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Berkeley Student Senate Passes Bill Condemning Anti-Semitism

Jewish students at UC Berkeley were in a celebratory mood last Wednesday night after the unanimous passing (20-0) of a bill by the student government (ASUC) condemning anti-Semitism. The bill empowers Jewish students “to define, within the guidelines of the nationally recognized definition put forth by the United States State Department, what is and is not antisemitism, in the same manner in which other communities are granted that right.”

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Letter & Spirit: Is the Hereditary Kehunah Undemocratic?

In this week’s edition of Letter & Spirit, in honor of Parshas Tetzaveh, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he comments on an article which discusses the seeming inconsistency between “the otherwise democratic orientation of Judaism” and the fact that there exists a hereditary aristocracy in the persons of the Kohanim and Levyim. The letter was written through the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, and was made available by the latter’s son-in-law, Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro.