Yoma 84

On Yoma 82, we established that the preservation of human life takes precedence over almost all other mitzvot. Today’s daf continues with that theme, presenting several cases of actions that would be forbidden on Shabbat but are acceptable, and even encouraged, if performed to save a life.  For example, the Talmud tells us that one may cast a net to rescue […]

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Yoma 83

Fasting is a core element of the Yom Kippur experience. While challenging at times, fasting contributes to the seriousness of the day and allows us to focus on our spiritual, rather than our physical, needs. But as we saw yesterday on Yoma 82, there are circumstances where it’s not only permitted but obligatory to eat — particularly […]

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For 35 years, this mother-daughter duo has run a radio show on Ladino and Sephardic Jewish culture from Madrid

MADRID (JTA) — Matilde Gini de Barnatán and her daughter Viviana Rajel Barnatán didn’t set out to make Jewish history in Spain. In the 1960s and ’70s, Matilde, now 85, established herself in Argentina as a prominent researcher, teacher and scholar of the history of Sephardic culture and the Spanish Inquisition in Ibero-America. Her extensive […]

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The Christian Zionist Group Shaping Holocaust Education in Florida

LAST OCTOBER, the expert panel appointed to write Florida’s Holocaust education standards—a group composed of scholars and Jewish communal leaders—received feedback on a draft of the standards from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) provided by the right-wing Christian Zionist organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN). The group had inserted lessons that defined Jewishness […]

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