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Sep 8, 2013

Interesting Posts #511

1. Rebbetzin Heller vs the Shawl Women


3. the connection between pomegranates and the Jewish new Year

4. stop bashing the Orthodox

5. High Holidays services are boring. here's how to fix them

6. serious kapparos issues - I dont know how serious these issues actually are, and it seems to me a blanket statement cannot be said but each supplier must be checked out individually to know how he behaves with his chickens, but if these problems exist, they would be good reasons to add to the list of why it is better to do kapparos with money rather than with chickens

7. Israelis overrun gas mask distribution points - it is cool that Bet Shemesh is one of only 5 cities with distribution centers..

8. cowards (the Arab League regarding Syria)

9. Rav SHteinman on our times

10. Avraham Avinu was a Sephardi? Who knew?

11. segulah for parnassah - purchase a new knife on erev rosh hashana - I admit that in the week before Rosh Hashana I heard this crazy ad on the radio (Kol Berama I think, maybe Kol Hai) of someone selling a silver knife as a segulah. I had no idea what he was talking about, and the ad was not clear about the nature of the segulah..

12. why are convicted child molesters getting probation?

13. frum tennis ball boys - the article is old, but it was recently pointed out after a frum ball boy was spotted on television working the US Open games (or maybe it was a different tournament)

14. starting selichos on time - I must say this played a big part in how I chose where I would daven the first night of selichos. I new that the shul I planned on davening in would most likely start late. I ended up davening them elsewhere..

15. do the burqa women have itright?

16. Orthodox Jewish all-star 2013 nominations open

17.  Tim Tebow tweets thanks

18. modestly empowered

19. overlooking shul slights

20. making a way

21. New Year's interview with Yetzer Ha'Ra

22. Yu Jewish?

23. what time is it? - describing the DST cellphone problem

24. tradition does not mean we are all crazy

25. an Israeli story and the pomegranate

26. a tekkes and a snapshot of Israel

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  1. Thanks for the link.

    Re: Avraham Avinu being a Sepharadi, I have 4 "proofs":

    1) He was born in Ur Kasdim so he was an Iraqi

    2) Terah's father Nahor was born in 1849 and he lived 148 years, which means he died in 1997. Avraham was born in 1948 and the Midrash says that his brother Nahor was born 1 year later, in 1949. If Terah were Ashkenazic, how would he be able to name his son after his own living father?!?! It must be that Terah was Sephardic so, of course, his son Avraham was Sephardic.

    3) Avraham served the angels 3 tongues and mustard. And we know from Midrashim that the angels arrived at Avraham's tent on Pesah. If Avraham Avinu were Ashkenazic, how would he have been able to serve them mustard on Pesah?!?! He must not hold of Kitniyot since he was Sephardic.

    4) It says כֹּל אֲשֶׁר תֹּאמַר אֵלֶיךָ שָׂרָה, שְׁמַע בְּקֹלָהּ. If Avraham Avinu were Ashkenazic, why would HKB"H need to tell him this?!?! He would have done so on his own! He must therefore be Sephardic.

    1. nice! though he addresses the first point in his article.

  2. Rafi, I'm sure that no one could disapprove of your item #2! :)

    Gmar Chatimah Tovah (this is the first time THIS YEAR that I am commenting on your blog),
    Catriel Lev


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