Featured Essays

  • An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot

    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot
    By Gil Student
    (1)

    by Yitzchak Kasdan I pen this piece in reaction to Rabbis Aryeh and Dov Frimer’s brilliant essay on “Women, Kriat Ha-Torah, and Aliyyot”  recently published in Tradition (Winter 2013, volume 46, no. 4).  As comprehensive as their article appears to be in covering the subject matter, it misses one overlooked, yet potentially important, explanation of the baraita in BT Megilla 23a regarding “hakol olin le-minyan shivah,” which is the primary text about calling women to the Torah. The Seventh The baraita states (Koren translation): The Sages taught: All people count […]

     
  • Man on the Moon

    Man on the Moon
    By Gil Student
    (2)

    The July 21, 1969 landing on the moon was a monumental achievement for mankind, and the leading Torah scholars of the time were as impressed as everyone else in the world. They responded in a variety of ways. I. May Man Travel to the Moon? R. Hershel Schachter writes in the name of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Beis Yitzchak Journal, no. 26 [5754] pp. 193-194; Divrei Ha-Rav, p. 243): “The heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1) – [R. Soloveitchik] was asked about Judaism’s view of man’s traveling to the moon, […]

     
  • Mas’ei: Mysticism, Geography and the Ba’al Korei’s Dilemma

    Mas’ei: Mysticism, Geography and the Ba’al Korei’s Dilemma
    By Moshe Schapiro
    (3)

    by R. Moshe Schapiro Place Names In ancient times when gypsum was more prevalent than the GPS and Gilgamesh was better known than Google Maps, the Torah detailed, in the opening of Parashat Mas’ei, the travels (masa’ot) of the Jewish people in the desert.  Rashi asks why the Torah presents us with this long list of forty-two masa’ot, and answers that it teaches us about God’s kindness. It is true that the Jews wandered for forty years, but if you study their journey carefully, you will realize that most of […]

     
  • Yahrtzeit Practices

    Yahrtzeit Practices
    By David Roth
    (1)

    by David Roth Jews engage in numerous practices to commemorate a yahrtzeit for the anniversary of a relative’s passing, generally a first degree relative1 for whom one would observe mourning. What are these practices and on what date are they observed? Determining the Date for a Yahrtzeit The Shulchan Aruch2 rules that yahrtzeit is based on the day of death and not on the day of burial, unless, as is common, the mourner was present at the burial but not at the death. The Taz3 quotes from the Masas Binyamin […]

     
  • Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis III

    Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis III
    By Efraim Vaynman
    (13)

    by Efraim Vaynman (continued from here and here) Part 3 In the prior two essays, I argued that attitudes toward kollel lifestyle are changing within men’s education but not within women’s education, and that women’s Torah education has changed in a significant and relevant way. In this essay, I argue that this change should affect how we view women’s roles within marriage. Women’s Torah Whatever the halachic justification, Jewish women’s learning is viewed in Chareidi society as intrinsically valuable and women are encouraged to partake in learning, even if this […]

     
  • Miriam: The Greatest Woman

    Miriam: The Greatest Woman
    By Aharon Ziegler
    (0)

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Hakarat Hatov, gratitude, is a fundamental requirement in Judaism. It behooves us to know and understand the great accomplishments and achievements that Miriam, the sister of Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaCohen, contributed towards our people. The Torah quickly passes over her demise by simply stating, “The children of Israel, the entire assembly, arrived at Midbar Tzin in the first month [Nissan] and the people settled in Kadesh; Miriam died there and she was buried there” [Bamidbar 20:1]. (According to […]

     
 
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    Gil Student (1)
    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot

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    Guardian of Israel, guard the remnant of Israel, and not let Israel perish, who declare, “Listen, Israel” (morning...