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Mazal Tov-Royal Tidbit of the Day

From this article: Pursuant to the 1701 Act of Settlement, royals are removed from the line of succession if they convert to Catholicism or marry a Roman Catholic. The act has been put into use several times. Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, lost his place in the succession when he married Catholic […]

Rav Kook Ate Manischewitz Matzah

According to this (Hebrew) article from Musaf Shabbat by Rabbi Prof. Neriyah Gotel, Rav Kook was an enthusiastic consumer of machine-made Manischewitz matzah while he was in London during WW I. The article describes the different versions of a letter by Rav Kook that were published in different editions of Igrot Ha-Ra’ayah, one that includes […]

Where Israeli and Diaspora Judaism Part Ways

In a comment to a previous post, my good friend Harry wrote, I have been arguing the main points of both authors as you describe them. But I cannot read these articles because they are in Hebrew. Is there anyway for them to be translated- lets say to English? The question of language aside, I […]

Towards an Israeli-Cultural Judaism and a Dismantling of Religious Society

Last week’s Musaf Shabbat of Makor Rishon had two articles that will no doubt be discussed for quite some time. Both articles are in Hebrew, and in about a month when I have more time I will translate them if no one will have already done so. The first article was by Ariel Picard, On […]

Chimes of Freedom

Here is Dylan singing his Chimes of Freedom and Bruce’s version. Hag Sameaḥ.

What’s With Those Eighteen Minutes

Many of us have heard that from the minute water touches the flour, there are only eighteen minutes within which the baking of matzah must be finished. Well, it is actually a disagreement among halakhic authorities. According to some, the eighteen minutes is the maximum amount of time that the dough can sit without it […]

The Thriller in Tiberias

A video from Pshita on Rabbi Yoḥanan and Reish Lakish: The use of violent imagery to describe Torah study is found in many places in the Talmud and rabbinic literature. Aryeh Cohen presented a paper on this topic at the most recent AJS conference and hopefully we’ll see the fruits of his research in print […]

Interview with Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Shasnik has a long interview (Hebrew) with Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the author of Yalkut Yosef and the son of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. The interview, which was originally published in Hamodia, gives an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the origins of Yalkut Yosef.

More on Women in a Minyan

One of my students drew my attention to this recently published responsum by Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of Congregation Beth-Tzedec in Toronto on the inclusion of a woman in a minyan. The file is a PDF, but I had to change the file name and add “pdf.”

Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder?

In a blog post (here) that brings a wide variety of artistic representations of the Last Supper, David Assaf wrote that some people either don’t know, or forget, that the Last Supper was a Passover Seder. לפעמים אנו שוכחים – או שמא פשוט לא יודעים – שהסעודה האחרונה של ישו היתה סעודת ליל הסדר. The […]

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