Newsletter Issue # 56 - November 14, 2012

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The  Zeta Beta Tau fraternity of the University of Illinois’ partnered with Illini Chabad and The Friendship Circle to host the sixth annual Alley Oop for Autism fundraiser for children with special needs. Zeta Beta Tau started hosting Alley Oop for Autism five years ago as a charity basketball event for children with autism.

The Chief Rabbinate ruled that eating bug-free leafy vegetables posed a health risk due to the increased use of pesticides. The announcement was made after Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar initiated by Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger three years ago.

Zeruya Shalev, one of Israel’s most acclaimed fiction writers was awarded by The Die Welt daily  with a euro literary prize for her body of novels. The paper’s literary jury dubbed Shalev’s writings as marked by great magical language.

Prominent Hasidic and Lithuanian Ultra-Orthodox rabbis demands that public institutions must avoid installing self-locking door handles, which make it impossible to open rooms’ doors from the outside. Such a situation causes men and women to violate the Yichud prohibition.

Ten years after the election which resulted in a doubling of the number of women in Congress.  Last Tuesday the old record of 90 women was broken as five newcomers will join 15 returning female senators  including two Jewish women from California.

The Midrash expounds the verse, Yodeiya Hashem yemei temimim. Hashem knows the days of the perfect ones. This refers to Sarah, who was perfect in her actions. A similar Midrash says this refers to Avraham, who was perfect. The difference between the two Midrashim is that the word actions is mentioned in connection with Sarah.

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