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Archive for February, 2011

Rabbi Dov Linzer on the Daf Yomi

Rabbi Dov Linzer has started a new blog on the Daf Yomi, Daily Daf. The website contains a written transcription of Rabbi Linzer’s Daf Yomi shiur, along with archived audio and video recordings. There is also an option to watch live streaming video of the shiur each morning.

Hang Them in the Public Square

I have written a number of times about Tanakh Ram, the modern Hebrew rewritten Tanakh, and it seems as if the discussion is only getting louder. Haaretz has an article about the drastic drop in the number of students from secular Israeli schools (mamlakhti) who are taking the bagrut test in Tanakh at the highest […]

Can You Say Hillul Hashem?

If I was a rabbi and cared at all what people thought about Judaism, signing a letter of support that is sent to a convicted rapist probably wouldn’t be recommended. See here (Hebrew) for the latest rabbinic list of shame. Also see here and here. Update: Rabbi Yuval Sherlow responded to the above mentioned disgrace […]

When Rav Elyashiv was Lenient

Today’s Makor Rishon had an item about a pashkevil that made its rounds in some neighborhoods that listed a number of lenient opinions by Rav Elyashiv on questions relating to conversion. The contents of the pashkevil are probably similar to what can be found here (Hebrew). The article interpreted Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef to be the […]

Quntres 2:1

A new volume of Quntres: An Online Journal for the History, Culture, and Art of the Jewish Book is available here. Here are its contents. Often Overlooked: Examples of Front-matter in Early Hebrew Books Marvin J. Heller Sibling Rivalry: Simultaneous Editions of Hebrew Books Marvin J. Heller In Search of the Editio Princeps of the […]

Musaf Shabbat

The weekday edition of Makor Rishon has been available online for some time, and I just saw that part of their Musaf Shabbat is now also online here. If you’re looking for quality writing about Israeli and Jewish culture, this is the place to look.

Agnon and the Messiah

Ynet has an article (Hebrew) about some new books about S.Y. Agnon. The article talks about Agnon’s relationship to Kabbalah, the Zohar, messianism, and also talks about the search for the authentic date of his birth and aliyah to Israel and why Agnon may have told people otherwise.

Judaica Sound Archives

Looking for that lost piece of Jewish music? Try the Judaica Sound Archives that is hosted by Florida Atlantic University. It is heavy on the Yiddish music, although it contains lots of other genres. (hat tip)

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef-The Movie

Tonight at 10:00 p.m. on Channel 10 in Israel, the documentary “Ovadiah Yosef” will be broadcast. A preview can be viewed here. Some people were upset that the advertisement just said “Ovadiah Yosef” and not “Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef.” The preview includes the connection between the Yosef family and the Irgun/Etzel. Apparently, most of his family […]

Peninei Halakhah-Shabbat

One of the more accessible books in the field of practical halakhah is Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakhah. The series is very popular and a new and enlarged version on the laws of Shabbat has just been released. Much of this series can be viewed here.

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