Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Arutz 7 Tweaks

Arutz 7, aka Israel National News, is a religious-oriented news network with web site, TV video clips, op-eds, the works. It is directed by Rabbanit Shulamit Melamed.

Reading a recent story, I found this bit:

"I think they would find it interesting because they can understand in a tangible way how every aspect of a Jewish life can be holy," Bloom said, even down to the barest details.


Well, you wouldn't get the joke unless you knew what the story was about, right?

Well, then, here:

Online Mikvah Calendar Eases Jewish Family Purity Observance

by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) A new Online Mikvah Calendar created especially for the internet-savvy Jewish woman-of-today is making it easier to observe the complex Jewish laws of family purity.

The website, which was rolled out this week, is the brainchild of Rebbetzin Rivkah Bloom...Bloom came up with the idea for the new website in response to requests for help from women learning about mikvah observance – the laws of purity, which include immersion in a ritual pool.

"They asked me to develop a program to calculate their important dates," said Bloom. It took her four years to develop the Mikvah Calendar program, together with a colleague from MIT who "would like to remain anonymous." She told Israel National News in an exclusive email interview that she personally would "continually add new features to the site."

...Although the observance of mikvah is primarily relevant to married women, Bloom said that she believes single women, men and even people of other faiths would also enjoy the new website.

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