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Sex Manuals for National-Religious Jews in Israel

Tsur Erlich has posted an article (Hebrew) of his on sex manuals for the national-religious public in Israel. This is a longer and uncensored/edited version of a print version that appeared today. The article discusses a number of recent books that have been published in Israel, including a Hebrew version of David Ribner and Jennie […]

Rabbi Benny Lau’s Comments on Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

A number of days ago Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef had some fairly harsh and nasty words to say about Rabbi David Stav. Earlier today at a conference on Religious Zionism that was sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute, Rabbi Benny Lau is reported to have said the following words in response to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s comments. […]

Gershom Scholem Card Index of the Zohar

The NLI has posted online Gershom Scholem’s Card Index of the Zohar. The catalogue is not a book per se, but personal notes that Scholem took in anticipation of the future writing of a Zohar lexicon. The notes are in the form of white cards, which Scholem stored in impeccable order in a long narrow […]

Rabbi Yisrael Rozen on Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth

In Musaf Shabbat of Makor Rishon Rabbi Yisrael Rozen of Machon Tzomet writes (Hebrew) about Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth the person and his halakhic legacy.

Rabbi Hayyim David Halevy Featured in Israeli Religious Schools

Apparently, each year schools in Israel belonging to the National-Religious stream (ממלכתי דתי) have one person on whom they focus during the year. Kipa is reporting (Hebrew) that next school year the individual will be Rabbi Hayyim David Halevy. Let’s hope that the learning material to be used will present the richness of his teachings. […]

Author of Shemirat Shabbat Kehilkhatah Passed Away

Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth z”l, the author of the well-known book on the laws of Shabbat, Shemirat Shabbat Ke-Hilkhatah, has passed away in Jerusalem. His book has been one of the most influential halakhic works published in the past few decades and I am lucky enough to have all three editions, enabling me to see what […]

Adin Steinsaltz Thanks Levi Eshkol

I came across the following afterward from the first edition of Adin Steinsaltz’s edition of Berakhot that was published in 1967, which I think was the first volume published. I looked for it in subsequent editions, but was unable to find it.   Translation: The completion of the volume “Berakhot” is a very meaningful stage […]

Pictures of the Oldest Sefer Torah

Below are some pictures of what is possibly the oldest Sefer Torah. The pictures are from this article from the Huffington Post in Italian and the Ansa news agency. HT to the person who discovered the Sefer Torah, Mauro Perani, who posted a link on Facebook.

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