Monthly Archives: August 2010

A conservative (small “c”) Orthodox-Jewish Manifesto: Introduction

In the years I’ve spent watching the OJ-blogosphere, I’ve seen many ideas bandied about to help our ailing communities. Nevertheless, I’ve rarely seen anyone try and express these ideas in a systematic and orderly fashion. This is getting more and … Continue reading

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A Sober Assessment of Conversion in Israel

[Before I begin I want to apologize for the delay of my next installment in the guide to non-observant Jews. It should be up next Thursday, God willing. – AIWAC] MK Rav Haim Amsalem’s book on conversion ‘Zera Israel‘ has … Continue reading

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Professor Yehuda Elitzur and Bible Study: Part IV

[Intro, Part II, Part III] Biblical Criticism – A Science? Now we come to the primary problem at hand: Is not Biblical Criticism the science of our day? Were the ancients not Bible Critics according to their lights? Don’t we … Continue reading

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Professor Yehuda Elitzur and Bible Study: Part III

[Previous Sections: Intro, Part II] [Translator’s note: Translations of psukim were taken from Machon Mamre. My comments and emendations are in square brackets. I apologize for the somewhat clumsy translation of Rabbinic sources; I’m used to translating modern Hebrew. I … Continue reading

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Professor Yehuda Elitzur and Bible Study: Part II

[Previous Sections: Introduction] [Translator’s note: I made some stylistic changes to make the article more readable. It’s really strange that an article published in 1966 feels like it could have been written yesterday…] I think that I will not be … Continue reading

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Professor Yehuda Elitzur and Bible Study: Part I

Introduction I’m sure you’ve all heard of Nehama Leibowitz, Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun and Rabbi Mordechai Breuer. Together, these three are universally acknowledged in having made a major contribution – each in their own way – to making the study … Continue reading

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A Partial Guide to Non-Observant Israeli Jews: Part Two: The Cultural Jew

[Previous Posts: Intro, The Traditionalist] ‘Judaism as Culture’: The Concept and its Israeli Expression Culture is a very broad term. It potentially includes not only works of high literature and art, but also language and slang, folk songs and children’s … Continue reading

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