MC DewDropz: Till Morning Comes (DJ Dëw Rockin’ The Bootstrap Grid)

This is the fourth installment of a series on PHP and MySQL templating, for the general scope of the project see our first post here. For to get started and for a breakdown on the what we’ll be covering see our second post here. All files for this section will be in this branch of our Github repo. Hey there guys! Welcome back! Ready to…

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…

Dewbious Intentionz: PHP, MySQL and Gangsta Rap (Upcoming Tutorial)

M.C. DewDropz Site – representing with PHP and MySQL In this series of tutorials we will learn some basic templating with PHP and MySQL coding by making a site for the up and coming rapper – M.C. DewDropz. We will showcase his Gangsta Rap albums as well as his other music collaborations – such as his Bluegrass Band “The Dewdlers” as well as his techno…

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 II

For those unfamiliar with the general practice of Hoshana Rabbah we will not get overly involved in the minutiae of the Jewish ritualistic law that surrounds it. Here is what you need to know: On all days of Sukkos all Jews circle the “bima” (place where the Torah is read from) once with the four species. On the last day this is done in a prolonged…