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Archive for June, 2011

Pictures of the Beit Shearim and Sepphoris

Rebecca Lesses has posted some nice pictures of her recent trip to the Galilee on her blog Mystical Politics. They include good ones of Beit Shearim and Sepphoris (Tzippori).

Non-Leather Shoes in the Israeli Army

Thursday’s Makor Rishon has an article about how soldiers in the Israeli Army who don’t want to wear leather boots for reasons of conscience should be allowed to wear a non-leather alternative.

Here Comes Hullin

Today Daf Yomi began Ḥullin. Many years ago I was able to study most of the first two chapters with Rabbi Aryeh Strikovsky and I am looking forward to rediscovering some marginalia from that shiur. The tractate begins by addressing who is qualified to ritually slaughter animals. See this older post about women as ritual […]

Rabbi Dov Lior and Freedom of Speech

The limits that a democratic society can place on the freedom of speech is a difficult question. During the past few days this question has been in the headlines in Israel. The reason for this is that the police detained Rabbi Dov Lior after he refused the be investigated regarding the approbation that he wrote […]

Endicott on Legal Interpretation

So is Jewish law based more on “legal reasoning” or “legal interpretation”? I am sure that the answer depends on who, when, and where. Endicott on Legal Interpretation: Timothy A.O. Endicott (University of Oxford – Faculty of Law) has posted Legal Interpretation (Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law, A. Marmor, ed., Routledge, 2012) on SSRN. […]

Hadran Alach Menachot

Tomorrow the Daf Yomi cycle begins Ḥullin, so I wanted to bring one source from Menaḥot that I enjoyed. The following is part of a larger discussion found on Menaḥot 99b. תניא ר׳ יוסי אומר אפילו סילק את הישנה שחרית וסידר את החדשה ערבית אין בכך כלום אלא מה אני מקיים לפני תמיד שלא ילין […]

Yeshayahu Leibowitz on the Parashah

One of my favorite books on the parashah is Yeshayahu Leibowitz’s Hebrew book on parashat ha-shavuah. Israeli Education Channel 23 has posted online a number of older programs. One of them is a program on on the book of Genesis that featured Yeshayahu Leibowitz. The program can be found here.

Monty Python’s International Philosophy

This is too funny. (hat tip)

Pagans Run Amok in Haifa

From Israel National News (Arutz Sheva): A pagan ritual took place last Shabbat at the Binyamin park in the Hadar neighborhood of Haifa. The ultra-orthodox community was astonished and offended that workers from Sudan, India and Nepal were allowed to counduct pagan services near their homes. The Haifa municipality explains that the Sri-Lankan community had […]

Clarence Clemons RIP

Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for the E Street Band, died today at the age of 69 of complications from a stroke. It is hard to describe the close relationship that Bruce and Clarence have had for the last forty years. Since they met on a stormy night in Asbury Park in the early 1970’s, they […]

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