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Parashat Emor

For Children

God gives Moses a series of laws 

specific to the priests; God then

 instructs Moses to tell the people

 about the festivals in addition

to laws of blasphemy and murder.

God gives Moses the laws specific to Aaron 
and all the priests. Priests are to stay pure
 and holy. They are not to have contact with
 the dead, nor profane the Name of God, nor
 marry a harlot nor even marry a divorced 
person. When the daughter of a priest degrades
 herself through harlotry, it is her father whom
 she degrades, and she must be burned in fire.


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 * TORAH Institute *

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Question: Would having a tattoo and/or 
the previous breaking of God’s
 commandments prevent a gentile from
 converting to Judaism?

–Michael, Ottawa

Ask the Expert JewishAnswer: Like it or not, Jewish law has really different demands for Jews and non-Jews. The 613 commandments–which include everything from “be fruitful and multiply” to “no wearing clothes made of linen and wool together”–apply specifically to Jews. According to Jewish tradition, non-Jews are only responsible for seven commandments: the seven Noahide laws (no idolatry, murder, theft, incest, or blasphemy, no eating the flesh of an animal while it is still alive, and an obligation to set up a just legal system).

Regulations for 

the Zadokite priests.

The haftarah selection is from

 Ezekiel 44:15-31.

In the haftarah for Parashat Emor Ezekiel prophesies 
about the rules for the priests that will serve in the
 Third Temple, to be built at an unspecified, apocalyptic
 future date. He specifies that the priests must wear 
specific garments, and are commanded to keep their hair
 cut neatly. They cannot drink wine while they are
 performing their priestly duties, and they are prohibited
 from marrying women who are divorced or widowed
 (unless the widow was originally married to a priest).


The Latest News 

On Anti-semitism

Horrific outbursts against the Jews are on the rise all over Europe – exclamations like “gas the Jews” and “Jews burn best” are being heard at soccer games and similar social gatherings. While there is nothing to excuse or justify such hateful speech, some effort still needs to be made to understand why this is taking place now, and to such a degree that has not been seen for decades. That means coming to grips with the ways in which Israeli leaders have directly, and Jews in general inadvertently, contributed to this alarming development.

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen was
 suspended from his party over antisemitic 
comments that he made. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org - The founder of France’s far-Right National Front political party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was suspended from the party over comments he made trivializing the Holocaust’s gas chambers. The suspension is part of an effort by his daughter and the party’s current leader, Marine Le Pen, to distance National Front from its antisemitic history.

French soldiers guard a Jewish school

French soldiers secure the access  to a Jewish school, in Paris,
rench Jews who fear rising anti-Semitism
 in their homeland are increasingly considering moving to Quebec.
Luciano Del Negro, a spokesperson for Quebec’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, says his organization has recently seen a “marked increase” in the number of inquiries from French-Jewish citizens.
The CIJA is responding to the increasing number of calls and e-mails by providing expert advice on employment opportunities and the “incredibly complicated” immigration procedures, he says


Superstar playwright, dramatist, acerbic literary personality, showman, controversialist, pundit, wit, polemicist, and radical socialist propagandist, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) produced more than 52 plays, prominent among them Candida (1894), Caesar and Cleopatra (1898), Man and Superman (1902), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1912), and St. Joan (1923).

<i>National Front leader Marine Le Pen speaks with reporters following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande earlier this year. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)</i>

National Front leader Marine Le Pen 

speaks with reporters following a

Francois Hollande earlier this year. 

 The Jewish Chronicle - Le Pen picks fight with

 father amid party s surging Jewish support 

At 27, David Rachline is the youngest senator in the history of France’s Fifth Republic and a rising force within the country’s third largest party.

A university dropout and the son of a Jewish Socialist Party activist, Rachline crushed his opponents in the 2014 mayoral elections in the city of Frejus. Six months later, he was elected to the French Senate.

Sexism ...

The Al Jazeera America responded to
 allegations of antisemitic behavior 
displayed by a top executive.

