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New Edition of Sefer Ha-Aggadah

In the Hebrew edition of Haaretz there is an article of sorts that describes the new edition of Sefer ha-Aggadah on which Avigdor Shinan is working. It is expected to be published next year.The new edition will includes corrections to the text, vocalization, and a short commentary by Shinan. Some of the midrashim in Sefer […]

Sources for History of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremony

Rabbi Michael Hilton, rabbi of the Kol Chai Hatch End Jewish Community and author of Bar Mitzvah, a History, has conveniently posted on his web site some important sources for the history of the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.

An Interesting Hanukkah Custom

In rabbinic literature there is a lot of discussion about the status of lighting Hanukkah candles in the synagogue. It is clearly a custom, so do you bless? Should a minor recite the blessings? One custom found in some Hassidic communities is that in order to emphasize that the lighting of Hanukkah candles in the […]

Western Sephardic Liturgy-Online resources

Last year the blog Homes da Nação compiled a list of online resources for Western Sephardic liturgy. The Western Sephardi Diaspora began its development in the mid 16th century when Spanish and Portuguese Jews, who had been forced to convert to Christianity during the previous two centuries, returned to Judaism in considerable numbers. Before that […]

New Website for Torah Study

Roni Tabick alerted me to a website that is trying to make the study of the Torah very accessible to people. AlHaTorah promotes the following goals: AlHaTorah.org is a one-stop Tanakh study resource, providing the tools, techniques, and technology to make Torah come alive in the home, classroom, and synagogue. Enter the site to explore […]

New Book: Ultra-Orthodox Women at the Threshold

A new book in Hebrew has been published that addresses ultra-Orthodox women and the changes that they are experiencing in education, employment, and society. The book, Women of the Threshold − Orthodox Women in Front of a Modern Change (נשות הסף: נשים חרדיות מול השינוי המודרני), was written by Bella Layosh. Below is an interview […]

Vocalized Oz veHadar Talmud

It seems that Oz VeHadar has begun to sell a vocalized Babylonian Talmud, and the first volume has apparently sold out. I am a big supporter of vocalized rabbinic texts and have written about vocalized rabbinic and Talmudic texts here.

In-Depth Radio Interview with Malka Puterkovsky

Below are videos from Youtube of an in-depth radio interview (Hebrew) with Malka Puterkovsky from Radio All for Peace. For previous posts on Malka Puterkovsky and her recently book, Mehalekhet be-Darka, see here, here and here.

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