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  • One Witness

    One Witness
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein 3 Sivan: One Witness On the third of Sivan, 1933, R. Benzion Meir Chai Uzziel (later to be Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel), wrote about whether one witness can support a claim. Shu”t Mishpetei Uzziel 4; Chosen Mishpat, 24 is somewhat technical, but it is such technical discussions that let us articulate halachic principles that then shape our lives, both in the cases they affect and in our worldview. In this case, the question is the role of one witness in a court case. A plaintiff […]

     
  • On Raising Children

    On Raising Children
    By Aharon Lichtenstein
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    by Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l It should be a truism that raising children is one of the most important things in a person’s life.  Unfortunately, this is not obvious to everyone.  There are people, even great people, who assign a higher priority to other matters. There is, of course, a mitzva of chinukh, educating one’s children.  Yet, the term chinukh can be understood in two very distinct ways.  In the narrower sense, the term chinukh refers to chinukhfor mitzvot, preparing a child for a lifetime of religious observance.  The Gemara (Sukka 42a) explains that when a child knows […]

     
  • The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi

    The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi
    By Gil Student
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    Dovid Kerner sings the story of the Book of Ruth:

     
  • How Does Torah Make You Free?

    How Does Torah Make You Free?
    By David Silverstein
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    by R. David Silverstein The Mishna (Avot 6:2) cites the position of R. Yehoshua ben Levi who says that “the only person who is truly free is one occupies himself with Torah study.” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Koren Siddur p. 676) explains that the Hebrew language “distinguishes between two kinds of freedom, hofesh and herut. “Hofesh is negative liberty, the absence of coercion while herut is positive liberty.” Positive freedom, according to Rabbi Sacks, “requires habits of self-restraint; hence it belongs only to those who have internalized the teachings of the […]

     
  • Rus Musings

    Rus Musings
    By Gil Student
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    In the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Shavuos, here is a translation and commentary of the book of Rus we first posted a few years ago: Rus Musings (PDF). This collection of musings is eclectic and intended to be interesting rather than rigorous. Some comments are long and some short, spanning various genres of Jewish tradition. You might notice some blog posts included, as well. I thank my collaborators: R. Jack Abramowitz, R. Shlomo Einhorn and R. David Silverberg.

     
  • Segulos and Us

    Segulos and Us
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student My article in last week’s Jewish Link This article is a response to this article, and here is the Jewish Link’s response. The question facing the Jewish Link, its advisors and its supporters is whether to allow advertisements for segulos and other mystical services. Allow me to discuss the issues by thinking out loud without offering any conclusion, which is hardly my place. Do these advertisements serve a segment of the community legitimately following its established and respected religious authorities? If so, do they anyway alienate […]

     
 
 
 
 

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  • One Witness

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    One Witness

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 3 Sivan: One Witness On the third of Sivan, 1933, R. Benzion Meir Chai Uzziel (later to be Sephardic...

     
  • On Raising Children

    Aharon Lichtenstein (0)
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    Gil Student (0)
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    David Silverstein (0)
    How Does Torah Make You Free?

    by R. David Silverstein The Mishna (Avot 6:2) cites the position of R. Yehoshua ben Levi who says that “the only person...

     
  • Rus Musings

    Gil Student (0)
    Rus Musings

    In the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Shavuos, here is a translation and commentary of the book of Rus we first posted...

     
  • Segulos and Us

    Gil Student (0)
    Segulos and Us

    by R. Gil Student My article in last week’s Jewish Link This article is a response to this article, and here is the...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Ray Kurzweil in “The Singularity is Near” describes himself “as a patternist”, someone who views patterns...

     
  • Why Weren’t the Non-Jews Under the Mountain?

    Francis Nataf (0)
    Why Weren’t the Non-Jews Under the Mountain?

    by R. Francis Nataf Judging from the sources in the Talmud, there is more than a tinge of ambivalence about the non-Jews...

     
  • Personal Justice

    Gil Student (0)
    Personal Justice

    For weeks, I have wanted to write about R. Moshe Miller’s new commentary on Rus, Rising Moon: Unraveling the Book of...

     
  • Books Received

    Gil Student (0)
    Books Received

    How Free Will Works by Dovid Lieberman (Feldheim) ספר ברקאי: רבנות וקהילה בעולם משתנה ...