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Lashon Hakodesh: History, Holiness, and Hebrew

Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein was kind enough to send me a copy of his most recent book, Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew. Rabbi Klein has done an admirable job of presenting the multi-faceted history of the Hebrew language within Jewish tradition and culture. This is not a critical history of the Hebrew language, for […]

Valmadonna Trust Library to be Broken Up and Sold

The rumors are true, after no one was found who would buy the entire collection, the famed Valmadonna Trust Library is to be broken up and sold. It’s official! Valmadonna Trust Library sale, Part I, @Sothebys, December 22: https://t.co/nBbHTSyxng — Michelle Chesner (@hchesner) November 13, 2015 If you have the money, a complete Bomberg Talmud […]

Parashat Hashavua in the Israeli Public Square

If you find yourself in downtown Jerusalem on a Wednesday night and you happen to hear about hundreds of people who are gathering in order to hear someone speak about parashat ha-shavua, the chances are that you are hearing about Sivan Rahav-Meir’s talk on Parashat Hashavua that takes place every Wednesday evening. Rahav-Meir wears many […]

Is Halakhah About Submission or Freedom

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of online discussions about the nature of halakhic authority and development. Beginning with discussions about the ordination of women within Orthodoxy, the past few days have seen a number of worthwhile discussions about the macro discussion of halakhah and authority. The first post that I would like […]

A Thousand Year-Old Sheet from Torah Scroll

Michelle Chesner, the Librarian for Jewish Studies at Columbia University, has posted on Facebook a link the auction site of what is claimed to be a parchment from a Torah scroll dating from 10th or 11th century. The following is from the auction site’s description of the sheet of parchment. This extraordinary manuscript is one […]

Pass the Guinness

Today’s NY Times had an article about a change in the ingredients of Guinness stout: Guinness, the Irish stout that once famously advertised itself under the slogan “Guinness is good for you,” took a step this week to inject 21st-century food culture into its 256-year-old product. Guinness is going vegan.The company announced on Monday that […]

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