Author: Shira Schmidt

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This Sunday in Jerusalem….

For those in Jerualem or for those who have friends who can get to Jerusalem this Sunday, Jan. 28 (9b’Shvat). I described the launching of a most unusual Holocaust project in my Jerusalem Post...

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Degree Decree

20 bTevet R. Avraham Ibn Ezra complained in a poem (all translations below are mine, SLS): “If I were a candle maker, the sun would never leave the sky. If I were a shroud...

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The ideology behind halakhic ideology

21 bKislev What is the ideology behind a conference titled:Halakhah and Ideology? It looks like it will tilt in the direction of suggesting that most halakhic decisions are ideologically motivated. But I will withhold...

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A glass gem instead of a diamond

16 bKislev 5767 “After the prince lost the first two diamonds that the king gave him, the king gave him a beautifully cut glass gem for the prince’s ring.” That is the parable used...

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The Parade Root

17 bMarHeshvan 5767 Wed. night I just returned to Netanya from the three-hour Supreme Court session on the proposed Homosexual Parade scheduled for Friday (19 Heshvan). The three justices were inclined to insist that...

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Pre-Hoshana Rabba Apologies

Before the gates and books are closed on Hoshana Rabba, I would like to make the following amends. 1) Apologies to Rahel Jaskow . Yaakov Menken and others were unfairly harsh with Rahel Jaskow...

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Was Ezra haredi?

Was Biblical Ezra the Scribe ultra-Orthodox? What lies behind this seemingly silly question is a set of serious questions: When did Torah-observant Jewry divide into Orthodox, modern Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, etc.? Were Moshe Rabbenu, Ezra...

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For them, Yom Kippur was easy as pie

Erev Yom Hakippurim, 5767. My Netanya neighbor Livia Bitton Jackson wrote in her Holocaust memoirs, I Have Lived a Thousand Years and Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust that she forced herself and...

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E.T., Come Home!

Everyone, Together, Come Home. Avi Shafran was remiss in his op-ed A Prophecy Sadly Fulfilled, which appeared in the Jerusalem Post this week and attracted 104 talkbacks so far. He was right on the...

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