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Julie Mendelsohn

Julie Bloch Mendelsohn made aliyah with her family in 2009. Julie has a law degree, a Master of Public Health, has studied several foreign languages, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in archaeology. Julie dyes, spins, and weaves her own yarn and textiles. She loves to learn Daf Yomi and is interested in topics relating to Jewish law and ancient materials and crafts, ancient languages, and history.

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Weaving Wisdom

Be Happy With Your Portion

By Julie Mendelsohn / August 3, 2020 | י״ג באב תש״פ

Today I am weaving together ideas rather than threads. Michelle raised an interesting point on Daf 148/149 that comes from Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halacha…

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The significance of a single thread

By Julie Mendelsohn / June 19, 2020 | כ״ז בסיון תש״פ

When I started weaving, I had no idea how fundamental it was to the study of Talmud. Again and again, the rabbis discuss the significance…

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Weaving Sounds Dangerous!

By Julie Mendelsohn / June 10, 2020 | י״ח בסיון תש״פ

In Shabbat Daf 96, we hear a lot about weavers throwing needles and shuttles (the tool that holds the thread while weaving).  Is weaving a…

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Weaving demonstration

By Julie Mendelsohn / May 20, 2020 | כ״ו באייר תש״פ

  Here is a short demonstration of weaving. I wanted to show you how threads become cloth.  Weaving is generally a two handed operation but…

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Melachot relating to spinning, weaving and dyeing

By Julie Mendelsohn / May 17, 2020 | כ״ג באייר תש״פ

On Daf 73a, we learn about all of the steps for turning wool into garments and textiles (for the Tabernacle and the priestly garments).   Shearing,…

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Rabbis, Archaeologist and Linguists

By Julie Mendelsohn / April 28, 2020 | ד׳ באייר תש״פ

In the Daf Yomi, we see many interesting discussions about ancient vessels and other types of furnishings and tools.  An excellent resource is the Israel…

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Rabbis, Archaeologist and Linguists

By Julie Mendelsohn / April 28, 2020 | ד׳ באייר תש״פ

Rabbis, Archaeologists, and Linguists.. In the Daf Yomi, we see many interesting discussions about ancient vessels and other types of furnishings and tools.  An excellent…

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Linen, Wool, Shatnez, and Spinning

By Julie Mendelsohn / April 2, 2020 | ח׳ בניסן תש״פ

Today’s daf had some interesting issues about linen, wool and other fibers.. And nowadays there are even more fibers from trees than existed in the…

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How Cloth is Made–the Ancient Way

By Julie Mendelsohn / April 1, 2020 | ז׳ בניסן תש״פ

The rabbis in the Gemara had a lot of familiarity with the ancient processes of making food and clothing.  We do not generally have this…

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