Author Archives: Joshua Gershman

About Joshua Gershman

Joshua Gershman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany where he received his degree in English, as well as a minor in Art History. He also runs his own website design and development company, Seven Star Design, and is the former director for the website for Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac, NY, where he developed and published the site from the ground up.

From the Discussions

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Ezekah, from “The Circumcision Debate“:

As parents, it is our responsibility to make choices for our children, even to do things in their long-term best interests although it may cause them discomfort in the short-term. Most kids don’t elect to eat their vegetables or get shot with vaccinations either.

cuteblondeJAP, from “Singles at Synagogue“:

Soon I found that I was staying through the Motzi and the Oneg. I started to talk to people and found that yes I was only single woman in my age group but they didn’t care and that made me feel more comfortable. I now am taking classes offered by the Rabbi and looking for a place to fit in… It is an effort I have to make.

DocBev, from “Must I Believe?“:

Look around at the world, see the diversity of life, now try to deny the Creator. People do, of course. My brother, a JewBu (Jewish Buddhist) denies any belief in a supernatural God. That is because he’s totally self-centered and thinks of himself as all important and the rest of the world is of no importance.

Add your own responses to these threads if you like, or start a new discussion on our discussion boards.

Posted on May 2, 2007

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From the Discussions

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Israel, from “Burn the Lycra�:

The problem is basic: Israel cannot yet come to terms with seperating religion from state. Until it does that, we will have a problem with religious nutcases thinking they can get away with spraying women with paint if they think they aren’t dressed right.

Rivkah7, from “Teaching Children about the Holocaust�:
 
I am struggling with how to teach my children ( ages 10 and 8 ) about the Shoah. My mother and grandparents survived, but most everyone else died. I want my children to know what happened to their family, to their people, to the world. But I also feel, as a mother, a strong need to protect them from the horror of those events, from the loss of innocence.
 
AlexUtiug, from “Growing in Mitzvotâ€?

Doing acts of kindness, including visiting the sick, should not be something one decides to do in order to do a “mitzvah”. We should not think about “deciding to add this mitzvah” when it comes to doing such things: it’s supposed to be like taking shower: yes, there are commandments regarding bodily cleanliness, but these are ones that should be coming from inside your soul.

 Add your own responses to these threads if you’d like, or start a new discussion on our discussion boards.

Posted on February 8, 2007

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MJL Discussion Board Highlights

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The discussion boards on MyJewishLearning.com have always been an important part of our website, and consistently offer insightful conversation and rich debate. This week we are spotlighting the following two discussions relevant to today’s culture.

What is a Secular Jew?

How to keep kosher?

We invite you to take a look at these discussions, and contribute to them if you like, or feel free to start a new thread of your own.

Posted on January 16, 2007

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A Hanukkah Reminder

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This is a reminder to all MyJewishLearning.com visitors that this weekend will mark the end of our promotion with Craig N Co. For those that do not already know, this Hanukkah , with your $36 or greater donation to MyJewishLearning.com, you can receive Craig & Co.’s newest release, The Shabbat Lounge. Or, with your $72 or greater donation, you can choose from either The Shabbat Lounge or The Best of the Celebrate Series, a 2 CD set. These CDs are an excellent Hanukkah gift for yourself or your loved ones.

This limited-time offer will end Friday at Sundown, so please donate today and share your holiday spirit with our staff.

Posted on December 20, 2006

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MJL Blankets North America

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We have completed our comprehensive collection of local community links throughout the United States and Canada. We now feature links to 2,400 links in nearly 400 communities!

Whether you’re looking to get involved in your local Jewish community or seeking to find a synagogue or JCC in a community you’re visiting, our Local Opportunities area has something for you.

If you find that we have left anything out, please email any link suggestions to link@myjewishlearning.com

Also, if you’re looking for a specific local Jewish event, please visit our partner, PlanitJewish.com.

Posted on December 5, 2006

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