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Backman’s Corner: Why doesn’t Shavuot have an image?

By Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Rosh Hashanah has the shofar, Hanukkah has the Menorah, even Pesach has Matzah. What does Shavuot have?  Hallmark is looking for what to put on their cards. Help?! In the Torah, (Leviticus 23:15-6) it just says count seven weeks and the next day, the 50th day, is a holiday. Period. Nothing special ...

Hillel honors Gerry Charnoff with Torah dedication ceremony

By Christian Spencer For Mitzpeh @C_Spencer_   Gerry Charnoff was honored Sunday morning for his lifetime of service to the Jewish community by Maryland Hillel.  A new Sefer Torah was commissioned in his name by Miriam and Dr. Allen Schick, a research professor and renowned Brooking Institute fellow, as the community celebrated ...

New Hillel Torah will honor former D.C. resident

By Jamie Kerner For the Mitzpeh @JamieKerner_ The news that Hillel will soon receive a new Torah brings excitement to members of its community. Just like her peers, freshman materials science and engineering major Miriam Charnoff is also excited for the arrival of the new Torah and for the Jewish learning experiences it will bring. Ho...

A non-Jew walks into a room, has no idea how to get out

By James Whitlow Staff writer @woltihW Humility can be seen as a through-line in the Torah – a consistent theme throughout – and if I had even a cursory understanding of the book, I might have been better prepared for Kedma’s Jewish-themed escape the room challenge. But on the overcast evening of April 22, I was not. I am categorically, ...

Meyerhoff Center hosts lecture on dragon slaying in Ancient Hebrew texts

By Nicole Reisinger For the Mitzpeh @nareising Dragons, storm gods, and the sea were the focal points of Robert Miller’s lecture Wednesday when he addressed a group of about 30 students and faculty. The lecture, “Dragonslaying in the Ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Texts,” was the first of four spring semester talks ...

Backman’s Corner: What does it mean to be an educated Jew?

By Eli Backman For the Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh             I received an email from a student, who was writing a thesis paper, with the following question: “Who is an educated Jew?” Before you continue reading, stop and think a moment how you would answer that question. What formula would you use to reach a ...

Climate change & religion: an unorthodox duo

By Elizabeth Lee and Natalie Koltun, for the Mitzpeh, @mitzpeh, @natalie_koltun Despite shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels and surges in global temperature and carbon dioxide levels, 16 percent of Americans do not believe in global warming, according to an October 2015 report by the National Surveys on Energy and Environment. As scientists ...