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Spotlight on Talmudic Sages: Reish Lakish

Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish, known as Reish Lakish, was a 3rd-century Amora who lived in the town of Sepphoris. He is primarily remembered for two things: his rather insalubrious youth, during which he worked as a thief and a gladiator, and h...

Posted on 31 January 2019, By Rina Wolfson
Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

What does our tradition say about mental illness? The short answer is ‘not much’. And what it does say is often unhelpful, sometimes cruel. Take suicide, for example. Suicide is the leading cause of death among men under 50. Yet in a...

Posted on 10 January 2019, By Masorti Judaism
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The Ten Plagues are drawing to a climax. The terrible plague of darkness will shortly descend, and in preparation, God issues some instructions to Moses (according to the JPS Torah translation): Speak now in the ears of the people, and le...

Posted on 10 January 2019, By Zahavit Shalev