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  • Why Would Ran Recycle a Whole Drasha?

    Why Would Ran Recycle a Whole Drasha?
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein In the seventh Drasha, Ran repeats much material; indeed, almost the whole Drasha has appeared before (mostly in the alternate version of the fifth Drasha, as discussed here). By paying careful attention to what is different, I think we can discover his true message in this Drasha. Is Touchiness a Flaw in Torah Scholars? Prior essays in this series The Drasha opens with a story in Chagigah 3a, R. Yochanan b. Baroka and R. Elazar b. Chisma visiting R. Yehoshua. He asks them what was said […]

     
  • Rav Yankelewitz

    Rav Yankelewitz
    By Gil Student
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    Rav Gershon Yankelewitz zt”l, a YU rosh yeshiva well over the age of 100, passed away this week. Below is a video of him discussing some of his time in Europe.

     
  • Seeing God or Being Seen by God

    Seeing God or Being Seen by God
    By Elyakim Krumbein
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    by R. Elyakim Krumbein Our parasha concludes with the mitzva of “aliya le-regel,” the obligatory pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year. This mitzva is repeated several times throughout Chumash, each time with a similar expression – “Three times a year all your males shall be seen before the Lord your God.” As in our parasha, this verse closes the discussion of the festivals in both Parashat Mishpatim and Parashat Ki-Tisa. However, one view in Chazal points to yet another instance in Chumash where this mitzva is introduced, in a […]

     
  • Elevating Evil

    Elevating Evil
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In the Al HaNissim prayer recited on Chanukah there is one phrase that is meant to charges us with a responsibility for all year, even beyond Chanukah – namely, “u’temei’im b’yad t’horim” (“and the impure into the hands of the pure”). Who exactly were the “impure” that were handed over into the hands of “the pure”? Rav Soloveitchik suggested that the “impure” refers not to our Greek enemies, for they were included in the phrase “ve’rabim b’yad me’atim,” (“the […]

     
  • Why We Do Mitzvos

    Why We Do Mitzvos
    By Gil Student
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    A large part of an observant Jew’s day consists of performing mitzvos, fulfilling religious commandments. How often do we stop to ask ourselves why we do this? Why do we expend so much time and effort in the pursuit of mitzvos? I see three general answers to, or approaches to answering, this question. Two of them revolve around the four sons in the Haggadah. I. Two Answers for Four Sons The four sons famously ask questions about the Pesach activity (or, three ask and one is unable to ask). The […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich Anyone know the source for the different tune for the third perek of eicha? ~ ~ ~ Is there a generally accepted algorithm for how the Shulchan Aruch decided to bring down more than one opinion from the Beit Yosef and when not? Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Tefillin 32-6 More on Klaf preparation. General rule of only having to be concerned of non-ben brit substitution with unacceptable item if there is some benefit to them for substituting. Rabbi Chaim Ilson-The theme of the kinot […]

     
 
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    Gidon Rothstein (0)
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