Marketplace Ethics

09/21/2016 - 12:43

The Torah teaches in rapid succession that if you see someone’s sheep or ox astray, you should return it. If you see someone trying to raise their fallen ox, you should help them. Don’t take the eggs of a bird in front of its mother. And when you build a house, put a railing on the roof so no one falls [Deuteronomy 22].

Portuguese City Unveils 16th-Century Torah Used By Crypto-Jews

09/16/2016 - 14:35

(JTA) — A small city in northeast Portugal unveiled for the first time a 400-year-old Torah scroll that a local contractor had found 10 years ago at a demolition site and kept wrapped up in linen.

Covilha, Portugal (Feliciano Guimarães/ Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

2 Stolen Torahs Valued At $30,000 Returned To NJ Synagogue

08/31/2016 - 12:27

(JTA) — Two Torahs valued at $30,000 that had been stolen with some $50,000 of silver religious pieces were returned to a New Jersey synagogue.

Two Torahs & other religious paraphernalia valued at $80,000 were stolen from Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J. JTA

Exploring And Interpreting Disability In The Bible: Clearly And Comprehensively, Part II

In Part I of Exploring and Interpreting Disability in the Bible, a "wide-angle" perspective showed that the Bible does not often segregate the disabled. If biblical models encourage integration, why are many of us with disabilities still segregated?

Exploring And Interpreting Disability In The Bible: Clearly And Comprehensively

In recognition of the Shavuot holiday beginning on Saturday night, June 11, we have invited Rabbi Michael Levy to share his perspective on Torah and disability. This is the first of two parts. Rabbi Levy dedicates his writing to the marriage of Motti and Zahava Sturm.

A young Jewish boy prays at a synagogue in downtown Tehran. Getty Images

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Suppose I asked you “What did you do yesterday?”

You list 19 activities, yet I counted 173 activities while videotaping you yesterday.  Why the discrepancy?

Writing our Own Story

Every day, we decide what’s important enough to remember. Over time, we weave our “story” from memories, feelings and interpretations of events that we have perhaps unconsciously selected. We tend to make our version of the truth into absolute truth. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

Women Studying Torah: Facts On The Ground

The RCA is trying to erase women's personal desire to affect the Jewish world through their Torah.

11/23/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sixteen years ago I was asked to stop learning Talmud because I am female. Here’s what happened: I was 25 and decided to try my hand at daf yomi, the practice of studying a folio of Talmud each day.

Lisa Schlaff

Sacred Texts On Everyone's Terms

The Misunderstood Schoolgirl

As an advocate helping Brooklynites to obtain social security, I once assisted a woman whose learning disability was quite severe. Her school records from the year 1958 labeled her as “lazy” and “emotionally disturbed.”

The misunderstood schoolgirl came to mind during Simchat Torah, when we completed the last book of the Torah, Deuteronomy and on the very same day began the cycle again with Genesis. I believe that our tradition obliges us to understand the differences in how people read and requires us to provide everyone with access to sacred texts on their terms.

Drawing The Tradition

In his ‘Visualizing the Bible’ show, David Wander makes the Torah his own.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

David Wander makes books that might be 50 feet long, illustrating biblical and other stories with great artistic skill, creativity and appreciation of the text and its layers of meaning. One page leads to the next, and the handmade books fold up like accordians.

Wander in his studio: “Writing, burning, writing it again.” Courtesy of David Wander
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