Tuesday 27 October 2015

JVO Blog: The Distinctiveness of Judaism – Sdom: The Mask of Evil

Jewish Values Online (jewishvaluesonline.org) is a website that asks the Jewish view on a variety of issues, some specifically Jewish and some from the world around us -- and then presents answers from each of the denominations of Judaism. Nishmablog's Blogmaster Rabbi Wolpoe and Nishma's Founding Director, Rabbi Hecht, both serve as Orthodox members of their Panel of Scholars. Nishmablog, over the years, has also featured the responses on JVO by one of our two Nishma Scholars who are on this panel. 

Recently, the Jewish Values Online website has offered a new service -- a blog which presents comments on various topics within Judaism and the Jewish world. See

Rabbi Hecht is now also a blogger on this site and will be developing a series entitled  
The Distinctiveness of Judaism

His Third post 

Sdom: The Mask of Evil
is now available at http://jewishvaluescenter.org/jvoblog/sdom-the-mask-of-evil

A link is also up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JewishValuesOnline?fref=ts

Monday 26 October 2015

New RBH Series in Toronto


Conflicts and Overlaps

at Adath Israel, 37 Southbourne Ave

Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Second Series: Ethics: The Search for 'The Good'

November 8 - December 13

November 8     What is 'the Good'? Pleasure? Morals?
November 15     Are Ethics About the Other - Love Your Neighbour?
November 22     Are Ethics About the Self - Be The Best You Can Be?
November 29     Ethics as Duties
December 6     Ethics as Rights
December 13     Is the Possible Answer: All of the Above?

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Nishma Policy - Beyond 'Off the Derech' -- Why is Someone Committed?

NISHMA: Policy is devoted to analyzing policy issues within the world of Torah.

I have just uploaded the latest post, entitled Beyond 'Off the Derech' -- Why is Someone Committed?, which we hope will serve as a beginning of an investigation of this important issue.

I invite you to take a look...and comment.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Saturday 10 October 2015

Of Possible Interest to the Toronto Community: Honest Reporting Canada

37 Southbourne Ave.


Gary Kenzer 

North American   
Executive Director 

Israel is in the midst of a battle for public opinion – waged primarily via the media. To ensure Israel is represented fairly and accurately “HonestReporting” monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action.

Gary Kenzer began working for the organization in Sept. 2006 and was also the National Director for Magen David Adom US.  Gary consults with the professional association on political advocacy issues and trains over 500 students a year on becoming political advocates.

7:30 p.m. 

$15 in advance  $20 at the door  
635-5340 x308
Refreshments served