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Lots of nice pictures from Bayard Cutting Arboretum

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at http://www.examiner.com/review/a-passive-park-on-long-island

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Cheat sheet for rabbinic periods

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I've noticed that some people are very sloppy in their references to earlier rabbis, lumping Rishonim either with Acharonim or with Chazal. Now while Chazal does simply translate into "our sages of blessed memory, it also refers to a very specific period of rabbinic Mesorah, which ended with the canonization of the Gemara [Talmud]. The rabbis quoted in the Mishna and Gemara are included, so that would take you through the following:
the Sofrim around the year 2448 (1312 BCE)
the Zugoth 3590 (170 BCE)
the Tannaim 3790 (30 CE)
the Amoraim: (using Rav Ashi's lifespan  as the cutoff) 4190 (430 CE)
 Some include the period of
the Savoraim 4260 (500 CE) within Chazal, though others mark the break there.

However, clearly a new era is marked by the time of the Gaonim  4360 (600 CE). We then get to:
the Rishonim 4800 (1040 CE)
the  Achronim 5200 (1440 CE)

The heritage of the Oral Traditions depends on respecting the earlier Sages. That was discussed at http://www.theyeshivaworld.…

On lashon hara

The Shem m’Shmuel explains that what caught Rav Yanai’s attention was the peddler’s use of the word “sam,” literally, a spice.  You can’t make a meal of spices alone, but any regular meal served without spice is bland and not satisfying.  “Netzor leshoncha,” guarding against lashon ha’ra, is not just another dish on the menu of Torah, item number whatever of 613 possible choices.  It’s the spice that goes into every dish that makes every dish more  satisfying.  It’s a defining value of the system as a whole.    Read more in:
Divrei Chaim: avoiding lashon ha'ra as a meta-value

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Pictures of Wave Hill, April 7, 2013

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Related post:http://www.examiner.com/article/free-garden-admissions-to-wave-hill-this-weekend Follow me on Twitter @AriellaBrown and circle me at Google+ For wedding tips and insight, as well as recipes and practical advice, visit http://kallahmagazine.weebly.com/index.html

Photo exhibit includes Holocaust pictures

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An exhibit you may want to catch. You have until May 5th http://www.examiner.com/article/holocaust-photos-on-exhibit-new-york


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Matchmakers don't have to be yentas

From my email: "We're seeking outgoing Jewish religious matchmakers. If you are outgoing,
personable and have a good network of Orthodox singles, please email us for
project details."  Here's my objection to the description: Why outgoing? The assumption here is that outgoing people will be better at making matches, but I beg to differ. Outgoing people tend to talk more, but the flip side is that they will often listen less. To be more effective at making matches, one should be willing to remain quiet so as to get a good sense about what really makes the single tick. Outgoing types are less likely to tolerate silence and so either will fill it in with their own talk or quickly dismiss the quieter type as dull, slow, or uninteresting because s/he was never given enough of an opportunity to open up about him/herself.  I happen to be on the quieter side myself, but people find me incredibly easy to talk to. I've learned a lot more than I  care to sometimes from the f…

See Wave Hill for free this weekend

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Looking for something to get you out this weekend without spending a lot? Check out http://www.examiner.com/article/free-garden-admissions-to-wave-hill-this-weekend




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