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Happy Eid al-Banat

While for many Jews today is not only the seventh day of Hanukkah, but also Rosh Hodesh, for North African Jews, specially women, today is Eid al-Banat, or Rosh Hodesh of the Women. It is on this day that North African Jewish girls and women have a special celebration whose origins are unknown, although some […]

Video-Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef After Hearing of Rabin Assasination

Below is a video of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef after he heard that Yitzhak Rabin had been shot. Rav Ovadiah had been delivering his traditional Saturday night class when he was told what happened. (HT Kikar Hashabat) Below the video is a translation of Rav Ovadiah’s reaction. Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef: What? He was seriously wounded? What?…We […]

The Reception of Rabbi Yosef Messas in Europe

Musings of a Jewish Bookseller has a post about correspondence between the Moroccan Rabbi Yosef Messas and Rabbi Nathan Neta Leiter in Ukraine. Rabbi Messas is well-known for his innovative halakhic rulings.

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.

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 […]

The Beginnings of Shas

Below is a short video (Hebrew) about the beginnings of the Shas party. The video includes some interesting interviews and footage. One thing that I didn’t know was that the beginnings of Shas are to be found in elections for the Jerusalem Municipality in 1983.

The Legal Allegiances of Christians and Jews under Early Islam

H-Judaic has a review of Uriel I. Simonsohn’s A Common Justice: The Legal Allegiances of Christians and Jews under Early Islam. In the year 1030 CE, Shelomo ben Yehuda, the Palestinian gaon (medieval Jewish religious authority), wrote a letter lamenting the impossible position he and his fellow leaders were in. As someone charged with upholding […]

New Book on Rav Uziel and Conversion

Zvi Zohar has published a book about Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Ḥai Uziel’s approach to conversion. If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can contact Judaica Book Centre in Jerusalem: info-at-jbcbooks.com.

New Articles: Hair Covering for Single Women and the Female Body

In addition to the article by Gail Labovitz that I posted about here, the new issue of Nashim has two other interesting articles. (hat tip) Ilan Fuchs, Hair Covering for Single Women: A New Reading of Mizraḥi Halakhic Rulings (here) A central feature in the lives of observant Jewish women is hair covering. Head covering […]

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