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Versus Whom Did the חכמים Argue in the Tosefta VI: סדר קדשים

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Continuing on in my series looking for those against whom the “חכמים” argue, brings me to סדר קדשים in the Tosefta, here is the listing:  רבי מאיר – 28 רבי יהודה – 8 רבי – 7 רבי אליעזר – 7 … Continue reading

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Medieval Jewish Scholars and Their Works {Foregoing Fridays}

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As part of my ongoing Foregoing Fridays series, herein are posts from my original blog on Medieval Jewish Scholars and Their Works: Father of the RaMA: An Excerpt about Rabbi Moses Isserles’ Father from a PhD Dissertation [30 June 2010] … 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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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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“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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New Jewish Magazine Launches in Southern California!

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Last month, a new Jewish magazine in Southern California launched into existence with its first issue, following up this month with its second. Tomorrow, its third issue will be coming out. The new magazine, Long Beach Jewish Life, began with … Continue reading

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Versus Whom Did the חכמים Argue in the Tosefta IV: Looking at the First Three סדרים

So far, in this series, we have seen סדר זרעים, סדר מועד, and סדר נשים – half of the entirety of the Tosefta, looking for the frequency of this mystery group, חכמים.  The main finding of interest is that Rabbi … Continue reading

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Blessing on Seeing a Large Crowd of Jews

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These past couple of days, I have had the pleasure of being with hundreds of other young adult Jews here in New Orleans and there is such a great amount of energy to being with them.  It makes one wonder … Continue reading

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Contest Opens to Translate Part of the Shulhan Arukh

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Last week, Sefaria launched a contest for the translation of a part of the important 16th century work, the Shulhan Arukh (“Set Table”).  The contest is for translating Even HaEzer, the section that deals with marriage, relationships, sex, and more.   … Continue reading

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Purim Posts from My Original Blog {ForegoingFridays}

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As part of my ongoing “Foregoing Fridays” series, here are some posts from my original blog related to Purim (very timely, since Purim is this weekend!): Purim Drinking II: Which Beverage(s) to Drink? [11 January 2012] Purim Drinking I: Prolegomenon … Continue reading

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