Most of the times, these are questions that I ask myself, yet some have come from readers.

What is motivating you to do this blog?

I’ve always admired The Writers Almanac, and I thought there was a place for something similar but for the Jewish community.  I secretly (well, I guess not anymore) hope that my efforts can prove that there is a market for this sort of content, and some foundation will want to fund the concept and take it to the next level.

How do you pick your sources?

For the Torah section, I am going through Eyin Yaakov and selecting passages that I think would be of interest for a Jewish and General audience.  I also do translations from Rav Kook on Wednesdays.  Rav Kooks teachings always speak to me, and mid-week just seems like a strong dose of inspiration.  On Fridays, I normally translate from the upcoming Shabbat’s Haftora.

For the historical events, I pick from the website I mentioned on the about page.  I try to pick events that are interesting, and at the same time keep the blog short enough to read in under 2 minutes.  I find sources for the secular calendar from This Day in Jewish History, and I will usually pick the first event from the Chabad calendar.  When I get into year two, I pick the second event, and so on.  I also use the Chinuch.org for Gedolim Yahrzeits.    I don’t claim to be authoritative or a single compendium for what happened on that day in history, I just am giving tidbits.

Are you in expert?

No.  I’d like to think that I have some experience in translating and writing, and the Torah section is my time to practice my skill at translating.

There are several events on the calendar, that are important to the entire Jewish community in general and the Chabad community in particular that you do not mention in the almanac.  Why not?

This gets back to how I pick my sources–I usually take the first event first for my first year.  With God’s help, I’ll get to the those important dates in future years.

Here is a look, date by date, at how I got my sources for these specific dates from the Chabad calendar.


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