Featured Essays

  • Punishment of the Individual and of the Nation

    Punishment of the Individual and of the Nation
    By Mordechai Sabato
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    by Rav Mordechai Sabato Parashat Nitzavim, comprising slightly less than two whole chapters (29:9-30:20), opens in the middle of Moshe’s speech. The speech begins at the end of the previous parasha, at the beginning of chapter 29: “And Moshe called to all of Israel and said to them…” It concludes at the end of chapter 30. Proof of the connection between the beginning of our parasha and the previous section is to be found in the linguistic similarity between the last verse of Ki Tavo, “And you shall observe the […]

     
  • Where There Is No Beit Din

    Where There Is No Beit Din
    By Daniel Mann
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    by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a lawyer in a country with a small Jewish population, in which when we need a din Torah, we fly someone in from another country. A Jew who is suing another Jew asked me to represent him, and the dispute is on a modest amount of money, which is less than the cost of bringing a beit din. May we sue in non-Jewish courts? Answer: Although we respect and value local governmental courts (see Avot 3:2), Jews are required to seek adjudication specifically […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich How do people who grew up religious move from the taken-for-granted world in which they had been raised to a more deliberate, intentional approach to faith? Many people, of course, do not make this move at all. People from the most intensely religious homes sometimes lose interest in their spirituality, either from sheer boredom or because they found such upbringing oppressive. Others continue on, perhaps claiming to believe what they always did and even attesting to the centrality of faith to their lives, yet doing little as […]

     
  • The Chofetz Chaim

    The Chofetz Chaim
    By Henry Abramson
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    Brief video highlighting the life and work of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838-1936), one of the most influential Rabbis of the 20th century. Better known as the Chofetz Chaim (*one who desires life,” taken from Psalm 34).

     
  • Sacrificing the Sinner

    Sacrificing the Sinner
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student I. Two Reasons for Punishment Beruriah famously inferred from the Bible that God does want sinners to suffer punishment but rather to repent (Berakhos 10a). Does this desire for repentance mean that religious authorities should tread lightly with a sinner to prevent his going farther off the path? On the other hand, if authorities fail to punish wrong-doers, others will be emboldened to follow in their path. Put differently, one purpose of punishment is rehabilitation, bringing the perpetrator back toward good citizenship. Another is to serve […]

     
  • What Tzenius Is Really About

    What Tzenius Is Really About
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student A yeshiva student complained in an online letter, reported in JTA, that checks for adherence to the school’s dress code are “predatory.” She may be right. Enforcement of any standard can be taken too far. Or she may be a teenager complaining that she is forced to follow rules rather than do what she wants. We cannot comment without knowing the specifics of this situation. Naturally, some people are taking this story as a condemnation of Orthodoxy as a society that represses women with primitive dress […]

     
 
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  • Punishment of the Individual and of the Nation

    Mordechai Sabato (0)
    Punishment of the Individual and of the Nation

    by Rav Mordechai Sabato Parashat Nitzavim, comprising slightly less than two whole chapters (29:9-30:20), opens in the middle...

     
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    Daniel Mann (0)
    Where There Is No Beit Din

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a lawyer in a country with a small Jewish population, in which when we need a din Torah,...

     
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    by Joel Rich How do people who grew up religious move from the taken-for-granted world in which they had been raised to a...

     
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    Henry Abramson (0)
    The Chofetz Chaim

    Brief video highlighting the life and work of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838-1936), one of the most influential Rabbis of...

     
  • Sacrificing the Sinner

    Gil Student (1)
    Sacrificing the Sinner

    by R. Gil Student I. Two Reasons for Punishment Beruriah famously inferred from the Bible that God does want sinners to suffer...

     
  • What Tzenius Is Really About

    Gil Student (0)
    What Tzenius Is Really About

    by R. Gil Student A yeshiva student complained in an online letter, reported in JTA, that checks for adherence to the school’s...

     
  • The Blessing and the Curse, and the List of “the Cursed”

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    by Rav Amnon Bazak A. The Blessing and the Curse Our parasha describes the procedure for the proclamation of the blessing...

     
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    New Periodical: Tradition Summer 2014

    Tradition 47:2 (Summer 2014): Are We All Seminary Men? And The Foliage of Old Vilna by R. Shalom Carmy – On boundaries...

     
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    Barry Freundel (0)
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    by Rabbi Dr Barry Freundel The London Beth Din, United Synagogue and Maggid Books are publishing Morash Kehillat Yaakov,...

     
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    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Kaparot

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The custom of Kaparot on Erev Yom Kippur is the subject...