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Chirality and Judaism: Lefties Beware
Jewish tradition discriminates against left handed people. Is this a lesson to be learned about bias?
Evan Krame309 ViewsJune 16, 2020Discrimination,Left-Handed,Bias
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Between Parent and Child
A review of the relationship between adult children and their parents.
Evan Krame435 ViewsJune 5, 2019Children,Honoring Parents,Parents
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My body, my choice (My halakhah, my choice) (Ohalah 5782/2022)
Within Yoma we have the seeds of caring more for the neshama than the halakhah. The later Babylonian rabbis recognized that legal authority must in some cases be limited, its expansive and controlling nature contained, and the law limited to make room for a certain degree of individual autonomy.
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"We didn't start the fire!" Responsibility ( Achrayut ) in the Jewish tradition
The Jewish tradition is deeply rooted in the concept of taking responsibility for one's own actions. There are commandments that direct us to take positive steps to meet our responsibilities as parents and citizens to insure a better future. And then there are times when we must balance our responsibility to our selves with our obligation to help others as resources are not limitless. And there is responsibility we must take for the harm that we cause directly or indirectly and not benefit when harm is caused. Finally, there is our responsibility one to another, as connected souls, even to rebuke others who behave badly. The Sages suggest that we might even learn a lesson of responsibility directly from the Holy One of blessing.
Evan Krame1295 ViewsOctober 30, 2018
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Duty to Warn in a Time of Plague
If we learn of someone who might have the virus is in close proximity, what duties arise - to the ill person, to others, and to ourselves?
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Responsibility in a Time of Crisis
What is our responsibility to help others in our community and country?
Evan Krame393 ViewsJune 10, 2020Rebuke,Protest,Responsibility,Justice
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Am I Jewish?
Identification as a Jew comes through many different modalities: covenant, associations, group identity and conversion.
Evan Krame1193 ViewsOctober 22, 2016Identity,Jewish,Foreign Women,Intermarriage
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Thrift, Gift or Theft? The Case of the Many-Owned-It Lulav
Through an examination of whether or not the mitzvah of lulav can be accomplished without owning your own lulav, we can explore what mitzvot might be possible through less than "holy" means.
Evan Krame132 ViewsAugust 19, 2021Sukkah,Gifting,Lulav,Stealing
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The Imperative to Save Life
While Sanhedrin teaches us that he who saves a single life it is as though he saved an entire world, there are limiting factors when considering the value of a human life.
Evan Krame104 ViewsSeptember 13, 2021Values,Life
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Kidney or Die
Organ Donation is permitted under Jewish law but many, especially in Israel, are hesitant. Is there ever an obligation to donate an organ by a living donor? The case of kidney donation is most instructive.
Evan Krame126 ViewsJuly 8, 2021Kidneys,Saving a Life,Organ Donation
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Anger and Passion
Even great sages and leaders get angry. Can we be accepting of anger while trying to eliminate angry responses?
Evan Krame177 ViewsJune 17, 2021Anger,Chukat
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The Blessing of Peace - Naso
The Blessing of Peace is deemed the most important, yet the offer of peace is conditional.
Evan Krame120 ViewsMay 21, 2021Priestly Blessing,Peace
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How should we treat rabbis?
Not PublishedEvan Krame74 ViewsMay 5, 2021
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Balancing law and human dignity
what happens when attention to law overrides decency and dignity?
Evan Krame108 ViewsMay 5, 2021Dignity,Priesthood,Death
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Scrupulous and Sacred
Not PublishedEvan Krame77 ViewsApril 29, 2021
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Accusations of Sexual Abuse: Jewish Ethical Guidance is Lacking
There is only a little textual reference to sexual abuse of power by those in leadership. Our tradition needs to fill in some of the blanks.
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Psalms for a Shiva Minyan
Singable psalms to use at a shiva minyan with Kaddish yatom
Evan Krame2146 ViewsMarch 14, 2018
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The Essence of a Person
Is a person born with an essential nature? Are we good or evil? What is an omnipotent creator's role in the formation of our personhood? The Tanya reflects at length on these essential characteristics.
Evan Krame185 ViewsApril 15, 2021
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The Maid Saw It
Not PublishedEvan Krame70 ViewsMarch 31, 2021
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