Category: Books

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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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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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End of heterodoxy, deja vu.

29 b Heshvan On November 27 Ori Pomerantz posed a question under the heading, The end of heterodoxy? Imagine that tonight there was a miracle, and tomorrow morning all the rabbis and chazzanim of...

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“Preparing to Rejoice” — NY Times

Two articles in the NY Times in the last few days caught my attention. The first: August 12, 2005 After Decades of Disappointment, Gazans Are Preparing to Rejoice By GREG MYRE Already from the...

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Let’s Celebrate Chanukah

In his much admired new book commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America, Jonathan Sarna displays a 1879 poster announcing the Great Revival of the Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka. In the accompanying...

Skeptical About Skeptics

In a column in Scientific American (Nov., pg. 34) appropriately enough called Skeptic, Michael Shermer (publisher of a journal that bears that name) tells us what is wrong with the recent spate of scientific...

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