The Newsletter of Fig Tree Books LLC
August, 2020: Issue #9
Fredric D. Price, Founder & Publisher
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JEWS OF DIFFERENT HUES: Jessi Kingston, a resident of metropolitan Minneapolis, in a video discussion of Juneteenth

Jessi Kingston is a human rights thought leader with extensive knowledge and experience in advancing diversity and racial equity. Known for transforming organizational cultures, breaking down barriers, and improving racial consciousness, she steered passage of the Domestic Partner Ordinance, the Religious Observance Policy, and the Racial Equity Implementation plan for the City of Edina, Minnesota from 2010-2018. Jessi serves on the boards of Temple Israel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, and Project for Pride in Living. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University. 
by Darlene LeFrancois Haber, MD

A Frontline Physician's Interpretation of Parshat Pinchas during the COVID-19 Pandemic - An Urgent Call for Clarity, Leadership, and Empathy

Pinchas, Numbers 25:10−30:1.

In a revolutionary moment in biblical history, the five daughters of Zelophehad petition Moses that they be granted the portion of the land which had belonged to their father, who died without sons; God accepts their claim as just, grants their request for inheritance, and modifies the inheritance law in the Torah accordingly. It’s striking that these women effectively stand up against this example of gender inequality, and insist on a solution. Their progressive petition to Moses rights this injustice and now will help all other women in a similar circumstance. These daughters are change makers. They are brave, and they are leaders.
NEW WEB FAVORITE: Jewish Live - a portal to curated, inspiring live-streamed Jewish experiences

In early March of 2020, as one Jewish event after another was suddenly being cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the team behind the Judaism Unbound podcast realized that we were about to experience months in which not one in-person Jewish event would take place. And many events that would have been in person—ranging from synagogue services to large conferences—would have to migrate to the digital landscape to which we migrated some years ago. And we knew that physical distancing would bring loneliness and a sense of social isolation for many people.
We also saw that this situation created an opportunity for many Jews, and non-Jews, to connect to Jewish experiences that they might have been intimidated to join in person. And it created many other opportunities: to find commonality and community across distance; to create experiences for others; to re-think elements of Jewish life that may not have been working so well before but that had inertia.
We thought that we could help by creating a port of entry into live Jewish events in cyberspace. Think of jewishLIVE as the international airport or as the Grand Central Station serving the new land of online Judaism.

Our mission is to help you find what you’re looking for and get you there quickly. This web site combines a calendar events with beaming from “Star Trek” because if you discover that something is happening right now, you can just go there in a single click!
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MY JEWISH YEAR: Tisha B'Av by Abigail Pogrebin

Other religions fast—Christians during Lent, Muslims during
Ramadan, Hindus, Buddhists, Mormons, Eastern Orthodox. Reasons
include asceticism, contemplation, penance, purification, resistance
to gluttony, spiritual improvement, closeness to God. Jews add
memory. We fast to remember.
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