Category Archives: Marc B. Shapiro

The Noble Lie

Marc B. Shapiro blogs: 1. Amichai Markowitz called my attention to a talmudic text that I overlooked. Nedarim 23b states: “The Tanna has intentionally obscured the law, in order that vows should not be lightly treated.” This relates to the … Continue reading

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Artscroll Prints The Censored Talmud

Marc B. Shapiro blogs July 29, 2015: ArtScroll is still worried about creating anti-Semitism and thus continues to print a censored Talmud. While I think everyone agrees that the ArtScroll Talmud translation is a masterpiece, opinions will obviously differ as … Continue reading

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Jewish Press Interviews Marc Shapiro

LINK: Your book is filled with examples of historical revisionism and omission. Let’s go through a number of them. First: Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s position on lashon hara between a husband and wife. He thought if someone is having a … Continue reading

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Censors For The Sake Of Heaven

Paul Shaviv reviews Marc Shapiro’s new book: “I just spent the recent holiday weekend reading this important and fascinating (if somewhat depressing) book from cover to cover. Marc Shapiro has given us another excellent work. With meticulous documentation he shows … Continue reading

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The Clash Between Orthodox Judaism’s Theory & Practice

Comments on Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites its History by Marc B. Shapiro (Oxford – Portland, OR: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2015). Bar Ilan professor Aryeh A. Frimer writes: But what I found particularly troubling with … Continue reading

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Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History by Marc B. Shapiro II

I love this new book. Here are the spicy bits: * Aaron Wertheimer censored a passage in midrash “that discussed the sexual activity of the righteous in the world to come.” (Changing the Immutable, pg. 80) * The Conservative prayer … Continue reading

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Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History by Marc B. Shapiro

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book for years. Surely it is the most anticipated Jewish book of 2015. When I checked last week, it was the top-selling Judaism book on Amazon.com. Changing the Immutable does not disappoint. It is chock-filled … Continue reading

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God, Torah & The Commandments

Historian Marc B. Shapiro writes: R. Kook argued that there is good reason to observe mitzvot even if one does not have a traditional view of the Torah’s authorship. On the one hand, there is nothing surprising in this. After … Continue reading

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The Torah’s Position On Voyeurism

Marc B. Shapiro writes: “I am aware of only two times that a woman (other than one’s wife) can be seen without her clothes. One is the sotah, when her top is removed.[18] R. Judah states that if her breasts … Continue reading

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Rabbinic Perspective On Dealing With Terrorism

Marc B. Shapiro writes: While I have enormous admiration for R. Bleich’s erudition, not all of his conclusions are widely shared. For example, in a 9/11-type scenario R. Bleich argues that it is forbidden to shoot down an airplane which … Continue reading

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