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Leonard Cohen on the Akeidah

Much has been written about Leonard Cohen, but I just wanted to post two things. One is his beautiful midrash on the Akeidah for this week’s parashah, and the another is a recording of a concert of his from Tel Aviv in 1980. Shabbat Shalom.

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 […]

Eugene Borowitz z”l

Eugene Borowitz, one of the most influential Jewish theologians of post-WW II America has passed away. Borowitz, an ordained Reform rabbi, taught for many years at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He engaged with the thought of Jewish thinkers of all stripes, writing about not only liberal Jewish thinkers but also Rav Soloveitchik. In […]

Eitam and Naama Henkin hy”d

In a blog post that I wrote a few months ago about the Mishnah Berurah and Arukh Hashulhan, I drew the reader’s attention to the blog of Eitam Henkin that includes many important articles about the Arukh Hashulhan. This evening Eitam and his wife Naama were killed in a terrorist attack near Nablus. HY”D. Eitam, […]

Passing of Rabbi David Feldman

Rabbi David Feldman z”l, who was the rabbi of the Teaneck Jewish Center for many years has passed away. Rabbi Feldman was an authority on medical ethics and Jewish law, and was the author of the influential book Birth Control in Jewish Law: Marital Relations, Contraception, and Abortion As Set Forth in the Classic Texts […]

Prof. Angel Sáenz-Badillos

Prof. Angel Sáenz-Badilloshe, the important scholar of Hebrew and author of A History of the Hebrew Language, has passed away. The following is from H-Judaic: H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. Angel Sáenz-Badillos (1940-2013), Director of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University and Professor of Hebrew at Departmento de […]

Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt z”l

Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt z”l, a תלמיד מובהק of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and long-time rabbi and rosh yeshiva in Memphis, Tennessee, passed away in Jerusalem a few days ago. Matzav has an obit of Rabbi Greenblatt that includes both biographical and bibliographical information. Rabbi Greenblatt is probably most well-known for his multi-volume collection of responsa Rivevot […]

Arik Einstein z”l

There have been many good pieces written about Arik Einstein in the past day. A few that I liked are here, here, here, and here. Below are a few videos that I would recommend to get a taste of who he was. Here is video from the wedding of his ultra-Orthodox daughter to the son […]

Prof. Zvi Arieh Steinfeld z”l

Prof. Zvi Arieh Steinfeld passed away last week in Jerusalem. At the Talmud Blog Shai Secunda has some words about Prof. Steinfeld and his contribution to the study of Talmud. While I never studied with Prof. Steinfeld, I did get to know him during the time that he spent at JTS after his retirement from […]

Author of Shemirat Shabbat Kehilkhatah Passed Away

Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth z”l, the author of the well-known book on the laws of Shabbat, Shemirat Shabbat Ke-Hilkhatah, has passed away in Jerusalem. His book has been one of the most influential halakhic works published in the past few decades and I am lucky enough to have all three editions, enabling me to see what […]

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