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Glow Sticks on Shabbat

Here’s an interesting question from the realm of the laws of Shabbat. Can one initiate the “lighting” of a glow stick on Shabbat? The light comes from a chemical process, no spark, flame, etc. Here is a description of how a glow stick works. Atoms are excited, does that mean that it should be forbidden? […]

ATTN. Long Island-Be Tested

From the Jewish Star (via JTA): An unprecedented effort is under way in the Five Towns, in Riverdale, N.Y., and in Brookline, Mass., to find bone marrow matches for four young people fighting leukemia. In Woodmere, Zach Englander, a 20- year-old Yeshiva University student, was diagnosed six weeks ago with the form of cancer that […]

Are the Clouds Thickening?

“I went down Virginia, Seeking shelter from the storm. Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow. Five year plans and new deals, Wrapped in golden chains. And I wonder, Still I wonder Who’ll stop the rain.” “Who’ll Stop the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival Daniel Gordis weighs in on Israel-Diaspora relations here. […]

Sukkah City

I know that it is a few months away, but my sister-in-law called my attention to an interesting competition that is happening in New York City, Sukkah City. The web site presents the basic laws of building a sukkah in a Halakhah 2.0 manner. ‘Sukkah City: New York City’ will re-imagine this ancient phenomenon, develop […]

Biblical Metaphor and Bialystok

Two friends have recently published books and I wanted to call your attention to them. Job Y. Jiindo’s Biblical Metaphor Reconsidered: A Cognitive Approach to Poetic Prophecy in Jeremiah 1-24 (Harvard Semitic Monographs) has just been published. Closer to our time, Rebecca Kobrin’s Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora is now on the shelf. Congratulations to […]

More Writings of Rav Kook

According to an article (Hebrew) at Kipa, more writings of Rav Kook are making their way out of the vault. Update: More on Rav Kook’s “new” book.

New Rabbinical School in Canada

There is a new rabbinical school on the block. The Canadian Yeshiva and Rabbinical School. Here is how they describe themselves. We are that rare centre-Orthodox Yeshiva that furthers participation in the modern world while simultaneously critiquing it. In our view, an Orthodoxy that separates one from the rest of the contemporary world has failed, […]

Hillul ha-Shem Watch

There is a testimony being given these days in a Jerusalem court room with descriptions of respected rabbis lying, bearing false witness, etc. Former Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron testified in the Jerusalem District Court on Monday regarding a case involving security forces personnel who received forged religious education certificates. Some 2,000 police officers, soldiers and […]

Conference at Ben-Gurion University

This is a conference whose proceedings I would love to see published. GOLDSTEIN-GOREN INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR JEWISH THOUGHT BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE JEWISH THOUGHT AND JEWISH BELIEF 18-20 SIVAN 5770 31.5.2010 . 2.6.2010 THE MARCUS FAMILY CAMPUS – CONFERENCE HALL BARKAN ( KENASIM BET) BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV BEER-SHEVA Monday, May […]

Chaim Grade’s Library

Inna Hecker Grade, the wife of the Yiddish writer Chaim Grade, recently died. As a result of her death, a number of libraries are examining the many books and manuscripts that Grade left behind. There is an interesting article in the New York Times about the library and his papers which can be found here. […]

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