January 20, 2018 - 4 Shvat 5778

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It’s time to shift the tone on LGBT issues

The Talmud speaks of no less than six genders. The Mishnah states that “androgynous” is a gender category of its own.
The survey of 500 participants was conducted last week amid festivities for Tel Aviv Pride Week WIKI COMMONS PHOTO

THE TORAH AND TRANSGENDERISM

In our liturgy, the Torah is referred to as the “tree of life.” But although it’s rich in general guiding principles, the Torah is paradoxically terse or mute on several of our era’s hottest issues: abortion, gay marriage and transgenderism.

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Former teacher pleads not guilty to child porn charges

Stephen Schacter, a former teacher at a number of Toronto-area Jewish schools, pleaded not guilty to possessing child pornography.

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Singer-songwriter Ezra Jordan aims to follow in successful parents’ footsteps

Music is in 24-year-old Ezra Jordan’s DNA. His parents are singers and songwriters, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan.

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