On Monday, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv to protest police brutality and discrimination against the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Two weeks ago, protests by Israel’s Ethiopian minority against police brutality and discrimination in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv drew international attention.
It’s been many years since I wrote my last d’var torah, not since my Orthodox days when I sat behind the mechitzah with the other women during shul. On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth and learned how she left her culture and people to follow her mother-in-law back to Israel. Ruth sacrificed everything she knew in order to embrace Judaism and, thus, expanded the definition of who is a Jew.
In my recap of The Salon last month I left off on a cliffhanger, so for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath…Our co-host, Rachel Sklar, gave birth right before Passover to a beautiful baby girl! Both mom and baby are doing well – so well, in fact, that they both made it to The Jewish Channel’s studio for this month’s taping of The Salon!
My Washington D.C. community has been engaged in impassioned debates over how severe a punishment Rabbi Barry Freundel deserves for spying on women in the mikveh (Jewish ritual bath), since prosecutors recommended he be sent to prison for 17 years for 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.