Who Is A Jew?

From Hirhurim:

  • Israel displays ancient coins: link
  • Boxer studying to be a rabbi: link
  • When is a rabbi not a rabbi?: link
  • 1890s style back in fashion: link
  • Protests expected against Intel’s opening its Jerusalem office on Shabbos: link
  • The Forward encourages investigating the compensation at non-profits: link
  • Chairites pay more attention to small donors: link

There is a new issue of Kol Hamevaser: The Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University Student Body on the topic of "Family and Community." The whole issue is available here: link. Also, those who would like to subscribe to automatically receive a PDF version of new editions of the paper should send an e-mail to kolhamevaser@gmail.com.

  • The Modern Orthodox Response to Orthopraxy by Eli Putterman
  • Prayer: A Call for Philosophical Inquiry by Sarit Bendavid
  • Rabbinic Leadership Reexamined by Alex Luxenberg
  • On the Virtue of Followership: Ein Melekh be-Lo Am by Noah Cheses"Am le-Badad Yishkon:" Must the Singular Nation Always Reside Alone? by Nicole Grubner
  • An Interview with Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger by Staff
  • Be Not Overly Modest: Tseni’ut and the Inability to Speak About Sex by Emmanuel Sanders
  • An Interview with Mrs. Shani Taragin: Part One by Staff
  • Shemirat Negi’ah and Reality by Nathaniel Jaret
  • Reality Check: Lo Tikrevu le-Gallot Ervah and Shemirat Negi’ah by Shaul Seidler-Feller
  • Musar’s Incomplete Victory by Rabbi Yosef Blau
  • "A Yid iz Geglaychn tzu a Seyfer Toyre" by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
  • Don’t Read This Essay by Reuven Rand
  • Beginning the Conversation: A Review of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Weekly Readings of Be-Reshit by Shlomo Zuckier

Oldest Member writes: I find it amazing that the "Who is a Jew" article is the second most e-mailed NY Times article, according to their website.

Two observations: (1) The Times really is the house organ of the Jews. (2) Even secular Jews care about this issue. I don’t think there are enough religious Jews among Times readers to make the story #2.

NACHUM LAMM POSTS: The funniest part of the British story is that instead of admitting non-Jews, the school has essentially gotten around it by limiting enrollment (as it had not been before) to Orthodox kids. So the result has been more limited enrollment than before. Congratulations to the courts for screwing things up even more, but then that’s what they do best.

Charlie, do you think the US courts can’t order yeshivot around? Of course they can. Have you never seen those "non-discriminating" notices in papers? In any event, separation or not, this is clearly against British traditions. But tradition, of course, means nothing to leftists.

The "body" of Steinsaltz is really just a translation, while Artscroll’s is almost a running shiur.

I found it cute when, in an article in the New York Times announcing the completion of Artscroll, there was a picture of R’ Scherman with a Steinsaltz on his desk.

Steinsaltz takes into account facts of history, realia, science, geography and so on from "external" sources that Artscroll ignores. Take the references to "Sunday people" in Avoda Zara (learning it now) that Artscroll simply cites Rishonim as referring to some Babylonian sect when, obviously (see the context etc.), it is referring to Christians.

So if you want to understand the Gemara as traditionally learned, Rishonim and all, Artscroll is for you. (Although Steinsaltz has that as well.) If you want more factual correctness- including different girsaot and so on- take Steinsaltz. (Although, again, Artscroll has that, the Hebrew, interestingly, more than the English.)

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