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The Making of the Talmudic Encyclopedia

This is an excerpt from an article about the Encyclopedia Talmudit: The importance and popularity of the Talmudic Encyclopedia is in its accessibility not only to scholars, but to anyone who wants to understand certain phrases or concepts or ideas within the vast world of Torah knowledge or Judaism, and who does not have the […]

Why Learn Talmud

This looks like a nice series of programs at Drisha: WHY LEARN TALMUD? Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-9:00pm: October 29, November 5 & 12 Each evening will begin at 6:30 with a choice of workshops. At 7:15, we will break for tefilat ma’ariv, refreshments, and informal conversation. At 7:45, we will join together in the beit midrash […]

Israeli News Program on Religious Zionism

Israeli Channel 10 has been broadcasting a series of broadcasts on the current state of religious zionism in Israel. During each episode, the reporter, Roi Sharon, focuses on a different issue. All of the broadcasts are in Hebrew. 1. Episode 1-Focuses on the tensions between the “Hardal” and more liberal religious elements within religious zionism. […]

Photo Exhibit on the Ezrat Nashim

The Israeli architectural photographer Adva Naama Baram has a photo exhibit at the Architect’s House Gallery in Jaffa consisting of photographs of different women’s sections (Ezrat Nashim) from synagogues around Israel. Haaretz has a report about it: The women’s section of the Yom Tov Taranto Synagogue on the narrow Gilboa Street in Jerusalem’s Ohel Moshe […]

Origins of the Phrase Hag Sameah

The Academy of the Hebrew Language has an interesting post about the origins of the phrase חג שמח/Ḥag Sameaḥ. It turns out that this phrase is relatively new, with the first evidence of its use coming only in the twentieth century. הברכה “חג שמח” שגורה על לשוננו בתקופת החגים, אך לא תמיד היא הייתה חלק […]

Prophetic Justice and Using a Stolen Lulav

Jonatan Ben-Dov addresses the interplay between prophetic justice, Talmudic law, and traditions from Babylonian versus those of the Land of Israel in The Moral Quandary of Lulav Ha-Gazul The Torah and Bavli vs. the Prophets and Yerushalmi. If a religious act is made possible through deceit, is it nevertheless valid? Or does a moral blemish […]

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