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Recent Content

New Online Edition of Ibn Ezra's Torah Commentary

AlHaTorah.org is pleased to share its recently completed critical edition of Ibn Ezra's Torah Commentary.  This edition, freely available at http://mg.alhatorah.org, includes hundreds of Ibn Ezra's own additions which have been painstakingly collected from numerous manuscripts.  This newly discovered material is not found in any of the previously published editions of the commentary.

Query: Origins of Tu BiShvat Seder

A colleague asks about the origins of the kabbalistic Seder for Tu BiShvat. It is often ascribed to the Ari or his circle yet my colleague finds no reerences to this in Scholem's writings on the innovations of the Safed Kabbalists, or in the Pri Etz Hadar. What is known / published about which rabbi or community first introduced this practice?

With thanks,

Justin Jaron Lewis

University of Manitoba

Teaching Query: Suggestions for Contemporary Judaism Course

I would appreciate suggestions for readings and topics, or entire syllabi, for a second-year university course on Contemporary Judaism to be taught this fall. From prior experience, students understand "contemporary" as "current", so the course needs to engage with live issues.

Justin Jaron Lewis



University of Manitoba