Monday, October 16, 2017

Daily Davening Discourses

As one of my kabbolos from this past Yom Kippur, I will be giving IYH a Daily Davening Discourse on the Siddur, The Beurei Tefillah will be primarily from the Siddur that inspires me every Yomim Noro'im, the Otzar HaTefillos - specifically focusing on the Dover and Acharis Sholom and the Anaf Yosef. The Discourses will be no more than 15 minutes each, broadcast live and archived on youtube. I am tentatively scheduling them nightly (Monday through Thursday) at 6:30 pm beginning a week from today. I am  open to and welcome suggestions and requests! Please share, and may we all be zocheh to enhance our Avodas Hashem!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Alternative Tefillos LeSholom HaMedinah

From I think the version of Prof. Dov Sidan is superior to the "Avinu SheBaShamayim" that is widespread and would have accomplished more universal acceptance. Oh well.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Headlines Radio on Aliyah l'Har HaBayis, including an interview with your humble servant...

9/30/17 Aliya L

9/30/17 Aliya L’Har Habayis - 
And Aliya Liregel Bzman Hazeh

with Rabbi Yosef Rabin - Tel Talpiyos Organization
with Rabbi Nachman Kahane - Rav Chazon Yechezkel Muslim Quarter
with Rabbi Gavriel Bechhofer - Noted Rav and Mechaber Seforim
with Rabbi Yosef Greenwald - Dayan in Givat Zeev, Bais Havaad
My name was is spelled wrong on the Headlines website. I fixed it for posting on the blog. :-)

My relatively short segment (about 15 minutes) begins at about 1:15:48.

Also at:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Mabul Revisited: New Hypothesis!

So simple, really. And with meaningful archaeological evidence. Just struck me today while preparing for tomorrow's class. This is the handout I put together.

This hypothesis may not be so new, see page 186 in this work from 1817(!):

See also, from
 ספר שבע חכמות שבתלמוד ומדרש
 Jechiel Zebi Hirschensohn 
1883 - 149 pages

Perhaps Nod=Indus!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Purpose of Life According to both Chassidim and Misnagdim, with a note on Teshuvah and and an unrelated amazing Tashbetz

In a chaburah today, someone mentioned that Teshuvah is a Reboot. This got me thinking about the three keys to reboot a Windows machine. This evening I found this.

 But by us, the order is:

First, get control over yourself. Then סור מרע, delete your bad habits. Then עשה טוב, alter your ways.

So what is the purpose of life towards which you should direct your Reboot? Both the Gr"a and the Besh"t agree!!!

שני נביאים מתנבאים בסגנון אחד!


משלי ד יג


כתר שם טוב ח"א סי' כ"ד

Finally, totally unrelated, but something that, like the aforementioned Ba'al Shem Tov, I found on Rosh HaShanah this year, why male Jews call each other Reb Ploni, Reb Almoni, from the Tashbetz's commentary on Avos. Amazing!