Monthly Archives: April 2014

Reading the Tanya, chapter 7 [ספר של בינונים]

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Continuing on my Tanya-reading project, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi starts off chapter 7 of his ספר של בינונים by contrasting with the end of the previous chapter: the animalistic attribute of the soul of a Jew, as well as … Continue reading

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Exploring the Clone Wars VI: Top Ten Highlights of Season Six (“The Lost Episodes”) of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Despite its brevity, season six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars managed to squeeze in some memorable elements, primarily concerning the clones and their relationship to the Sith and the Jedi.  Having posted about my five favorite episodes last week … Continue reading

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“שאף הן היו באותו הנס”: Rabbi Yehoshua, son of Levi’s Including of Women in a Few Holiday Practices

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In a categorical statement, the Mishnah proposes that “כל מצות עשה שהזמן גרמה–האנשים חייבין, והנשים פטורות – All positive commandments that time causes: men are obligated; women are exempt” (mKiddushin 1.7).  However, there are some exceptions (there are always exceptions…). … Continue reading

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