Friday, December 30, 2011

Divrei Chaim: Yosef's wagons

Divrei Chaim: Yosef's wagons: " Ani Yosef achichem asher machartem osi.... " (45:4) "I am your brother Yosef whom you sold into slavery..." The Ohr haChaim says a fan...

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The mitzvah of preparing for Shabbos

Divrei Chaim: the mitzvah of preparing for Shabbos: On hebrewbooks.org I found a sefer call Oros Shabbos by R' Shlomo Wahrman that I am enjoying immensely. I remember years ago R' Wahrman's ...

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Zos Chanukah

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/zos-chanukah# and also see http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2010/12/zos-chanukah.html

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Off on the 26th? Here are some options

From ice skating to museums that feature art and New York history, including some really old Torah scrolls.
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/planning-for-next-week
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/more-for-monday
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/yet-another-option-for-monday-entertainment-this-week

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Ever wonder about Jews and Chinese food?

A couple of academics did and wrote a paper on the phenomenon of New York Jews who love to eat Chinese food with over 2 pages of notes on it that first appeared in the  early 90s.. They identify 3 key themes identified in http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/new-york-jews-and-chinese-food

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Divrei Chaim: girsa d'yankusa

Divrei Chaim: girsa d'yankusa: Abayei said (Shabbos 21b) that he wished he had learned the din of kavsa ain zakuk lah earlier in life and not only in his later years. As...

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Activities for Monday and Tuesday

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/planning-for-next-week
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Divrei Chaim: the nes of Chanukah

Divrei Chaim: the nes of Chanukah: In his Moadim u'Zmanim (7:60), Rav Shternbruch asks why we commemorate the Chanukah miracle of finding the oil and lighting menorah with hal...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chanukah: the holiday of progress

Two years ago I posted about the ramifications of ches neros vehalacha kebeis Hillel http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/11/hillels-approach-for-chanukah-and-for.html

Hillel and Shamai had different views about the order in which Chanukah candles should be lit. Beis Shamai’s view was that the candles should parallel the cows offered during Sukkos, which began with the full number but went down one each day. As we know, we follow the opinion of Beis Hillel, which is to begin with one and add on a candle each successive night. 

The way we light, we progress forward to build up to greater and greater light. That's true progress. We tend to think of progress in terms of technological or material advances. But the real progress one is to make through life is to bring out more light -- not more stuff, but the intangible flame of Torah. 

 


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Say a little and do a lot

Divrei Chaim: emor me'at v'aseh harbeh: R' Nachman opens his famous "azamra" torah (Likutei Moharan 282, link) by explaining the pasuk, " V'od me'at v'ain rasha,v'hisbonanta al me...

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Do you have your own list?

See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/8-great-things-about-chanukah

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chanukah post roundup

http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/11/hillels-approach-for-chanukah-and-for.html
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/reflections-on-polishing-a-menorah
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/for-chanukah-cooking-tips-and-recipes-latkes
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/chanukah-latke-ditty
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/credit-to-the-women-on-the-festival-of-lights-and-the-new-moon

In addition to latkes and sufganiyot (and don't forget the chocolate gelt) it is traditional to serve dairy dishes on Chanukah to remember the heroism of Yehudith who killed the enemy's general rather like Yael did (see http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/12/scrying-in-scripture.html), though she used a sword rather than a tent peg. For inspiration for dairy ideas beyond the sour cream for the latkes, see http://kallahmagazine.com/home%20front.htm

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Updates at Kallahmagazine.com

Updates for gmach listings on the directory of Kallahmagazine.com 

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Does your voice reveal more than what you say?

It is said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. But some say that your voice tells quite a bit more about you than you think. Here's a blog I wrote on the use of Layered Voice Analysis  


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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Among the things you can do for free in NYC is ice skate

See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/free-skating-nyc
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Monday, December 05, 2011

Something new in Queens

Here are two reasons to visit the New York Hall of Science within the next 6 weeks. One is to go to an attraction where you will not be assailed by holiday themes. The other is that the exhibit, "Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think"  is only there through January 15th. 
Continue reading on Examiner.com Thinking about thinking at the New York Hall of Science - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/thinking-about-thinking-at-the-new-york-hall-of-science-review-1#ixzz1fhQgHV2e


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Scrying in Scripture

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Now there's a word that doesn't come up everyday. You don't have to Google it. I'll provide the Webster online definition right here:
"Scrying (also called crystal gazingcrystal seeingseeing, or peeping) is a magic practice that involves seeing things supernaturally in a medium, usually for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The media used are most commonly reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future."

Like other practices of divination, scrying would come under the general order of black magic and necromancy that is forbidden by the Torah. But we see that some people did use these means. According to some views, the reason Rachel stole her father's Teraphim was because they could be used for divination, and she wished to prevent him from using them to find out where Yaakov had gone with his family. When Yosef had not yet revealed himself to his brothers, he indicated that his goblet was his means of scrying. 


But the real purpose of this post is to bring up two particular incidents of scrying in TaNaCh, both of which use a chalon, which is normally translated as window (as per my husband's request; he was taken with the view quoted below): "Vayashkef Avimelech melech Plishtim b'ad hachalon, vayar vehine Yitzchak metzachek eth Rivka ishto." (26:8) This is usually translated as saying that he peeked into their window and saw intimacy between them.  Their behavior indicated that the women Yitzchak traveled with was not his sister but his wife. 


 In Lev Eliyahu on Bereishis, (90-91) Rav Eliyahu Lopian  rejects that pshat that Avimelech saw them through a window because he cannot accept that they would have not maintained absolute tznius and would have kept their interaction absolutely private. He invokes a story involving the Gaon of Vilna who said that the man who boasted knowledge of what people did in private did so through black magic. In the same way, R' Lopian says, Avimelech used black magic to gaze into his chalon, a device used for scrying, into the private room of Yitzchak and Rivka. 

The next day, I was reading through Shoftim and noticed that toward the end of Shiras Devorah,  when Sisro's mother is invoked, the text also refers to her gazing at a chalon: "B'ad hachalon nishkefa vateyabev em Sisro b'ad haeshnav, madua boshesh richvo lavo, madua echaro pa'amey marchevothav." (5:28) I noticed that it would fit the text very well to say that she was not just anxiously looking out the window to find out why her son was delayed in battle but to say the she, too, was scrying in her attempt to find the answer. It actually fit in very well with the fact that she gets answers from the wise women around her and answers herself. She also suggests that they are gathering women for each man. Considering how Yael was supposed to have succeeded in tiring out Sisro, it makes perfect sense for her to draw that conclusion based on her vision from scrying.

But don't take my word for it. After formulating my own take,  I looked through the commentators to find out if someone did say something like that. Sure enough, the Malbim, who always focuses on the distinction between words when there appears to be duplication maintains that the eshnav (usually translated as lattice) is what we think of as a window, but  "chalon hakesem shebo hishkifa em sisto liksom kesamin," a device for divinitation that the mother of Sisro used to attempt to divine what happened to her son.



Friday, December 02, 2011

revisiting a post for the parsha

see http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/05/different-reading-of-david-and.html

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