By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter came in first in the women’s 10,000-meter run on August 8 in Berlin.
Last week, Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter made history by becoming the first Israeli to win a gold medal in the European Athletics Championships. Her turn on the podium came as a result of winning the women’s 10,000-meter run, which took place in Berlin on August 8.
She finished the race in 31:43:29, nine second ahead of second-place winner Susan Krumins of The Netherlands.
BY BARRY HOLTZ, JTS
The King’s Torah and the Torah’s King
This week’s Torah portion focuses on a wide array of topics, but underlying virtually everything we can see a thematic coherence well reflected in the parashah’s name (“judges”). The sidrah contains one of the most famous lines in the entire Bible, tzedek, tzedek tirdof: “Justice, justice shall you pursue” (Deut. 16:20). And throughout the parashah we see the Torah outlining various aspects of the pursuit of justice.
By Andrew Goldstein for Jewcy.com
Despite warnings from friends and rabbis alike, I went to a school with little Orthodox presence.
On Lag B’Omer, the last Wednesday of the semester, I snuck past a challah baking event to say goodbye to the Stony Brook University Chabad Rabbi, Adam Stein. Rabbi Adam and I danced with his children to the music from a livestream of Meron in his backyard. At a pause, I tapped my kippa and tzitzit and said, “I wanted to rub it in. You were wrong; I did stay religious these four years.”
Rabbi Adam responded with a chuckle, “You cheated. You went home every Shabbos.”
By Elazar Abrahams for Tablet Magazine
The Caped Crusader’s Semitic lesbian cousin is ready for her close-up
Another superhero is heading to TV, and if her origin story is respected, she’ll be Jewish!
The CW recently announced that Batwoman (Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate Kane) will be joining its prime-time roster that already includes DC Comics characters like Arrow and The Flash. While viewers might succumb to Gotham City fatigue and not tune in, Batwoman will be a genre milestone as the first superhero show with a lesbian lead.
By Jenna Belhumeur and Madison Margolin for Tablet Magazine
Psytrance music bridges the divide between secular and religious Jews in Israel
Shahar Zirkin had been driving in circles on a dark, wooded road outside Haifa, until finally, he spotted a piece of toilet paper strung delicately among the branches of a tree. He turned left, driving slowly, looking for more toilet paper “signs” until he could hear thick, subbass frequencies, punctuated with synthesized audio effects in the distance. To the untrained ear, it might have sounded like the soundtrack to an intergalactic space journey; to Zirkin, a DJ-cum-biochemist and founder of Israel’s annual Doof music festival, it was the familiar sound of psytrance—a subgenre of electronic music. As he approached, the beats reverberated through the woods from the underground, neon-lit party, reminiscent of festivals in the Negev desert or in forests up north, or even on the Indian beaches of Goa.
By Avi Katz for JoyofKosher
Who would've thought of combining the American classic hot dog with a famous Israeli food? Only a chef who thinks outside the box.
You must try this unique combination of wrapping falafel around a hot dog and frying it to golden perfection. The falafel dog, created by my mentor Chef Shelly Ostrow of Holy Cow in Memphis, TN, is a Southern favorite with an Israeli twist which your whole family will enjoy.
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By Jessica Halfin for Hadassah Magazine
During the busy High Holiday season, crafting thoughtful presents for those we care about might be low down on our to-do list. Yet presents and chagim go hand in hand. On Rosh Hashanah, the extra effort is worth it. There is always a beloved family member, school teacher, dear friend or an earnest mailman thankful to receive a token of appreciation.
By Rachel Scheinerman for Jewish Review of Books
Here at the Jewish Review of Books we receive 40-50 books a week. These are some of the books coming out in August that we’re looking forward to reading and—who knows?—maybe reviewing.
If book publishing is any measure, this is a good month for the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary. JTS professor Jack Wertheimer’s latest contribution, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today (Princeton), is due at the end of the month. You can start with Allan Arkush’s discussion in his cover article “In the Melting Pot” from our Summer issue. Wertheimer’s colleague Alan Mittleman’s new book answers the question Does Judaism Condone Violence? Holiness and Ethics in the Jewish Tradition (Princeton). (Does the title give away Mittleman’s answer?)
By JACOB MAGID for The Times of Israel
Defense minister also praises Trump's reimposition of Iran sanctions, saying Tehran was using relief provided by nuke deal not to support its economy but rather to fund terror
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad “is not satisfied” with regaining control of southern Syria and plans to rebuild the Syrian military into an even larger force than it was on the eve of the civil war.
