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Who is a Rabbanit

For many people the Hebrew word רבנית (“Rabbanit“) is equivalent to the Yiddish word rebbetzin, referring to the (male) rabbi’s wife. I wanted to present a few observations about how the word rabbanit has begun to take on a new meaning in modern Hebrew, that of a woman in a religious leadership role whose title […]

Correspondence of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt

Since the recent passing of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, a number of bloggers have published some of his correspondence. Musings of a Jewish Bookseller has posted correspondence between Rabbi Greenblatt and the publisher of his responsa. Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer has published some correspondence between himself and Rabbi Greenblatt here, here, and here.

More Books from Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

Today’s Yediot Aharonot has an article about the literary legacy of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. Apparently, another volume of Hazon Ovadiah-Hilkhot Shabbat will be published very soon. Also, another volume of his responsa Yabia Omer might also be coming out in the future. According to the article, there are 40,000 books in Rav Ovadiah’s library and […]

Video-Rabbi Benny Lau on Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

For those who want a very good introduction to the importance of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, this recent talk by Rabbi Benny Lau is worthwhile. It is in Hebrew and HT goes to Rav Tzair.

Halichot Olam-Introduction

As a way of memorializing Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l and his teachings, לעילוי נשמת מרן הרב הגאון עובדיה יוסף זצ”ל, during the coming year I will try to write a post every week bringing a teaching from his book Halichot Olam. This book, whose origins go back to when Rav Ovadiah was a young man, […]

A Halakhic Tribute to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

Ethan Tucker has written a thoughtful tribute to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l. R. Ovadiah–A Halakhic Tribute by Ethan Tucker

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l

A thousand years from now probably none of us will be remembered. That’s just the truth. Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l is someone whose name and teachings will be on the lips of Jews through the next millennium. May his teachings and life continue to both inspire and challenge us. יהי זכרו ברוך.

Profile of Daniel Sperber

Haaretz has a short profile of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber: Undoubtedly, says Sperber, the rise of feminism and the growing numbers of Orthodox women engaging in Jewish study have been catalysts for the movement. “It’s almost a natural progression from learning Torah to a greater role in the synagogue,” as he notes. And the trend […]

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on Withdrawing from Territories

As a result of both Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s illness, may he recover and live until 120, and the appearance of Shas MK Yitzhak Vaknin at the J Street Conference, a number of people have been speaking about Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s responsum on withdrawing from territory that has been captured/liberated (whichever you prefer). See for example […]

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on Traveling to Uman

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef graciously criticizes (Hebrew) those who abandon their families in order to go to Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s grave on Rosh Ha-Shannah. For those interested in Rav Ovadiah’s place within Israeli culture, the comments on the video from his Facebook page are in a way just as interesting as what he said. For […]

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