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Zoomable Aleppo Codex!

This is geektabulous. The Aleppo Codex, aka the 10th c. manuscript of the Bible considered to be the most authoratative in terms of transmission of tradition (vowels, word choice/spelling Torah trope, etc.) is now online. Much of the original Codex…

Euphonic Dissonance

From my apartment in [West] Jerusalem, I can hear the Muslim call to prayer through the day (and night). I quite enjoy this, though I find it somewhat surprising given my location: I can’t really figure out where the nearest…

Mechanics of the Blacklist, Part 1

I’ve had Communists on the brain the last couple of weeks. On November 7, I gave my lecture, Mechanics of the Blacklist, 1946-1954, as part of the Jewish Currents Morris U. Schappes lecture series. Jewish Currents is the magazine for…

Most Badass Bible Verses

Humor site Cracked has a hilarious list of the 9 Most Badass Bible Verses. They’re not so much central to my religious life (or the way I understand how we live Torah, for that matter), but I laughed. Here’s #8…

JITW: No Bar/t Mitzavah Afterall

New Voices just published a piece about Jews in the Woods disbanding. After a streak of 12 consecutive shabbatonim all over the Northeast and even in Israel it seems JITW has run it’s course. Emily Fishman and Abigail Friedman were…

Greening HaAretz

Treehugger reports: They may still be leagues ahead of their time in Israel, but the Good Energy Initiative established by one of our favorites – the Heschel Center – is acting to offset carbon emissions. The do-gooders are aiming to…