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This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the website.

Why Shechitah Is Important

The Jewish people today are facing many conflicts.  One of these concerns shechitah, the ritual slaughter of fowls, lambs and beef so that Jews are permitted to eat the meat.  A number of groups are applying pressure in an attempt to ban shechitah, or to impose government laws which would prevent it from being carried out effectively.

Why is it important to protect our right to perform shechitah?

In practical terms, shechitah is virtually painless for the animal.  The special shechitah knife is honed razor sharp:  if it sliced a person's finger he would not feel it.  The act of shechitah generally cuts the carotid arteries, causing immediate cessation of the blood supply to the brain.  This is an effective, swift and pain-free stunning procedure.  Many contrast this with the fixed bolt form of stunning used in non-kosher slaughter which anti-meat-eating groups describe in very negative terms.

Read more: Why Shechitah Is Important

Dynamic Judaism

There are static systems and dynamic systems.  The static system is likely to have a strong and stable structure.  But because - by definition - it does not change, after a time, it may well start to decay and even to crumble.  By contrast, a dynamic system is one of movement, change and discovery.

If you were evaluating a business set up, you might ask yourself, "Static?  Or dynamic?"  This might affect your decision whether or not to join the firm as a director, or, if you were a banker, whether or not to lend it money.  You might think in the same way about a community:  "Static?  Or dynamic?"  Is there an atmosphere of healthy dynamism, of spirit, of excitement?  Or is it staid and rather boring, and young people are moving away?

Read more: Dynamic Judaism

Nachas ...

The first Jewish President of America was elected.

Naturally, his first step was to call his Mother:

"Mama, I've won the elections, you've got to come to the inauguration!"

"I don't know.  What would I wear?"

"Don't worry, Mama, I'm going to be president, I can send you a personal dressmaker"

"But I only eat kosher food"

Read more: Nachas...

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