And Beit Hillel Says (U’Beit Hillel Omrim): Halakhic Rulings of the Rabbis and Rabbaniot of Beit Hillel (Yedioth Ahronoth/Chemed Books, 2018) Introduction December 2018 saw the launch of U’Beit Hillel Omrim (literally ‘And Beit Hillel Says’), which is a collection of halakhic rulings generated by members of the Beit Hillel organisation. Beit Hillel is an organisation … More Review Essay: And Beit Hillel Says (U’Beit Hillel Omrim)
A shul is meant to be a place where we are in communion with God and where we nurture our awareness of standing in the presence of God. Given this, R’ Binyamin Ze’ev Marta (1475-1545), basing himself on Sefer Aguda and the Kol Bo, states that a person should not kiss their children in a … More Kissing children, and adults, in a shul
MINCHAT ASHER: KLALEI HAMITZVOT by Rabbi Asher Weiss Machon Minchat Asher, Ellul 5778 The study of the Talmud is a magnetizing process that draws a learner into debates of the past while urging them to consider how the laws and values emerging from those debates can be applied in the present and the future. This … More MINCHAT ASHER: KLALEI HAMITZVOT
WAS YOSEF ON THE SPECTRUM? Understanding Joseph through Torah, Midrash and Classical Jewish Sources by Samuel J. Levine (Urim 2019). In general, I am not drawn to Torah commentaries that seek to frame biblical personalities in the language of today, at the cost of understanding their words and actions as expressed by the language of … More WAS YOSEF ON THE SPECTRUM?
DAY 1/8 – RABBI BARRY KATZ – #8days8teachers The best teachers aren’t those who wish to dazzle their students with their own bright light. Instead, they are those who help each of their students find and nurture the light within themselves – and one such teacher was Rabbi Barry Katz. In the years that I … More #8days8teachers
SEARCH ENGINE – FINDING MEANING IN JEWISH TEXTS, VOLUME 1: JEWISH LIFE By Rabbi Gil Student (Kodesh Press, 2018) INTRODUCTION Imagine you asked me for a book recommendation – specifically, a book that discussed Jewish law, but somehow not just Jewish law. A book that addressed technological developments and social trends through the halachic lens, … More SEARCH ENGINE – FINDING MEANING IN JEWISH TEXTS, VOLUME 1: JEWISH LIFE
JEWISH LAW AS A JOURNEY: FINDING MEANING IN DAILY JEWISH PRACTICE by Rabbi David Silverstein, Menorah Books (2017) Over the past three years I have reviewed over 100 Jewish books and I can say with absolute honesty that I have drawn wisdom and understanding from them all. However, I must admit that I do not … More JEWISH LAW AS A JOURNEY: FINDING MEANING IN DAILY JEWISH PRACTICE