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  • One Mitzvah Above Them All

    One Mitzvah Above Them All
    By Aron White
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    by Aron White The Problem of Torah Study The mitzvah to learn Torah confuses many people. On the one hand, the Sages make it crystal clear in numerous places that the Torah study is the primary value of Judaism – most famously “VeTalmud Torah KeNegged Kulam,” “Torah study is equal to all other commandments.” However, in the current environment, many people find this mitzvah somewhat hard to connect to. Firstly, much of the discourse around Talmud Torah at the moment is very mystical and Kabbalistic, and therefore quite unappealing to […]

     
  • Standing for Parents in our Times

    Standing for Parents in our Times
    By Daniel Mann
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    by R. Daniel Mann Question: Most people do not stand up when their parents enter the room. Is this due to the opinion that it is enough to stand for them once in the morning and at night?   Answer: We believe in the great significance of upstanding Jews’ common practices and in looking for halachic justification for them. However, there has to be a good fit between sources/logic and the practices. The gemara (Kiddushin 31b) gives examples of kibbud (honoring) for parents and of mora (awe). While standing is […]

     
  • Torah Study by Children on Tisha B’Av

    Torah Study by Children on Tisha B’Av
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Although it is past Tisha B’av, and hopefully there be no need for another day of mourning, there are specific themes of Tisha B’av that relate to all times. The Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim [554:1] rules that one may not engage in Torah Study, including “tinokot shel beit rabban”, [young school children]. The reason given by the Mechaber is that Torah study “ Mesam’chei Lev” [Tehilim 19:9], it gladdens the heart. The Taz is quick to comment […]

     
  • A Continuous Beginning

    A Continuous Beginning
    By Yair Kahn
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    The Korban Tamid – A Continuous Beginning by Yair Kahn 1.  And I will dwell among the children of Israel Parashat Tetzaveh continues where Parashat Teruma left off.  While the focus of Parashat Teruma was on the construction of the Mishkan and its various vessels, Parashat Tetzaveh describes how to make the priestly garments.  These two parashiyot combine to form a section known as “melekhet ha-Mishkan.” After describing the priestly garments, the section ends with detailed directions on how to sanctify the priests, their garments, and the Mishkan.  At this point, the Torah states: And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and it shall be […]

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Tetzaveh

    Vort from the Rav: Tetzaveh
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Ex. 28:4 ואפד an ephod Rashi writes: “I have not heard nor have I found a baraisa which explains [the ephod’s] design. However, my heart tells me that it is belted around its back…” Rashi then continues with a description of how he believed the ephod was designed. How could Rashi provide such a detailed picture based simply on his intuition? The answer can be inferred from a passage from Avos Derav Nassan 41:1: “Israel was crowned with three crowns: the Crown of priesthood (Keser Kehunah), the Crown of kingship […]

     
  • A Love of Books

    A Love of Books
    By Gil Student
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    R. Yehudah Ibn Tibon was a famous translator from Arabic into Hebrew. His translations include Chovos Ha-Levavos and Moreh Ha-Nevukhim. In his ethical will to his son, R. Yehudah wrote the following, translated by R. Moshe Bamberger in Great Jewish Letters (pp. 114-115): …I have endowed you with an extensive library so that you need not borrow books from others. Most students scramble to find books, often without success. Thank God, you are in a position to lend them out and not to borrow. You even own two or three […]

     
 
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