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Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.

Torah reading: Numbers 25:10-30:1

Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:23

 Parshat Pinhas provides us with two contrasting styles of leadership, that of Pinhas and that of Moses.

Beth Kissileff

To Hold With Open Arms


After Rabbi Milton Steinberg recovered following his heart attack he walked out into the bright midday sun. He thought, “How precious — how careless.” Life is so precious and we are so careless with it. How can we pay so little heed when we know that everything cherished must end? Perhaps we fear that if we care too much, the losses of life will be unbearable. 

Judges’ Panel Won't Rest On Shabbat

Assistant Managing Editor

In selecting candidates to recommend to the state Democratic Committee, members of the Ninth Municipal Civil Court District Screening Panel wanted input from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

But not enough to change the panel’s meeting schedule, which included two Friday nights and the first night of Shavuot.

Manhattan Democratic Leader Keith L.T. Wright reportedly tried in vain to reschedule Friday night judicial panel meetings.
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