Thursday, May 28, 2009

Posts so far for Shavuot

  1. Sleeping on the night of Shavuot -- some sources. According to midrash, according to Ibn Ezra, what did the Bnei Yisrael do? Whatever they did, was it "bad"? Even if so, need we somehow "fix" this? (This last point is not addressed in the post.)

  2. In the beginning of Shadal's vikuach, he opposes the kabbalistic custom staying up all night saying a tikkun on another chag. Which makes it appropriate reading material for tonight. Here is the first chapter of Shadal's Vikuach, as a Google site, so that it is all one printable page. Check it out here.
  1. Kabbalah coopts Shavuot -- in at least three ways
  1. Why converts are great
  2. How Naomi Proposes Yibbum For אשת אחיו שלא היה בעולמו and אחין מן האם
  3. Naomi as prototype of believed woman
  4. Naomi: The Lord has *testified* against me?
  5. Did Boaz perform customary maamar?
  6. Ruth and Naomi's names. And more on Ruth's name.
  7. Cross-dressing Ruth and Naomi
  1. What I plan to learn Shavuot night. Shadal's Vikuach. And now I have posted up much (though not all) of it in translation. See for 2009, though.
  1. The blemishes of Israel disappearing at Har Sinai.
  2. Ruth, the first feminist?
  1. Bedibbur Echad


Leora said...

I enjoyed your 2005 post on Ruth.

It really depends on how you define 'feminist'. If you define feminist as someone who never depends on men for anything, then, no, Ruth is no feminist.

But if you define 'feminist' as a woman who uses her brain to make better choices for herself, then she definitely fits the label. If she had done what society expects of her, she would have lived her life in Moav.

Anonymous said...

Do you believe the story about the Ballie Tosfos who Wrote a Tosfos the night they where supposed to be killed in their own blood?

joshwaxman said...

Interesting point.

I have to confess never having heard this story before. Is there any source, or link to an elaboration?



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