- Speaking Volumes About ‘Hush’ Of Sexual Abuse, by Hella Winston. If I have enough time, I will write a short book review myself.
- The little lies of Jewish history, by DovBear. Excerpt from the quoted article:
So much of what Orthodox, and particularly ultra Orthodox Jews argue for in their own lives, particularly when it comes to family and working life, is based on what they claim is "tradition". Turns out it's not, and probably never was.
- 2010 army figures show 25% jump in Haredi enlistment, Haaretz. What will its impact be? What type of haredi goes to the army? Would be interesting to read a proper study about this.
- Kugel's HTRTB (Part 5): How the Bible Became the Bible, by Larry Tanner on Textuality. I loved Kugel's How to Read the Bible although I disagree with the conclusion. Larry Tanner is brilliant, as always.
- Author Christopher Hitchens in conversation: On his Jewish grandmother, his atheism, his writing—and facing his own mortality, by Noah Richler from macleans.ca. True-sounding quote:
...as can dealing with the argument from charity. If in a seminar you were to argue that I’ve committed a well-known fallacy by not deriving my conclusions from my premises and I reply, “You don’t know what you’re on about, I’ve just given 10 bucks to a homeless person,” my answer wouldn’t be accepted. But if you’re a religious person, it’s a fantastic counter-argument. It’s the special permission they expect to be granted to talk nonsense.