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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 […]

Book Review: Defining Jewish Difference

Joshua Schwartz has written a very positive review of Beth Berkowitz’s book about Hukkot ha-Goyim (“The Laws of the Nations”) and the history of the interpretation of Leviticus 18:3, Defining Jewish Difference: From Antiquity to the Present. This is an absolutely outstanding work. While the scope and extent of the material studied are amazing, the […]

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

The Origins of Ashkenazi Jewry

Manuscript Boy has an interesting post in which he tries to situate the most recent study about the genetic origins of Ashkenazi Jewry in the context of research into rabbinic literature and tradition.

Jenny Labendz Speaks About Socratic Torah at JTS

When Was the Talmud Written?

Over the past year much has been written about the orality of the Talmud and when it was written down. Recently there was a conference at Bar-Ilan University on numerous aspects of Talmudic and Rabbinic literature. I want to thank a friend who teaches at Bar-Ilan who was kind enough to send me a link […]

Oqimta: Studies in Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature

The inaugural issue of Oqimta is now available online. Oqimta is a digitized research journal devoted to all spheres and types of talmudic and rabbinical literature – in Jewish law and exegesis.

Ruth Calderon Teaching Mishnah in the Knesset

In response to a motion of no confidence, Ruth Calderon teaches some Mishnah from the Knesset podium. (HT)

Video of Ruth Calderon Talk at JTS

Below is a video of MK Ruth Calderon’s recent talk at JTS. (HT to Yossi Hoffman on Twitter)

Interview with Daniel Sperber About Eastern Religions

Makor Rishon’s Musaf Shabbat has a very interesting interview (Hebrew) with Daniel Sperber. Much of the interview discusses Judaism’s attitude toward Eastern religions and a recent book by Sperber that discusses this question. It also includes Sperber describing his days in Yeshivat Hebron and his own backpacking trip to India.

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