Issue 27

Friday, July 03, 2015

Local News

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell to speak on “sharing the Torah of our lives” at TC on July 15

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.

Israel News

Hebrew in the huddle: U.S.-style football gains ground in Israel

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.

National News

Pew and the Jews: experts say leveraging poll data trumps numbers

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.

Hebrew U., Boston hospital create algorithm that scans genes for diseases

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.

Features

Book review: Graphic novels turn cinematic

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.

Storytelling event offers reflections on bar mitzvah

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.

Opinion

Protesting the bomb

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.

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