“Al Jazeera America does not tolerate any discriminatory
 conduct and we take great pride in the diversity of our
 organization and its leadership,” Al Jazeera CEO Ehab 
Al Shihabi said in a statement. “The recent 
attacks on us as being antisemitic,
JNS.org - Al Jazeera America, the cable news 
operator which is funded by the government of
 Qatar, has responded to allegations by a former
 employee that a top executive engaged in 
antisemitic, anti-American, and sexist behavior

Al Jazeera America newsroom
A former Al-Jazeera America employee is suing the network alleging a hostile work environment that included “discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Wednesday, April 29.
According to the $15 million lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Matthew Luke was fired in February, 10 days after he complained about the behavior of his supervisor, Osman Mahmoud, to the human resources department.

rup_guadeloupe_conference_2015The Guadeloupe is hosting the 20th Conference of Presidents

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A delegation of U.S. Jewish leaders visited Buenos Aires to express its solidarity with Jewish leaders in Argentina amid tensions with the government.
Following the 36-hour visit this week, Stephen Greenberg, incoming chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Malcolm Hoenlein, the umbrella group’s executive vice chairman, said in a statement that the delegation came to support “the Argentinian Jewish community and its communal institutions” in the wake of “recent events that raise the specter of anti-Semitism and, in particular, the serious charges leveled against leaders of the community.”

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During AJC’s Strategy Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism, held May 4-5 in Brussels, AJC’s Andrew Baker along with European officials discussed how Europe coud best protect its Jews.  Below, Baker provides three key steps that Europe can take right now to protect its Jewish populati

24 days
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised filmmaker Alexandre Arcady for his critically acclaimed film “24 Days” and its harrowing retelling of the murder of Ilan Halimi, the French Jewish youth who was held captive and tortured in Paris by a group of African and North African immigrants in a heinous anti-Semitic attack.
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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — Csanád Szegedi remembers looking in the mirror when he learned that his grandparents on his mother’s side were Jewish.“This is not the way a Jew looks,” he thought to himself. The image he saw reflected back was of a burly, goateed leader of Jobbik, the far-right party of Hungary. Three years ago, Mr. Szegedi was a man who kept a copy of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" on his bookshelf, who says he felt anger when he saw a man with a yarmulke walking down the street. Though never a skinhead or typical neo-Nazi, he says, he certainly sounded like one on the podium, blaming Jews for “buying 

Picture : UCLA
NEW YORK — As someone who has been critical about the sometimes overheated reaction to what is taking place regarding Jews on campus, I also believe it is vital to monitor the situation closely and to be able to reevaluate as things may change.
I still believe that the vast majority of Jewish students have normal lives on campus where they can be comfortable in their own skins and with their Jewish identities. That is why a recent survey suggesting that more than 50 percent of Jewish students experienced anti-Semitism in one form or another was disturbing. This survey – which in my opinion was flawed — was not a helpful reading of


Two Jewish residents of Paris were assaulted on the street Friday by a gang of about 40 people, prompting police to warn Jewish business owners in the neighborhood to be extra vigilant, the Algemeiner reported.
The newspaper, quoting Israeli French JSS News, said the attack occurred on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris’ 11 arrondissement. The victims were described as being in their 20s.
JSS News said police had launched an investigation and warned the many Jewish business owners in the Right Bank area to take precautions.
The attack, the latest in a series of anti-Semitic assaults, was associated with two anti-Israel groups, the paper reported, citing security personnel.

The man I married is Jewish but doesn’t worry about anti-Semitism. He just gets on with his life.
I, meanwhile, bristle at stereotyped remarks that I’m more likely to overhear than he is. My English features, red hair, and surname by marriage (originally Zif, Americanized to Berkowitz, then Anglicized to Beckwith) allow me to experience coded slurs that my fellow non-Jews drop in my presence. I find myself snapping at anyone who uses the phrase “shyster” and lecturing even strangers who say that someone “jewed me down.”


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a wonderful week
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