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    Challenges of an International Get

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 19 Sivan: R. Kook on the Challenges of an International Get On the 19th of Sivan, 5672/1912, R. Kook dealt with a problem we sometimes assume is only contemporary, a man who had gotten remarried before his first wife had received a get. Ezrat Kohen 82, a reply to R. Chaim Berli...

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    The Unibrow in Jewish Law

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a young man with a unibrow, which I find very embarrassing. May I remove some hair with tweezers from that area? Also, may I remove some more hair to make my eyebrows less bushy? Answer: The gemara (Nazir 58b-59a) forbids a man to shave his pubic and underarm ... ...

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    Vort from the Rav: Beha’alosekha

    Bamidbar 10:35 וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן – So it was, when the ark set out. We are suddenly confronted with the parashah bracketed by the inverted nuns. The letters are inverted because what follows is a story which inverted our historical process. Alas, the parashah is really one sad tale which cha...

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    Of Sacks and Packs

    I remember once hearing a liberal Conservative rabbi speak from his pulpit and challenge the congregation. He liked his sermons to be interactive, so he asked the gathered crowd whether anyone could explain, without resorting to the Documentary Hypothesis, why the Torah alternates between using the ...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich link Politics isn’t just about ­manipulating people who disagree with you. It’s about learning from them. Lots to think about! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ How would you analyze the amount of “bother” you should go to in Eretz Yisrael to attend a minyan where there are kohanim in order to get ... ...

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    Holding On to Our Self-Confidence and to Membership in the Jewish People

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 6, Sermon 7: Holding On to Our Self-Confidence and to Membership in the Jewish People This is the last of the sermons not labeled as either for Shabbat HaGadol or Shabbat Shuvah, but it takes up a theme we’ve seen and will see, Torah’s effe...

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