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Video Things Judaism has Taught Me - Rabbi Sacks About Life
Posted by: searchinmyroots - 01-23-2019, 01:53 PM - Forum: Judaism General - Replies (1)

Another great video by Rabbi Sacks on Jewish Ethics!

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  Silicon Valley Tech Billionaire is Claiming “The Holocaust Never Happened”
Posted by: icouldbejewish - 01-23-2019, 06:20 AM - Forum: Judaism General - Replies (4)

Silicon Valley tech billionaire Chris Kelsey claims that the holocaust never occurred:

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Posted by: Lydian Wanderer - 01-23-2019, 12:56 AM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (5)

I became a member of this site to learn more about Judaism, Torah, jewish culture and people. 

I was a member of the previous website, but changed my name, because reasons. 
I chose this  name, because in fact I live in the lands of ancient Lydia, and because I visited almost every single historical place in this land.

Also, this site, with another online forum, were two major reasons for me once, to get rid of my anti semitism. Should thank creators here.

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  Anger Management
Posted by: Baruch - 01-20-2019, 05:20 PM - Forum: Judaism General - Replies (13)

The four types of temperament:

1. Those who are easily angered and easily appeased.

2. Those whom it is hard to anger but hard to appease.

3. Those whom it is hard to anger and easy to appease. *

4. Those whom it is easy to anger and hard to appease.

Ethics of the Fathers 5:14 . .Well. .Sorta. . This is something that needs to really be synced, and let sink into us.
Reading through one of my favorite authors ( Rabbi Joseph Telushkin ) last evening. Since those temperaments are easy for us to assess other people. It may be a little more tricky being honest with ourselves. We are not perfect people. We won't always fit into one category every time. Some days we just get up on the wrong side of the bed. Maybe we are dealing with an individual that we have had some history, and it clouds our normal reaction. There are any number of ways in a self examination that could keep us from being fair with ourselves.

Whats seems important is that we have an awareness when it comes to our reactions. We can give ourselves a multiple choice option.

That 4th one on the list is the worst, and has even been described as even wicked. Sadly that may be true of our reaction at some point in our lives when dealing with others. But with better understanding of how this is categorized, we can step up today, and decide for ourselves all the tomorrows.

This type of self inventory requires us to be fearless and thorough. If we really don't like what we see. We can, through self examination begin to change. Just wondering what are some of the steps we could suggest taking to improve ourselves, and our outlook about other people ?

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  'The Forward,' Storied Jewish Paper...
Posted by: Channalee - 01-19-2019, 02:40 PM - Forum: Hangout - Replies (5)

... Shutters Print Edition After 121 Years

Quote:It has been a long, long time since New York City's newsstands have been bereft of copies of The Forward. Founded as a Yiddish-language daily in 1897, the newspaper once known as The Jewish Daily Forward endured a host of major changes over its long life span — but through them all, the small publication reliably went to press with news that its predominantly American Jewish audience often couldn't find elsewhere.  But that will change come springtime.
Click here for full article.
I tend to read the online edition of The Forward from time to time (and have posted links on this forum to various articles from The Forward).  I figure that a lot of other people do the same.  So I can understand the decision to end the print edition and switch to an entirely digital edition.  In fact, I think that lots of other print newspapers have been dying for a long time now, and if they don't make the shift to a digital format, they won't survive at all.
People said that public libraries, too, would die out the way that print newspapers are doing.  But where I live, our public libraries have embraced the new technologies and have evolved with the times, and as a result are stronger than ever in serving the public.
Nevertheless, I sometimes can't help feeling sentimental for "the old days."
What do you think?

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  YHWH, an Arabic Name?
Posted by: nili - 01-16-2019, 04:21 PM - Forum: Hebrew Language Forum - Replies (2)

There is an intriguing article in TheTorah.com titled: YHWH: The Original Arabic Meaning of the Name which notes, in part ...

Quote:If YHWH’s origins are in the Nomad-land of Yehwa among the Midianites, then the meaning of the name should be from the Arabic language family rather than the Hebrew language family. This further calls into question the etymology in Exodus 3 of the Tetragrammaton from ה.ו.י, “to be,” since, unlike Hebrew and Aramaic, Proto-Arabic does not have the root ה.ו.י for the word “to be.”

In 1956, Shelomo Dov Goitein (1900-1985), a scholar of both Jewish and Arabic studies, suggested that the name derives from the Arabic root h.w.y (هوى), and the word hawaya(هوايا), which means “love, affection, passion, desire.” He connected this suggestion with the passage in Exodus 34, in a set of laws known by scholars as the Ritual Decalogue. ...

Let me know what you think.

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Posted by: nili - 01-15-2019, 11:10 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (11)

What a pleasant discovery!

My name is Jay. I am a 73 year old Reform Jew who has lived for most of those years in the Chicago area. Those familiar with RF may know me as Jayhawker Soule

I am curious about Israelite history and deeply interested in Torah.

L'shalom ...

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  Book recommendations / discussions
Posted by: a_Sarah - 01-11-2019, 07:46 PM - Forum: Hangout - Replies (40)

Hi everyone,

in the old forum, someone recommended "A Code of Jewish Ethics" by Joseph Telushkin to me. I am currently reading it and find it very worthwhile and insightful. However, you can never have too many books, so I was wondering which other books you might recommend. What are your favourites?
It might be anything from learning ressources over biographies to children's books, only prerequisite is that is has to do anything (topic, author, relevance) with Judaism or Jewish culture.

If you like, we can also use this thread to talk about or discuss books that are not necessarily recommendations, but that fit the "generally related to Judaism"-feature, that you are reading currently.

I hope for this to become a thread where anyone in search for a good read might find some new ireading inspiration. Smile

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  Chana Weisberg
Posted by: Baruch - 01-11-2019, 04:05 PM - Forum: Judaism General - No Replies

This lady has her YouTube Channel. All videos are about 2 minutes. Always something good !

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  Tracey R Rich - Judaism 101
Posted by: Baruch - 01-10-2019, 08:40 PM - Forum: Judaism General - Replies (6)

Tracey R. Rich is the curator of a website called Judaism 101. It is from a more Orthodox point of view. It comes with a searchable database. It is not the work of any particular organization. It is strictly the work, and interpretation of Tracey Rich.

Enjoy - http://www.jewfaq.org/index.shtml

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