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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 […]

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 […]

Listening to the Epic of Gilgamesh in Akkadian

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear the Epic of Gilgamesh being read in Akkadian? Well, now is your chance. The SOAS, University of London has posted on their web site a number of Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) texts being read in ancient languages. (here) HT to the Ancient Jew Review […]

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 […]

Because They Didn’t Change Their Language: Hebrew and Egyptian

There are a number of midrashim that list the ways through which the Israelites were able to preserve their uniqueness and prevent assimilation during their sojourn in Egyptian, eventually bringing about their redemption from there. Among those things listed were that they didn’t change their dress, their language, their names, reveal their secrets, repeat gossip, […]

The Saga of the Bible Project 929

Recently a Bible study project was launched in Israel that was suppose to provide a platform for Israelis from all different backgrounds to study the Bible together. 929, named after the number of chapters in the Tanakh, seemed to be doing exactly what it was doing until a number of things happened. The first cracks […]

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: 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 […]

Rockefeller Museum Collection Online

The Israel Antiquities Authority, as part of its attempt to upload digital images of objects held under its auspices, has began to post digital images of the archaeology collection found at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum. The collection can be found online here. HT to Dr. Lea Mazor.

The History of Nachmanides’s Commentary on the Torah

The Musaf Shabbat of Makor Rishon has a very interesting book review (Hebrew) of what looks like a fascinating book. Yosef Ofer and Yehonatan Jacobs have published a book that examines the history of Ramban’s commentary on the Torah. Previous scholars had noticed additions to his commentary that Nachmanides added later, specifically those which were […]

Joshua Berman on Jewish Law

In the latest issue of Mosaic, the Bible scholar (and former neighbor) Joshua Berman has an interesting essay on the nature and function of Jewish Law. Below is a small excerpt. Not until Maimonides did anyone truly codify the halakhah. Not only did his Mishneh Torah, completed in 1180, have no precedent in the annals […]

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