Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Interesting Posts and Articles #274

  1. First, some blog roundups. Life In Israel has a nice one. And this week's Haveil Havolim is here.
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  2. From Life In Israel's roundup, Dixie Yid with a story of the Steipler's deep knowledge. This is predicated on accepting the veracity of the theory of souls given by the Baal HaTanya.
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  3. Haaretz has a story about a law code, similar in style to the Code of Hammurabi, discover at Tel Hazor, in Israel.
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  4. Life In Israel about violent protests in Geulah, with the violence being smashing windows of stores selling purportedly "untzniusdik" clothing. As he writes, bein hazemanim has begun. This makes me think of the Chelkas Mechokek in Even HaEzer, siman 23, seif katan 1, citing Sefer Chassidim, and wonder whether there should be a concerted effort to get all these kids MP4 players, with all this might entail, since the alternative is boredom and then this sort of behavior in the name of religiosity.

    Alternatively, just confront them, like in this instance.
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  5. Also at Life In Israel, as well as Mother In Israel, how the veiled women from Rabbanit Keren movement are threatening to pull their kids out of cheder because the wives of the rabbeim don't veil themselves, and therefore aren't tznius enough.
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  6. At Hirhurim, Rabbi Ari Enkin on the segulah of 40 days at the kotel:
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  7. Avakesh with a funny ad regarding arranged marriage, and choice.
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  8. Emes veEmunah doesn't like the sefer published by Rav Yitzchak Shapira, which includes discussions of under what situations killing a non-Jew is permissible. And this rav has been arrested for incitement. I don't know enough about the situation, but I don't think I agree. The sefer was called Torat Melachim, or something like that, which presumably is discussing the laws of a Jewish government, just as in the Rambam's hilchot melachim. And religions often have what to say about war, what is moral and ethical, and what is out of bounds. Consider how the Catholic Church has the Just War Doctrine, for when one may engage in war. Certainly the halachics and hashkafics of this should be fair game to discuss, and to discuss in a scholarly manner based on Torah sources.
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  9. Glatt Kosher cheese and cake.
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  10. Here at parshablog, check out the Ibn Ezra as a round-Earther.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

meir says
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Also at Life In Israel, as well as Mother In Israel, how the veiled women from Rabbanit Keren movement are threatening to pull their kids out of cheder because the wives of the rabbeim don't veil themselves, and therefore aren't tznius "

who is this r keren.

As far as i know no rabbi's wife certainly of bedaatz goes veiled and the gaavad's wives went with a sheital originally.

i dont know but i imagine these are BT's or others of a lower order who are trying to outdo everyone else. i suppose it gives them a status.
One should remember that most new religions started that way and in time doing away with 'mundane' commandmants.
Once you pick and choose and decide you know best there is no stopping you.
Before accepting BT's one has to tell them in no uncertain terms that they are second grade, and have no right to have their own ideas, even if they dont foist it on the 'klal'.
Lubavich with their BT's have ruined a lot of otherwise FFB jews.

Anonymous said...

meir says
I have never seen any Jewish women with their faces covered. My wife was just talking to a neighbor of ours about this issue. She (the neighbor) says she has seen a few ba’alot teshuva (returnees to Orthodox Judaism) women in Beit Shemesh covering their faces. This has nothing to do with kanaut, but misguided individuals who lack a strong background or direction in finding their way back to their faith.
http://www.amotherinisrael.com/exclusive-interview-with-a-former-kannai-part-ii-the-community/

joshwaxman said...

it is misguided (probably often disturbed) individuals, but they have impact no others. and this is kanaut. certainly mainstream chareidim reject them and their ways.

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