• Levirate Marriage Today

    by R. Gidon Rothstein RH Sivan: R. Ovadya Yosef Permitting a Yibum Looking to unify a nation of Jews with diverse practices brings challenges, and some will lean more towards imposing unity, others towards tolerating diversity. Yabia Omer 8; Even HaEzer 26 shows an example of R. Ovadya Yosef opting ...

  • Ivanka, Jared and the Jewish Sabbath

    Ivanka, Jared and the Jewish Sabbath What Employers Need to Know by R. Gil Student The media frenzy surrounding President Trump has included reports about his daughter and son-in-law’s observance of Jewish ritual, including resting on the Jewish Sabbath. On a few occasions, the media have noted puzz...

  • Vort from the Rav: Bamidbar

    Bamidbar 3:1 ואֵלֶה תוֹלְדֹת אַהֲרֹן ומשֶה These are the descendants of Aaron and Moses. We are all acquainted with the Akeidah that Abraham performed, but we do not pay sufficient attention to an Akeidah that was carried out by Moses. Moses’ Akeidah was perhaps more awesome and terrifying than Abra...

  • Fifty Years Later

    Fifty years ago today (in the Jewish calendar), the Jewish people regained control of Jerusalem for the first time since the year 70 CE, 1,897 years earlier. I’m brought to tears every time I hear this: “Har HaBayit beyadeinu, The Temple Mount is in our hands” Here is the longer ve...

  • Davening Early on Shavuot

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: In a shul with many elderly members who have trouble staying up late, may we have a minyan for Ma’ariv of Shavuot before tzeit hakochavim (=tzeit)? Answer: The idea of waiting until tzeit to start Shavuot is not found in Chazal but arises first in early Acharonim, beginni...

  • Audio Roundup 2017:20

    by Joel Rich In S”A 90:9 the following statement appears—“V’hu hadin bnai adam hadarim b’yshuvim v’ein lahem minyan mkol makom yitpallu shacharit v’arvit bzman shehatzibur mit pallim (smag).” Question – why isn’t mincha mentioned? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Shoftim article Fascinating article on the mesorah chain—we...

Recent Essays

From The Hashkafah Files

Musings

Audio Roundup

Responsa

Mashiach

Halachah

More...

The Reyd