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Halakha

Halakha is the collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the written and Oral Torah. Halakha is based on biblical commandments, subsequent Talmudic and rabbinic law, the customs and traditions compiled in the many books such as the Shulchan Aruch. Halakha is translated as "Jewish Law", although a more literal translation might be "the way to behave" or "the way of walking"; the word derives from the root that means "to behave". Halakha guides not only religious practices and beliefs, but numerous aspects of day-to-day life. In the Jewish diaspora, halakha served many Jewish communities as an enforceable avenue of law – both civil and religious, since no differentiation exists in classical Judaism. Since the Jewish Enlightenment and Jewish emancipation, some have come to view the halakha as less binding in day-to-day life, as it relies on rabbinic interpretation, as opposed to the authoritative, canonical text recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Under contemporary Israeli law, certain areas of Israeli family and personal status law are under the authority of the rabbinic courts, so are treated according to halakha.

Some differences in halakha are found among Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Yemenite and other Jewish communities who lived in isolation. The word halakha is derived from the Hebrew root halakh – "to walk" or "to go". Taken therefore, halakha translates as "the way to walk", rather than "law"; the word halakha refers to the corpus of rabbinic legal texts, or to the overall system of religious law. The term may be related to Akkadian ilku, a property tax, rendered in Aramaic as halakh, designating one or several obligations. Halakha is contrasted with aggadah, the diverse corpus of rabbinic exegetical, philosophical and other "non-legal" texts. At the same time, since writers of halakha may draw upon the aggadic and mystical literature, a dynamic interchange occurs between the genres. Halakha does not include the parts of the Torah not related to commandments. Halakha constitutes the practical application of the 613 mitzvot in the Torah, as developed through discussion and debate in the classical rabbinic literature the Mishnah and the Talmud, as codified in the Mishneh Torah and Shulchan Aruch.

Because halakha is developed and applied by various halakhic authorities rather than one sole "official voice", different individuals and communities may well have different answers to halakhic questions. With few exceptions, controversies are not settled through authoritative structures because during the Jewish diaspora, Jews lacked a single judicial hierarchy or appellate review process for halakha. According to the Talmud, 613 mitzvot are in the Torah, 248 positive mitzvot and 365 negative mitzvot, supplemented by seven mitzvot legislated by the rabbis of antiquity. Rabbinic Judaism divides laws into categories: The Law of Moses which are believed to have been revealed by God to the Israelites at biblical Mount Sinai; these laws are composed of the following: laws written in the Hebrew Bible. The Oral Torah, laws believed to have been transmitted orally prior to their compilation in texts such as the Mishnah and rabbinic codes. Laws of human origin including rabbinic decrees, customs, etc.

This division between revealed and rabbinic commandments may influence the importance of a rule, its enforcement and the nature of its ongoing interpretation. Halakhic authorities may disagree on which laws fall into which categories or the circumstances under which prior rabbinic rulings can be re-examined by contemporary rabbis, but all Halakhic Jews hold that both categories exist and that the first category is immutable, with exceptions only for life-saving and similar emergency circumstances. A second classical distinction is between the Written Law, laws written in the Hebrew Bible, the Oral Law, laws which are believed to have been transmitted orally prior to their compilation in texts such as the Mishnah and rabbinic codes. Commandments are divided into positive and negative commands, which are treated differently in terms of divine and human punishment. Positive commandments require an action to be performed and are considered to bring the performer closer to God. Negative commandments forbid a specific action, violations create a distance from God.

A further division is made between chukim and eduyot. Through the ages, various rabbinical authorities have classified some of the 613 commandments in many ways. A different approach divides the laws into a different set of categories: Laws in relation to God, Laws about relations with other people; the development of halakha in the period before the Maccabees, described as the formative period in the history of its development, is shrouded in obscurity. Y. Baer has argued that there was little pure academic legal activity at this period and that many of the laws originating at this time were produced by a means of neighbourly good conduct rules in a similar way as carried out by Greeks in

Strobe Talbott

Nelson Strobridge "Strobe" Talbott III is an American foreign policy analyst associated with Yale University and the Brookings Institution, a former journalist associated with Time magazine, a diplomat who served as the Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001. He was president of Brookings from 2002 to 2017. Talbott was born in Dayton, Ohio, to Helen Josephine and Nelson Strobridge "Bud" Talbott II, he attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and graduated in 1968 from Yale University, where he had been chairman of the Yale Daily News, a position whose previous incumbents include Henry Luce, William F. Buckley, Joe Lieberman, he was a member of the Scholar of the House program in 1967–68, belonged to a society of juniors and seniors called Saint Anthony Hall. He became friends with former President Bill Clinton when both were Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford. In 1972, along with his friends Robert Reich and David E. Kendall, rallied to his friends Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton to help them in their Texas campaign to elect George McGovern president of the United States.

