Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tidbits (Because I’m Too Crippled To Write)

Well, I’m back from my sojourn from the golden medina. Unfortunately, the strain of sitting in a plane for so many hours has inflamed my lower back to the point that I can’t even stand. Ergo, I’ll only have the … Continue reading

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Tidbits (Because I’m too lazy to write today)

A comparison of the Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt. Some interesting points are made. A tale of two Shafrans: The father, the gaon of Baku, and the son, a major thinker and mystic to whom much of the … Continue reading

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Mixed Batei Midrash – Yay or Nay?

Back when I was studying in the Bar-Ilan kollel and suffering, like most of my age group, from “single-itis” (I still do), I came upon what I thought was a ground-breaking idea: why not integrate the Batei Midrash gender-wise? I … Continue reading

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(Belated) Open Thread Sunday

What’s your experience with gemara study (like it? hate it? religiously fruitful or harmful?)? What type of study do you like (academic, brisk, telz or otherwise)? Place your answers below.  

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Is Gemara Only for the Orthodox? (Answer: Not Really)

While looking over the fascinating discussion on the lookjed list on gemara education, I came across the following fascinating post. The author wondered aloud why there is no discussion of gemara education for the non-Orthodox. I thought I might address … Continue reading

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Random Musings

As some of you are aware, I’m only starting to get over jetlag from a 16 hour long trek from Israel to LA. As such, I will not have the energy and focus to respond to my history post until … Continue reading

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Why Do People Learn History? – Asking the Question

Whenever I tell people that my primary interest is history, I typically get one of two responses: 1) What are you going to do with it? And 2) History is boring (or some variation thereof). Often the sum total of … Continue reading

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