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Re: Query: Tekhelet

For the question of Fred Astren regarding the antique/medieval rabbinic and academic scholarly treatments of tekhelet:

For Basic maetrials which were indeed the beginning of this modern discussion see: R. Gershon Leiner, Maamar Ein Hatekhelet; idem., Ein haTekhelet; idem., Sefunei Temunei Hol.

And see:

R. Menachem Borenstein, Hatekelet, Jerusalem 1990.

For the current controversy see:

1. Mitzvat HaTekhelet biZemanenu, Jerusalem 2010, who claims that the original Tekhelet is made from a distinct species of shellfish called purpura  pelagia.

Re: Query: Tekhelet

Response to Fred Astren, San Francisco State University query about Tehkelet. Please see my article, Dr. Natan Ophir (Offenbacher), "Tekhelet: Halakha, Color and Meditation", Badad, Journal of Torah and Scholarship, volume 17, Bar Ilan University, September 2006, pp. 29-49. See www.JewishMeditation.org.il

Nathan Ophir

Re: Query: Tekhelet

Dear Fred,

Among the vast bibliography on this topic, see:

The Royal Purple and the Biblical Blue: Argaman and Tekhelet. The Study of Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Herzog on the Dye Industries in Ancient Israel and Recent Scientific Contributions. Ehud Spanier, ed. Jerusalem: Keter, 1987.

Tekhelet: The Renaissance of a Mitzvah. Alfred S. Cohen, ed. New York: Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press, 1996.

Query: Religious responses to ethical questions raised in Israel/Palestine conflict

I will devote several sessions of my upper-level undergraduate seminar on "Religious Responses to Ethical Dilemmas" to dilemmas associated with the Israel/Palestine conflict.  I would be grateful for suggestions regarding essays whose authors write out of a religious tradition on ethical dimensions of one or more of the following issues:
   - The (il)legitimacy of specific Israeli military responses to Hamas
   - The (il)legitimacy of specific Israeli policies in the West Bank
   and/or Gaza.

Re: Query: Sefer HaHistalkut

Benjamin Mintz (1903, Poland-1961, Israel) was a politician and writer. A founder of the Poalei Agudah party, he served in the Knesset and as Minister of Postal Services.  He wrote for numerous newspapers, including Dos Yiddishe Tagblat of Agudat Yisrael and Ha-Tzofeh, and was one of the founders of the Yedioth Achronoth newspaper.  In his pre-WWII articles, he called upon European Jews to immigrate to the Land of Israel. During and after the war, he was active on behalf of European Jewry.

Re: Query: Sefer HaHistalkut

Binyamin Mintz was a parliamant member in the Knesset - as a representitive of Agudat Yisrael. He published several historical accounts of Hasidism - and on the general history of Jews in Poland. He ran a small publishing press in Tel Aviv.

See a short biography, written upon his death in Davar, May 31, 1961 at:


For a list of his publications, search: מינץ, בנימין, 1903-1961

Re: Query: Sefer HaHistalkut

The author is indeed Binyamin Mintz, a Gerer haid, the head of Po'alei Agudat Yisrael who dramatically broke with Moetzet G'dolei haTorah (including the Gerrer rebbe) in 1960, and was Minister of Posts for the last several months of his shortened life.  He was a prolific journalist and had written widely on Hasidic matters.  His compilation of Sefer haHistalkut is attested to at http://www.zomet.org.il/?CategoryID=160&ArticleID=5234

David Fishman