Friday, 28 November 2014

Ethics of the Mind

From the archives of Nishma's Online Library at, we have chosen an article that relates to the week's parsha, both to direct you to this dvar Torah but also for the purposes of initiating some discussion. It is also specifically applicable to the ethical challenge facing us in the world today whereby people are arriving at ethical conclusions only through their emotions and not with the thought necessary in arriving at proper ethical conclusions

This week's parsha is Vayeitzei and we invite you to look at the Insight entitled "Ethics of the Mind" at

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Orthodox Jews Against Discrimination and Racism -- on Facebook

I recently found out about this group on Facebook and think that it is worthwhile for people to check it out. A major issue in Israel, especially these days, concerns how the nation is going to treat its Arab citizenship and this group really shows the challenge that this involves -- especially in meeting the ideals of Torah. The group also touches upon, in this regard, how we treat each other.

To find out more about the group, please go to;postID=2436747232705834417

It was on this site that I also found the following
for which I wish to thank Aishdas' R. Micha Berger (a friend of Nishma as well).

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Nishma-Parshah: Vayeitzei

Take a look at what's on

for Parshat Vayeitzei

Parsha: Vayetzei, "Reflecting upon Quality Control"

Parsha: Miketz and Vayeitzei, "Parsha breaks"

Parallels Between Sulam Yaakov and Migdal Bavel


Are we Headed for a Post Ideological World?

«Francis said that ideologies are "rigid." "When a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought," Francis said, according to Radio Vatican.

Francis added: "The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new."

Francis' comments on "ideological Christians" come a month after he criticized the Catholic Church's obsession with gays, abortion and birth control.»
Pope Francis: 'Ideological Christians' Are a 'Serious Illness' | Alternet

Kol Tuv,

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Jewish Tribune: On knowing your audience

In the halachic debate over Jewish access to the Temple Mount, the language of debate is often inappropriate -- especially as the world listens. The fact is that it is often more than just inappropriate.

Further on this, please go to

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Christians United for Israel Takes on Presbyterian Church USA's Divestment Vote

Christians United for Israel Takes on Presbyterian Church USA's Divestment Vote; Elicits 26,000 Responses in Support of Israel in 1 Day | Jewish & Israel News
«The [Presbyterian] vote was publicly supported by David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and frequently unsuccessful U.S. political candidate, drawing ridicule of the organization which said the vote was not based on anti-Semitism. On his website, Duke said: "Bravo to the Presbyterian Church for standing up to Jewish racism and supremacism!"»

Kol Tuv,

Monday, 24 November 2014

Outreach Books - Torah Musings

«I recently made a list of good outreach books for a friend. Let me present it here with a little elaboration:

Books that try to convince and respond to challenges»:

Kol Tuv,

New Scandal Envelops UNRWA as Employees Praise Jerusalem Synagogue Atrocity

New Scandal Envelops UNRWA as Employees Praise Jerusalem Synagogue Atrocity | Jewish & Israel News

Kol Tuv,