Monthly Archives: December 2010

Spontaneous Hebrew

About nine months ago, I noticed Rav Yosef Messas’s vitriolic dismissal of the legend that a child left unexposed to any language will automatically develop the ability to speak fluent Hebrew: עוד כתבת. כי דרש חד גלילאה במחנכם קדוש. כי … Continue reading

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Putting One's Foot Down, For Once and For All

`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master — that’s all.’1 I was recently researching the origins of the venerable tradition of the groom stepping on the bride’s foot (or vice versa) under the Huppah to symbolize … Continue reading

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More Paradoxical Poetry

[Our previous discussion of paradoxical poetry.] From an interview with Rav Yehudah Amital (h/t: Prof. Alan Brill): האם היתה לך נקודת משבר אמונית? אני לא יכול לדבר על נקודת משבר. אתה חי במשברים כל הזמן. אצלי כל חג זה בעיה. … Continue reading

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