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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 […]

Sources for Mixed Seating on Public Transportation

The issue of mixed seating on public transportation is in the news again with a report of El Al being sued by a woman who was asked to change her seat in order to accommodate an Orthodox man who did not want to sit next to hear. I do not want to address this specific […]

Prioritizing Treatment of the Wounded-The Israeli Experience

A few months ago there was a lot of discussion in Israel about comments made by the Director General of Magen David Adom. Eli Bin said that When I see my enemy wounded I no longer treat him as a terrorist, but as a human being. He has surrendered; he no longer poses a threat, […]

Prof. Aaron Kirschenbaum z”l

The scholar of Jewish law Prof. Aaron Kirschenbaum z”l has passed away. It is difficult to summarize Prof. Kirschenbaum’s scholarly achievements, they range from popular booklets on studying Talmud to a massive tome on self-incrimination in the history of Jewish and Roman Law. A web site dedicated to his scholarship has begun to be built and […]

New Book: Halakhic Writing in a Changing World

Tomer Persico has a quick summary (Hebrew) of Maoz Kahana’s new book Halakhic Writing in a Changing World, from the ‘Noda Biyhuda’ to the ‘Hatam Sofer’, 1730-1839 (Hebrew). The book, based upon Kahana’s dissertation, examines the differences between the halakhic approaches of the Noda Biyhudah and the Hatam Sofer. The following is from the English […]

A Left-wing Israeli MK from Joint List and Jewish Law

Dov Khenin, a member of the Israeli Communist Party and an MK from the Joint List, recently proposed a change in Israeli law that was almost identical to Jewish Law. According to Khenin, it wouldn’t be legal to convict a person solely on the basis of a confession. This is essentially in line with the […]

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