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  • A Premature Remarriage

    A Premature Remarriage
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein 14 Av: A Premature Remarriage R. Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor was one of if not the foremost rabbinic authority of the late 19th century. Ein Yitzchak 1; Even HaEzer 43 records the response he wrote, on the fourteenth of Av, 5626 (1866), about a woman who remarried based on the testimony of a thirteen year old, who claimed to have heard a non-Jew telling of two Jews who had been kidnapped, taken to a forest, and killed. One of the Jews in the story was clearly identified; […]

     
  • Kedusha Unites

    Kedusha Unites
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In the Torah, [Shemot 24:12], HaShem tells Moshe, “GO UP TO THE MOUNTAIN AND REMAIN THERE, AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE LUCHOT HA’EVEN, (The stone Tablets)”. The Gemara Brachot (5a) comments, that the phrase “LUCHOT HA’EVEN”, refers to the Ten Commandments. Rav Soloveitchik noted that throughout the Torah the Ten Commandments are referred to as Luchot “Ha’even”, in the singular form, one stone, except for Parshat Ki Tissa (34:1) where HaShem says to Moshe: “PE’SAL LECHA SHNEI LUCHOT […]

     
  • Polls and Judaism

    Polls and Judaism
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student The Pew Research Center’s 2013 survey of Jewish Americans shook the community to its core. In addition to the many analyses and debates, the survey sparked dramatic new initiatives that try to address the somber implications. Yet, many pointed out strange results, particularly about the Orthodox community. A recent article by Robert Wuthnow in First Things, “In Polls We Trust,” raises questions about the validity of polls today. Wuthnow writes, “Response rates have declined precipitously… Currently the typical response rate is 9 or 10 percent, and […]

     
  • Who Can Be Called Rabbi?

    Who Can Be Called Rabbi?
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student I. Respecting Torah Scholars1 Calling someone by a title is a public display of respect, which is why it raises so many complex issues. Who is worthy of that respect and who, even if he once deserved that title, has lost the right to that level of respect? Convention varies by community and culture, some valuing titles more than others. However, in a culture where a title conveys authority, its proper use is even more important. In the letters section of volume 13 of Hakirah (link […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich A MO educator whom I greatly respect, asked why it seems our high schools seem to excel either in limudei kodesh or chol but not in both. I would expand that question to life in general and also add the seeming dialectic between intellect and emotion. Why can’t we strive to learn like a Litvak and daven like a chassid? ~ ~ ~ “Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock” – Daniel Strange In a recent article addressed to evangelical pastors I outlined a three-point “to do” […]

     
  • Editorial Judgment and Jewish Censorship

    Editorial Judgment and Jewish Censorship
    By Gil Student
    (1)

    by R. Gil Student My column in this week’s issue of The Jewish Link of New Jersey From the Orthodox Jewish perspective, history is a means to an end rather than a goal in itself. There is no similar concept to Torah for its own sake–history for its own sake. This translates into two different utilitarian attitudes. One sees history as a source of inspiration, a method of increasing devotion to religious principles. The other sees history as a series of lessons on human nature and divine providence. Both view […]

     
 
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The common practice is that the Chatan [groom] breaks...

     
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