- An article in the Jerusalem Post about mixed seating in shul.
- As the Jerusalem Post reports, they just found Gedalyahu ben Pashchur's bulla, right next to that of Yuchal ben Shelemyahu. We find both of them mentioned in Yirmeyahu perek 38:
- Vos Iz Neias notes a report from Maariv that people should bathe and shower during the nine days. He includes Ashkenazim.
"Rabbi Yosef questioned the minhag of the Ashkenazim Jews not showering or bathing at all from Rosh Chodesh Av onwards, saying that the resulting offensive odor was not “kavod habrios.”
In his remarks, he also asserted that blue-collar laborers who “come home all sweaty” should certainly shower, at least with cold water. He questioned whether the Torah truly desires one to not wash at all for 10 days, and said that as a result, “it’s not good to be machmir.” However, it’s better if one can wash with cold water if tolerable, he added."
- And they also note (from the Jerusalem Post) that someone allegedly working for the Vad HaTznius in Bet Shemesh has been arrested. Good. (Emes VeEmunah also has a sarcastic post about it.)
Details of the investigation, which began a month and a half ago, reveal that members of the tznius patrol entered the woman’s home and demanded that she move out, telling her that residents of the neighborhood had complained about her.
After the woman refused to do so, Buzaglo and two other men from the patrol allegedly attacked her. In addition, a third member of the patrol is suspected of stealing two cell phones from the woman’s apartment during the fray.
- McCain's ad on Obama's "Celebrity," in case you haven't seen it.
- The Seforim blog on historic Jewish drinking patterns.
- Some newly scanned items at JNUL. They have Abarbanel's commentary on Chabakuk, and on Nachum, in Hebrew opposite Latin. As well as Abarbenel's exegetical/moral discourse on Shaul's actions in I Shmuel 31, also in Hebrew opposite Latin. Cool.
- Divrei Chaim discusses pregnant or nursing women fasting on Tisha BeAv.
- And DovBear talks about being spoon-fed, vs. understanding the process of development, of both science and Torah.