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Archive for August, 2011

Conference on Torat ha-Melekh Cancelled

The conference at Haifa University on the book Torat ha-Melekh has been cancelled after protests from numerous quarters over the author being invited to speak. (hat tip)

Lawrence Schiffman: Qumran and Jerusalem

Lawrence Schiffman has published a new book, Qumran and Jerusalem: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism. Major changes are occurring in our understanding of the fascinating texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their significance for the study of the history of Judaism and Christianity. One of the most significant […]

Yaron Zelekha on the Israeli Economy

In the past two weeks the Hebrew edition of Haaretz has published two articles about the former Accountant General of the Finance Ministry, Yaron Zelekha. Zelekha claims that the real problems with the Israeli economy aren’t security, settlements, or the ultra-orthodox, despite claims to the contrary, rather, there are a number of fundamental structural problems […]

Conference on Torat ha-Melekh

Tomer Persico has posted about a conference next week at Haifa University on the book Torat ha-Melekh.

Walking With…

American Jewish University has published a number of installments of “Walking With…” They have included “Walking With God,” “Walking With the Jewish Calendar,” with the latest being “Walking With Mitzvot.” All of the units include a short discussion of a topic along with sources for learning and questions for discussion. For the latest installment I […]

An Stylish Personal Mechitzah

Last year, reports about the call by some rabbis for a “personal mechitzah” on planes made their rounds. My friend Josh N. just forwarded to me a more stylish answer to the generic personal mechitzah, the privacy shell. At least the “privacy shell” has room for two. See here for details.

Chaim Grade and Gedolei Yisrael

At Oneg Shabbat, David Assaf has a post (Hebrew) about the relationships between the Yiddish writer Chaim Grade and Gedolei Yisrael, especially the Hazon Ish.

New Treifot and the Genizah

Rabbi Dov Linzer has a good post about some of the recent discussions in Daf Yomi, We Don’t Add to the List of Treifot-Really? Rabbi Linzer addresses the discussion found in the Gemara as to whether it is possible to add to the list of conditions that are fatal to an animal and therefore make […]

The Mishnah and Dogwalkers

The Armchair Ethicist has a case that is great for those who like to apply rabbinic law to modern situations. Over the weekend, my husband and I left our dog with a friend. Our friend got distracted while walking her, and our dog ran across the street and attacked a small dog. We feel the […]

Screening of “Footnote” in New York

The Talmud-themed movie Footnote will be screened at the New York Film Festival which runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 16. I do not think that the exact times that it will be screened are presently available, but tickets for the greater public go on sale Sept. 12. (Jpost)

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