This is arguably one of the best videos about miraculous history of the Jews. It is a must watch for humanity in order to better understand the big picture of the Jewish existence and contribution to civilization as we know it.
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Join us for a thought provoking talk on Privacy in the New Digital Age as we explore relevant court cases and the Jewish perspective on our responsibilities to uphold the dignity of the individual on social media.
Thurs., Feb. 19th
6:45 p.m. Reception
7:45 p.m. The Talk
JPULSE in Brookline/Brighton74 Corey Rd, Second Floor, Brighton, MA 02135
Overview of the Speaker
Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz is sought after speaker of world renown and has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of topics. Rabbi Breitowitz is currently living in Israel and holds the distinguished position of Rav and Senior Lecturer of Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem. Rabbi Breitowitz is familiar with Boston having graduated from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and spent decades as Professor at University of Maryland Law School while serving the community as the Rav of a shul in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Overview of talk
Ever since the celebrated 1890 article by future Supreme Court Justice Brandeis and Warren, the right to privacy has received increasing recognition under state and federal law. (Indeed,in a guise vastly removed from the Brandeis-Warren concerns, it even furnished the underpinnings of Roe v. Wade!). Yet side by side with the greater recognition of privacy rights is the growth of technologies that make those rights so much harder to protect. Identity theft,mining of data via the internet, profiling, using web cams to record and broadcast private behaviors are commonplace and to some degree the law may be ineffective in policing these abuses. To make matters more complicated, one person’s invasion of privacy may be another person’s First Amendment right of freedom of speech.
This talk will try to articulate a Jewish law framework that can analyze these issues and will focus on two somewhat unrelated but illustrative examples:
1) prescription data mining in light of the recent Supreme Court case of Sorrell striking down a Vermont law that protected privacy on the grounds that it conflicted with the First Amendment;
2) the tragic suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi who killed himself after roomates recorded and disseminated over the web his private sexual behaviors -should the disseminators be liable for his death,at least civilly and perhasps criminally?
In addition, Rabbi Breitowitz will address general confidentiality obligations of professionals under Jewish law and when those obligations must yield for the greater benefit of the public.
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It is always an honor and pleasure to meet up with Sergeant Michael O’Hara of the Boston Police Department. We at JPULSE and the Jewish Community of Greater Boston sincerely thank Sergeant O’Hara, Officer Law and all of Boston’s heroes for all their efforts to make our streets a safer place for our children to grow up.
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This incredibly powerful graphic is a bit misleading when considering matra-lineal lineage. For example, if you have 50 Jewish men and 50 Jewish women in a population and each one marries outside of Judaism with an even Steven 50% interfaith marriage rate and a birth rate of 2 children per mother, how many Jewish children will they produce in the first generation? Second? Third? It is a trick question.
Assuming the thousand(s) year old definition of a Jew as being born from a Jewish mother or converting to Judaism, the answer to the above question is that there would be the same number of Jews in three generations. The 25 Jewish men that married gentiles would be replaced by the two children of the 25 women who married gentiles. The implications of this are frightening when we consider American Jewry. This would translate to millions of American Jews today who no longer identify as Jewish.
Accordingly, the chart below really represents those who identify as Jewish. This calculation predicted the famous Pew Study decades ago and according to many, is a proof that Orthodox is the only movement that successfully prevents interfaith marriage.
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Why the candle?
On Channuka, we light the candles for eight nights to publicize the miracle that one day of pure oil lasted eight days. I don’t get it! There was a huge military victory worthy of parades, fireworks, and the like. Why did the sages of Israel decide to place nearly all our focus of Jewish practice on lighting a candle. In fact, the sages thought it was so important to publicize this miracle that Jewish law necessitates that a person must sell his clothing to acquire enough oil for one candle. We see this level of importance also by publicizing the miracle of leaving Egypt with our four cups of wine on Passover. So, why all this focus on the candle?
The Maccabees were Kohanim (Temple Officials) who served in the Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. They were also the one’s who lead the charge against the invading Greeks who threatened freedom of religious practice in the land of Israel through committing horrendous acts and specifically outlawing the practice of Torah and mitzvot. These Kohanim who lead the charge on the battle field were the most likely to attribute the victory to their own might, brilliance and strategies. That is why it was the Temple Officials were the one who discovered the oil. The miracle of the oil was a door to door delivery for those who might need it most as a reminder that the G-d above time and space, the G-d of Israel, is calling the shots and is the one who once again enabled our victory enabling us to practice our religion freely. The name Chanu means “they rested” and the letters Chaf Hey means “25.” Accordingly, Channu-ka is a celebration that they rested from war and religious oppression on the 25th of Kislev. May we all experience a peaceful Channukah and truly appreciate the ability to light our candles free from oppression.
(Based on Sifsei Chaim)
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FRI NIGHT FEAST
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Join 60 friends (20′s & 30′s) for a feast fit for royalty. Meet old friends and new as we enjoy the majesty of Shabbos.*
4:00 p.m. Candle Lighting Ceremony, Mincha & High Energy Kabbalat Shabbat
5:30 p.m. Channuka Latke Kiddush/Meet & Greet
7:00 p.m. Feast
KIDDUSH @ JPULSE
Join us Sat. at 11:15 am for a Kiddush/Luncheon.
* Overnight hospitality available.
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Enjoy an elegant reception with delicious delicacies and drinks followed by a fun, entertaining and insightful talk presenting a rational approach to Torah’s Divine origin. Discovery Seminars have been regularly attended by close to 10,000 people annually across the globe.
- Chicken Kebab
- Beef Kebab
74 Corey Road Second Floor Brighton, MA 02135
6:45 pm Reception
7:45 pm Talk: “Is Torah Divine” presented by Aish Discovery
$10 online or $20 at the door.
Discovery’s presenters, a team comprised of physicists, mathematicians, lawyers, doctors, psychologists and professors, are all volunteers. Through the warm, entertaining and nonjudgmental atmosphere, audiences discover that Judaism has the tools for enhancing one’s self-esteem, personal power and enjoyment of life. Discovery has been translated into Russian, German, Hebrew, Spanish and French.
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We all loose our temper once in a while. This Hangout gives practical tools on turning those moments into a springboard for personal growth.
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