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily
The results are in, and make for an interesting read. We wanted to share some of the high-level findings with you.
We focused our analysis specifically on CCAR and RRA members who responded so that we could compare results to the last known publicly available survey on officiation practices of clergy, which focused on that group. Of CCAR and RRA members who responded:
More than 85 percent said that they officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples. Of those who officiate:
For the full report, click below.
A web app to help you atone. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier.
The eScapegoat roams the Internet collecting sins before Yom Kippur. This web app is inspired by the Yom Kippur rituals from the time of the Temple in which a goat is symbolically burdened with the sins of the Jewish people. In the app, this action is symbolized by a whimsical animated goat receiving the sins that users share with it.
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
Israeli startup repurposes discarded kidney dialysis filters to make pure water in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Every year across the world, more than 250 million dialysis filters are thrown away after only a single use cleansing a kidney patient’s blood of toxins. What if those filters could be recycled for a new use, wondered Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine Prof. Yoram Lass.
Could a medical filter that can remove even the slightest unwanted particle from human blood also work for, say, water purification?
By ARDIE GELDMAN for Commentary
My time among the propagandists
Excluding drive-time traffic, a car ride from the southern end of Jerusalem to the West Bank community of Efrat takes about 15 minutes. One travels along Israel’s Route 60 on the segment known as the “Tunnels Road” because its construction necessitated the first two tunnels in Israel to be cut through mountainside. The road was opened in 1996 to let commuters bypass the Arab towns of Bethlehem and Beit Jala, but mostly to avoid the Deheisha refugee camp. Cars driving on this road displaying yellow Israeli license plates had often been the targets of rocks and occasionally Molotov cocktails and gunfire.
By HANNAH BROWN for Commentary
The unlikely rise of a pop-culture leader
You don’t often see perfectly chilled martinis served at conferences in Israel, but the TLV Formats Conference was an event that was out of the ordinary. It was held for the second time in September 2017, and hundreds of buyers from television networks around the world came to Tel Aviv to snatch up new Israeli shows—scrambling to get ahead of the huge international TV convention called MIPCOM the following month in Cannes. Over the past decade, Israel has become one of the world’s most prolific exporters of “formats”—industry jargon for concepts and programs.
BY MALKA STRASBERG, ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR IN BIBLE, JTS
To Know or Not to Know
The centralization of cultic worship is one of the major themes in the book of Deuteronomy. However, the place of that worship, the Temple, is described as “the place that God will choose,” with no mention of where that place is to exist. This week’s parashah, parashat Re’eh, introduces the theme that once in the Land of Israel, the Israelites are to worship their God in “hamakom asher yivhar Hashem” (the place that God will choose). This vague phraseology, which only alludes to a specific place but does not specify where that place is, is repeated 21 times throughout the book of Deuteronomy, with 16 of those occurrences in our parashah alone.
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Hung on trees, Biofeed lures decreased infestation of two strains of flies by up to 95% in a recently completed initiation phase in Togo.
In the Central Valley of Togo, a mango grower named Yacuobuo started killing his trees due to fruit-fly infestation that has decimated his crop over the past three years.
In this main mango-growing region of Africa, many other small farmers face the same dilemma. And their loss extends to the “mango women” who sell the fruit at market.
by Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
Summertime is all about the barbecues and indulgent vacation eating, right? But it’s also about an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables finally in season.
BY ALINA ADAMS for Kveller
The Chosen, the novel by Chaim Potok, was first published in 1967, and has been a staple of middle-school reading lists ever since.
It tells the story of two unlikely friends, Reuven and Danny, who are growing up in Brooklyn during World War II and through the creation of the state of Israel.
By Sigal Samuel for Jewish Book Council
To study Kabbalah, you’re supposed to be (a) forty years old, (b) married, and (c) a man. I am none of these things. Luckily, I grew up with a dad who was a professor of Jewish mysticism and was willing to share its secrets with me.
Raised in Montreal’s Orthodox community, I attended a school with strict gender norms. I was expected to obey all of Judaism’s 613 commandments. But, as a girl, I wasn’t allowed to take an interest in the religion’s more esoteric branches.
By Alon Goshen-Gottstein
How I came to an intellectual and spiritual connection with Swami Chidananda Saraswati
Religions are complex realities. They are constituted by systems of beliefs and rituals. They are embedded in particular cultures. They involve communities and they are mediated to a large extent through teachers and living spiritual exemplars.
In what follows I describe a process of encountering Hinduism that has been in the making for nearly forty years. It has gone through the various stages described below, a high-point of which is certainly the encounter with living spiritual masters, one in particular.