Volume 56 Number 51
                   Produced: Mon May 11 18:50:56 EDT 2009

Subjects Discussed In This Issue:

        [Avi Feldblum]
CJI Salary Survey Results Posted Online
        [Jacob Richman]
Diskin Orphan Home of Israel
Educational websites about Lag Ba'Omer
        [Jacob Richman]
New Podcast Episodes from ATID
        [Jeffrey Saks]
A new website for Daf Yomi learners
        [Dr Nathan Philippe Bamberger]
Online Aruch Hashulchan, Hilchos Hashkamah, Tzitzis, Tefillin
        [Dovi Jacobs]
Only in Israel....Educational Sugar Packets
        [Jacob Richman]
Pictures of Birkat Hachama
        [Jacob Richman]


From: Avi Feldblum <feldblum@...>
Date: Mon, May 11, 2009 at 6:44 PM
Subject: Administrivia

Hello All,

After a fairly long hiatus, mail-jewish is restarting. You will be seeing
a number of changes over the next several weeks. As many of you know, I
have been editing and moderating mail-jewish for over 20 years. We are
now at a point where I cannot continue this by myself, and it has led to
various disruptions of mail-jewish over the last several years. As a
result, we have started a discussion on how to add a number of additonal
people to share in the load and ensure that the list will continue even
when I am unable to work on it fro a period of time. For those interested
in the discussions of how to manage this change, or if you think you
might be interested in volunteering for a position, the discussions are
taking place at <mail-jewish-discuss@...>

As part of the change, I would request that submissions to the list be
sent to:

Hopefully, the outgoing issue will show up as coming from that address.
There may be other changes that you see over the next several weeks, as
we work out how best to make the changes.

For this first issue, I've taken a bunch of the basically announcements
type messages, since that is really that is currently in the queue for
the last several months on no discussion, but I have confidence that you
will have postings of substance to send in soon.

Avi Feldblum


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2009 08:42:19 +0200
Subject: CJI Salary Survey Results Posted Online

Hi Everyone!

I just posted on the Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) website the
results of the annual salary survey.
574 readers took part in the salary survey this year.
Each person answered 24 questions about their salaries and
their work benefits.

Thanks!! to everyone that participated.

The results are posted (in English and Hebrew) on the
resource page at:

If you do not see March 8, 2009 on the top of the web page,
hold the control key and press the F5 key to refresh your browser.

Have a Happy Purim,


From: <Serinade@...>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 19:32:22 EDT
Subject: Diskin Orphan Home of Israel

Is this actually in Israel, or in New York?  Thank you.


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 11:48:18 +0300
Subject: Educational websites about Lag Ba'Omer

Hi Everyone!

The Jewish festival "Lag Ba'Omer" is Tuesday, May 12, 2009.
If you are flying over Israel on Monday night (11th) and you
look down out of your plane, you will see thousands of bonfires
dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see. There
are various customs and explanations for these celebrations.

I posted on my website 38 links to learn about "Lag Ba'Omer".
All 38 links have been reviewed / checked this week.

The web address is:


I also added Lag Ba'Omer stickers to the Facebook
"Send Jewish Stickers" application at:

Enjoy the bonfires!


From: Jeffrey Saks <atid@...>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 22:29:16 +0300
Subject: New Podcast Episodes from ATID

Please download and listen to two new episodes of ATID's Jewish
Educators Book Club Podcast from:
www.atid.org/misc/booksrss.asp or search for "ATID" in the iTunes Store --

Rabbi Soloveitchik's "And From There You Shall Seek"
Jeffrey Saks discusses the new English edition of Rabbi Soloveitchik's
"And From There You Shall Seek" (Uvikkashtem miSham) with Rabbi Reuven
Ziegler of the Toras HoRav Foundation.

"Life Values and Intimacy Education"
ATID's Dr. Yoel Finkelman and Dr. Caroline Peyser discuss "Life Values
and Intimacy Education: Health Education for the Jewish School" by
Yocheved Debow and Anna Woloski-Wruble, and other issues related to
sex education in Jewish schools.


From: Dr Nathan Philippe Bamberger <contact@...>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 21:19:22 +0200
Subject: A new website for Daf Yomi learners

I would like here to bring to your attention my new online project,
accessible at: www.maarava.co.il

In this site, I'm offering for free download the Daf Yomi pages in a
new, revolutionary and very effective layout.

This layout facilitates enormously, and in a very natural way, the
deciphering part of the Gmara learning...

