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The Sanctity of Jerusalem in Islam

From the late Hava Lazarus-Yafeh. Also available here on Google Books. Hava Lazarus-Yafeh-The Sanctity of Jerusalem in Islam

Artscroll Talmud Goes Digital-Updated

A reliable source of mine has written on Facebook that Artscroll has announced a digital edition of the Artscroll Talmud that will be available before the next Daf Yomi cycle begins in August. This has tremendous potential. Details to follow. Update: Thanks to the link by Steven in the comments below, you can see the […]

Another Rashi on the Movie Footnote

Makor Rishon has a very good article that gives some background to the movie Footnote. See here for another “Rashi” on Footnote. Article on Footnote, Makor Rishon Feb. 23, 2012 For those who can’t read the Hebrew, here is a choice quote from Menahem Kahana about the Department of Talmud at Hebrew University. It’s true, […]

Rashi on the Movie Footnote

At Yekum Tarbut (H), Adam Freidheim posted (H) a Rashi-like commentary on the movie Footnote. He addresses the characters of the movie, the real-life personalities behind these characters, and the schools of thought that influenced these personalities.

Gershon Scholem’s Library and the Cairo Geniza

The Times of Israel has an article about Gershom Scholem’s library and its importance. Although Gershom Scholem is most well-known as a Jewish cultural figure and the definitive scholar of Jewish mysticism and Kabbala, he was also the first head librarian of the nascent National Library’s Judaica collection, from shortly after his aliya in 1923 […]

Historical Photographs of the Land of Israel

The University of Haifa Library has posted a wonderful collection of pictures of the Land of Israel, spanning much of the twentieth century. (hat tip) The pictures are from numerous collections, including those taken by Moshe David Cassuto during his trip in 1943 to Syria and Lebanon when he examined the Aleppo Codex. If you’re […]

Oh no, Bezek trashes American Jews

Bezek, the largest telecommunications company in Israel, has a new commercial that pokes fun at American Jews. It really isn’t that funny, although I am sure that somebody will say that this reflects more Israeli trashing of diaspora Jews. The commercial depicts an American, the Israeli entertainer Gido Gov, who had left Israel for America.  Upon […]

New Book-The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

Daniel Schwartz‘s book The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image has just been released. Ranging from Amsterdam to Palestine and back again to Europe, the book chronicles Spinoza’s posthumous odyssey from marginalized heretic to hero, the exemplar of a whole host of Jewish identities, including cosmopolitan, nationalist, reformist, and rejectionist. Daniel […]

New Book-A Window Into the Responsa Literature

Shmuel Glick, the editor of the Kuntress ha-Teshuvot he-Ḥawash, has published Eshnav le-Sifrut ha-Teshuvot (A Window Into the Responsa Literature). The book is available from the Schocken Institute in Israel.

The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel has gone live. Fair-minded journalism, based in Israel, and read both here in Israel and among those who care for the Jewish nation around the world, has a vital, even noble role to play in enabling informed debate over the challenges and the choices that face the Jewish state. Informing that […]

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