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WonderCon 2014 – My First Time Attending a Comics Convention

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Last week, I spent a day at WonderCon, which was my first time ever at a comics convention and I was largely there to get a sense of what goes on at these sorts of events. On my way in, … Continue reading

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“Star Wars Wednesdays” to Change

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With the launching today of my new Star Wars blog, StarWarsMaven.info, I will no longer be posting original Star Wars content to this website, as part of my “Star Wars Wednesdays” feature. For the time being, I will be experimenting … Continue reading

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Taking a Matzah Break: New Posts to Come in Two Weeks

Taking a matzah break from blogging – back in two weeks!

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Boba Fett in Television & Movies IV: Star Wars Droids episode, “A Race to the Finish”

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Continuing on my exploration of Boba Fett’s appearances on television and movies, the fourth time that Boba Fett appears is in the Star Wars: Droids episode, “A Race to the Finish” (1985).  While Fett is not the main character, he … Continue reading

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Versus Whom Did the חכמים Argue in the Tosefta V: סדר נזיקין

Continuing on in the series of trying to better understand the somewhat mysterious group of חכמים that occasionally appear in the Mishnah as well as the Tosefta – focussing on the Tosefta in this series – primarily by looking at … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on TribeFest 2014, Part I: Main Stage & App

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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the third-ever TribeFest. Produced by the Jewish Federations of North America, this was the first one in New Orleans, with the previous two, having taken place in Las Vegas in 2011 and … Continue reading

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Books & Reviews {Foregoing Fridays}

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As part of my Foregoing Fridays series, I wanted to share posts concerning books on my original blog.  Apparently, I did not typically write about books there. The only book about which I really did write was because I had … Continue reading

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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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