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Interview with Shlomo Sand

Haaretz has a long article and interview with Shlomo Sand about his new book. The concept of homeland is one of the most amazing and also, perhaps, one of the most ruinous of the modern era, says Prof. Shlomo Sand. In his new book, “When and How Was the Land of Israel Invented?” ‏(Kineret, Zmora-Bitan […]

The Emigration of the Gr”a’s Students to the Land of Israel

Yekum Tarbut is a new Israeli website dedicated to Tarbut Ivrit. They have published a few articles (all in Hebrew) that may be of interest to readers of this blog. Jeffrey Woolf wrote about the synagogue in Ashkenaz. Now Yaron Leibowitz has begun a multi-part series (here) on the disagreement between Aryeh Morgenstern and Yisrael […]

Lincoln’s Use of Biblical Imagery

Huhn on Lincoln’s Use of Biblical Imagery: Wilson Ray Huhn (University of Akron – School of Law) has posted A Higher Law: Abraham Lincolns Use of Biblical Imagery on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This article describes Lincoln’s use of biblical imagery in seven of his works: the Peoria Address, the House Divided Speech, his […]

Asarah be-Tevet and Hayyim Nahman Bialik

The fast of Asarah be-Tevet is this Friday. See here for a post about how to observe the fast when it falls on a Friday. For a more in-depth discussion of the origins of the fast and some of its halakhic issues, see this post from Mechon Hadar. In this post, Uri Heitner describes the […]

What’s This Dispute About?

For those who are interested in reading a defense of agenda-driven Artscroll-type history, read Gil Student’s post on modern historiography of the Barcelona Disputation of 1263 and the ensuing comments. The following quotation will suffice to get some idea of what history is for some. I would have responded that this accusation is patently offensive. […]

How to Recognize a Good Source

The Talmud Blog has posted a report by Jane Kanarek on a conference in Berlin, “‘A Woman in the Temple Court?’ Women in Seder Qodashim and in the Temple.” Jane wrote that The most striking part of the conference has been the ways in which, by bringing new tools and questions to bear on the […]

Jews and Healing in the Middle Ages

This paper was presented at a conference a few years ago, but it hasn’t lost its relevance. (hat tip) Jews and Healing in the Middle Ages: The Harmonisation of Jewish Beliefs with Theories and Practices of Different Western Medical Traditions. Available here. By Carmen Caballero-Navas Paper given at the Conference on Religion and Healing and […]

Happy July 4th

I spent most of today driving, so any celebration of July 4th has been a bit muted. A thought for the day from Thomas Paine’s introduction to Age of Reason. I put the following work under your protection. It contains my opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I have […]

Interview with Yoav Sorek-Part V

Below is the final part of the interview with Yoav Sorek. Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV. The Holiness in the Seam Line Sector Maybe redemption will come from what you call the boundary sector, people who occupy the area between the religious and the secular? “Correct. Taking off the kippah is maybe […]

Top Ten Historians

Over at H-Law there is an interesting discussion about the “top ten historians.” Even with all of the limitations and biases involved in making such a list, whether they be geographical, disciplinary, etc., it is a lively and informative discussion. The most recent posts from this discussion thread can be found here, starting with this […]

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