Volume 52 Number 64
                    Produced: Wed Sep  6 22:05:34 EDT 2006

Subjects Discussed In This Issue: 

         [Avi Feldblum]
Air Conditioning Units - Emptying Water Tank On Shabbos.
         [Immanuel Burton]
Congratulations to the new olim - posted pictures and articles
         [Jacob Richman]
Congratulations to the new olim: 276 pictures of the record aliyah day
         [Jacob Richman]
Divrei HaRav by Steven Owen
         [Aryeh Frimer]
         [Eugene Bazarov]
It's a girl
         [Chana Luntz]
Jewish Holiday Calendar Card
         [Jacob Richman]
Lo Tasur
         [Joel Rich]
Online Library: Rav Kook & Art
         [R. Jeffrey Saks]
Pictures of Jerusalem Memorial Rally for Gush Katif
         [Jacob Richman]
Pictures of our soldiers
         [Jacob Richman]
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah's Tanakh Companion to the Book of Samuel
         [Eve Yudelson]


From: Avi Feldblum <feldblum@...>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 21:43:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Administrivia

Hello All,

My apologoes to all for the extended bein hazamanim that we've had on
mail-jewish. Hopefully, I will get back into the swing and we will be back
on our usual daily routine.

Now to catch up on your email to me and get the first issue out.

Just a comment on Jacob's postings of pictures of Aliyah, for the one I
do not yet have the submission from him (which should have landed
today), among the people on the flight are my son, daughter-in-law and
grand-daughter and my daughter. So my wishes of bracha and hatzlacha for
all the olim!



From: Immanuel Burton <iburton@...>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 10:04:56 +0100
Subject: Air Conditioning Units - Emptying Water Tank On Shabbos.

I have at home a mobile air conditioning unit that has a water tank.
This water tank fills with condensed water as the unit chills the air,
and periodically requires emptying.  When the tank is full, the chilling
element stops functioning, and the unit effectively becomes a fan.

Is the water that condenses in this tank muktze on Shabbos on the
grounds of being nolad?  [I'm not sure what a good definition of nolad
is, but I believe that it is essentially something that is newly formed
on Shabbos, for example an egg laid by a hen.]  If the water is muktze,
then would there be a problem in emptying the tank on Shabbos?  If there
is a muktze issue, then can the tank be emptied by an unusual method,
e.g. syphoning the water out rather than removing the tank and emptying
it in the sink in the normal way?

Immanuel Burton.


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 04:11:51 +0200
Subject: Congratulations to the new olim - posted pictures and articles

Hi Everyone!

Congratulations to the 243 new olim who made aliyah today from North

I posted articles and pictures (thanks Menachem Lipkin and Ezra HaLevi)
on my site at:

If you do not see August 11 on the top of the web page, hold the control
key and press the F5 key to refresh your browser.

May the aliyah from the USA (and the rest of the world) grow and bring
more Jews back to their homeland, Eretz Yisrael.

Shabbat Shalom,


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 23:41:29 +0200
Subject: Congratulations to the new olim: 276 pictures of the record aliyah day

Hi Everyone!

On Wednesday, August 16, history was made when 520 olim arrived in
Israel on three Nefesh B'Nefesh flights. The flights from Canada, the
United States and England marked a new record in Aliyah from the West.

Hundreds of guests, including myself, were on hand to greet the new
olim. The excitement was everywhere and you knew that history was
unfolding before your very eyes.

I took 276 pictures of the special event and posted them on my website


(hold the control key and press F5 if you do not see August 16 on the
top of the page)

Please forward this message to relatives and friends so they can also
enjoy viewing the pictures of this super event.

Have a great day,


From: Aryeh Frimer <frimera@...>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 07:06:37 +0200
Subject: Divrei HaRav by Steven Owen

In 1970's Steven Owen ciculated Divrei HaRav, summaries of the Rav's
Sat.  night sheurim.  Does anyone know where these summaries (or the
author) can be found?



From: Eugene Bazarov <evbazarov@...>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 11:25:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hollekreisch


I am interested in knowing if anyone ever saw any rabbinic criticism of
the German Jewish secular naming ceremony called Hollekreisch (or
Holekreisch or Hohekreisch). Perhaps that it is of non-Jewish origin or
something.  What about a Vachnacht?

Thanks in advance,


From: Chana Luntz <chana@...>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 14:25:55 +0100
Subject: RE: It's a girl

I wrote:

> It's with much pride and gratitude to the Almighty, that 
> Robert and I would like to announce the safe arrival of the 
> latest Sassoon - a baby girl at 17:25 (5.25pm) on Thursday 
> (17 Tammuz/13 July) - weight 7lb 13.6oz or 3.562kg.  Sister 
> for David Yechiel and Eli Clement (Eliyahu Rachamim).
> ...
> Naming delayed for the Zeved Habat 
> which will probably, given the three weeks, be Shabbas Nachamu.

Well we named her on Shabbat Yonit Chasya (English: Jeannette Jessica).
Yonit/Jeannette after Robert's late mother Jeannette (Heb: Chana)
Sassoon (nee Dwek) and Chasya/Jessica after my late grandmother Jesse
(Heb: Chasya) Ginsberg (nee Matz).

