Jerusalem Post Interview

jpost interview

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Yocheved Miriam Russo of the Jerusalem Post for “Working Week”, a feature highlighting Israelis in a wide variety of professions. The interview ran on page 14 of the "Weekend" magazine on Sept. 28, 2011 (Erev Rosh Hashana, 5772). I’d like to correct two misunderstandings in the article:

  • Kesubos are not considered “holy work”. Holy works are generally defined as: Sifrei Torah, nevi’im (books of Prophets), the 5 megilos, tefilin, and mezuzos.
  • Many actions, like writing one of the names of G‑d, must be done for the expressed purpose of the holiness of that action (see STAM bits: “Lishma”). There is no “blessing” per se, but more like a “declaration of intent” — which could easily be confused with a blessing by someone not familiar with the concept.

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