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Jewish Online Resources 5/17/24

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. 

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual book talk “Neo-Naz…

JBP: The winningest Jewish pitcher of all-time: Kenny Holtzman

By Bill Simons

Do you want a trivia question that will stump all but the most erudite baseball scholars?

Ask who is the winningest Jewish pitcher of all time. It is Sandy Koufax, of course. Except it isn’t. Koufax is the GOAT obviously, but Kenny Holtzman is the winningest Jewish pitcher…

Off the Shelf: Herod: master builder or monster?

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

In one of the Christian stories of Jesus, Herod the Great (73-4 B.C.E.) is portrayed as a monster: he’s said to have ordered the death of innocent children in order to kill a prophesied king of the Jews. In the biography “Herod the Great: Jewish King in a Roman …

Spotlight: Refugees, Indiantown Gap and the Cup of Elijah

By Bill Simons

Fort Indiantown Gap is a military base about 23 miles northeast of Harrisburg, PA. Since the 1930s, the modern installation has undergone periods of Pennsylvania National Guard and United States Army presence, as well as intervals of relative abandonment. Indiantown Gap has b…

Off the Shelf: Legal fictions and loopholes

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Whether to impose strict interpretations of biblical laws or create loopholes to ease Jewish life so the population would not discard those laws as too onerous: that summarizes one of the difficulties the ancient rabbis faced when discussing rabbinic law. The many l…