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  • metzitzah b'peh circumcision
    New York City's Board of Health may remove protection from Jewish infants
    A Jewish religious ritual known as metzitzah b'peh requires the rabbi or mohel who performs a circumcision on an eight-day-old boy to use their mouth to directly suck blood from the infant's bleeding penis immediately after the foreskin is...
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer
    Did Dr. Ruth just justify rape? Jewish experts on sex comment on sexual consent.
    NEW YORK (JTA) — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the octogenarian therapist and TV host, is famous for her frank and open talk about sex. But she’s being called out for her recent comments about sexual consent — and using the Talmud to back...
  • clinton
    Clinton defense for Lewinsky affair: It's in the Talmud
    It's not everyday that the legal defense for a sitting American president's illicit sexual dalliances with an intern half his age is found in the Hebrew Talmud. But then again, it's not everyday that the aforementioned presidential...
  • Lights in the sky
    Passing thoughts, passing lights all in connection complete unified one
    It's more in the moment that we findthe things that we look for in kindbut only when our focused mindCan let go its fetters to unwind.This is a paradox to focus or notAnd yet both are needed cold and hotJust like we need to ground to runAnd...
  • Pomegranate season
    I've never been known as an early riser, but these days the mercury in the Los Angeles area hits 100 degrees before noon. So I took an unprecedented 6:13 a.m. (precisely) walk this morning, just to be sure my legs still work. September in East...
  • Jewish Talmud
    Errors in the Talmud
    The main holy text of Rabbinical Judaism, outside the Tanakh (Old Testament), is the Talmud. This book is believed to be on some level divinely inspired, supposedly encompassing the great and reliable memories of the ancient Jewish sages. However,...
  • Lilith
    Lilith the vampire
    The original vampire was Lilith, Queen of the Night and Mother of Demons, who was Jehovah’s (Yahweh) first flawed attempt at making a woman. Lilith was created out of mud to be Adam’s wife, but her soul was damaged and she gave birth...
  • Golem
    Golem of Prague
    An animated being was made by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1525-1609) of Bohemia. Around 1580, the rabbi made a clay figure that he called a golem, from the name given to Adam before Jehovah (Yahweh) breathed life into him. The golem was made to...
  • Sleeping Cloud
    Rosh Hashanah listen to the rain, the dew, the winds
    listen. This week at the new moon marks Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the New Year, 5772, in the Jewish calendar. Over the course of the year, each week the Torah portion is read in sequence, and this year we read Ha'azinu, Listen. When we...
  • Leviathan
    Is Leviathan real or bogus? Ancient people may have unearthed some fossilized dinosaur skeletons and assumed that giant dragons (i.e. Leviathan) lived in the ocean. Or was the Loch Ness monster also sighted in the eastern Mediterranean in...
  • Lilith
    Lilith: Adam's first wife
    Adam’s first wife was Lilith, not Eve, according to Judaism. Adam and Lilith were created by God – at the same time – but Lilith demanded equality with Adam and failing to get it, left him in anger. Lilith is a major figure in...
  • Menorah: Hanukkah
    Hanukkah is a Jewish festival celebrated for eight days on 25 Kislev – 3 Tevet (in December of the Gregorian calendar) commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over the Hellenistic Syrians, who attempted to exterminate the Jewish religion...
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