Monday, August 7, 2017

עוד מזוזות...

אחת משלוש מזוזות שכתבתי השבוע לקהילת בית ישראל בארצות הברית -- לשלוח מחר. נראה שאין דואר בקנדה היום לכבוד ט"ו באב. :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


"This is what I imagine your Talmud classes are like," Hillel told me.

Mondays, 8 pm at Beth Jacob Synagogue, where we are in fact studying the ninth pereq of Berakhoth.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

ברכת הבית

I was commissioned to make a linocut, a birkat habayit wedding present for two hiloni D&D players who like the odd and the mystical but not necessarily the classically religious. This is it! The alchemical symbols are from 18th century European texts and feature both auspicious chemical properties (multiplication, sublimination) and elements reflective of the bride and groom (fire, sulphur, and air for the cat groom, salt, earth, and aqua vitae for the fox bride).

Friday, April 21, 2017

Die weibliche Seite Gottes

Jüdisches Museum Hohenems was kind enough to invite me to contribute to their exhibition, Die weibliche Seite Gottes. The exhibition runs from April 30th, 2017, to October, so if you are in the area of Hohenems, you are most welcome to take a look.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What a recent controversy about Israel’s chief military rabbi nomination can tell us about the relationship of Jewish law and ethics

As the Supreme Court delays the appointment of R. Eyal Qarim until he clarifies his opinion on the yefat toar (English article - behind paywall), the time seems right to post a conversation I had on the whole affair with Dr. Dana Hollander, a professor at McMaster University who specializes in modern Jewish philosophy.

The conversation below is a conscious, intellectual exploration. But at the height of the yefat toar controversy, I also received a number of emotionally urgent requests to clarify the position of halakhah on the subject of sexual assault, or failing that, to explain how I could continue to be devoted to halakhah. One sees an echo of this even in the response of Justice Salim Joubran when he asks, "עד כמה שאני מכיר את התורה נאמרים רק דברים טובים, איפה זה נאמר בתורה?" ("As far as I know the Torah, only good things are said [in it] -- where is this said in the Torah?"). In other words, I felt the weight of a moral and religious obligation to excavate and clarify halakhah.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Hollander for her expertise, lucidity of thought on the issues at stake, and for the time she took to collaborate with me.