The Soncino Babylonian Talmud is now available online, with downloads.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
An interesting sight was recently brought to my attention. It is called “Web Yeshiva,” which offers a traditional Jewish Yeshiva (school) experience online. If you want to get a sense of the traditional Orthodox Jewish interpretations, thought, and Yeshiva experience, take a look.
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Dan Peterson and I have started a bi-weekly column on world religion with the local and national editions of the Deseret News. The first item can be found here.
Mircea Eliade made this prescient observation a half a century ago, which is highly pertinent regarding the contemporary New Atheist movement: “[Profane/Secular] Man makes himself, and he only makes himself completely in proportion as he desacralizes himself and the world. The sacred is the prime obstacle to his freedom. … He will not be truly free until he has killed the last god.” (M. Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion, (Harcourt, 1957/1987) 203.
I just got ahold of an interesting new book on the ancient Israelite concept of celestial priesthood and temples.
Angel, J. Otherworldly and Eschatological Priesthood in the Dead Sea Scrolls, (Brill, 2010)
It appears that scholars have discovered a geniza (Jewish repository for texts to prevent desecration of the name of God written on the texts) in Afghanistan. It seems to date from about 1000 years ago. See report here.
A number of Israels have on occasion painted or photoshopped the Muslim Dome of the Rock from the Temple Mount, minimally creating an idealization of what the Temple Mount really should be like. Recently, such a photo has been distributed to IDF forces by Israel’s military Rabbinate. Here’s the photo.
Here is a similar painting.
And here one of the Third Temple replacing the Dome of the Rock.
Needless to say, this type of thing is extremely provocative and incendiary given the current political conditions.