G-d, Man and The Temple – Part One

This post, while relevent to Sukkos, will also introduce some key concepts in Shaare Ora Receive Updates About Shaare Ora Podcast and Related Posts Genesis 1:27 ויברא אלהים את האדם בצלמו בצלם אלהים ברא אתו זכר ונקבה ברא אתם And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Talmud Bavli, Berachot 33a א”ר…

Influences: Rabbi Aaron Moshe Shechter Shlit”a

During the holiday season, I have been giving a lot of thought to the people who influenced my life and way of thinking. I have been fortunate to meet some interesting people over the years. I decided that I would share some of these experiences with my readers. Some of these people are too private to write about, others had influences that are too specific…

Nitzavim VaYelech: Writing Your Own Song

ועתה כתבו לכם את השירה הזאת ולמדה את בני ישראל שימה בפיהם למען תהיה לי השירה הזאת לעד בבני ישראל Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach thou it the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 31: 19 The last commandment of the Torah is…

Coming Soon: The Gates of Light – A Podcast Series on Shaarei Orah.

At Dew of Your Youth we’re excited to announce a new podcast series coming up! The series will be a study of the classical 14 century Kabbalistic masterpiece, the Shaare Orah (שערי אורה), written by the renown Spanish Kabbalistic, Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla. In Shaare Orah, Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla enumerates and lucidly explains various names of G-d as they pertain to the ten sefirot and each…

I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim (Ki Tetzei)

לא-יבוא ממזר בקהל ה A bastard shall not come into the Congregation of the L-rd –Deuteronomy 23:3 I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling -Frida Kahlo Let’s discuss the shunned bastard. That mongrel who, through no apparent fault of his own, is forever doomed to carry the burden…

Superstitions and Divinations (Part III)

This is the third part of a series on the topic of תמים תהיה. So far we have noticed an apparent contradiction between the prohibitions of the prohibitions mentioned in Parshas Shoftim and Sanhedrin, and the seeming widespread superstitious behaviour sanctioned in the Talmud. We saw that the מהרש”א differentiated between optimistic superstition and pessimistic superstition, but then we saw two clearly pessimistic cases. Let’s…

Superstitions & Divinations (continued)

This is a continuation of my last post on Parshas Shoftim, to read from the beginning, click here. Primary Sources from the Talmud: Let’s start by talking a small survey of relevant sources in the Talmud and then go on to the later Rabbis (including Maimonides) and their rulings: Sanhedrin 65b We shall start from the תנו רבנן close to the bottom of the page,…

Superstitions & Divinations: Parshas Shoftim

Being Whole-hearted Due to the sometimes long quotes and nuanced subject matter, this can make for somewhat of a longer read. As such, I have supplied synopsis sections conspicuously labled TL;DR, so if you’d rather just rely on my summaries, or find your eyes glazing over – skip to there. As always, all the translations are my own (except for the ones with thou and…

Bootstrappin’ Down Dewdler’s Creek (M.C. DewDropz: Part III)

This is the second part of a series of tutorials on making a website with PHP and MySQL templating. In this tutorial we will get started with bootstrap and our header page. To see what the tutorial is going to cover check out our intro to the series here. To get started, start with the first part of the series follow this link. All of…

Dewbious Intentionz – Part II : Getting Started With PHP

This is the first part of a series of tutorials on building a dynamic site using PHP and MySQL. If anything is unclear at any point in this series, please mention so in the comments and I will try to address it ASAP 1) Setting up and testing MAMP (or WAMP etc.) Question: Why Do I Need MAMP? Answer: Unlike HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), which…