Sunday, March 15, 2009

Post-Purim

Went up to YU this morning, later joined by my parents for an amazing special Kollel Yom Rishon all about Birkat HaChama. Three speakers (the first basically an introduction, but still meaningful) with different angles, but all of them really added to my understanding and appreciation of it all. Now I can't wait for Erev Pesach- in Jerusalem this year, which, I recently realized, makes three regalim in a row- all five major chagim, actually- in Israel. Of course, I hope to make it much more than that come next year.

Before the shiur, I picked up the Purim issues of The Commentator, The Observer, and Kol Hamevaser. I devoured the Purim issues back when I was in YU, and even saved all the Hamevaser (as they used to call it) ones. I think this is the first time Hamevaser has done one in a while (they were recently revived in any event), and...wow. They still have it. All three do. I laughed and laughed.

Purim, by the way, was great, and this was a nice capper to the week. I got a good laugh out of Star Trek today too, come to think.

Torah and fun...what could be better?

4 comments:

Yosef Chaim said...

I thought Rav Bleich was phenomenal. Nevertheless, after the lecture, I was surprised by how many of my friends were disappointed that the shiur was not about the Halakhic parameters of Birkat Hachamma. I just call them lazy for not reading the easily readible (and very short) halakhic section of Rav Bleich's sefer. Nothing is too easy with Rav Bleich, except for of course his Cardozo class...

Nachum said...

Re: Cardozo: Ouch, baby. Very ouch.

I said much the same thing: You want to know what to do when it's cloudy, read the book. That speech was incredible.

Yosef Chaim said...

Hey Nachum,
I'm just wondering if you are buying Gil Student's book.

Nachum said...

Thinking of it. It takes me a long time to decide whether to buy (most) things. I know he wants pre-orders...

Truth to tell, some of his older stuff is fascinating- I haven't explored it enough.