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Archive for June, 2016

The Beginning of the Study of Kabbalah in Jerusalem

The JTS-Schocken Institute for Jewish Research recently held a series of lectures devoted to the Beginning of the Academic Study of Kabbalah in Jerusalem. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. (Hebrew)      

Ben-Yehudah Historical Dictionary Online

One of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda’s accomplishments was his Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language. While to some extent Ben-Yehuda’s dictionary has been superseded by the newer Historical Dictionary compiled by the Academy of the Hebrew Language, it is still an invaluable resource. I was lucky enough to find a copy of Ben-Yehuda’s dictionary to purchase a […]

Rabbi David Shlush z”l

Rabbi David Shlush z”l, the Chief Rabbi of Netanya, passed away yesterday. Rabbi Shlush studied at the Porat Yosef Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem along with Rabbis Ovadiah Yosef, Hayyim David Halevi, and Ben-Zion Abba Shaul. He was known for his independent halakhic thinking in numerous areas, sometimes disagreeing with the majority of […]

Many of Them Were Really Weeping

There are hundred of postcards from the past hundred years that feature pictures or illustrations of the Western Wall (Kotel). Last week I attended the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and purchased one postcard that had a picture of the Western Wall and was sent in 1924. I purchased it not because it was so rare, […]

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