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Jewish Concepts / Rambam / Talmud

Talmud Megillah 25a: “Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for …”

B”H The Talmud Tractate Megillah 25a teaches: Rabbi Chanina said “Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven.” What exactly does Rabbi Chanina mean with his statement? The Rambam (Maimonides) provides a very good explanation in his Mishna Torah (Hilchot Teshuva, 5:2): There are fools among the Gentiles who claim … Continue reading

Conversion (Giur) / Kotel (Western Wall) / Reform Judaism

Rabbi Nachum Eisenstein is making a point: “Reform Judaism & Western Wall (Kotel)”

B”H Rabbi Nachum Eisenstein is making a point and I totally agree: http://www.timesofisrael.com/an-ultra-orthodox-rabbi-explains-why-his-community-opposes-the-western-wall-deal/ For many decades, Rabbi Eisenstein has been fighting false rabbis and false converts to Judaism. Mainly false converts to Orthodox Judaism, as Reform converts are not considered Jewish in the eyes of Orthodox Jews. The Rabbi also fights against false or corrupt … Continue reading

Hebrew Letters / Rabbi Shlomo ben Yitzchak (Rashi)

On the RASHI – Script

B”H Chabad published an interesting article on the RASHI – Script: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3715921/jewish/What-Is-Rashi-Script-and-Where-Did-It-Come-From.htm#utm_medium=email&utm_source=1_chabad.org_magazine_en&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=content Not only the Rashi Talmud and Torah commentaries are printed in Rashi script but countless other Jewish religious books are printed with those letters. Especially kabbalistic works but also plenty of other books. Learning out to read Rashi takes some time. Once you … Continue reading