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Tallit-Inspired Cardigan

All it needs are some tzizit and maybe another corner or two and it’ll be the perfect gift for that special tzizit wearing woman that you know. Available for order here. (HT on FB)

Arik Einstein z”l

There have been many good pieces written about Arik Einstein in the past day. A few that I liked are here, here, here, and here. Below are a few videos that I would recommend to get a taste of who he was. Here is video from the wedding of his ultra-Orthodox daughter to the son […]

Prof. Zvi Arieh Steinfeld z”l

Prof. Zvi Arieh Steinfeld passed away last week in Jerusalem. At the Talmud Blog Shai Secunda has some words about Prof. Steinfeld and his contribution to the study of Talmud. While I never studied with Prof. Steinfeld, I did get to know him during the time that he spent at JTS after his retirement from […]

Changes in Israeli Marriage

During the past few weeks much has happened in Israel in the area of marriage. Much of it started with an article by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed that called for a recognized brit zugiyut, literally a covenantal relationship, between people. While there are different interpretations of what type of relationship this would be and what would […]

Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence

Shai Held’s new book Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence is now available. Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a prolific scholar, impassioned theologian, and prominent activist who participated in the black civil rights movement and the campaign against the Vietnam War. He has been hailed as a hero, honored as a visionary, and endlessly […]

Panel Discussion at CJH-Not By Bread Alone: How Traditionalists Survived Modernity

This Thursday night, November 14, at the Center for Jewish History will be the following panel discussion: Join a provocative discussion on the resilience and adaptability of traditionalism. During the late 19th century, most East European Jews still consented to rabbinic authority, conformed to traditional gender norms, and remained attuned to the rhythms of halakhah. […]

Halichot Olam-Parashat Va-Yeitzei

Holy bathroom talk, that would be an appropriate summary of the Ben Ish Ḥai’s discussion for this week’s parashah. Much of his discussion is based upon Kabbalistic sources, so if you are interested in Kabbalistic interpretations of body parts and functions associated with the bathroom, you can read more here. One of the issues that […]

The Iranian Talmud

Since Hanukkah is only a few weeks away and there is a definite Persian aspect to the holiday, be sure to pick up your copy of Shai Secunda’s The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context. Although the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, has been a text central and vital to the Jewish canon […]

Review: The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud

The Blog of the Center for Jewish Law has a review of David Weiss Halivni’s The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud. This quote from Halivni provides a good summary of his approach to the formation of the Talmud. The foundation of my theory of the formation of the Talmud rests on the thesis that the […]

More Books from Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

Today’s Yediot Aharonot has an article about the literary legacy of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. Apparently, another volume of Hazon Ovadiah-Hilkhot Shabbat will be published very soon. Also, another volume of his responsa Yabia Omer might also be coming out in the future. According to the article, there are 40,000 books in Rav Ovadiah’s library and […]

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