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  • Alternative Burial Arrangements

    Alternative Burial Arrangements
    By David Roth
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    by David Roth The Torah1 command to bury the dead leads to an inevitable practical problem. Each body requires a space of approximately 3 square meters.2 After many years and many deaths, land space becomes an issue. In Israel, the use of individual graves could potentially use up a large portion of the country within a fairly short time. This was not a problem in ancient times because, as is clear from the Mishna,3 people were buried in holes in caves. However, today, when everyone is buried in a separate […]

     
  • New Periodical: Hakirah 17

    New Periodical: Hakirah 17
    By Gil Student
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    Hakirah no. 17, Summer 2014: Letters to the Editor Review Essay: Torah, Chazal and Science by Dr. Nathan Aviezer – A review of R. Moshe Meiselman’s book Torah, Chazal & Science. Good critique of R. Meiselman’s science but little discussion of his interpretations of Rishonim. I hope to rectify that somewhat in my review forthcoming in Jewish Action. Modern Orthodoxy: A Philosophical Perspective by Dr. Baruch Brody – Provides a positive definition of Modern Orthodoxy: a pro tanto acceptance of modern values, i.e. acceptance when they do not conflict with […]

     
  • An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot II

    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot II
    By Yitzchak Kasdan
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    In a follow-up from yesterday’s essay, Rabbis Aryeh and Dov Frimer respond and Yitzchak Kasdan continues the conversation. by R. Aryeh and R. Dov Frimer Dear Reb Yitzchak, Thank you for allowing us to see your letter to Torah Musings. Below are a few of our comments. 1. We were fully aware of the position which you focus on. We chose not to discuss it for two basic reasons. (a) Firstly, by your own admission it is a minority view. The Rishonim discuss the difference between the original Takana where only […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich If there are no known chiyuvim at your minyan but there are strangers there, does someone (a gabbai?) ask if there are any chiyuvim or does someone just get up to daven? ~ ~ ~ May a frum therapist suggest to a client who feels guilt about not learning enough that he not strive to spend more time learning as a tradeoff for entertainment but rather modify his expectations? ~ ~ ~ Rabbi Nosson Rich -Mishna Berura Yomi: Hilchos Tzitzis 19-1 and 20-1 Rules for tzitzit on […]

     
  • An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot

    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot
    By Gil Student
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    by Yitzchak Kasdan I pen this piece in reaction to Rabbis Aryeh and Dov Frimer’s brilliant essay on “Women, Kriat Ha-Torah, and Aliyyot”  recently published in Tradition (Winter 2013, volume 46, no. 4).  As comprehensive as their article appears to be in covering the subject matter, it misses one overlooked, yet potentially important, explanation of the baraita in BT Megilla 23a regarding “hakol olin le-minyan shivah,” which is the primary text about calling women to the Torah. The Seventh The baraita states (Koren translation): The Sages taught: All people count […]

     
  • Man on the Moon

    Man on the Moon
    By Gil Student
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    The July 21, 1969 landing on the moon was a monumental achievement for mankind, and the leading Torah scholars of the time were as impressed as everyone else in the world. They responded in a variety of ways. I. May Man Travel to the Moon? R. Hershel Schachter writes in the name of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Beis Yitzchak Journal, no. 26 [5754] pp. 193-194; Divrei Ha-Rav, p. 243): “The heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1) – [R. Soloveitchik] was asked about Judaism’s view of man’s traveling to the moon, […]

     
 
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    New Periodical: Hakirah 17 (1)

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  • Alternative Burial Arrangements

    David Roth (0)
    Alternative Burial Arrangements

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    Gil Student (1)
    New Periodical: Hakirah 17

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    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot II

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich If there are no known chiyuvim at your minyan but there are strangers there, does someone (a gabbai?) ask if...

     
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    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot

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  • Yahrtzeit Practices

    David Roth (4)
    Yahrtzeit Practices

    by David Roth Jews engage in numerous practices to commemorate a yahrtzeit for the anniversary of a relative’s passing,...

     
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    Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis III

    by Efraim Vaynman (continued from here and here) Part 3 In the prior two essays, I argued that attitudes toward kollel lifestyle...

     
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    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Miriam: The Greatest Woman

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Hakarat Hatov, gratitude, is a fundamental requirement...