Bechdel test for Jewish texts is shaking up the beit midrash

The test has adherents among Hillel educators and is spreading among educators at pluralistic institutions of Jewish learning.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA DECEMBER 9, 2020

When Danielle Kranjec committed to using only Jewish texts written by women and queer people in the classes she taught for Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship, a program that places recent college graduates in positions at college campus Hillels across the country, she knew she was taking on a challenging task.
After all, for most of Jewish history, women weren’t encouraged to take on religious leadership roles or write commentaries on the Torah or Talmud.
But Kranjec knew that elevating the work of women would be worth the effort, both because doing so would communicate the value of women’s insights to her students and she believes the mismatch between the diversity of the people teaching Torah today and the sources they teach had grown too great. Also, as a Jewish educator and trained historian, she knew there were a plethora of texts that might not be considered “Torah” in the traditional sense but could serve as rich source material.
Much of the time, those who assemble materials for Jewish study sessions — commonly known as “source sheets” — start with the Torah text, working their way to the rabbinic texts, the Mishna and Talmud, followed by commentaries on texts written over a span of more than a thousand years. Men wrote the vast majority of those texts. (more…)

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Mossad, secrecy and Iran: How Israel reintroduced Persian fallow deer

An odyssey of espionage and revolutions led Israel to bring the once thriving biblical species back home, “one of the most successful cases of the reintroduction of a species extinct in the wild.”

By AARON REICH NOVEMBER 24, 2020 12:24

'Deer #42' was recently spotted, happy and healthy in the Jerusalem hills (photo credit: AMY KATZ)

‘Deer #42’ was recently spotted, happy and healthy in the Jerusalem hills (photo credit: AMY KATZ)

Israel has one of the world’s two populations of Persian fallow deer – but it took a revolution, a clandestine Mossad mission, and a secret and daring flight for this to happen. (more…)

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Why did God let Trump lose?

Trump would not be the first pro-Israel president to be “cursed” by God.

Has God cursed Donald Trump, the man who claimed to bless Israel more than anyone else?

Just days before the election, Trump sought to reawaken and harness the love of his Evangelical Christians constituency for Jerusalem by removing political limitations on research cooperation between the United States and Israel and allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to choose to put Israel on their passports. (more…)

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Nazism on America’s Doorstep

When self-righteousness and moral superiority take the helm—beware!

By: Michael Laitman – June 16, 2017 – Exclusive to World Israel News

 

When cold-blooded murder is committed, and even encouraged, in the name of liberalism, a serious alarm should ring throughout the country. Left unchecked, Nazism will grip the land of the free. (more…)

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Enigmatic Hyksos did not invade Egypt, were not Israelites

Around 1750 or 1700 BCE, the central royal government in Egypt was weak and Canaanites that had been infiltrating the country and settling in the north became stronger and were able to seize power.

By ROSSELLA TERCATIN  – JULY 19, 2020

A group of British and Austrian researchers offered new insights on the identity of the mysterious Hyksos, a foreign group that ruled over Egypt for a little over a century in the middle of the second millennium BCE and that a popular myth, as well as some historians over the centuries, has associated with the Israelites. (more…)

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The Fallacy That Is The 1967 Line

On May 20, 1967, Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran and proclaimed “these waters are ours… the Israeli flag shall not go through the Gulf of Aqaba.”

SHLOMO SLONIM – JULY 17, 2020

IDF Soldiers arrive at the Temple Mount during the Six Day War in June of 1967. A few months later, the Arab League met, declaring, ‘No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it.’ (more…)

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Coronavirus: Is it an act of God?

If we say the catastrophes have been caused by God, we want to know His motives.

By RAYMOND APPLE – JULY 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the whole world and raised the deep theological question of whether to blame God for the catastrophe.

Disasters have attacked human beings and nations – not least the Jewish people – throughout history. They tended to come in two forms: “natural” and moral. (more…)

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Remembering the Entebbe Raid

It was a mission that ended up defining modern Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu decided to enter politics and Ehud Barak, one of the military intelligence officers handling the operation, became the prime minister.
 

India Updated: Jul 02, 2020 – by Pramit Pal Chaudhuri – Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Mercedes Benz limousine that was flown to the airport as a decoy.

The Mercedes Benz limousine that was flown to the airport as a decoy.(Pic: Sourced)

Forty-four years ago, Israeli commandos carried out what is rated as the most incredible military operations in history: the Entebbe Raid. On the anniversary of the raid, two of its participants, Mossad agent Avner Avraham and special forces officer Rami Sherman, spoke about what they experienced. (more…)

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