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  • Vort from the Rav: Ki Sisa

    Vort from the Rav: Ki Sisa
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Ex. 32:19 וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ מִיָּדָו אֶת הַלֻּחֹת and he flung the tablets from his hands. There is a disagreement among Chazal regarding the circumstances surrounding the breaking of the tablets. Most opinions maintain that Moses intentionally broke the tablets since he did not want to present them to the idolatrous nation. To support this premise, there is a passage in Bava Basra (14b) in which God congratulates Moses for having broken the Tablets: May your strength be true to its mark [may you be congratulated] for having broken them. Indeed, if […]

     
  • Purim, Jews and Monotheism

    Purim, Jews and Monotheism
    By Gil Student
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    It is well known that the book of Esther does not contain God’s name explicitly, although tradition finds various hints to it. I think the following qualifies as an interesting hint. The book of Esther refers to the Jews as “Yehudim” (Judeans or Jews) rather than as “Yisrael” or “Bnei Yisrael,” and Mordechai is specifically called “Ish Yehudi.” The Gemara (Megillah 13a) explains that Mordechai was called “Ish Yehudi” because anyone who rejects idolatry is called a “Yehudi.” The Maharsha explains that within the name Yehudah is the Tetragrammaton. Therefore, […]

     
  • Seven Reasons Rabbis Should Be Criminals

    Seven Reasons Rabbis Should Be Criminals
    By Gil Student
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    In the spirit of twisted Purim humor: Seven reasons why rabbis should be criminals: Savings Jewish organizations often struggle to pay rabbis salaries. They collect charity money from donors in order to cover payroll. Imagine the savings to these organizations if rabbis derive their income from crime rather than salaries. Overhead at non-profits would plummet and money would be freed for charitable use. Outreach While everyone appreciates a spiritual guide, those involved in criminal activities have an urgent need for one. However, rabbis rarely come in contact with criminals. If […]

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    From the Archives of Tradition
    By Yitzchak Blau
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    by R. Yitzchak Blau In this essay, Dr. Moshe Simon analyzes the usage of different types of irony in the Book of Esther. The language of the Megilla  emphasizes Ahausuerus’ kingship, yet he is constantly directed by others. The term “law” appears frequently to describe a lawless society. Over the top descriptions, such as the extravagance of the opening party and the size of the tree prepared for Mordechai, contribute to this effect. Consistent reversal between the first and second half of the books (Haman hanged on the tree set aside for Mordechai, […]

     
  • Preparation and Spontaneity

    Preparation and Spontaneity
    By Yehuda Amital
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    Based on a sicha by Harav Yehuda Amital Adapted by Rav Ronnie Ziegler Translated by David Silverberg Regarding the first verse of Parashat Vayikra, “And He called to Moshe,” Rashi writes, “‘Calling’ preceded every utterance, every speech, and every commandment. It is an expression of love, the expression used by the heavenly angels. To the gentile prophets, by contrast, He reveals Himself in expressions of transience and impurity, as it says, ‘God chanced upon Bilam.’” God reveals Himself to Jewish prophets only after having first called them, whereas to the […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich Is there a philosophical or practical halachic difference between the concepts of yuhara (halachic presumptuousness?) and mechzei k’yuhara (looks like halachic presumptuousness)? Consider the following case – an individual has rabbinic ordination but has moved to a community where no one is aware of it and he does not tell anyone. On Simchat Torah the gabbai asks all Rabbis to come up for an aliyah and he comes up. Is it yuhara? mechzei kyuhara? [Is yuhara a din in the observer or observee?] ~ ~ ~ Christina: […]

     
 
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Recent Essays

  • Vort from the Rav: Ki Sisa

    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Ki Sisa

    Ex. 32:19 וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ מִיָּדָו אֶת הַלֻּחֹת and he flung the tablets from his hands. There...

     
  • Purim, Jews and Monotheism

    Gil Student (0)
    Purim, Jews and Monotheism

    It is well known that the book of Esther does not contain God’s name explicitly, although tradition finds various hints...

     
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    In the spirit of twisted Purim humor: Seven reasons why rabbis should be criminals: Savings Jewish organizations often struggle...

     
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    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau In this essay, Dr. Moshe Simon analyzes the usage of different types of irony in the Book of Esther. The...

     
  • Preparation and Spontaneity

    Yehuda Amital (0)
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    Based on a sicha by Harav Yehuda Amital Adapted by Rav Ronnie Ziegler Translated by David Silverberg Regarding the first...

     
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    Eliezer Melamed (2)
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    by R. Eliezer Melamed The Need to Address the Issue of Homosexuality Recently, we have witnessed serious accusations, public...

     
  • One Mitzvah Above Them All

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    One Mitzvah Above Them All

    by Aron White The Problem of Torah Study The mitzvah to learn Torah confuses many people. On the one hand, the Sages make...

     
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    Daniel Mann (0)
    Standing for Parents in our Times

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: Most people do not stand up when their parents enter the room. Is this due to the opinion that...