Same Ubuntu, With MATE

I’ve installed a variety of Linux distributions (distros) as virtual machines in VirtualBox and I am experimenting with them. That said, if I can avoid changing distros and rebooting Linux from scratch, losing all my programs, files and configurations, that would be ideal. ( Of course, I would back up my files and can reinstall the programs, but its still kind of a hassle. )…

Is It Time For A New Distro?

While I haven’t made a big deal about it or discussed it here, I have switched over to Linux over a year ago. I started out dual booting Windows and Linux, then, when I got a new computer and it was time to sign the licensing agreement with Microsoft, I was like, “screw this”. I’ve totally uninstalled Windows and have used Linux ever since.  Until recently using…

If It’s A Dig, It Had Better Be Clever!

Some recent talk about whether certain remarks were “uncalled for” or too aggressive – I am reminded of one of my favorite teshuvos from Rav Yosef Trani (16 Century Greece). The question, as I understand it, is about a certain fellow who is upset at several Sephardic communal leaders who had some of the members of their community counted amongst the Romanian community in the king’s…

Some Thoughts at the End of 5778

This will be my third Rosh HaShana since I left Kollel to go to work. Since I left the structure of spending fourteen hours a day studying – I’ve found it really hard deal with certain questions of priorities and time management. I feel like in the working world, we’re constantly having to define our values and aspirations much more so than in Yeshiva or…

DoYY is Moving

Hello Friends! I’d like to inform you that I am moving my blog to be hosted on here on Github . I’ve decided I’d rather not continue paying for hosting. I’m still building up the Github/Jekyll blog from scratch, so it’s still a little rough around the edges. In the future, I intend to make posts shorter and more “tech” related. I hope to get…

Sefirah and LagBaOmer Part III

To recap here is a general timeline of the development of the mourning customs during the days of Sefiras HaOmer: Some time during the first century CE Rabbi Akiva’s students all die during a period between Passover and Shavous Sixth Century The talmud records the story as an example of Rabbi Akiva’s teaching that if you taught students when you were young, you should teach…

Jewish Mourning Customs Between Passover and Shavous

Before dissecting it, let’s first lay out what the accepted modern-day understanding of the origins of Sefira and Lag BaOmer customs are according to the classical Jewish sources. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim siman 493) says: נוהגים שלא לישא אשה בין פסח לעצרת עד ל”ג בעומר מפני שבאותו זמן מתו תלמידי ר’ עקיבא אבל לארס ולקדש שפיר דמי ונשואין נמי מי שקפץ וכנס אין עונשין…

Haircuts, Bonfires and Weddings: Lag BaOmer and the customs of Sefira

It is customary for all Jews to observe some customs of mourning during the days of Sefiras HaOmer – between Pesach and Shavous – and to have a festive day on either the 33rd day of the Omer – or for Sephardim the 34th. These customs are binding for all observant Jews as codified in the Tur and the Shulchan Aruch etc. That said, it…