Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ferguson Fraud - Frenzy Festers

Slam the door on a policeman, bruise him in the face several times, refuse to put hands up and stop when ordered...

What do you expect?

What is all the fuss about?

Seems like justice was served.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Tradition Transitions Theological Text to Tablets

RCA press release:

Nov 5, 2014 -- Please spread the word in your community

The Rabbinical Council of America and Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought are pleased to announce that we have opened up our archives to the general public. All the back issues from 1958 through 2012 are now available at link.

We invite you to read the material there; share it with your congregants, students, and peers; and urge them to take advantage of this treasure house of thought, opinion, and ideas.

As a regular feature, we will bring important articles to your attention. This week, we highlight two significant articles...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Chaim (Dalfin) Chronicles Carlebach Conundrum

This week marks the 20th Yahrtzeit of R' Shlomo Carlebach.

One of my first posts was to mark the 15th Yahrtzeit, and I noted that one needs to fill up with spiritual gas, at least once a year, perhaps by attending a Carlebach-style Kabbolos Shabbos.

One of the fascinating similarities I find between the Lubavitcher Rebbe and R' Shlomo, is that although they enjoyed a tremendous following during their lifetimes, they both have increased their popularity posthumously. Also, they both passed away 20 years ago, and they both have been subjects of several new biographies.

One of the jewels of Chaim's new book is the answer to Bray's question on my initial post on whom accompanies Shlomo in the following picture:

According to page 217 of the book, this photograph was taken in 1959 at the Kings Hotel in Yerushalayim.
Left to right: Yaakov Lerner, Shlomo, Chaim Adler, Yaakov Tzuker and Yosef Miletzky.

Photo courtesy of Yaakov Lerner.

UPDATE from Rabbi Dr Nathan Ophir, author of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission, and Legacy -

The photo is actually from August 1960 and not 1959. It was in 1959 that Adler who was a student in the Hevron Yeshiva, then located in Geulah, who first met Reb Shlomo and he organized this get together in the Kings Hotel the next summer.
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