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Kibbutz and Secular Haggadot Online

The past few years have been revolutionary in the access that people have to the thousands of haggadot that have been published over the centuries. First Hebrew Books published online a very large number of haggadot, and now I have become aware of a large collection of secular and kibbutz haggadah. The latter is a […]

New Book on Amram Blau and Neturei Karta

A few months ago I wrote a post about Amram Blau, Ruth Blau, and Neturei Karta, as a follow up to this post I’m happy to say that Prof. Kimmy Kaplan has just published an entire book on Amram Blau and Neturei Karta. A tweet by Elli Fischer has renewed discussion into the affair and […]

Israel’s Broadcast University on Yom Hashoah

Israel’s Broadcast University, האוניברסיטה המשודרת, has posted a number of episodes (in Hebrew) on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each episode is on Holocaust Memory, one on Holocaust memory and Israeli society in general, one focusing on Haredi Society with Kimmy Caplan, and another on Israeli Arab Society. They can be found here.

A Rare Letter of Rav Kook, Yoel Moshe Solomon, and Zionist Mythmaking

The recent issue of Asif, the annual publication of the Yeshivat Hesder association, contains the publication of a rare letter from 1904 written by Rav Kook to the leaders of Jaffa after he accepted the position as rabbinic leader of their community. There are many interesting aspects of the letter, one of them being that […]

Israeli Rabbis and Christmas Trees

Every few years the Israeli Chief Rabbinate seems to think that Christmas trees are a threat to the Jewish character of Israel. The latest chapter in the Rabbinate Christmas Tree Saga began after a Christmas tree was placed in the student center of the Technion and the campus rabbi ruled that religious Jews should avoid […]

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, […]

Israeli Supreme Court Decisions and Tweeting

Yesterday the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition against the appointment of Aryeh Deri as the Minister of Interior. Soon after the decision was handed down someone tweeted the following. השופט הערבי ג’ובראן מצטט את ספר הכל-בו על מעלת החוזר בתשובה בפסק המנומק שנפרש על פני 56 עמ’ ומכשיר את כהונת דרעי pic.twitter.com/kEEn0VRasQ — שמעון […]

Micah Goodman on Israeli Judaism 2.0

Micah Goodman has written an interesting series of articles (Hebrew) in Musaf Shabbat on the future of Judaism, Religious Zionism, and Jewish law in the State of Israel. (Parts I, II, III) Hopefully Micah will write at least a summary in English. Tomer Persico has written two posts (Hebrew) about the series. Below is an […]

Tisha B’Av in the Historical Israeli Press

Rafi Mann has posted (Hebrew) a nice selection of articles from Israel newspapers about Tisha B’av observances and commemorations going back to the 1940s. He also addresses the changes that occurred post-1967.

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