Extending Google Sheets : Update

I’ve been sick with really bad strep throat since Shabbos and haven’t really been able to do much – but I have been able to make lots of progress on my Google Sheets app. Now I can pick my pace – it will make a schedule for me and sync it with my Google calendar. Cool beans! I hope to explain in detail when I’m…

Extending Google Sheets With JavaScript: Part II

Hi guys! I’m still working on putting together the whole tutorial with the learning scheduler – but it’s proving to be a task to explain all the steps. I have to do this in my spare time, and I also need to actually make progress in learning Nazir. But I’d like to share what’s been done so far. In the meantime, I did about half the project…

Extending Google Sheets With JavaScript: Part I

I do not hate Google Sheets. Perhaps you have used it before. It’s rather similar to Microsoft Excel – except that I do not hate it – I hate Excel 🙂 One of the features of Google is that, besides the robust set of formulas it comes with, with a little JavaScript, you can really extend it to be like your own app. You can…

דער פאלטאווער עילוי

Rabbi Yoel Shurin – the Poltava Illui – was a talmid of the Netziv and the Rosh Yeshiva of yeshivas Ohr Torah. I found this article about the Poltaver Illui in the Yiddishe Licht. And here in the publication Beis Yaakov. Also, a קשה he asked in בבא קמא is brought in אבן האזל. Some historical documentation here, here and here. I have previously posted about…

Misplaced Loyalties: Part IV

Correction: Previously, I had written that the Ohr HaChaim was a 15th Century commentator. He is a seventeenth century commentator. (I subtracted instead of added to the 1600s.) Let’s examine some of the more salient points of the Ramban we mentioned in the last post here. The Ramban claims that the verse in Deuteronomy 17:11 about not straying from the words of the Sages, implies…

Misplaced Loyalties Part III – The Radical Views of Nachmanides

Let’s just come right out and say it! In addressing this conflict between the Sifrei and the Talmud – which says that one could err in his understanding of the commandment to listen to the Sages – we are focusing on something profound. This commandment, to heed the words of the Sages, is different than most commandments. This is not a question of how to…

Misplaced Loyalties: Part II

Now that we have seen the sources here – we can begin understanding when we say it is a liability to rely on the authority of the Sages and when one is obliged to do so. First, we should quickly note, that the Sages we are referring to here are the Sanhedrin. Let’s start with the apparent contradiction between the Sifrei and the the Talmud Yerushalmi…

The 8.58 Hour Workday

I’ve discovered, after finally crunching the numbers with HR, that my contract requires me to work 8.58 hours a day. 🙁 I find it rather hard to calculate when 8.58 hours (approx. 8 hours and 34 minutes) from the minute I walked in everyday is – so I have devised this little pen to figure it out for me. There is probably a better way…

Misplaced Loyalties: Part I – Sources

First, Some Sources: Regarding translations: The translations of Biblical verses are usually the King James Version The translations of the Bavli Talmud are usually Sefaria.org. (Note that I did not necessarily review or agree with the translation). Since I have not found an open-sourced quality translation of the Rambams, Midrashim, Yerushalmis etc – all such translations are my own. על פי התורה אשר יורוך ועל…

Misplaced Loyalties: טעה במצווה לשמוע לדברי חכמים

A Preface. I’ve often encountered a challenge when writing about topics that interest me – where I start writing without realizing how involved the topic and how much time it will take to write something accessible to a general audience. As such, recently I’ve tried to write really short self-contained blog posts. So it’s with some misgivings that I start writing about an extremely involved…