Volume 66 Number 32 
      Produced: Tue, 14 Feb 23 13:54:26 -0500

Subjects Discussed In This Issue:

Name change (2)
    [Shayna Kravetz  David Tzohar]
Sources for Shabbat zemirot? (4)
    [Yisrael Medad   Mark Goldenberg  Ben Katz, M.D. David Olivestone]
Tachanun issues 
    [Joel Rich]
Talmudic Period Scholarship Article 
    [Yisrael Medad]


From: Shayna Kravetz <skravetz@...>
Date: Sun, Jan 29,2023 at 06:17 PM
Subject: Name change

Joel Rich wrote (MJ66#31):

> When someone is very ill, have you seen name added or total name change? If
> added, was it added as first name (e.g Chaim Moshe) or last (Moshe Chaim)? In
> either case, anything other than Chaim or Refael?

My mother A"H told me that she was named SHOSHA at birth but when her two infant
sisters later died of whooping cough, she was given the additional name ALTE,
presumably in the hope that she would reach old age (which B'H she did, by
biblical standards).

Kol tuv,

From: David Tzohar <davidtzohar@...>
Date: Mon, Feb 6,2023 at 11:17 AM
Subject: Name change

Joel Rich asked (MJ 66#31) about adding or changing a name for someone who is ill.

Two years ago I was seriously ill. I was visited by the famous mekubal known as
the "Chalban". He said to me that my name is David ben Elchanan. From now on my
name will be David Yitzchak ben Elchanan. I asked him why Yitzchak? He said I am
tied to the altar of my illness, Hashem will release me from the altar by the
zechut of Yitzchak Avinu and grant me health. From now on my name will be David
Yitzchak ben Elchanan Tzohar. By the grace of G-d I made a complete recovery
from my illness.

With wishes of perfect health to all.
David Yitzchak Tzohar-Yerushalayim



From: Yisrael Medad  <yisrael.medad@...>
Date: Sun, Jan 29,2023 at 05:17 PM
Subject: Sources for Shabbat zemirot?

In response to Bob Kosovsky's query (MJ 66#31):

Try Artscroll's Schottenstein Edition Interlinear Family Zemiros

Yisrael Medad

From: Mark Goldenberg <GOLDDDS@...>
Date: Sun, Jan 29,2023 at 06:17 PM
Subject: Sources for Shabbat zemirot?

Regarding your Zmiros question (MJ 66#31), every week Dr. Noam Wasserman, Dean
of the YU Syms Business School emails out a 10 page newsletter with various
Divrei Torah from different authors. The first Dvar Torah one is always authored
by him and deals with the Zemer of the week, with sources and explanations. A
new one is discussed every week . Sign up for the weekly email: <noam@...> Hope
it helps you!

Mark Goldenberg
Beverly Hills, CA

From: Ben Katz, M.D.<BKatz@...>
Date: Mon, Jan 30,2023 at 12:17 AM
Subject: Sources for Shabbat zemirot?

In response to Bob Kosovsky (MJ 66#31):

Best for this is Baer's siddur, Avodat Yisrael (Hebrew).

There was also a wonderful book in English "Mediaeval Hebrew Misnstrelsy" by
Rose L Henriques and Herbert Lowe published in London, 1926 by James Clarke &
Co.  that I found once in a used book store and had reprinted (with permission)
when my daughter got married.  The book has an English translation that can be
sung to the Hebrew melodies, with the accompanying musical notation and
introductions and sources for 16 zemirot!

From: David Olivestone <david@...>
Date: Mon, Feb 6,2023 at 04:17 PM
Subject: Sources for Shabbat zemirot?

In response to Bob Kosovsky's query (MJ 66#31):

The National Library of Israel website has individual pages for each of the
zemirot, with a running commentary on the left side which gives the sources for
almost every phrase. To access, Google in Hebrew the first words of the
zemer, plus the word, and look for the link beginning www.nli.org.il.

David Olivestone


From: Joel Rich <joelirarich@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 1,2023 at 12:17 PM
Subject: Tachanun issues

Any sources on the reasoning of not saying tachanun at mincha on the day before
a day we dont say it?

Any sources on the reasoning why (partially unlike the practice of eidot
hamizrach) the days of not saying tachanun are not aligned 100% with
laminatzeach and keil erech apaim?

Joel Rich


From: Yisrael Medad  <yisrael.medad@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 8,2023 at 02:17 AM
Subject: Talmudic Period Scholarship Article

Simcha Gross wrote an article "Where Did Rav and Shmuel Preside? Lingering
Institutional Assumptions in the Study of the Late Antique Rabbis" in Jewish
History volume 36 (2022), pages 203-230


The following is his abstract:

> The study of the late antique Babylonian rabbis has undergone a scholarly
> revolution over the last fifty years. The medieval rabbinic chronographies,
> which constituted the primary source about the rabbinic past for over a
> millennium, are now approached with extreme caution and skepticism. The
> clearest impact of this methodological shift is the wide acceptance that the
> Babylonian rabbis of the Talmudic period were organized not within a few
> large academies, as they were described in medieval chronographies, but
> rather in smaller disciple circles assembled around a charismatic master.
> Little attention, however, has been devoted to better understanding the
> nature of these disciple circles. Instead, disciple circles are treated as
> primitive academies. Previous assumptions dependent on a more institutional
> understanding of the Amoraic period what we might call proto-institutional
> assumptions persist. This article explores how attention to the distinct
> dynamics of disciple circles outside of proto-institutional assumptions can
> offer a radically different image of the social historical context of the
> Talmudic-era rabbis. It examines the way the two early major Babylonian
> Amoraim, Rav and Shmuel, whom medieval rabbinic chronographies and modern
> scholars continue to credit with founding rabbinic academies in Sura and
> Nehardea, respectively, related to particular geographic locales and their
> authority, or lack thereof, over them. Comparing the image of Rav and Shmuel
> in the Amoraic and post-Amoraic material in the Talmud and in medieval
> chronographies reveals distinct stages in the way their relationship with
> geography was conceived, which, in turn, reflect three distinct stages in the
> development of the Babylonian rabbinic movement.

Any comments?

Yisrael Medad


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