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  • Reciting Kiddush when Staking an Ambush

    Reciting Kiddush when Staking an Ambush
    By Yehuda Amital
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    by Rav Yehuda Amital, zt”l Question: If one is staking an ambush on a Friday night, and he has neither wine nor any desire to eat, is he obligated to eat bread, so that he can recite kiddush and fulfill the mitzva of eating a Shabbat meal, even though he will have to do this in the dark while lying in the ambush? Or is it preferable that he push off kiddush and the meal to the next day? Answer: The Shulchan Arukh writes (OC 274:4): The [Shabbat] morning meal cannot be eaten without bread. And the […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich On a Cross Currents Open Orthodoxy Post (actually on more personalities) Without adherents, there is no movement. I’d suggest more thought be given to why OO is attractive to adherents at the ground level. If you want to effectively address what you consider inappropriate deviations, it pays to understand the causes before you determine a course of action. I have no data but would suggest at least two hypotheses for study: 1. There is a perceived cognitive dissonance for many in “amcha” between “traditional” torah values and […]

     
  • The Rain/Dew Inconsistency

    The Rain/Dew Inconsistency
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student When I worked at the OU, I once received an irate call complaining about a grammatical inconsistency in the Koren Siddur, which the OU co-published. In the Amidah, the seasonal additions of “mashiv ha-ru’ach u-morid ha-geshem” (He makes the wind blow and the rain fall) and “morid ha-tal” (He causes the dew to fall) receive different treatment. The former remains “geshem” while the latter ends with “tal,” with a kamatz (pronounced more like “tul”). The kamatz implies that there is a pause at the end of […]

     
  • Dual Aspects of a Human Being

    Dual Aspects of a Human Being
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In our daily morning Berachot we recite the beracha of “Asher Yatzar,” [Who formed man in wisdom and created in him many orifices and cavities] immediately followed by the beracha of “Elokai Neshama” [My G-d, the Neshama you placed within me is pure]. According to the Rosh [Teshuvot HaRosh 4:1], the reason that Elokai Neshama does not begin with the word “Baruch,” which ordinarily introduces a beracha, is that it immediately follows Asher Yatzar, a beracha that does indeed […]

     
  • How Does A Tzadik’s Blessing Work?

    How Does A Tzadik’s Blessing Work?
    By Gil Student
    (1)

    by R. Gil Student The blessing of a righteous person has a place of pride in Jewish tradition, even if it is currently taken to extremes in certain circles. Shimon Peres has famously credited his long life to the blessing he received when he was four from R. Yisrael Meir Kagan, the saintly Chafetz Chaim. The Talmud (Bava Basra 116a) says that someone with a sick family member should ask a Torah scholar to pray for the ill person’s recovery. Torah scholars and righteous people have long blessed others. I’d […]

     
  • The Key To Teshuvah: Accepting Reponsibility

    The Key To Teshuvah: Accepting Reponsibility
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ran is encouraging his audience to believe in the possibility of healing repentance, as we saw last time. In this part of the drasha, he points to two components of that repentance, having to do with how we see ourselves and how we see Hashem. Aside from helping with teshuvah, repentance, they offer a perspective on theodicy, how we understand the bad or difficult events in our lives, particularly Holocaust theodicy. Moshe and David: Aware of the Severity of their Sin Prior essays in this series […]

     
 
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  • Reciting Kiddush when Staking an Ambush

    Yehuda Amital (0)
    Reciting Kiddush when Staking an Ambush

    by Rav Yehuda Amital, zt”l Question: If one is staking an ambush on a Friday night, and he has neither wine nor any...

     
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    The Rain/Dew Inconsistency

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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In our daily morning Berachot we recite the beracha...

     
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ran is encouraging his audience to believe in the possibility of healing repentance, as we saw last...

     
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    From the Archives of Tradition

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    Deception and Justification

    by R. Gil Student I. Deception Is Bad Was Ya’akov punished for deceiving his father, Yitzchak, in obtaining the firstborn’s...

     
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    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Toldos

    Genesis 26:18 וַיָּשָׁב יִצְחָק וַיַּחְפֹּר | אֶת בְּאֵרֹת הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר...