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Archive for August, 2015

The Talmud and the Scholars of Qom Revisited

A few years ago I wrote about the knowledge of the Talmud among the scholars of the Shia intellectual center in Qom, Iran. The Forward has been publishing a series of articles by Larry Cohler-Esses based upon his recent visit to Iran. The most recent installment is titled Reading the Talmud in a Most Unlikely […]

The Latest on Conversion in Israel

The last week has seen a major development in the area of conversion in Israel. As has been reported, a new and independent religious court made up of national-religious rabbis has begun to convert minors outside of the framework of the Chief Rabbinate. I am not going to rehash the issues, you can read the […]

Seth Schwartz on Ancient Jewish History

Seth Schwartz, an important historian of Ancient Jews and Judaism, has done a number of short videos about the topic for Ancient Jew Review.

Conversion to Judaism in Israel May Have Forever Changed

Yair Ettinger reported on Twitter that a Beit Din (Religious Court) of prominent national-religious rabbis will begin to convert minors outside of the purview of the Chief Rabbinate. המרד תופס תאוצה: שלושה רבנים לא אלמונים החלו היום לגייר קטינים (בהסכמת הוריהם) באופן פרטי ובמסלול עוקף רבנות — Yair Ettinger (@YairEttinger) August 10, 2015 Srugim has […]

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