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About bookabazza

I am an Osteopath and University Lecturer who is trying to keep up with the 7 year daf yomi cycle. I thought I would try and share a few small thought on the daf each week.

Torah and Western Thought. Revolution rather than Rebellion?

This collection of essays brings together some of the greatest current Jewish thinkers to write about ten of the most innovative and inspiring leaders of the Jewish world in the twentieth century. The authors include; Rabbi Dr Meir Y. Soloveitchik, … Continue reading

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Orot: Rav Kook – A review

I have heard it said that if we all followed Rav Kook we would be Modern Orthodox Kabbalists! Over the past few years I have been inspired again and again by Rav Kook. His approach to all Jews, no matter … Continue reading

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A guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates: R. Shlomo M. Brody – A review

Rabbi Brody’s book presents short halakhic (Jewish law) essays on a wide range of topics from Shabbat Elevators to Euthenasia, the question of riding a bicycle on Shabbat to Women’s Megilla readings. Each essay is very easy to read and … Continue reading

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Sotah – A new Tractate. Private ceremony or public humiliation?

And so we begin a new Tractate today. Undoubtedly the idea of public humiliation of a woman due to the jealousy of the husband is worrying for many of us in the modern era. Here is a fascinating article which … Continue reading

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Mazal tov to all who have finished Masechet Nazir today. In the Mishnah, Rebbi Nehora’i and Rebbi Yosi disagree about whether Shmuel ha’Navi was a Nazir. The Gemara which follows discusses a completely unrelated topic — whether it is preferable … Continue reading

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Nazir – 65. On the differences between Jews and Gentiles

Today’s daf touches on the remarkable Halakhic difference between Jews and Gentiles in the area of ritual impurity. The Talmud discusses the different burial positions utilised in the ancient world. One conclusion found in the Talmud is that if a … Continue reading

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With all your possessions: A review

Whatever field you work in, and whether you are Jewish or not, this book will give you an insight into how we as human beings should go about our lives as working people. This review was originally published in the Jewish Press … Continue reading

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Mahzor for Yom Ha’aztmaut and Yom Yerushalyim – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant, between Me, you and your descendants that follow you, to be a God for you and for your descendants. I will give the land of your sojourning, the whole land of … Continue reading

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Koren and the Koren Talmud

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations — such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida I am very excited to announce that I am … Continue reading

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Responding to tragedy

I am writing this just hours after learning of the tragic murder of three teenage boys in Israel. Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad, Gilad Shaar, 16, from Talmon and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon יהי זכרם ברוך. The immediate … Continue reading

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