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Israel Antiquities Authority Archive

The Israel Antiquities Authority has begun to post online the archive from the period of the British Mandate. It is sure to be one of the most important resources for the study of life in Palestine during the British Mandate. Its focus is on material about archaeological excavations that were conducted during that period or […]

Text-Message Halakhah

At Jewish Ideas Daily Yoel Finkelman has an interesting post about “Text Message Halakhah.” From the ancient moment when the Sages began committing the Oral Torah to writing, through the invention of the printing press, all the way to searchable electronic databases of Jewish texts, each change in communications technology has had an impact on […]

Rabbi Benny Lau on Social Issues in Jewish Law

iCast is a great web site that includes podcasts from Israeli radio stations and numerous other sources in Israel. MaTar, Maagar Torani Ra’anana, has posted lectures in Hebrew that they have sponsored. One of them is a multi-part series by Rabbi Benny Lau on Sugiyot Ḥevratiyot be-Mekorot Yisrael. These lectures can also be found here […]

Move Over Al Gore

David Assaf, the scholar of Hasidut, has a new blog, Oneg Shabbat. During the past few days he has a number of posts tracing the genealogy of numerous niggunim. See this post about references to the Internet in Jewish newspapers from over 75 years ago.

Historical Jewish Press

Tel-Aviv University maintains a wonderful web site, Historical Jewish Press. This web site contains older issues of many Jewish and Hebrew newspapers. Here are a few examples of some fun things that I found: -A review of Zuckermandel’s edition of the Tosefta (here) -An interview with Hanock Albeck when his commentary on the Mishnah was […]

Another Good Reason Not to Have Ads on a Blog

What the City of Brotherly Love is up to: For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she’s made about […]

Halakhah and Music/Film Downloading

The IP Factor has a report of a seminar on Jewish Law and Music/Film Downloading from the internet. The seminar featured Rabbis Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, Shlomo Dzialowski, and Yitzhak Halevi Clab. All of them pointed out that according to civil law illegal downloads are just that, illegal, so this is enough to prohibit it. From […]

Jewish Ideas Daily

I wanted to give a shout-out to Jewish Ideas Daily. It is a new website which is trying to combine aggregation of quality web-based material along with some original writing. Jewish Ideas Daily is a one-stop source of opinion and insight, of deliberation and analysis, of reflection, discovery, stimulation, and delight: the best that has […]

Conference on Responsa in the Age of the Internet

Makor Rishon is reporting that tomorrow there will be a conference (the program in PDF) at Heichal Shlomo on responsa in the age of the internet. The conference will address issues of rabbinic authority and community. See previous discussions of this issue here, here, and here.

Hebrew Books-May 18, 2009

Hebrew Books has their usual impressive additions to their online offerings. These are a few that stood out. 1. Samuel Krauss, Kadmoniyot Ha-Talmud, part I, part II. 2. Solomon Zucrow, Sifrut Ha-Halakhah. Zucrow also published a number of other books on rabbinic literature and Jewish law. All I know about him is that he taught […]

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