Daily Archives: July 23, 2020

This Week’s Torah Portion Is Devarim (Deuteronomy 1-3:22)

The Greatest Comeback Since Lazarus II (7-23-20) https://t.co/VIGoQ1l94b — (((Luke Ford))) (@lukeford) July 23, 2020 * Deuteronomy has a completely different literary style than the previous four books. Even traditional commentators will say these are Moshe’s words not God’s (though … Continue reading

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Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast

One day circa 1992, my dad, who self-published over 40 books, brought me a brochure with books on Judaism and hundreds of the books were by Jacob Neusner. We couldn’t get over it. We’d never known anyone that productive. One … Continue reading

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Tracking the Real Coronavirus Death Toll in the United States

I don’t have any strong opinions on Covid-19 and the proper response. This New York Times article, however, seems important: “Many epidemiologists believe measuring excess deaths is the best way to assess the impact of the virus in real time. … Continue reading

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WSJ: ‘Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia’ Review: Cracking Down on La Cosa Nostra

From the WSJ: Sure, the mob was brutal if your small business was being leaned on, or you needed 100,000 yards of concrete, or owed money. But most people who needed a loan went to Manufacturers Hanover (or the Bowery … Continue reading

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Prof Marc Shapiro – Subjectivity and the Role of Values in Halacha

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