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Tide of Orthodox Women Spiritual Leaders Making Waves in Israel

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy http://goo.gl/W0O9V9 First there was the Matriarch Sarah, who according to the Talmud was a greater...

 
 

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Surrender or Struggle? The Akeidah Reconsidered

Surrender or Struggle? The Akeidah Reconsidered

Rabbi Herzl Hefter discusses his essay on the ramifications of different readings of the narrative of the binding of Isaac with Rabbi Adam Mintz. The discussion...

 

What Do Jews Think of Non-Jews?

A Guest Shiur by Professor Paul Franks of Yale University As evidenced in the Nostra Aetate, the Church has gone a long way in reevaluating its attitude towards...

 
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א. תמיהות: שאלת הכותרת מופיעה בסוגיא (שלהלן) העוסקת בהלכות חג זה בפרק ב’ של מסכת שבת. עצם...