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Archive for June, 2009

Kol Isha Just Won’t Go Away

It seems as if the question of Kol Isha must be in the news every few months. See here for a previous post about the issue. The most recent discussion has been the result of this article (Hebrew) by R. Israel Rosen and a recent article in Tehumin. Lastly, see this this post by Admiel […]

Life and Books

See this (Hebrew) interesting post by Rav Tzair on the relationship between how people live their lives and what is written in books.

The Jewish Law of Privacy in the News

From an article on privacy in a Norwegian computer magazine, When you consider the historic attitude toward privacy rights in the Judaic tradition, Israel’s position at the forefront of privacy protection is not surprising. In his book The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, George Washington University professor Jeffrey Rosen writes that hezzek […]

More Modern Renditions of Piyyutim

I recent wrote here about Berry Sakharov and Rea Mochiach’s putting of poetry by Shelomo ibn Gabriol to music. One of the pioneers of such attempts is Meir Banai of the multi-talented Banai family. In 2007 he released an album שמע קולי which features musical renditions of traditional Jewish liturgical compositions. One of the albums […]

Rabbi Jay Miller z”l

Although I never studied with Rabbi Jay Miller z”l, I was able to study for a number of years with one of his students who did his best to transmit to us the Torah of his teacher. You can read some comments about him here and below is an announcement from the Web Yeshiva about […]

Michael Jackson

We drove down into Memphis, the sky was hard and black Up over the ridge came a white Cadillac They’d drawn out all his money and they laid him in the back A woman cried from the roadside “Ah he’s gone, he’s gone” They found him slumped up against the drain With a whole lot […]

Ibn Gabirol Meets Rock ‘n Roll

The Forward has an article about an increased use of classical Jewish texts by Israeli musicians. Israeli music has always found inspiration in classical Jewish sources, both lyrically and thematically. One recent example is Berry Sakharof (Wikipedia entry: English, Hebrew) and Rea Mochiach’s recently released album Adumei ha-Sefatot. What makes this album unique is that […]

Summer Reading on Iran

For those who are interested in some summer reading on modern Iran, Patrick Clawson has a list here.

Penguin Publishes Selections from Talmud

Penguin is publishing The Talmud: A Selection (Penguin Classics) which includes selections from the Talmud edited and translated by Norman Solomon. The book includes an introduction which discusses the Talmud and related rabbinic literature. (hat tip) One of the most significant religious texts in the world, The Talmud is a compilation of the teachings of […]

Cyrus and Masada

In his short and very interesting book, History: Remembered, Recovered, Invented, the historian Bernard Lewis made an interesting comparison between the development of the historical memories of Masada for the Jews and Cyrus for the Persians. Cyrus has been dead for two and a half millenia and was forgotten by his own people though remembered […]

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