I spoke briefly about the idea of the dove being a symbol of hope in
difficult times (cf its role on the ark) as well as a symbol of the
Jewish people (cf Shabbas 49a and particularly Rashi there) and also as
the key reference in the psukim from Shir HaShirim that commence the
Zeved Habat ceremony ("Yonati b'chagai hasela ..." - My dove in the
clefts of the rock, in the coverture of the step, show me your
countenance, let me hear your voice, for your voice is pleasant and your
countenance beautiful(Shir HaShirim 2:14)) .  It thus seemed an
appropriate name for somebody born on the fast of 17th Tamuz,
particularly given the difficult times in Israel at the moment, but
named on Shabbat Nachamu, the sabbath of consolation.  (I also made the
obvious point that while we wanted very much to name after Robert's late
mother, give that her Hebrew name was the same as mine, we were not
going to use Chana - but that Yonit is virtually a Hebrew
transliteration of Jeannette, the name she was known by, and hence
seemed an obvious choice).  I also discussed the name Chasya, and while
the naming itself was straightforward, being after my late grandmother,
the meaning appears more difficult, with various sources giving various
different meanings.  Some of these are "shelter" and "protected of G-d"
(each of which seemed again to link with the key pasuk in Shir Hashirim
that commences the Zeved Habat ceremony, the image of the dove
sheltering in the cliffs, even if the precise form is not used).
Another linked explanation is "trusting in G-d".  One reference,
however, gave the name as arising from the root "chus" ie linked to pity
or compassion (as in "chus v'rachem alenu") - which again seemed
appropriate to a theme of hope for consolation and redemption.

Thank you to all who have emailed to wish us Mazel Tov.  I apologise
that I am not able to get back to each of you individually (babies tend
to keep one busy ;-)), but please take this as a personal thank-you.

Shabbat Shalom



From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2006 15:30:50 +0200
Subject: Jewish Holiday Calendar Card

Hi Everyone!

I created a new, three year, Jewish holiday calendar card which
I posted on my website for you to view, download or print.
The address is:

There are 3 card sizes to choose from.

For best printed results use the Acrobat PDF file.
When printing the PDF file use the print option "fit to page".

If you live in Ma'aleh Adumim, the free, laminated, magnetic version of
the calendar card will be available next week at shuls in the Klei Shir
and Mitzpeh Nevo neighborhoods. It will also be available from my home
(but call first).

I will post a message on the MA-Chat list when the magnetic cards 
are ready and available.

Have a good day,


From: Joel Rich <JRich@...>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 17:54:31 -0400
Subject: Lo Tasur

We're all familiar with Rashi's statement that even if they tell you
that right is left you have to listen(Devarim 17:11). AIUI the
supercommentaries understand Rashi to mean this literally, i.e. that the
ruling of Bet Din establishes halachik reality for all.  Has anyone seen
a reconciliation of this position with the mishneh in Horiyot which
states that a member of bet din or talmid raui lhoraah(student worthy of
being a judge) can not rely on bet din and if he acts on bet din's
ruling, knowing it's wrong, he's guilty (according to rashi of
misunderstanding the meaning of lshmoa dvrei chachamim-listening to the
words of the sages)

Joel Rich


From: R. Jeffrey Saks <atid@...>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 13:05:31 +0200
Subject: Online Library: Rav Kook & Art

As part of ATID's Art Initiative we are pleased to make available an
online library of a dozen essays exploring "Rav Kook's Attitutude to the
Visual Arts". As is well known, Rav Kook was unique in his emphasis on
the capacity of the arts and creativity to contribute to religious life
and experience.

The annotated bibliography is linked to print materials available online
for the first time as PDF files, or to material available on the web.

Select the following URL to enter the library:

Select the following URL for our audio series "Iyyunei Omanot":

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks
Director, ATID


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2006 15:19:39 +0200
Subject: Pictures of Jerusalem Memorial Rally for Gush Katif

Hi Everyone!

Jonathan Stein (thanks!) sent me pictures of the Jerusalem Memorial
Rally for Gush Katif which took place on Tuesday, August 1, 2006.  The
gathering started at Gan Ha'atzmaut in Jerusalem and everyone marched to
the Kotel for a dedication of a Sefer Torah.

I posted the pictures on my website at:

When the first page comes up, press the F11 key on the top of your
keyboard for a full page view.  Use the icon buttons on the bottom of
each page to navigate.

May our soldiers and security services succeed in their missions with
God's help. May the north and the whole country get peace and quiet.

Shabbat Shalom,


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 10:16:53 +0200
Subject: Pictures of our soldiers

Hi Everyone!

I posted pictures of our soldiers on my website at:

If you do not see July 31, 2006 on the top of the page,
hold the control key and press the F5 key to refresh your browser.

Pictures that I think are very good include:

Minyan in the field

Taking a rest

Havdalah at the front lines

Havdalah at the front lines

Davening on a tank

Golani soldier kissing a donated Torah

Please forward this message to inspire others.

May our soldiers and security services succeed in their missions with
God's help. May the north and the whole country get peace and quiet.



From: Eve Yudelson <eve@...>
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 01:03:23 -0400
Subject: Yeshivat Chovevei Torah's Tanakh Companion to the Book of Samuel

The Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Tanakh Companion to the Book of Samuel,
published this summer by Ben Yehuda Press, brings together edited
transcripts of 13 lectures on the Book of Samuel, delivered at the first
three "study days" on the Bible sponsored by the YCT.

This volume is the first of a new series.

The presenterrs are Rabbi David Silber, and Rabbi Avi Weiss.  Rabbi
Hayyim Angel, Rabbi Joshua Berman, Rabbi Jack bieler, Rabbi Yehuda
Felix, Leeor Gottleib, Rabbi Nati Helfgot, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld.

The book is available online at www.BenYehudaPress.com and
Amazon.com  (direct link) 

Eve Yudelson
Ben Yehuda Press


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