Archive for 'Books' Category

Become a Legend

By Uriah - Last updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One of the themes of Channukah commonly focused on is the idea of dispelling darkness with light. This is physically represented by the central mitzvah of Channukah – lighting the Menorah. Conceptually it is the light of Torah dispelling the darkness of Greek thought and culture. One may make the mistake of oversimplifying things by […]

Praise for “A crash course in Jewish history”

By Michael Berezin - Last updated: Monday, April 12, 2010

I recently read a book by Ken Spiro titled “A Crash Course in Jewish History”. At first, I was hesitant because I figured that either it would just repeat things I already knew or that I wouldn’t find it compelling enough to hold my attention throughout the 400 or so pages. On both counts, I […]

TLATD #2: The Fantastic Tales of Rabbah bar bar Chanah

By Pinchas - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2009

Daf Yomi this week discusses the Fantastic Tales of Rabbah bar bar Chanah, twenty or so stories that Rabbah heard or witnessed that are just so unbelievable it’s obvious they are allegories. In one tale, Rabbah witnesses a giant frog, the size of “sixty houses” swallowed by a sea-monster which is in turn swallowed by […]

Bibliography: Aliyah and Geula

By Yishai - Last updated: Monday, February 18, 2008

From Rivkah Lambert Adler: A few weeks ago, I was looking for books about the connection between aliyah and geula. I went into a few local Jewish bookstores with some specific titles in mind and was disappointed to find that, for the most part, they didn’t stock what I was looking for. So now my […]

EHS: Rav Sonnenfeld: Don’t be a Spy!

By Pinchas - Last updated: Thursday, January 17, 2008

(AFP) Eim Habanim Semeichah – Page 506: I also saw in Eileh Mas’ei an idea which the righteous mentor of Eretz Yisrael, R. Sonnenfeld, used to say [on the verse] And you shall see the goodness of Jerusalem (Tehillim 128:5): One must always see only the good of Eretz Yisrael, that is, the positive sides […]

4 Great Books for Prospective Olim

By Yishai - Last updated: Thursday, August 2, 2007

Dear Yishai, Yasher koach on your activities and shows. Are there any books you can reccomend on aliyah? Allan ========= Dear Allan, 4 GREAT BOOKS FOR YOU: Eim Habanim Semeichah: On Eretz Yisrael, Redemption, and Unity This is the bible for why to make Aliyah from a Jewish perspective. To Dwell in the Palace: Perspectives […]