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Rabbi visits Hillel for discussion about courage, leadership

By Nick Albicocco For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Maryland Hillel received a visit on Feb. 25 from Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan, who spent an hour empowering students with a discussion about courage and leadership, overcoming fear and perfectionism and acting yourself. The event marked Kastan’s first speaking appearance at a university, and ...

Backman’s Corner: How can the message of Purim help us overcome the physical/spiritual divide?

By Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh “Peek-a-boo!” Ever play that game with a toddler? Every time you confuse them again…where did you go? Then, you move your hands and voila, there you are! As they age, they learn that you are always there behind the hands. Just because they didn’t see you at first doesn’t mean you are not ...

Is getting a tattoo against the Jewish faith?

By Gabrielle Hernandez For Mitzpeh @gabrielleviolah   If you were to ask a traditional rabbi, some might say that tattoos are against the Jewish faith. Their protest can be found in Leviticus 19:28, which states: “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.” The ...

“You can’t have it all.” Rabbi speaks about diversity of opinions in Jewish community

By Eugene “Jesse” Nash IV Staff writer @Jessenassh   Rabbi Ethan Tucker, president and rosh yeshiva of Hadar, came to this university on Monday to discuss his philosophy regarding religious practice in Judaism and in the American culture at large. Throughout the night, students had the chance to hear about his research and ...

23 years after his death, “The Rebbe” still impacts Chabad movement

By Jackie Budko For Mitzpeh @JackieBudko Affectionately known as “the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson led a Hasidic in the mid-twentieth century movement known as Chabad. According to the Chabad website, the movement has thousands of followers and is the largest Hasidic movement of the Orthodox Jewish religion. Schneerson ...

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau speaks to UMD students

By Dovid Fisher @DovidFisher Web editor Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau spoke to students Sunday afternoon at Maryland Hillel. The event was hosted by UMD Kedma, the Orthodox Jewish group on campus, and was moderated by Sam Koralnik and Yael Magid. Lau spoke about pertinent issues in Israeli society, including Haredim and women in ...

Hillel’s Rabbi Lott leaves Maryland

By Jason Dobkin Rabbi Jessica Lott, Maryland Hillel’s associate director for Jewish life and learning, left this university for a position at Hillel International. “I didn’t start the year [at Maryland] intending to leave partway through, but when the opportunity came up, I took it,” Lott said. Lott left Hillel on Oct. 24 when ...