Friday, August 06, 2010

Interesting Posts and Articles #276

  1. Bubonic plague in Peru, spread by flea bites. I wrote recently about killing mosquitoes on Shabbos, where I noted that in the middle ages, though the Rishonim did not realize it, fleas should have been killed on sight, for danger of spreading the bubonic plague. And now, the first case this year of West Nile in New York City, in the Bronx.
  2. At Vos Iz Neias, a bunch of rabbis giving a pesak that where there is danger to life, everyone must call the police, even on Shabbos. Not much of a chiddush, but necessary because people don't realize it.
  3. It turns out that not only was the Brontosaurus not a real dinosaur, but a young version of an existing dinosaur (with a different head!), but now they discover that the Triceratops was not a dinosaur by itself, but rather a younger version of the already known Torosaurus. This just goes to so how much some fields are built on so much speculation and reconstruction. And the hamon am doesn't realize it.
  4. Some rabbis in Israel are unhappy with yeshiva students getting a summer break.

    One of them was a young Hasidic yeshiva student, who found himself a slit in the eastern wall of the Sultan’s Pool venue on Tuesday. “Today,” he said, while keeping one eye on the stage, “there are two types of ultra-Orthodox: the conservatives wouldn’t even consider coming here or were frightened off by Blau’s threats. Just as with the rabbinical ban on the Internet, there is an atmosphere of rebellion against the bans by Blau and his crowd. But there are also those who are not afraid of the rabbis. They are here, but prefer to watch the show for free, and save their money for other things for the [summer break].”
  5. What would Rav Moshe Feinstein think about woman rabbis?
  6. At Hirhurim, a review of Heilman and Friedman's Rebbe book.
  7. Via Yeranen Yaakov, more war predictions. Sigh.
  8. Rabbi Slifkin has a recent article in Hakirah about Rav Elyashiv's cryptic statement that "They Could Say It, We Cannot." My own thoughts in a parshablog post.

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