Category: Judaism

I recently received the following missive from Rabbi Hershel Schachter regarding the recent controversy regarding women wearing tefillin. I do not have time at present to translate or comment, but the full text is included in the post below with the original PDF available here (errors in the transcription/formatting are mine alone).



Electricity in Jewish Law Jewish Law / Halakha

Rabbi Yuter concludes the second chapter of Maimonides’ Laws of Shabbat, discussing additional exigent circumstances where Shabbat may be violated. Exigent Circumstances

Judaism Laws of Shabbat

Last night was my first experience at the Jewish Book Council’s “Raid the Shelves” event where a $5 donation entitles you to take whatever books you want. Some people came prepared with multiple bags and several even had the foresight to bring rolling suitcases. Since I’m at a loss for space as it is, I figured a backpack would be good enough and would force me to be more judicious with my selections. While I missed out on a few interesting books, here’s what I took home. Keep in mind, I almost entirely judged books by their cover, and selections do not constitute endorsements or recommendations.

Without further ado, this was my haul…

Jewish Culture

Jewish Law / Halakha

The paradox of JOFA is not “Orthodox Feminist” but “Jewish Alliance” A few weeks ago I received an email from the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) promoting their upcoming conference.…

Jewish Culture

Anyone who has been in charge of leading Simchat Torah hakafot knows how difficult it is to coordinate songs on the spur of the moment while keeping up the energy.…

Jewish Culture

Congratulations to everyone who has just finished learning Masechet Eiruvin in Daf Yomi! Due to the complexity of many discussions, and overall lack of humor, there are some gaps in…

Daf Yomi Tweets Talmud

This past Shavuot I gave a class titled “The Judaism of Good Intentions” which discussed the role of intentions and consequences – both for good and bad. While I do…

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