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Jewish Online Resources 1/27/22

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

Maven will hold several virtual programs in March: “Jews of Iran: A Photographi…

Spotlight: Butrimonys: Binghamton’s Anatevka

By Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Binghamton’s daily newspaper, the Press & Sun-Bulletin, ran two articles at the end of 2022 (November 21 and December 12) by local historian Gerald Smith based on my 1989 history of the Jewish community of the Tripl…

Off the Shelf: The road to true repentance

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Some of the best books are also the most challenging, especially if they force you to think carefully about how you view the world. Take, for example, “On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World” by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (Beacon Press). I…

Off the Shelf: Bonding over adverse circumstances

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

It’s often a matter of luck who our neighbors are. We pick a house based on a variety of factors, but rarely do we interview the people who live next door or across the street before making a decision. Yet, those neighbors can have a great impact on our lives as …

Off the Shelf: Demons in the rabbinic world

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Demons, gremlins, golems: for many contemporary Jews, these creatures belong to the realm of fairy tales. This was not true – at least, not in the case of demons – for the ancient rabbis who lived in Babylon. In her book “Demons in the Details: Demonic Discou…