Monthly Archives: April 2010

shatnez gatz

One of the few places in Torah where all the letters with crowns – שעטנז גץ – are within a few millimetres of each other. Pretty, isn’t it? This one’s in Devarim, 22:11-12:לא תלבש שעטנז צמר ופשתים יחדו: גדלים תעשה לך על ארבע כנפות כסותך אשר תכסה בה.


Monday was Yom Ha’Atzma’ut at YU…

Mar Gavriel tells us: Most of the world is observing Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Israel’s Independence Day, that is) on Tuesday, because Yom HaZikaron is the day before Yom Ha’Atzma’ut and when Yom HaZikaron is due to be on a Sunday we push the whole lot up a day – Yom HaZikaron on Monday and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut […]


The USCJ reveals what it thinks about women

Everyone knows that to find out what kind of person your date is, look at how they treat the waiter. That is to say, it is our unthinking actions which betray our deep-rooted assumptions, and I’m afraid I’ve got some pretty miserable assumptions to discuss here. You may have seen, of late, reference to the […]


yom hazikaron

I wrote this bit today. Very appropriate. I don’t plan it this way, you know. When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with […]


Reclining on couches

The first cup of wine is drunk whilst reclining This, they tell you, is because formal meals during the classical rabbinic period were conducted in the format of the classical world. Diners reclined on couches to take the Meal of Freedom, in the manner of the aristocracy of the time. Nowadays we sit up to […]