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The Rabbi's Desk

07/12/2019 03:18:54 PM


This Shabbat I will be Davening and Speaking
in the Katz Auxiliary Sanctuary. My Derasha Topic is

Just Do It:
If God Had a Marketing Firm

Inside: (see below)
•  Navi Shiur this Shabbat
•  BBQ & Shiur at my home this Monday
•  Yahrtzeit this past week of Yoni Netanyahu
    and anniversary of the Raid on Entebbe
•  Rupture and Reconstruction: 25 Years Later


Navi Shiur this Shabbat



This past week on 6 Tamuz was the Yahrtzeit of Yoni Netanyahu, who fell in the daring 'Raid on Entebbe Mission' in the summer of 1976.

Interactive media presentation designed for older children to learn about this historic event that gave hope to Jews all over the world

Remembering History’s Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission: Entebbe, July 4, 1976

10 Things You Probably Never Knew About Israel’s Rescue at Entebbe

Yoni Netanyahu (brother of PM Bibi Netanyahu) was the heroic IDF Commander of the elite unit that led the raid and was the only IDF casualty of the operation. In 1980, many of Netanyahu's personal letters were published. Author Herman Wouk described them as a "remarkable work of literature, possibly one of the great documents of our time." You can buy the book here and read some excerpts here. The NYTimes book review when it was first published can be read here.


Rupture and Reconstruction: 25 Years Later

Twenty five years ago, Rabbi Dr. Haym Soloveitchik wrote a seminal article on the development of Orthodoxy in 20th century America entitled, "Rupture and Reconstruction". Recently, an article by Rabbi David Brofsky was published in the Summer Issue of Jewish Action evaluating the thesis of Dr. Soloveitchik's article in light of the past 25 years.

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau described Dr. Soloveitchik's article as exploring "Orthodoxy’s move towards greater chumrot in halakhic observance and the shift from a mimetic tradition in which people imbibe halakhic practice in the home and the community to a book tradition in which traditional literature becomes the guide to communal norms. How does the acculturation of Orthodox Jewry in the twentieth century Western world account for these changes? What is the difference between a traditional society and an orthodox society?"

"Beyond the thesis outlined above, the essay includes many fascinating sections: 1) The claim that modern Jews’ attitude to physicality differs from that of their predecessors (pages 80-81). 2) A discussion of the nature of history books produced by the charedi world (84-85). 3) An exploration of why yeshiva education has become more central to Jewish identity (87-93). 4) An examination of the shift in authority from community rabbis to Roshei Yeshiva and the reason why the doctrine of Daas Torah became popular (94-98). 5) The claim that contemporary Jewry (including charedim) have lost the palpable sense of the divine presence (98-103). 6) An analysis of the differences between the Mishnah Berurah and the Arukh Hashulkhan (footnotes 6 and 20)."

Here are links to the...


Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782