Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Back from Cambridge

We spent the weekend in Cambridge for Cambridge Day Limmud. My first Limmud experience, and it was amazing. Besides Jennie's speech, which was a great success, I heard Seth Schwartz and Harvey Hames (who spoke about "football"). At the end, Clive Lawton said Cambridge was the smallest Jewish community to ever run its own Limmud.

A new issue of Masekhet is about to appear, with at least two articles of medieval halakhic interest:
Simcha Emanuel, Blindness as Grounds for Divorce (including his reconstruction of the progress of R. Simcha of Speyer's eye problems)
Liora Elias z"l, Halakhic Decisions based on Women in the Middle Ages

I just noticed a reference to a report that Rav Kook performed an exorcism in Jaffa, but his son preferred to keep the story under wraps (Hed Harim, p. 109).

Rav Kook's teacher in kabbalah was apparently Rav Shlomoh Elyashuv. His grandson, Rav Shalom Yosef Elyashiv, continues to make a mockery of Modern Orthodoxy. The stakes are growing higher. There are many outstanding candidates for positions in the rabbinic court system graduating from Eretz Hemda, but they continue to be marginalized and locked out.

6 Comments:

Anonymous andy said...

I think you mean "modern Orthodoxy".

12:25 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

I simply meant that he is not MO.

1:46 AM  
Blogger DafKesher said...

There are many outstanding candidates for positions in the rabbinic court system graduating from Eretz Hemda, but they continue to be marginalized and locked out.
I don't believe for one minute that it makes a difference whether the dayanim are haredim with black kippot or haredim with white ones. Unless dayanim are appointed who will not defer to Elyashiv - under any circumstances - and really care about the women for a change, then it doesn't matter whether they went to Haredi Yeshiva X or Eretz Hemda.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Funny -- I saw the title of the post and thought I missed you, until I realized you were talking about a different Cambridge than the one I visited this past weekend, although it probably took us the same amount of time to get to our respective locations. Be glad you missed the snow!

6:45 AM  
Blogger ADDeRabbi said...

R' Yishai Buchris learned at Eretz Hemdah:
http://kby.org.il/article_details.asp?pid=1896&itemid=8675
and is one of the new appointees

8:24 PM  
Blogger Tzarich Iyun said...

Hi, I'm trying to send an email to the author of this blog. I got his name and e-address from Avi Shmidman of Alon Shvut fame, but since then have lost it.
Can you help me manuscriptboy?
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10:36 AM  

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