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As Joe Biden was inaugurated today, there has been a lot of concern about increased tension in the world – between near and distant brothers and sisters – stemming from political disagreements. But of course, arguments between siblings are nothing new. A striking midrash highlights this universal phenomenon with several […]
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As Joe Biden was inaugurated today, there has been a lot of concern about increased tension in the world – between near and distant brothers and sisters – stemming from political disagreements. But of course, arguments between siblings are nothing new. A striking midrash highlights this universal phenomenon with several […]
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When he watches news unfold from Washington DC,  Rabbi Abraham Unger keeps one hand on the US Constitution; the other on his Talmud. “Both are focused on equality, justice and building community,” he says. No one knows that better than Rabbi Unger who holds the novel distinction of being both […]
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Dear JITC- What Jewish sources show us that hypocrisy is wrong? Thank you, Dave Dear Dave- I have to say, I really like this question. And, unlike many other questions, I don’t think I’ve been asked this before. The easiest reply might be simply to cite Exodus 23:7, which enjoins […]
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The honorable deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum has a deep personal history with observance and politics. Originally from Gibraltar, the British Protectorate at the southern tip of Spain, she grew up in a traditional Sephardic community. The daughter of a Spanish father and a Moroccan mother, she attended Hebrew […]
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Understanding the Dress Codes of Orthodox Jewish Women and Their Diverse Interpretations One of the most talked-about aspects of the show Unorthodox is the clothing, which shapes lead character Esty’s story from beginning to end. The show’s costume designer Justine Seymour spent hours on meticulous research, including a week-long stint […]
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Doubling Down on Anti-Semitic Displays, Belgian Parade Features Costumes of Orthodox Jews With Insect Bodies Caricatures of Jews, including ones depicting them as ants, were prominently displayed at this city’s annual parade. The displays came a year after the Jewish Telegraphic Agency exposed anti-Semitic displays in last year’s parade in […]
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Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Parties Embrace Technology and Emerge Stronger The ultra-Orthodox parties made efforts during the campaign to appeal to younger Jews. United Torah Judaism created a Facebook page; Shas did the same with a Telegram account. Octogenarian and nonagenarian sages helped, traveling around the country by minibus and helicopter to […]
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How An Italian Earthquake in 1570 Created The First Modern Orthodox Jew Azariah de’ Rossi was an entirely unremarkable Italian Jew in his late 50s when the earth shook beneath his feet in the great Ferrara earthquake of November 1570. Narrowly escaping the collapse of his home that Shabbat night, […]
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Meet the Freshman Class of the Maryland General Assembly The freshman class of Maryland’s General Assembly includes the legislature’s largest group of female lawmakers to ever serve in the state house, including Dalya Attar (D-Baltimore City): She is a Baltimore prosecutor and an Orthodox Jew. Haredi Woman Running in Labor […]
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