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Archive for January, 2014

Prof. Angel Sáenz-Badillos

Prof. Angel Sáenz-Badilloshe, the important scholar of Hebrew and author of A History of the Hebrew Language, has passed away. The following is from H-Judaic: H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. Angel Sáenz-Badillos (1940-2013), Director of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University and Professor of Hebrew at Departmento de […]

Shamma Friedman Wins the Israel Prize

My friend MS has just emailed me that Talmud scholar Prof. Shamma Friedman will be awarded the Israel Prize this coming Independence Day. Here is an article from Srugim (H) on Prof. Friedman receiving the prize. It is an honor well-deserved. Mazal Tov and Yishar Koach.

Shai Held on Heschel at JTS

Admission is free, but you are asked to register beforehand. Shabbat Shalom.

Who is a Rabbanit

For many people the Hebrew word רבנית (“Rabbanit“) is equivalent to the Yiddish word rebbetzin, referring to the (male) rabbi’s wife. I wanted to present a few observations about how the word rabbanit has begun to take on a new meaning in modern Hebrew, that of a woman in a religious leadership role whose title […]

New Rabbinical School in Israel

The Midrasha of Oranim has begun the formation of a new Eretz Yisraeli rabbinical school that will be non-denominational and focused on community rabbis. בהצלחה. (HT)

Religious Newspapers and Freedom of Conscience

The Israeli website devoted to media-related issues, the Seventh Eye, has an interesting post (H) about a court case involving the Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon. Makor Rishon is a newspaper whose main readership is the national-religious public, and its owner, Shlomo Ben-Tzvi, is a religiously observant person. Two years ago the Aguda, an Israeli organization […]

Correspondence of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt

Since the recent passing of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, a number of bloggers have published some of his correspondence. Musings of a Jewish Bookseller has posted correspondence between Rabbi Greenblatt and the publisher of his responsa. Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer has published some correspondence between himself and Rabbi Greenblatt here, here, and here.

Discussion of New Book on Gush Emunim

Tomer Persico has posted the audio (Hebrew) of an evening dedicated to discussing a new book on Gush Emunim by Gideon Aran. Persico’s review of the book can be found here (English) and here (Hebrew), while one by Yair Sheleg is here (Hebrew).

New Book: Between the Borders of the Land of Israel

There is a new book published by Yad Ben-Zvi that addresses approaches to the borders of the Land of Israel during the Second Temple, Mishnaic, and Talmudic Periods and perceptions relating to territory and borders. (HT) מהם תחומיה וגבולותיה של ארץ ישראל ? האם מאשקלון שבדרום ועד עכו בצפון או שמא בין הנילוס והפרת? האם […]

Ultra-Orthodox Youth Who Leave That World

A number of years ago a study was published in Israel that claimed to have found little attrition from the ultra-Orthodox community, labeling the number of people who grew up ultra-Orthodox but no longer defined themselves as such to be statistically insignificant. Ynet has an article (Hebrew) that claims the number of ultra-Orthodox youth in […]

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