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Sheldon Silver is reportedly headed back to prison, just days after being sent home on what had been reported as a COVID-related furlough.
The reversal of fortune for the former speaker of the New York State Assembly came after the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which prosecuted Silver’s case, notified the Bureau of Prisons that it had opposed his release, according to the Associated Press, citing a source familiar with the situation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer paid a shiva call on Thursday to the Brooklyn home of Dovid and Tova Knoblowitz, whose son Pinchas Menachem, 22, died in last week’s Mount Meron tragedy in Israel.
Read the Forward report.
Yair Lapid, an Israeli centrist, is meeting with leaders of other parties in an attempt to form a government and end Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign as prime minister.
Food & Wine celebrates Zabar’s, “a place where tourists and New Yorkers alike can cosplay living in a version of Upper West Side Manhattan that exists mostly in Nora Ephron scripts and Fran Lebowitz quips.”
The New Yorker reviews Forma Pasta Factory in Greenpoint, where Chef Amit Rabinovich gives pasta the “fast-casual treatment.”
Rabbi Marion Ruth Shulevitz, who worked as a chaplain in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice programs in New York City for 25 years, died May 1 at her home in the city. She was 88. Rabbi Shulevitz entered rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1984, at age 51, in the first class to include women. Her family described her as a devoted member of Congregation Ansche Chesed and a fighter for egalitarian Judaism who was proud to get arrested at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for demanding women’s rights.
Rabbi Minna Bromberg launched Fat Torah to confront weight-shaming in Jewish life. “I yearn for a world in which our Jewish communities can be places of belonging for bodies of every size,” she writes.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Repair the World and the Blue Dove Foundation have partnered to create resources to support mental health and open up conversations in your community and end the stigma around mental health.
OneTable’s latest Pause video, coming out today at 4:00 pm, features a spoken word love note (written by Charly Jaffe) to those struggling with feelings about going slow or not being ready to re-emerge from the pandemic.
This week’s Torah portion describes the Shmita, or sabbatical year, when the land in Israel must remain fallow. The “Sabbath for the land,” writes Rabbi Avi Weiss, is a “time to contemplate the centrality of God, to behold the beauty of the land, and to search for our personal and national reason for being.”
More wisdom: Rabbi David Wolpe suggests we spend more time criticizing our own faults than blaming others.
The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism presents a Shabbat service and cultural program with Lina Miller, who is on a multi-year mission to discover her own roots by researching where her ancestors lived before they landed in New York Harbor. Miller will discuss historical geography and geopolitics, and how they frame the pursuit of personal ancestry for Jews of Eastern European heritage. Register here. Tonight, 7:30 pm.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Iyar 25, 5781
Light Candles at 7:41 pm
Saturday, May 8
Torah Reading: Behar-Bechukotai: Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14
Shabbat ends 8:45 pm