Wednesday, May 31


New Edah Journal online here.


You may know that Wikipedia has many open source books online (i.e., entire books available for free) here.
There's a nice section on education (here), and take note of:

Teachers' Toolbox is an open source Wiki book on teaching methods and ways to improve teaching. The toolbox is intended to give you an overview of methods you can use when teaching in general. Hopefully the toolbox can become a discussion forum for teachers, by using the discussion pages in the wiki system. We hope it will help you to find new ways to activate students and improve their learning. It's not intended to be a long theoretical analysis of pedagogical methods, rather emphazises brief introductions to different ways to teach. Hopefully people will contribute with case stories and examples of teaching material you can develop further.

Click here.

Sunday, May 28


Rav Steinsaltz on curiousity, Torah study, asking questions, static electricity, etc.
Looking towards Shavuot.

Saturday, May 27

Rav Goren Was Here

Haaretz is running this never before published photo of Rav Shlomo Goren (Torah and shofar in hand) inside the Dome of the Rock on June 7, 1967.

Click here for more (or here for the English).

Monday, May 22


YU's Alumni Review features ATID's resource:
Online Library of Essays by R. Shalom Carmy.

Click here for the feature, and click here to be transported to the virtual library.

Sunday, May 21

Tradition 39:1

The new issue of Traditon is online (for subscribers).

The previous issue has been posted for everyone -- access it here.
Highlight: ATID's Yoel Finkelman on "The Irrelevance of Religious-Zionism: Jewish National Culture From A Religious-Zionist Perspective"

Friday, May 19


The Maimonides Heritage Center has a new email newsletter with weekly divrei Torah on the parsha. Click here to subscribe.
Among the resources on their website, see especially the translation to English of Rav Yosef Kapach zt"l's introduction to the Mishneh Torah, as well as other online courses.

Thursday, May 18


Balashon explores the etymology of kumzitz.

Tuesday, May 16

State of Hebrew

The Mandel Foundation's Visions of Jewish Education Project recently conducted a conversation with ATID's Rabbi Chaim Brovender on the place of Hebrew in halakhah and on making pedagogical choices about Hebrew in the curriculum.

Listen here...

Monday, May 15

Bar Yochai

According to some news reports, about 1 of every 10 Israelis will travel tonight to Meron for the traditional Lag BaOmer hilulah of Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai.
You can be there virtually by clicking here.
(Broadcast starts at 6PM Israel time = 11AM Eastern.)

Sunday, May 14

Articles of Interest

The new Tradition website has updated its "Articles of Interest" section -- a round-up of links to essays and commentary on the web.
Worth bookmarking.

Friday, May 12

The National Library's Instititute for Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts has ablog with news and info on interesting findings in Hebrew manuscripts (particularly the Cairo Genizah).


Thursday, May 11

Munkatch 1933

Actual video footage of a Jewish wedding in Munkatch, 1933.

From the wedding of Frime Chaye Rivke Shapira, daughter of Grand Rebbe Eleazer Shapira of Munkatch, author of Minchas Eleazer (d. 1936), to Rabbi Rabinowitz in March 1933. She was the mother of the present Munkatcher and Dinover Rebbes. Includes other scenes of Jewish life in Munkacs, Hungary, both of secular and religious Jews: The Munkatcher Rebbe makes a speech in Yiddish exhorting Jews in America to continue to keep Shabbat. The wedding party then enters the synagogue grounds, and the cantor sings blessings beneath the chupah. The wedding concludes with festive hasidic music. Newspaper accounts indicate that some 20,000 people attended the celebrations. Also seen: Secular Jewish children singing in Munkatch, and traditional religious children studying in Orthodox Religious School in Munkatch. Also seen: Book peddler and weaver in Munkatch and secular Jews dancing in Munkatch.

Click here.

Wednesday, May 10


Tzohar rabbis deal with pre-marital sex.
Click here.

Wednesday, May 3

Yom HaAtzmaut Sameach

Click here.

Tuesday, May 2

Yom HaZikaron

View the ceremonies online.

See also the IDF Memorial Website.

Monday, May 1

Funding Sources

"The principal of a haredi yeshiva recently confided to me that he helped secure funding for the Solomon Schechter school in his community. Why? Because, he said, if his own school were forced to close, the students would end up in other yeshivas, but if the Conservative day school closed, he figured most of the children would attend public schools -- and their Jewish education would be dramatically curtailed."

Quoted here.