 - starting from the correct reading of the sentences,
 - continuing with easy vision and understanding of the arguments,
 - and ending with the immediate and clear overview of the Sugya

By using these pages, along with a traditional Gmara book for access to
the Mefarshim, you can use most of your learning time to in depth
analysis of the ideas. The learning becomes simply more effective.

I'll be very pleased to get your comments on this new project.

I would also feel very honored if you could inform about this project
through your website and/or mailing lists.

Thanks and Kol Tuv,

Dr Nathan Philippe Bamberger

PS: The website is all in Hebrew but there are only few words to read for
downloading the Daf Yomi pages.


From: Dovi Jacobs <dovijacobs@...>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:48:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Online Aruch Hashulchan, Hilchos Hashkamah, Tzitzis, Tefillin

Having finished Hilchos Tefillin as of the fourth candle of Chanukkhah,
I'm pleased to announce that the initial halachos of Orach Chaim are now
complete in the online, edited version of the Aruch Hashulchan: Hilchos
Hashkamas Haboker, Tzitizis, Tefillin (simanim 1-45). I've started
Hilchos Birchos Hashachar, and hope God willing to finish Hilchos
Tefillah sometime around Pesach.

Since Hilchos Mezuzah and Sefer Torah in Yoreh Deah are already done,
the addition of Hilchos Tefillin makes all of the complementary texts in
hilchos sta"m complete. Those who learn Orach Chaim may want to
supplement their study with this material.

In the meantime, my co-contributor Netanel has already finished the bulk
of Hilchos Shabbos, which he will finish IYH in the coming months. Done
so far are simanim 242-299 and 345-416. Hilchos Shabbos is a vast
endeavor, and Netanel deserves great credit for his perseverance.

Thus, in conjunction with previous material, the following parts of the
Aruch Hashulchan are now done:

Orach Chaim:
*Hashkamas Haboker, Tzitzis, Tefillin (simanim 1-45).
*Hilchos Shabbos (simanim 242-416) is about 3/4 complete.
*All of the Moadim (simanim 417-697) has been complete for some time.
In total, most of Orach Chaim is already done, and it should be nearing
completion during the current year.
Index to Orach Chaim: http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/AHS:OH

Yoreh Deah:
Simanim 240-291, encompassing Hilchos Kibbud Av va-Em, Kevod Rabbo
ve-Talmid Chacham, Talmud Torah, Tzedakah, Millah, Avadim, Gerim, Sefer
Torah, Mezuzah.
Simanim 334-403, encompassing Hilchos Niddui ve-Cherem, Bikkur Cholim,
and Avelus.
Index to Yoreh Deah: http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/AHS:YD

Remember that besides just printing or reading these texts for your own
Torah study, you can also correct and improve them as well, for yourself
and for others! You can correct typos, improve the punctuation, and even
improve the formatting of entire pages. You are also invited to add new
simonim on your own. Two of the website's main contributors have
professional experience with editing Torah texts and/or proofreading,
and we are happy to help others contribute as well.

Please be makdish your learning of halachah from these texts in the
zechus of Israel's wounded and captive soldiers, for acheni kol beis
yisrael in poverty, sickness or distress (among them Rivkah bas
Tirtsel), and the strength and peace of all Israel.



From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 01:49:51 +0200
Subject: Only in Israel....Educational Sugar Packets

Hi Everyone!

Two days ago I had dinner with a friend in a restaurant on Emek Refaim
street in Jerusalem. While we were waiting for our meals, my friend told
me to look at the sugar packets on the table. I picked two of them up and
looked at them. One had a picture of Theodor Herzl on it and the other
had a picture of Ze'ev Jabotinsky. The backs had a brief biography of
these modern Israeli historical individuals.

I decided to scan these unique sugar packets and put the pictures on
my website at:


After 24 years in Israel, I am still amazed at the nice little surprises
that one finds in the least expected places.

Chodesh Tov,
Shabbat Shalom,


From: Jacob Richman <jrichman@...>
Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2009 09:55:12 +0300
Subject: Pictures of Birkat Hachama

Hi Everyone!

This morning, Nisan 14, 5769 - April 8, 2009, Jews around the
world glanced at the sun and recited the blessing on the sun
called Birkat HaChama.

I took pictures on top of the roof of the Nusach Achid shul in
Ma'ale Adumim and then at the gathering in the S'deh Chemed
school yard. I posted the pictures 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 everyone have a Happy Passover!
Chag Sameach!


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