Newsletter Issue # 41 – August 1, 2012

Rabbi Yisroel Rubin introduced futuristic Halachic research on Digital communications at Albany’s communal Siyum. Even suggesting that Digital fluidity may be the ideal medium to expand and broadcast Oral Torah.The new concept on digital communications reflects Albany’s Maimonides School emphasis on integrating Torah with Technology.

20,000 people in various venues in London attended the Minute for Munich of the British Zionist Federation’s. It was a program that was promoted via social media. The Israeli Embassy held  a short memorial service at  that was organized by the Zionist Federation was streamed live online.

Lilach Mamouka, an Orthodox Jew and mother of three, volunteers at the Ashdod police station for almost three years now, and without compromising her religious lifestyle, including observing Jewish modesty laws. And still, people find it hard to get used to seeing her in crime scenes.

As Talmud study celebrations opened in Israel and around the world, observant Jewish communities are filled with excitement. Such events, called Siyum HaShas take place once every seven and a half years and marks the completion of a cycle of Torah study of the Babylonian Talmud.

According to the BookStats annual survey, in 2011 e-books became the dominant format for adult fiction surpassing hardcover books and paperbacks . People nowadays are increasingly choosing to read  novels, magazine, newspapers and even children’s books on e-readers and tablets. But is it permissible to do this on the one day of the week that Judaism commands us to unplug?

Tisha B’av is referred to as a moed a type of festival, how can we call the saddest day in the Jewish calendar a holiday? Aleh Shur notes that there are some moadim that are called festivals of closeness such as the shalosh regalim. Other moadim are called moed shel richuk, a festivals of distance. What is the idea of a holiday of distance?

Chick-fil-A’s feelings about gayfolk have never been a secret. The corporation has been giving gobs of money to anti-LGBT groups for years, and has been accused of asking nosy questions in their hiring practices and now everyone’s pissed, including Miss Piggy.

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