In the 1980s, he was Time's principal correspondent on Soviet-American relations, his work for the magazine was cited in the three Overseas Press Club Awards won by Time in the 1980s. Talbott wrote several books on disarmament. Following Bill Clinton's election as president, Talbott was invited into government where he served at first managing the consequences of the Soviet breakup as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State Warren Christopher on the New Independent States. After leaving government, he was for a period Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Talbott was the sixth president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D. C. from 2002 to 2017. At Brookings, he was responsible for formulating and setting policies, recommending projects, approving publications and selecting staff, he brings to Brookings the experience of his careers spanning journalism, government service and academe, his expertise in US foreign policy with specialties on Europe, South Asia and nuclear arms control.

On January 31, 2017, Talbott announced his resignation from the Brookings Institution. The resignation was retracted, but in October he was succeeded by General John R. Allen, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Talbott also sits on the DC non-profit America Abroad Media's advisory board; the former Russian Foreign Intelligence Service operative Sergei Tretyakov said that SVR considered Talbott a source of intelligence information and classified him as "a special unofficial contact," though "he was not a Russian spy." The allegations center on Talbott's relationship with Russia's ambassador to Canada, Georgiy Mamedov, a longtime SVR "co-optee," according to Tretyakov. Mamedov called the allegations "blatant lies." Talbott rejected the accusations, calling them "erroneous and/or misleading in several fundamental aspects..." and said that his meetings with Mamedov advanced US objectives, such as getting Russia to accept NATO enlargement and helping to end the Kosovo War. He married Brooke Shearer in 1971.

Talbott had been her brother, Derek's, roommate. Brooke, Talbott's wife of 38 years, died on May 19, 2009, he has two sons and Adrian, co-founders of Generation Engage. In 2015 he married the author Barbara Lazear Ascher. "In the next century, nations as we know. National sovereignty wasn't such a great idea after all." "The Russians have provided an opening for renewed diplomacy. Since last summer, President Dmitry Medvedev has been calling for a'new Euro-Atlantic security architecture'. So far, except for rehashing old complaints and the unacceptable claim that other former Soviet republics fall within Russia's'sphere of privileged interests', Mr Medvedev and Mr Lavrov have been vague about what they have in mind."That creates a vacuum that the United States and its European partners can fill with their own proposals. The theme of those should be accelerating the emergence of an international system, prepared to include Russia rather than exclude or contain it, to encourage positive forces in Russia that want to see their nation integrated in a globalized world organized around the search for common solutions to common problems."

Talbott is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Order of the Golden Fleece Lane, Charles.: “The Master of the Game: A journey down the paper trail of Strobe Talbott: Russophile, establishmentarian, … ”, The New Republic, March 7, 1994. Strobe Talbott's Brookings Expert Page Talbott lecture at Ditchley Foundation, July 2010 Appearances on C-SPAN

Harrisburg, North Carolina

Harrisburg, a northeastern suburb of Charlotte, is a town in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, United States. The population was estimated to be 16,075 as of 1 July 2018. Harrisburg is located in southwestern Cabarrus County at 35°19′20″N 80°39′12″W, it is bordered to the west by Charlotte in Mecklenburg County. North Carolina Highway 49 passes through the center of Harrisburg, leading northeast 57 miles to Asheboro and southwest 13 miles to the center of Charlotte. Charlotte Motor Speedway is 3 miles north of the center of town, within the Concord city limits; the Town of Harrisburg has a total area of 11.15 square miles. As of the United States Census Bureau estimate on July 1, 2017, there were 15,728 people and 4,573 households in the town, with 3.16 persons per household. The population percent change between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2017 was 17.9%. The racial makeup of the town was 72.2% White, 16.1% African American, 0.7% American Indian and Alaska Native, 6.4% Asian, 3.3% Hispanic or Latino and 2.8% from two or more races.

There were 926 Veterans. In 2016, the median age of all people in Harrisburg was 37.1. In 2016, there were 4,573 households in Harrisburg, with the median property value being $245,400; the homeownership rate was 89.1%. The national average was 63.6%. The median income for a household in the town was $88,865 and the per capita income was $32,310; the percent of people over 25 with a high school diploma or higher was 95.6% and 44.0% for those with a bachelor's degree or higher. Local schools include Harrisburg Elementary School, Hickory Ridge Middle School and Hickory Ridge High School; the largest universities by graduates near Harrisburg are, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The most common bachelor's degree concentrations are General Business Administration and Management, General Psychology and General Biological Studies. Town of Harrisburg official website