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The Avodah mailing list hosts a chevrah that focusses on analysis of hashkafah, avodas Hashem, ta'amei hamitzvos, lomdus, machshavah, and halachah -- with an emphasis on the places where halachah, machshavah and hargashah meet.

In addition to the core topics of the list, Avodah is aimed at building and strengthening that chevrah. So, in addition to Avodah, which is for the discussion of Torah, by default subscription includes Areivim, a more general discussion area. Areivim's archive is not available without membership and a password; it is less public, and therefore has a less formal atmosphere.

You can use any of the above methods to browse the archives. Warning: the archives may refer to fax images or other web pages that are no longer valid.

The discussion is maintained at a relatively high level; many of the participants are scholars or very knowledgable lay people. The dialogue should, therefore, be in depth, and assume less need for translation of terms than in many other lists.

If you are interested in advanced discussions of topics that fall into these categories, this group may be for you!

Digest mode is recommended for two reasons:

  1. You may otherwise find the volume overwhelming, dozens of letters daily, as opposed to a few digests;
  2. The delayed response time gives people time to think over their replies, reinforcing a higher level of conversation.

Avodah is managed by Micha Berger <micha@aishdas.org>, and incorporates the BaisTefila mailing list launched by Rabbi Yosef G. Bechhofer <ygb@aishdas.org>. Areivim is moderated by a team of people from around the globe.

Look through recent issues of Avodah on our archive. If you are interested in joining, read the membership agreement and fill out the membership form.