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  • What Does Masorah Mean?

    What Does Masorah Mean?
    By Micha Berger
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    by R. Micha Berger I The word “masorah” is overloaded with too many meanings. Literally, it’s “that which was passed on”. So logically, a common usage would make it synonymous with Oral Torah. And yet, it’s also used for the near opposite – we speak of the masoretic text, its vowels and its trope – the ultimate in the Bible, the Written Torah. And the collections of notes that describe this text are also called “masorah”. (So the masorah describes the masorah?!) More along the lines of the direction in […]

     
  • Picture of a Woman

    Picture of a Woman
    By Gil Student
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    I once asked Rav Hershel Schachter whether there is any halakhic concern with publishing a picture of a woman who is dressed modestly. He said there is not and that it is permissible.

     
  • Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

    Extraordinary Health Situations
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Elul: Tzitz Eliezer on Extraordinary Health Situations On the twelfth of Elul, 5751 (1991), Tzitz Eliezer 19;53 wrote to Rabbi Dr. Avraham S. Avraham with comments on the latter’s recent fourth—and final, so far– volume of Nishmat Avraham, his work on medical halachah. Tzitz Eliezer calls it a מכתב הערכה, a letter of admiration, and ends his opening greeting by saying לחובת הקודש אכתוב לו קצת דברי תורה לענינים שדן בספרו המהולל, out of sanctified obligation [note: that’s how it is in the printed version; […]

     
  • Teachers of the World

    Teachers of the World
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler According to Rav Soloveitchik, Chazal [Our Sages] speak about Matan Torah [Giving of the Torah] in the halachic terms of marriage, because there is a covenant binding our people with HaKadosh-Baruch-Hu, the same way there is a covenant binding husband and wife. The only difference is that the covenant between husband and wife is an intimate event the Matan Torah event was a great event of international, and even of cosmic proportions. The Gemara Shabbat [88a] states that the […]

     
  • Judaism and Women’s Changed Status

    Judaism and Women’s Changed Status
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student I. Women Today Women’s roles and opportunities have changed dramatically in the past century and some have called for halakhah to recognize this new situation. Women now have greater financial independence. They can choose from almost any occupation and even no occupation, opting to remain at home. Women often hire household help who free them from cleaning and cooking. Such a different daily existence calls for a reevaluation of women’s halakhic status, some would say, acknowledging the historic changes. Indeed, R. Yoel Bin Nun has reportedly […]

     
  • Phish Sing Avinu Malkeinu

    Phish Sing Avinu Malkeinu
    By Gil Student
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    Rock band Phish playing Avinu Malkeinu (@20m16s) at a recent concert (that a colleague of mine attended).

     
 
 
 
 

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    Micha Berger (0)
    What Does Masorah Mean?

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  • Picture of a Woman

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    Picture of a Woman

    I once asked Rav Hershel Schachter whether there is any halakhic concern with publishing a picture of a woman who is dressed...

     
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    Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

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    Gil Student (1)
    Judaism and Women’s Changed Status

    by R. Gil Student I. Women Today Women’s roles and opportunities have changed dramatically in the past century and...

     
  • Phish Sing Avinu Malkeinu

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    Phish Sing Avinu Malkeinu

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    Gil Student (0)
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    Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism by R. Dr. Adam Ferziger (Wayne State U) ...

     
  • Dealing With Different Prayer Formats

    Eliezer Melamed (5)
    Dealing With Different Prayer Formats

    I. In What Cases Is One Permitted to Change His Nusach? As I discussed elsewhere, one must maintain his family’s minhag....

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
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    by Joel Rich Is Hakarat Hatov actionable in beit din (e.g. would they force a party to return a favor?) ~ ~ ~ I’ve noticed...

     
  • Leaving A Sefer Open

    Ari Enkin (0)
    Leaving A Sefer Open

    by R. Ari Enkin There is a lesser-known halacha that one is not permitted to leave a sefer open when one is not using it....