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  • Good Enough?

    Good Enough?
    By Erica Brown
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    by Dr. Erica Brown “You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord…” Deuteronomy 6:18 This week I spoke with someone on the phone who asked me several questions about Sabbath observance. He told me he found it interesting but was raised as a Catholic and is now lapsed. “I don’t really believe in any religion. I don’t have a faith. I raise my kids with one principle.” Naturally I was curious and asked him to share his singular distilled value. “It’s simple: don’t […]

     
  • Prophecy, Soothsaying, and the Line Between Them

    Prophecy, Soothsaying, and the Line Between Them
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein Drasha 12, part 3 Ran sees prophecy as the antidote to sorcery, as its replacement. He references here his earlier comments in the fifth Drasha, that Hashem chose Egypt as the site of the slavery so that Moshe’s prophecies would happen in the center of world sorcery. Defeating their sorcerers demonstrated that prophecy is a superior, entirely different phenomenon. Prior essays in this series That would imply that Jews are not supposed to utilize sorcery. However, Chullin 95b has Rav judging the propitiousness of travel by […]

     
  • Tefillin Klaf Not Same As Mezuzah Klaf

    Tefillin Klaf Not Same As Mezuzah Klaf
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik noted that being an Am HaNivchar, we must always be aware that Jewish chosen ness is a function of two different historical events. HaShem’s choice of the Avot- Avraham Yitzchak and Ya’akov and His choice of the Jewish Nation on Har Sinai are uniquely different events. The Rav compared the Brit [covenant] with the Avot as the process of “ibud” [work process of converting the skin of animal into parchment] wherein parchment is treated in order to […]

     
  • The Explicit and Non-Explicit Dietary Laws

    The Explicit and Non-Explicit Dietary Laws
    By Elchanan Samet
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    by Rav Elchanan Samet A. The Sequence of Dietary Laws in Parashat Shemini Chapter 11 of Vayikra, which concludes Parashat Shemini, deals entirely with the laws of animals on two levels: which animals are forbidden or permitted for consumption, and the carcasses of which animals render one tamei (ritually impure) upon contact. I devoted my essay to Parashat Shemini in 5760 to an analysis of the structure of this chapter and the relationship between its two topics, the laws of consumption and the laws of tum’a. In the present discussion, […]

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Shemini

    Vort from the Rav: Shemini
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Lev. 10:6: רָאשֵׁיכֶם אַל תִּפְרָעוּ וּבִגְדֵיכֶם לֹא תִפְרֹמוּ Do not leave your heads unshorn, and do not rend your garments Moses enjoined Aaron and his two surviving sons from mourning for Nadav and Avihu. The inalienable right to which every parent is entitled of mourning the death of a child was denied to Aaron and his sons. Why? Because the priests constituted a community of the anointed who were consecrated exclusively to the service of the Lord. The commitment or consecration of a priest to God is ultimate, all-demanding, and […]

     
  • Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach?

    Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach?
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student Because of renewed publicity about this product, I am reposting this essay from four years ago. Not long after this was published, R. Yehoshua Neuwirth wrote that he did not approve this product and R. Nachum Rabinovich communicated the same. Other rabbis who were supposedly supporters also claimed they were misrepresented. As technology changes, the proper application of halakhah may require changing practice to remain in step with the new reality. However, when evaluating new technology we have to look at reality and not hype. The […]

     
 
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    Good Enough?

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    Prophecy, Soothsaying, and the Line Between Them

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Drasha 12, part 3 Ran sees prophecy as the antidote to sorcery, as its replacement. He references here...

     
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    by R. Gil Student Because of renewed publicity about this product, I am reposting this essay from four years ago. Not long...

     
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    by R. Yitzchak Blau In a famous passage in the Yerushalmi (Terumot 8:10), R. Yohanan and Reish Lakish debate when a Jew can...

     
  • Why Does God Test Us?

    Gil Student (1)
    Why Does God Test Us?

    by R. Gil Student The notion that the all-knowing God needs to test us to determine whether we will follow His command is...