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More on the Oldest Known Torah Scroll

Updated information about the oldest known Torah scroll. [From Facebook]: The rediscovery of the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225, was announced by Prof. Mauro Peran in May 2013 at the University of Bologna. Carbon analysis performed independently by the University of Salento in Italy and the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory […]

The Migrating Tales of the Talmud

Richard Kalmin’s new book Migrating Tales: The Talmud’s Narratives and Their Historical Context is now available. Migrating Tales situates the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, in its cultural context by reading several rich rabbinic stories against the background of Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, and Mesopotamian literature of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, much of […]

The Meaning of Ma’avirin et Ro’a HaGezeirah from Unetaneh Tokef

My colleague, Rabbi Jeff Hoffman, has written a post about the meaning of the phrase “Ma’avirin et Ro’a HaGezeirah” from Unetaneh Tokef. For many generations, there have been commentators – including Ramban (12th c.)[3] and R. Yitzchak Arama (15th c.), among many others – that have taken issue with the theology of the prayer. Many […]

Reviews of Mehalekhet Bedarkah

Below is a list of reviews or article about Malka Puterkovsky’s new book, מהלכת בדרכה, that I hope to keep updating as they are written. 1. Yael Levine in Kipa and INN (Hebrew): A critical review of Puterkovsky’s chapter on woman saying the mourner’s kaddish. Levine wrote: [An] in depth analysis uncovers cardinal problems throughout the […]

Malka Puterkovsky in Her Own Words

There is an interview (Hebrew) with Malka Puterkovsky, the author of the recently published book on halakhah, in Israel Hayom. The interviewer, Emily Amrusi, asked Puterkovsky many questions and these are some of her comments and answers. “I am not beholden to any institution, program or training. I went the entire way with excellent teachers, […]

Not in Our Store

Bli Neder, I will have my own copy of Malka Puterkovsky’s new book (see here) on halakhah in a few weeks, but in the meantime one chain of Judaica stores associated with the national-religious community in Israel has found a non-creative way of addressing the issues that the book raises, not selling it. The chain […]

Rockefeller Museum Collection Online

The Israel Antiquities Authority, as part of its attempt to upload digital images of objects held under its auspices, has began to post digital images of the archaeology collection found at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum. The collection can be found online here. HT to Dr. Lea Mazor.

The Heart and Soul of Judaism

Anyone interested in Talmud must watch this video of a discussion about the study and love of Talmud with Prof. Christine Hayes and Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer. HT to the Talmud Blog on Twitter. In her opening remarks Hayes called Talmud the “Heart and Soul of Judaism.”

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