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  • What makes a wage just?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 3, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Raising the minimum wage is a mitzvah. 

    The Rambam says that ensuring others have work that can sustain them is the highest rung on the hierarchy of tzedakah (Mattanot Aniyim, 10:7). In Judaism, tzedakah does not mean charity but justice. We rectify social wrongs and fulfill our...

  • The curious consensus of Jews on abortion

    By Roger Price

    February 1, 2013 | 11:09 am

    That different Jews have disparate views is not news. What is news is when most Jews agree on a particular idea or approach. And so it is with the curious consensus of Jews on abortion.

    In mid-2012, the Public Religion Research Institute (“PRRI”) published its findings from a...

  • WWMD? What would Maimonides do?

    By Roger Price

    January 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known by the acronym Rambam, lived over eight hundred years ago (1138-1204 CE). He never saw the planet Earth as Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders did on December 24, 1968, when Anders took the now iconic Earthrise photograph while flying...

  • How kosher is your milk?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 20, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    On our wedding day last year, my wife and I decided that, due to our Jewish convictions, we would no longer drink milk or consume any dairy products. This is a vow we have remained deeply committed to, but we never expected it to become mainstream. Then we found out that one of the...

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  • Day 715 - Murder at a Purim Feast

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:

    Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated....

  • Zionism: The great Jewish ethical project

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 16, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    I recall the time when, living in Israel, I stood with more than 100,000 Israelis as a link in a human chain. Our purpose that day in the desert was to spread a message of hope, peace, and solidarity. For me and my Jewish identity, this event was particularly formative. For too long,...

  • Hundreds of Israeli medical residents resign

    October 10, 2011 | 9:44 am

    Hundreds of medical residents in Israel have resigned, leaving many Israeli hospitals shorthanded.

    More than 300 residents did not show up for work on Monday, affecting hospitals throughout the country.

    The residents resigned over a labor dispute; they are dissatisfied with a...

  • Baltimore’s Yeshivat Rambam day school announces closing

    May 9, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A Baltimore Jewish day school will close at the end of this school year.

    Yeshivat Rambam, which opened about 20 years ago and taught according to the Modern Orthodox philosophy of Torah U’Maddah, or Torah and secular knowledge, will shut down in June, it announced in a statement...

  • Discovering Life Lessons in Ancient Texts

    By Masa Israel Journey

    April 28, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    by Louis Sachs, student at Masa Israel’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

    I have spent the past nine months, living in Jerusalem and absorbed in the history of the Jewish people. Through Masa Israel Journey, I am a student at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where I engage...

  • Electricity cut to Rambam’s tomb

    April 7, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Visitors to the tomb of Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides have been left in the dark.

    That’s because the rabbis who manage the site in the Israeli city of Tiberias neglected to pay the electric bills over a long period of time.

    The Israel Electric Corp. cut...

  • Big legal trouble ahead for victimized charities and investors

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Alot of very determined people are already looking to recover money on behalf of victims of the Bernard L. Madoff swindle.

    Their hunt will unquestionably lead them to the doors of many well-known Jewish charities and wealthy investors who had the misfortune of investing with or...

  • Can we help?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 19, 2008 | 2:21 am

    My desk is coated with letters of request: Adopt an animal at the zoo; come to a gala for the Jewish food bank; plant a tree in Israel; plant a tree in Los Angeles. Feed 50 meals to homeless people. Support public radio. Support the temple building fund. Support the school PTA, the...
  • Sacrifices Address Emotion of Guilt

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The theme of Parshat Tzav is korbanot, the animal sacrifices brought in the Tabernacle and, later, in the Temple.

    The Rambam, in his "Guide to the Perplexed," writes, "The purpose of sacrifices being incorporated into the Divine service of the Jewish people was to accommodate the...

  • Rambamalama

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Put down your "Da Vinci Code." Set aside your "South Beach Diet." Let your kaballah red string drop off your wrist. I'm here to alert you to the next pop cultural phenom: a 12th-century philosopher popularly known as the Rambam.

    Just a few weeks ago, I attended the "Aloud" reading...