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Archive for March, 2015

New Book: The Israeli Covenant

  Yoav Sorek has just published a new book, Ha-Brit Ha-Yisraelit (The Israeli Covenant: On the Possibility and the Need to Form an Israeli Judaism as a Contemporary Link of the Tradition and the Covenant). Below is a radio interview with Yoav and the book’s table of contents.  

What is the Bavli

The Talmudblog has posted the first installment of a panel discussion from this past December’s AJS conference on “What is the Bavli?” It will definitely not disappoint.

Rabbi Nati Helfgot on Revelation Revealed

Rabbi Nati Helfgot teaches at our daughter’s high school, SAR High School. He is currently teaching a series of Adult Ed classes titled “Revelation Revealed: Traditional Conceptions of the Development of Torah Shebaal Peh.” SAR HS has done a great service to us all and has taped this class of Rabbi Helfgot and posted it […]

Getting to Know Daniel Boyarin

The Jweekly has a nice profile of the important scholar of Talmud Daniel Boyarin. Even those who know a bit about Boyarin will enjoy the article. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Boyarin went to the same high school as Bruce Springsteen and knew him. He was a few years ahead of Springsteen […]

Iggeret Haman and Putting the Persia Back into Purim

There are many satirical or parodic compositions associated with Purim. A good overview of these different compositions can be found in Israel Davidson’s Parody in Jewish Literature, pp. 115-147. One of these compositions is Iggeret Haman, “Haman’s Epistle.” There are numerous version’s of Iggeret Haman (see Davidson, pp. 121-123) and Yosef Tobi has written about […]

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