In Appreciation of Righteous Jews

Aerial view of Ramat Shalom and the surrounding neighborhood.The intersection of Broward Boulevard and Hiatus Road is located a bit to the left of the center of this picture.Ramat Shalom is to the right of Hiatus, right below Broward Boulevard. In the Talmud, the Jewish book of law that dates back more than 1,500 years, we’re taught that a wise person shouldn’t live in a place where there’s no beit din (a court of law) that metes out punishments; a tzedakah (charity) fund that’s collected by two people and distributed by three; a synagogue; a mikveh (a ritual bath house); a bathroom; a doctor; a craftsperson; a blood-letter; (some versions add a butcher); and a teacher of children.” (Sanhedrin 17b)At first glance, some of the items on this list might seem strange to us today, but they actually make a lot of sense. Most of us want to live in a place that has laws and morals…