Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, co-editor of the book “Chapters of the Heart:
Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives” seeks to help individuals
learn from their personal experiences through Judaic teachings. Elwell
will be speak at Temple Concord on Wednesday, July 15, about sharing
one’s stories and one’s personal Torah.
JERUSALEM (JTA) – The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the
field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke. The bleachers were cut
out of Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf. The
spectators who had come to greet a tour of Pro Football Hall of Famers
sat in plastic armchairs that blocked off the red zones and end zones,
with nothing separating them from the game being played at midfield.
Since the Pew Research Center released its U.S. Religious Landscape
Study in May, most discussion of its findings has been quickly drowned
out by other news. This is in stark contrast to the much-debated Pew
survey on American Jewry that was released in October 2013.
The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has collaborated with the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem to create an algorithm that could scan as
many as millions of genetic sequences from a variety of organisms for
links that potentially indicate diseases.
In the past few years, there’s been a change in the nature of graphic
fiction and nonfiction: The work has become more cinematic. These new
books plunge the readers into the action with little-to-no narration,
much like the best films – fictional or documentary.
NEW YORK (JTA) – A. J. Jacobs is not one to forego a big project. The
journalist and author spent 18 months reading the entire Encyclopedia
Britannica, a year “living biblically” and another subjecting himself to
every health regimen he could find. Most recently, Jacobs conducted a
massive family history project.
Every year in August, there are protests against the bombing of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The destruction caused by the atomic bombs was
far worse than any weapon previously known to humankind. This year is
the 70th anniversary of the bombings and the protests may be even larger
than normal. So why do I find myself unable to join them, even though
I’m against nuclear proliferation? Because my father claimed those bombs
saved his life.