Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Booknote series - introduction

Some of the scholars of the web have recently retired, some of them removing copious amounts of insightful, thoughtful Torah and the interface with modern life, e.g. the Gadol, AddeRabbi and the Misnagid in his own inimitable way.

Being the scion of great Rabbinical families, alumnus of the some of the top Yeshivos in the US, possessor of a fine mind during those rare moments of lucidity and sobriety, I felt I should try and add my two cents.

I do find that much webtorah is yawnworthy and sounds like those dull shabbos table or sheva berachot divrey torah that you instantly fall asleep during. I would like to do something slightly different. Being the proud owner and pilferer of a eclectic mix of books and seforim, I will try and get through one every few days and post some interesting ideas from it. The modern predilection to have the same books on your shelf is a damning sign of the conformity, conventionalism and sheepness we have sunk into.

From now on I will try and provide a glossary for each post in the comments section (except for words I make up and trademark).



At 6/01/2005 1:51 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...


shabbos = shabbat = sabbath = Saturday
sheva berachot = 7 blessings recited after a wedding
divrey torah = words of torah
seforim = books

At 6/01/2005 3:38 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...

good for you.

Lose the glossary though. If ppl want to know let em ask, lulei demistafina.

I hate glossaries.

I LOVE "yawnworthy"

At 6/01/2005 3:42 PM, Blogger menachem said...

for someone who has no understanding of these ideas, i dont think your glossary helps. try this expanded one:

shabbas = day of rest. friday sunset to sat sunset.
sheva brachot = seven blessings, recited each day for seven days after a wedding, during festive meals.
divrey torah = explanations of various ideas derived from the bible or talmud. often told over at festive meals.
seforim = lit. books, but in this context holy books. may contain divrei torah.

At 6/01/2005 4:37 PM, Blogger Karl said...

who are you writing for? Its not just the meaning of the words but the whole shabang. Its often hilarious listening to Yeshivisha velt translating something - would still not make sense to someone with no prior knowledge of somesort.
Eitherway, one glossary will be enough. If you are making one, just create a post and index it on the side-bar.

At 6/01/2005 6:58 PM, Blogger tmeishar said...

If you really think that most online Torah is "yawn-worthy" - I suggest (Yours truly being a real fan!)


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