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  • Healing Waters

    Healing Waters
    By Erica Brown
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    “I shall sprinkle upon you water of purification, and you shall be purified. I will cleanse you from all impurities…” Ezekiel 36:25 In the past few weeks, the mikve, a space of sacred purity and privacy, has become a subject of scrutiny and suspicion. For those who perform this mitzva regularly, an obligation of holiness suddenly provokes worry. Is someone watching me? For those who have never immersed in a ritual bath, the chances of ever going to the mikve have just gotten slimmer. It’s not hard to understand the […]

     
  • Diapers With Disappearing Ink

    Diapers With Disappearing Ink
    By Daniel Mann
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    by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permitted to use on Shabbat a diaper with forms on the outside that disintegrate when the diaper is soaked, alerting parents to change the diaper?   Answer: There is a Torah-level violation to erase (mochek)writing or, according to many, a picture or figure (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 340:3; Beur Halacha to 340:4). When the erasure does not serve a positive purpose such as enabling new writing, the violation is only Rabbinic (Mishna Berura 340:17). Thus, the diapers in question would seem to […]

     
  • Aveilut for Parents

    Aveilut for Parents
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Many people have wondered why aveilut for a parent is twelve months while for a child is only thirty days. After all, the loss of a dear and loving parent is a natural phenomenon of life, and it is anticipated, yet here the Halacha requires twelve months of mourning. But one who is subjected to the loss of a child, which is unnatural and extremely traumatic for the surviving parents, is told by Chazal that one month of aveilut […]

     
  • The New Israeli Army

    The New Israeli Army
    By Aron White
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    by Aron White In a book released last year, Amos Harel, the army commentator for Haaretz and the author of a number of books on the Israeli military, describes how the Israeli army is changing. The changes are fascinating. Due to the internet, more information is available to new soldiers about what to expect, removing the traditional element of surprise. As the standard of life in Israel improves, soldiers expect better quality services on their army bases as well. One of the main changes that Harel documents is the army’s […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich Two From R’ Yosef Ber Soloveitchik: One lesson of this synthesis is that man must, under a given set of circumstances, give preference to one value, but later reject that same principle under a different set of circumstances. [Me – yes but is it Boolean (as in Brisk) or multivariate/fuzzy logic (as sometimes seems to a poor actuary] R’Chaim Volozhiner used to say (in Yiddish): “Our purpose is to do, not necessarily to accomplish.” ~ ~ ~ If the undecided voter has a strong suit, that is […]

     
  • An Israeli in the Diaspora: How Many Days of Yom Tov?

    An Israeli in the Diaspora: How Many Days of Yom Tov?
    By Ari Enkin
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    by R. Ari Enkin I was excited to get my hands on R. Shlomo Brody’s new English halacha sefer, A Guide to the Complex – Contemporary Halachic Debates (Maggid), adapted largely from his regular Ask the Rabbi column in The Jerusalem Post Magazine. R. Brody treats us to well over 100 different exciting and practical issues of the day, providing readers with the primary and prominent authorities to have dealt with each issue. While every chapter has material worthy of comment, I found one item particularly attention catching, since I have not […]

     
 
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    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Noach

    Genesis 9:23 וַיִּקַּח שֵׁם וָיֶפֶת אֶת הַשִּׂמְלָה …וַיְכַסּוּ אֵת...