This was initially put up as ‘updates’ on the previous post. But it’s so interesting, that I am pulling it out into it’s own post. It all started when the Rav said this: [The priest] said that he knew all of the SHAS. Because Tuvia Beilis – more than a hundred years’ ago, he was […]

How was it permissible to kill all of the people Shechem?

More obvious hashgacha pratit.... I sat down to read this week's Shivivei Or, which brings the Rav's latest shiurim all neatly typed up, and whaddya know?  He gave a whole shiur back on November 20th, where he went into a lot of detail…

Luminaries of fire vs luminaries of light

Rebbe Nachman on real Jewish leaders. Reposting this article on the difference between luminaries of fire and luminaries of light, from 2016. While so much has changed since then, sadly, so much really hasn't. And Rabbenu's wisdom is even more…

A shidduch from ‘the Hilltop Youth’

Let's get away from all the 'politics' for a moment to talk about shidduchim. A couple of years back, a bunch of my daughter's friends, some of whom I am very close to, came of marriageable age. While they aren't 'chareidi', they are all big…

Jewish Jesuits and Berlin Bankers

A few months ago, the penny finally dropped that so many of the ‘famous names’ that populate Jewish history and Jewish genealogy from the last 250 years are actually made-up. This happened in a few different ways. Some of it was just…

Busting the paradigm

I've been thinking a lot about how 'the evils' turn us all against each other. In our puppet-controlled world, they make all these machloket, all these ridiculous arguments between us, about details that are actually totally pointless, but…

The Rambam on accidental murder

Amazingly, this was the next part of the Rav's shiur, given on Rosh Chodesh Kislev (Nov 13th, 2023). The first part of the shiur was talking about transferring 1.5 billion to Hamas, and Hamas firing on the patients in the hospitals, and then…