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Judging Others by Judging an Etrog: Lessons from Parshat Lech Lecha

Judging Others by Judging an Etrog: Lessons from Parshat Lech Lecha

Parshat Lecha Lecha Rabbi Yehuda Amital raises a fascinating – seemingly, at first, purely literary — question on this week’s Torah portion.  Abraham has just returned from his successful battle with the Four Kings and rescued all those captured during the preceding war between the Four and Five Kings (Genesis Chapter 14).  The King of Sodom comes out to greet…

Democratic Themes in Religious Zionism

Democratic Themes in Religious Zionism

As part of our Summary & Comment Series on Modern Jewish Scholarship, Rabbi Pear offers (below) a brief analysis of Professor Alexander Kaye’s article, Democratic Themes in Religious Zionism. The original article can be found here. SUMMARY By primarily, but not exclusively, focusing on the writings of Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli, the article explores the National Religious Rabbinic response to the…

Welcome Amudim

Welcome Amudim

On Wednesday afternoons this fall, Shir Hadash hosts Amudim – an innovative post high school gap year program for young women – for it’s weekly day of learning in Jerusalem. Included among the scholars offering ongoing classes is Shir Hadash’s co-founder and Rebbetzin, Dr. Rachel Pear (who teaches Jewish views on evolution). Other scholars include Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash —…

Lend a Helping Hand

Lend a Helping Hand

Our community is invited to help provide Shabbat meals for the Lone Soldier Residence in Arnona for Shabbat of October 30th. Our member Helen Pearson Freedman has volunteered to coordinate the effort, as well as pick up the food items from volunteers’ homes and then deliver it to the soldiers directly. With 40 portions requested, we would love as many…