Since many of my readers contribute to my work in a variety of ways, I decided to share a status update regarding the various projects that I am working on. 1. PhD - My dissertation proposal was accepted - the topic is "Rabbinic Encounters with Zoology in the Nineteenth Century." (The most common response to that is, "Were there any?" And the answer is yes, there were a lot!) This will be taking up a lot of my time in the next year or two.