Matters of Interest Blog

Considering the Amoraic Midrashic Imagery of God Enclosing the Jews Beneath Mt. Sinai (Shabbat 88a) [Talmud Tuesday]

A common midrash that appears in discourse around Purim and especially Shavuot (which is coming up very soon) is that of Rav Avdimi, son of Hama, son of Hasa, as recorded on bShabbat 88a, expounding on Exodus 19:17: וַיִּתְיַצְּבוּ, בְּתַחְתִּית...

Tea Bloggers Roundtable at World Tea Expo

Yesterday, a panel discussion was held for tea bloggers at the World Tea Expo. The third annual Tea Bloggers Roundtable at the World Tea Expo was an opportunity to hear from and meet some tea bloggers. Moderated by Gary Robson,...

Tasting Some More Teas This Morning

Returning again for morning teas at the World Tea Expo currently taking place in Long Beach, I was able to try nearly a dozen of teas during the morning “Daily Tea” opportunity, wherein a few vendors were able to set...

A First Visit to Noble Ale Works

Before even entering Noble Ale Works, a visitor is welcomed not by a red carpet, but by a very noticeable smell. The smell of wort unmistakably welcomes the visitor, guiding them on in to Noble Ale Works, located in an...

International Rabbinic Fellowship Launches Blog

The International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) recently launched their new official blog, “Engaging Orthodoxy”.* According to the “About” page, the blog “will serve as a forum for its members’ articles, reflections and Divrey Torah“, with the hope that readers “will find it...