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Archive for December, 2011

Mayor of Beit Shemesh Blames Police and School for Problems

This morning, the mayor of Beit Shemesh, Moshe Abutbul, gave an interview (Hebrew) on Galei Tzahal.  Why was there rioting the other night?  The police didn’t know how to handle the situation.  Why are some fanatic ultra-orthodox attacking little girls?  It’s an unnecessary provocation to put the school in their neighborhood.  What he doesn’t get […]

Videos from the Israel Democracy Institute on Zionist Halakhah

In 2008 the Israel Democracy Institute sponsored a conference on Zionist Halakhah. Below are some videos from the conference. (Hebrew)

Videos from the Israel Democracy Institute on the Rabbinate

A few months ago the Israel Democracy Institute sponsored a symposium upon the release of a new book on the rabbinate. Below are two videos from the conference. (Hebrew)

Winners of Bible Quiz for Adults

The Bible Quiz for Adults, חידון התנ“ך למבוגרים, was held yesterday in Israel. As many in Israel are speaking about women in the public space, it is worthwhile to look closely at the first and second place winners. The first place winner is on the left and the second place winner is on right. The […]

Speech by Hadassa Margolese at Beit Shemesh Rally

Below is the video of the speech by Hadassa Margolese at tonight’s demonstration in Beit Shemesh against religious coercion, fansticism, violence, etc. Hadassa is the mother of Naama, the young girl who was featured in this Israel Channel Two newscast.

The New Jerusalem Talmud

The New Jerusalem Talmud is an interesting attempt to merge both the multi-vocality and graphic of the Talmud with modern technology and issues.

Interview with Israel Knohl on Miracles in the Bible

Prof. Israel Knohl was interviewed by Dov Elbaum on his program Sod ha-Luaḥ ha-Ivri. The entire program can be found here. The interview is in Hebrew, but here is a summary of Knohl’s ideas. Knohl tries to minimize the importance of miracles in Judaism and the Bible, intentionally using the post-Biblical phrase “עולם כמנהגו נוהג”, […]

A New Index to the Talmud

The NYT has an article about a new index to the Talmud. (hat tip) It is available in either English or Hebrew and is published by Feldheim.  There is a website for the book that includes some sample pages and it looks very good.  I would be interested to know if anybody has used it.

IBA English News Report about Beit Shemesh-Dec. 26, 2011

New Books of Heschel in Hebrew

There are two recent publications in Hebrew of translations of works by Abraham Joshua Heschel. The first is a translation of his Yiddish book on Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, whose modified English version is A Passion for Truth. A translation of the first chapter can be found here. A second book is a collection of his […]

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