April 12: Democratizing Torah Study

Nechama Leibowitz, an Orthodox Litvak woman who democratized Torah study in Israel in the 1940s by mailing out stencils of questions on the weekly Torah portion to anyone who requested them, collecting people’s responses, and returning them with her comments and insights, died at 91 on this date in 1997. Leibowitz, sister to Israeli philosopher […]

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Parashat Ki Tetze: Mercy vs. Mass Imprisonment

by Rabbi Suzanne Singer August 16, 2013   Piper Kerman is a blond, self-described WASP, a graduate of Smith College, born into a Boston clan of doctors, lawyers, and teachers — the last person you might suspect of spending a year in prison. But she did, for carrying money for a West African drug kingpin […]

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