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Israel Channel 1 on Women in the World of Gemara and Halakhah

From Israel Ch 1: Also see this article by Tzvika Klein on the recent statement by the OU on women in religious leadership positions.

New Volume: Contemporary Halakhic Problems

There is no halakhic authority writing in English who is more prolific than Rabbi J. David Bleich. Magid, an imprint of Koren Publishers, has just published his recent Contemporary Halakhic Problems: Volume VII. Koren was kind enough to send me a copy and this most recent volume doesn’t disappoint.

New Book: Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law

I am sure that this will enrich all of our understandings on the subject, Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law. It’s available for pre-order on

New Books: From Mesopotamia to the Mishnah

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Milgram on his new book:

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 […]

Repost: Sabbath Firemen and Jewish Law

In light of the recent fires in Israel I am posting a link to an old post from this blog that addresses the evolution of the issue of fighting fires on Shabbat in Jewish Law, Sabbath Firemen and Jewish Law. May those fighting the fires continues the holy work that they are doing. Shabbat Shalom.

New Documentary About Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

The most recent TV documentary on Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. (H) Watch video here.

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 […]

A Possible “Feminist” Reading in a Genizah Fragment

The Fragment of the Month from the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Project: In this fragment the anonymous commentator explains to his (most probably male) readers: ‘There is nothing that satisfies her more than that you will listen to her’. The commentator supports his argument with reference to the Jewish sources of Late Antiquity, the Mishna, and […]

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 […]

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