Review Essay: And Beit Hillel Says (U’Beit Hillel Omrim)

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)

SEARCH ENGINE – FINDING MEANING IN JEWISH TEXTS, VOLUME 1: JEWISH LIFE

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

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

BEGINNINGS: THE KABBALISTIC HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION by Rabbi Yaacov Haber

BEGINNINGS: THE KABBALISTIC HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION by Rabbi Yaacov Haber (Mosaica Press, 2018) Many years ago I read a fascinating article written by Alfred Jospe in 1965 exploring why Jews in general, and specifically college aged Jews, seem to disconnect from their heritage. As he explains, it is at that age that the sophistication of … More BEGINNINGS: THE KABBALISTIC HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION by Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Airport Lights

By Yaacov David Shulman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017 126 pages (nb. This review was featured in Jewish Action Fall 2018 and can be read here). Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935), best known as the first chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, was a truly unique Talmudist, halachist, mystic, poet and Jewish thinker. As chief rabbi, … More Airport Lights