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Ancient Hebrew (?) in the Old Neighborhood

Some corners of the world are quite excited about one of the recent archaeological discoveries to come out of Israel. In an archaeological dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa, which is not far from where we lived for a few years, what may turn out to be the oldest evidence of written Hebrew on pottery has been […]

Godless Americans and Sunday School Teachers

If people thought that Obama and McCain were going at it, look at these two ads from the senate race in North Carolina. So much for those who have claimed that women would bring a different voice to politics, and good luck to atheists running for office, 53% of Americans wouldn’t vote for you.

Debate over the Tanya continues

A few weeks ago a synagogue in England cancelled a class on the Tanya because of ideas which were contained in the book that it felt were racist. See this post at Ishim ve-Shitot for some discussion of these ideas within the context of kabbalistic literature. The Jewish Chronicle has pro and con columns regarding […]

Bnei Banim Online

Great news via Hirhurim. Bnei Banim Online: The four volumes of R. Yehuda Henkin’s Responsa Bnei Banim are now available on HebrewBooks.org: link link link link

Eating Hot Food on Shabbat

Revach has a post about placing the eating hot food on Shabbat in the context of Rabbinic polemics against those who opposed the eating of hot food on Shabbat, beginning with the Sadducees. (hat tip) See this post from Chabad for a similar interpretation. While there is an explicit discussion of Sadducean rejection of an […]

Interview with R. Benny Lau

From an interview with R. Benny Lau. Rabbi Benjamin (Benny) Lau, a leading voice of modern Orthodoxy in Israel, believes in “evolution, not revolution.” When it comes to human rights, women’s rights, treatment of animals and other issues not necessarily considered in the religious realm, Rabbi Lau – the 47-year-old director of the Center for […]

Jesus and Aramaic

See “Which Language Did Jesus Speak – Aramaic, Hebrew, or Greek?”, by James J. DeFrancisco, for a discussion about the language of Jesus.

Google Settles Lawsuit

From Bloomberg: Google Inc. will pay $125 million to settle two copyright lawsuits by publishers and authors over its book-scanning project, a “historic” deal that the company said will make millions of books searchable and printable online. The owner of the most popular Internet search engine said the agreement will expand the Google Book program […]

Burial in a Coffin in the Land of Israel

See this article from Ynet about the refusal of a hevra kadisha (burial society) in Israel to allow a family to bury someone in a coffin. (hat tip) For a discussion of the issue, see this responsum (in Hebrew). See here for some scholarly discussion regarding burial practices in antiquity in the Land of Israel.

How much do you love your phone?

From the BBC: A passenger on a French train had to be rescued by firemen after having his arm sucked down the on-board toilet. The 26-year-old victim was trapped when he tried to fish out his mobile phone, which had fallen into the toilet bowl, and fell foul of the suction system. The high-speed TGV […]

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