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The Strange Case of December 4th

As we are nearing an important bi-annual change in Jewish liturgy, it might be worthwhile to (re)read the following two articles: Arnold and Daniel Lasker, “The Strange Case of December 4,” in Conservative Judaism, Fall 1985 (Vol. 38 No. 1). (here); and “VeTen Tal U-Matar: What is So Holy about the 4th (or 5th or 6th) of December? Some Insights into the Interplay between the Calendar and the Liturgy,” Dr. Moshe Sokolow. (here)

Update: Thanks to Adderabbi for linking in the comments to his summary of the issue.

3 Responses to “The Strange Case of December 4th”

  1. 1
    ADDeRabbi:

    I wrote a piece 5 years ago summarizing the discussions, for a now defunct blog. Here’s the “mirror” http://mavenyavinarchive.blogspot.com/2006/12/rabbeinu-gregorys-shittah-on-praying.html
    Maybe it’s time to re-edit and re-post.

  2. 2
    ADDeRabbi:

    Wait – already did that! http://adderabbi.blogspot.com/2007/04/rabbeinu-gregorys-shittah-on-praying.html

  3. 3
    Menachem Mendel:

    I also already posted on it, but the Lasker article wasn’t on line until last week.

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