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  • Using a Shabbat Clock for an Urn

    Using a Shabbat Clock for an Urn
    By Daniel Mann
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    by R. Daniel Mann Question: My hot water urn has a Shabbat setting, in which the water is heated at a constant level and the switch for boiling the water is diabled. The socket where I plug it in is on a Shabbat clock that is off at night. When it goes on in the morning, the water that has become cold heats back up. Is that permitted?   Answer: Although we accept the opinions among Rishonim that it is forbidden to reheat boiled water that has cooled down (Shulchan […]

     
  • The Shema and Its Blessings

    The Shema and Its Blessings
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Tefillot recited after Yishtabach and before Shemoneh Esrei are referred to as the Bir’kat Shema blessings of Keri’at Shema. The Rabbanim instituted these Berachot as an integral entity with Keri’at  Shema, since they reflect the important themes of Keri’at Shema. When we recite the phrase “Ki Hu Levado Po’el  Gevurot”, For He alone effects mighty deeds,”  we are echoing the theme of G-d’s Oneness. The phrase  “Vechulam Mekabelim Alei’hem Ohl  Malchut Shamayim” All accept upon themselves…the yoke of […]

     
  • Mann: What?!

    Mann: What?!
    By Ezra Bick
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    by R. Ezra Bick Let us ask the question the Jews asked in the desert, when they first encountered the manna: The Israelites saw, and they said to each other, “WHAT (‘mann’) is it,” for they did not know what it was (16,15). I would like to change the meaning of the question slightly. What precisely is the point of having manna fall from the sky, with its special quality of being unhoardable? What is the reason that the manna is connected to Shabbat observance? What is the meaning of […]

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Beshalach

    Vort from the Rav: Beshalach
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Ex. 13:18 וַיַסֵב אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָעָם  So God led the people around The Midrash (Shemos Rabbah) makes the following statement based on the word וַיַסֵב: “So God led the people around”: from this phrase our Rabbis teach that even a poor person in Israel must not eat (at the Pesach Seder) until he reclines (שׁיסב), for this is what the Holy One Blessed Be He did to them, as it says וַיַסֵב אֱלֹהִים. What relationship is there between the God causing the Israelites to circle in the desert and the mitzvah […]

     
  • Shaking Hands

    Shaking Hands
    By Ari Enkin
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    It was a wonderful surprise to find a review copy of Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits’ latest installment: Halachically Speaking 3. As with the previous volumes, Halachically Speaking thoroughly tackles about twenty five different halachic topics providing readers with lesser-known information and sources on each one. Many of the newer and more novel rulings in the sefer are the opinions of the noted posek Rav Yisrael Belsky. I’d like to take this opportunity to comment on one of the many practical and relevant topics covered in this volume. Among them is […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich My thoughts on some of the finger pointing in (Israeli) politics: I’m reminded of Rashi on Numbers 11:28 when Eldad and Medad continue prophesying within the camp,Yehoshua said to Moshe, “Adoni Moshe kela’em – My Lord Moses, destroy them.” Rashi on the spot comments “imprison them: Heb. כְּלָאֵם. Impose upon them communal responsibilities and they will be finished (כָּלִים) [as prophets] by themselves (Sanh. 17a). ” It’s very easy to second guess those in power, very difficult to govern in a heterogeneous society. On the question of […]

     
 
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