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From: <mco...@touchlogic.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 09:26:37 -0500
[Avodah] updated RS Miller Q&A

Here is a link to the updated short english RS Miller Q&A



Or pm for an emailed copy.


Now up to 3474 questions..


Mordechai Cohen

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Message: 2
From: Prof. L. Levine
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 14:46:27 +0000
[Avodah] Yahrtzeit of RSRH

December 31, 2021, 27 Teves, will mark the 133rd Yahrzeit of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

There is an interesting story associated with his passing. In Germany, all
religious officials were paid quarterly by the government from taxes
collected from the population.	The payments were made at the beginning of
a quarter.  Towards the end of his life Rabbiner Hirsch was concerned that
he would die during a quarter, and the balance of the money he received for
the quarter would not be returned to the government. So, what happened? Rav
Hirsch died on December 31, 1888! His concerns were unnecessary!

For some information about RSRH please see


What Is Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch?s Legacy? An Appreciation on His 130th
Yahrzeit | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | Rabbi Dr. Moshe Y. Miller |
27 Tevet 5779 ? January 4, 2019 | JewishPress.com<https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/what-is-rav-samson-raphael-hirschs-legacy-an-appreciation-on-his-130th-yahrzeit/2019/01/04/>
Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) is a household name today in
virtually all of Orthodox Jewish society. His writings are republished
almost every year and his books can be found in Judaica stores
Rav Hirsch is known for his Torah Im Derech Eretz approach to Judaism See

Torah Im Derech Eretz - Differin<https://web.stevens.edu/golem/llevine/rsrh/>
Some Articles About Torah Im Derech Eretz and Related Matters Torah Im
Derech Eretz: Torah Proper or Hora's Sha'ah by Dr. Leo Levi. Light Magazine
Article about Rabbi Dr. Joseph Breuer June 1990. Glatt Kosher - Glatt
Yosher by Rav Dr. Yosef Breuer. Eretz Yisroel, Zionism,and Medinas Yisroel
in the Philosophy of RSRH
For several articles by RSRH please see


From The Collected Writings of R<https://web.stevens.edu/golem/llevine/rsrh/collected_writings.html>
T he Collected Writings of RSRH can be purchased at www.feldheim.com. Much of the Collected
Writings of RSRH may be read online at http://bit.ly/cCw35i (Yitzchok ...

Yitzchok Levine
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Message: 3
From: Prof. L. Levine
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:24:35 +0000
[Avodah] More on The Grandfather of the Bais Yaakov Movement.

I have received two replies to my email about RSRH being the Grandfather of
the Bais Yaakov Movement. One pointed out that Rabbi Elias's version of the
19 Letters CLEARLY reflects revisionism. This is indeed true!

The other reminded me that years ago I had uploaded Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman's translation of the 19 Letters.  See the email below.

Dear Professor Levine,

An Internet search on Nineteen Letters of Ben Uziel led me to https://staff.ncsy.org/education/education/material/4oEMREnXJF/19-letters-of-ben-uziel-teachers-guide<;https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstaff.ncsy.org%2Feducation%2Feducation%2Fmaterial%2F4oEMREnXJF%2F19-letters-of-ben-uziel-teachers-guide&;data=04%7C01%7Cllevine%40stevens.edu%7C1760f3e8b3f549835b1608d9ca8270fa%7C8d1a69ec03b54345ae21dad112f5fb4f%7C0%7C0%7C637763484312407786%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=ms8SV%2BeumO94OO8f1BaWq2G4xr7UPKMEnIOmx7fTskk%3D&reserved=0>,
where I found not only a study guide, but a link to the full text of the
book which is posted on your website [http://web.stevens.edu/golem/llevine/rsrh/The_Nineteen_Letters_of_Ben_Uziel.pdf].

Dorron Katzin

I was not aware of the NCSY study guide.

Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman was a central figure in Orthodoxy during the first part of the 20 century.  He even spoke at Houdini's funeral.  See

"A Forgotten Champion of American Orthodoxy<http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/front-page/a-forgotten-champion-of-american-orthodoxy/2005/11/23/>"
The Jewish Press, November 25, 2005 page 1.

Yitzchok Levine

PS.  I spoke this morning with my 18-year-old granddaughter who is
attending Maalot Seminary in Israel this year. She told me that tow of the
rabbis who teach there are very much into RSRH. She also said that there is
a group there that is studying the 19 Letters.

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Message: 4
From: Micha Berger
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:46:33 -0500
[Avodah] Are Dinosaurs Kosher?

Would they be lizards or birds?

I am asking because they found a well-preserved dinosaur embryo in
Ganzhou (S China), they named it "Baby Yingliang". The article I saw
noted that the position of the embryo in the egg is like that of a bird,
not a lizard. So, it got me thinking...

Is an owf something that flies? What if you had a feathered dinosaur,
an herbivore with toes that all point forward, a beak (not teeth),
which layed hard-shelled eggs (lizard eggs have leathery shells) with
a wide end and a narrow one (Baby Yingliang's species fails that one),
I mean really, this thing looks like a bird with arms.

I could see them someday hatching an herbivore that would seem like a
kosher bird in every way but having wings.

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 Our greatest fear is not that we're inadequate,
http://www.aishdas.org/asp   Our greatest fear is that we're powerful
Author: Widen Your Tent      beyond measure
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