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New on the Shelf: Abudarham and Torah Reading

I recently discovered Rabbi Yoel Katan’s column Kiryat Sefer in the newspaper Besheva. In each column Rabbi Katan recommends some new books that have been published. In a recent column Rabbi Katan mentioned two books of interest. 1. Sefer Abudarham-Written by David Abudarham/Abudirham, there have been numerous editions of this important commentary on the liturgy […]

Drinking on Purim

I recently gave a talk about the issue of drinking on Purim in which I tried to show that based upon a reading of rabbinic literature there is no clear mitzvah to get drunk on Purim. The source sheet that I used can be downloaded from here or viewed below.  

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.

Future Publications from Writings of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

The ultra-Orthodox news website Kol Hazeman has an article (Hebrew) about the work that is being done on publishing the writings of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef that were not published in his lifetime. The article describes describes a very large amount of not only different types of writings, e.g. letters, responsa, his own description of halakhic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are You a Mishnah Berurah or Arukh Hashulhan Person

One of my favorite footnotes in Haym Soloveitchik’s seminal article Rupture and Reconstruction is n. 6. First, the text on which the footnote is commenting: This dual tradition of the intellectual and the mimetic, law as taught and law as practiced, which stretched back for centuries, begins to break down in the twilight years of […]

Rabbi Nati Helfgot on Revelation Revealed

Rabbi Nati Helfgot teaches at our daughter’s high school, SAR High School. He is currently teaching a series of Adult Ed classes titled “Revelation Revealed: Traditional Conceptions of the Development of Torah Shebaal Peh.” SAR HS has done a great service to us all and has taped this class of Rabbi Helfgot and posted it […]

In-Depth Radio Interview with Malka Puterkovsky

Below are videos from Youtube of an in-depth radio interview (Hebrew) with Malka Puterkovsky from Radio All for Peace. For previous posts on Malka Puterkovsky and her recently book, Mehalekhet be-Darka, see here, here and here.

The Making of the Talmudic Encyclopedia

This is an excerpt from an article about the Encyclopedia Talmudit: The importance and popularity of the Talmudic Encyclopedia is in its accessibility not only to scholars, but to anyone who wants to understand certain phrases or concepts or ideas within the vast world of Torah knowledge or Judaism, and who does not have the […]

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