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…

Parshas Re’eh: Mourning and Self Flagellation

בנים אתם לה’ אלהיכם לא תתגדדו ולא תשימו קרחה בין עיניכם למת “You are children of the Lord, your God. You shall neither cut yourselves nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead” Deuteronomy 14:1 The concept of cutting oneself as an act of mourning is very foreign to the sensibilities of us modern-day westerners, but is surprisingly common among many unrelated pagan…

Hoshana Rabbah: Why We Thrash Part I

The Prequel Almost a year ago Sukkos time, I contacted a friend of mine, by the name of Reuven Chaim Klien, the esteemed author of Loshon HaKodesh: History, Holiness & Hebrew, to ask him whether he had ever heard of a pagan origin of the Jewish custom to thrash willow branches on the ground at the end of the services on the last day of…

Sourdough Project: Day Three

Today is day three of our sourdough project. We think that maybe tomorrow the starter / שאור will be ready to make bread with. We’ve noticed that the starter has as strong vinegary smell – but that it just smells vinegary, it doesn’t smell like it is rotting 😉 Yosef was taking a nap so he didn’t join us today, hopefully he’ll be awake for…

Next Choshen Mishpat Shiur / Recap of Last Shiur

On Tuesday, כ”ו אדר ב’ תשע”ו / April 5th 2016 there will אי”ה be a special shiur dealing with Choshen Mishpat issues related to Pesach. Last Shiur we covered some Choshen Mishpat issues relating to Purim such as: The limitations to the רמ”א’s ruling that one is exempt from paying for damages that occurred due to שמחת פורים. We also looked at some examples of…

שיעור חושן משפט Choshen Mishpat Shiur

לע”נ משה נח בן שלמה הכהן ז”ל לע”נ אברהם בן אשר ז”ל Tomorrow in רחובות at 8 pm their will אי”ה  be a special שיעור dealing with ענינא דיומא – various פורים related שאלות in חושן משפט (and yes — it will include, but will not be limited to, the well known רמ”א about damages that occur in a drunken state on פורים.)

Mishnayos for Poppy משה נח בן שלמה הכהן ז”ל

I just came back from an unexpected trip to Hilton Head, SC. My grandfather (Poppy), Marshall Katz / משה נח בן שלמה הכהן was נפטר and will be sorely missed by all of us. I plan to eventually post a bit about Poppy and his life and legacy, however, until then, here is a link to his obituary. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/savannah/obituary.aspx?n=marshall-katz&pid=177977281&fhid=6031 I am trying to arrange for…

Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part III)

This was going to be the last segment of our שובבי”ם series about the עונת אביאסף, however, in the process of writing it became apparent to the author that it needed to be broken up into smaller pieces. It is written assuming that the reader is familiar with the two previous segments. Segment One. Segment Two. We left off last time having explained why the…