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Treif Maps

At Parshablog R. Josh Waxman mentions a new ḥumrah against using maps. This ḥumrah is from a ḥassidisch school, so there’s no reason to think that this absurdity has gone beyond this school’s walls, and let’s hope that it doesn’t. Josh comments that I’d just point out that Mizrachi, the famous supercommentator of Rashi, includes […]

Newly Discovered Writings of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein

Great news from Vos Iz Neias: A trove of unpublished manuscripts from the late gadol and posek hador, Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, has been discovered and is being readied for publication in a series of seforim. Included are Rav Moshe’s writings on the entire Shas, as well as hundreds of Responsa on complex halachic issues. […]

People in Israel

Through an article that was linked to on a friend’s Facebook account, (thanks DC) I stumbled upon a very good website about Israeli society, Anashim be-Yisrael. The web site contains many good articles about Israeli society. They have an English version that has a few articles. The article that I originally looked at was about […]

Conference on Iran and Israel (Ancient to Modern) at YU

Iran and Israel: From Cyrus the Great to the Islamic Republic An International Conference Organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs Co-Sponsored by the Yeshiva University Museum, the Sephardic Studies-Program, and Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies Sunday October 31, 2010 Yeshiva University […]

Hebrew Books Update-Tishrei 5771

The latest Hebrew Books update contains a few gems: Halakhot Gedolot (Venice); Sefer ha-Rokeach (Fano-1505); Sefer ha-Terumah (Venice)

A Female Wrapper

On Avodah Zarah 39 is found the following story. וכן היה ר”ש בן אלעזר אומר: מעשה באשה אחת שנשאת לחבר, והיתה קושרת לו תפילין על ידו, נשאת למוכס, והיתה קושרת לו קשרי מוכס על ידו. Similarly R. Simeon b. Eleazar said: It happened that a woman married to a haver [i.e. someone who is trustworthy] […]

The (Anti-)Facebook Rabbi

NRG has an article (Hebrew) about Rabbi Ravid Nagar, who, according to the article is quite a rabbinic figure among many teenagers. He has his own website, Or la-Noar. I am not sure if the following figure is a good judge of his influence, but his Youtube channel has over one million total upload views. […]

Interview with Martin Buber

Below is a short spot from Israel Radio about Martin Buber. I thought that it was interesting because it included some snippets of Martin Buber speaking in Hebrew.

Rav Herschel Schechter on Conversion

The following is copied from a post at Rosner’s Domain. “From a long and very interesting interview with rabbi Hershel Schechter (if you don’t know who he is, click here), I picked a couple of paragraphs. Not all of them will be clear to those who weren’t following all recent conversion wars closely. But if […]

Different Customs for Kol Nidre

Dov Bear has an interesting description of different customs from Kol Nidre. The comments are also worth a look. (hat tip) Also see this description by Elyashiv Reichner about how a community of both Sepharadim and Ashkenazim in Yerucham manages to have joint services for both Kol Nidre and Neilah.

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