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In Pirke Avot 6:6, we read: 'The Torah is greater than the priesthood and than royalty, seeing that royalty is acquired through 30 virtues, the priesthood twenty-four, while the Torah is acquired through 48 virtues.' These 48 Jewish virtues or values (in Hebrew middot, the plural form of middah) serve as the basis for the study of a variety of Jewish texts. Perfect for students of all ages, middot can be studied individually, with a study partner, and by families. Whether engaging your family at the Shabbat dinner table or taking some time to study on a Shabbat afternoon, make middot part of your Jewish learning with these helpful study guides.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016
The central responsibility of each generation of Jews is to pass on the tradition to the next generations. How we transmit the ideas, ideals, and values of the Torah is of critical importance. In this issue of Conversations, explore topics relating to the education of the younger generations of Jews. The issue opens with articles by Rabbis Aharon Fried and Marc D. Angel dealing with how we transmit the tradition. This is followed by an article by Dr Bryna Jocheved Levy, who writes on the importance of Tanakh study. Jewish education entails not just technical information. but also the transmission of proper moral values. Articles by Dr. Dov Zakheim and Rabbi Havyim Angel deal with problems relating to religious extremism. We then have articles by Dr. Alan Zelenetz, Rabbi Ben Greenberg and Rabbi Hyim Shafner on formulating the content of Jewish education in a sensible and meaningful way.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016
“LifeHacks From My Grandparents” is a new website and email listserve that presents a modern spin on Jewish teachings, a toe in the water of Torah study to get at the essence of each portion for all who might benefit. The project, a collaboration between Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute and Torah Topics for Today, reimagines the lessons of the Old Testament as modern life hacks that people can implement to improve their own lives.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2014
The Moralist: An Eye-opening Interview with the Man Who Helps Set the IDF’s Ethical Parameters, Professor Asa Kasher
In the wake of Richard Goldstone’s belated withdrawal of the accusation that Israel deliberately targeted civilians in Operation Cast Lead, and the fresh round of moral argument the judge’s climbdown has provoked, David Horowitz, chief editor of the Jerusalem Post, contacted Professor Asa Kasher, prime drafter of the IDF's Code of Ethics, to discuss the IDF’s ethics. He wanted to understand the thinking that underpins IDF do's and don’ts, the problematics of grappling with enemies that do not follow any such rules, and the gaping discrepancy, Goldstone’s reversal notwithstanding, between most Israelis’ certainty of the IDF’s morality and the international diplomatic, media and legal community’s relentless opprobrium. He also wanted to put to Kasher specific criticisms of IDF actions in Gaza so that the IDF’s guiding moralist would address them.
Updated: May. 03, 2011