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  • Torah From Sinai

    Torah From Sinai
    By Gil Student
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    Questions about the laws in Deuteronomy in comparison with those in earlier biblical books assume a process of prophetic transmission at Mt. Sinai and in the Sinai Desert. However, without even minimally exploring that transmission, we can never even begin to answer those questions. Jewish tradition teaches a dual transmission–the Written and the Oral Torahs. Distinguishing between these two traditions helps us understand the law and resolve texts that otherwise appear contradictory. What follows is a section of R. Yehuda Copperman’s Peninei Meshech Chochmah. R. Moshe Schapiro translated the text, […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich A letter recently published in our local Federation paper. Comments? Kaddish and meaning July 10, 2014 Re “Local women reflect on saying Kaddish,” June 18 Your recent articles on Kaddish confirm the Jewish people’s ability to infuse a prayer with meaning. (“Local women reflect on saying Kaddish,” June 19). Kaddish itself is essentially a powerful prayer for our ultimate redemption, which most likely became associated with mourning in an attempt to give those in need of hope something to cling to. There are those who posit that […]

     
  • Tefillin on Tisha B’Av

    Tefillin on Tisha B’Av
    By David Roth
    (1)

    by David Roth Contemporary practice seems near universal that tefillin are worn on Tisha B’Av in the afternoon but not in the morning.  However, the exceptions–particularly among Sephardim–point to divergent opinions on the subject.  In fact, there is a major debate among the Rishonim regarding whether one wears tefillin at all on Tisha B’Av. Different Views Most Rishonim, including Tosafos,1 Rosh,2 Ramban,3 Ran,4 Rashba5 in the name of R. Hai Gaon, and Beis Yosef6 rule that one is obliged to wear tefillin on Tisha B’Av.7  The Rambam8 says that some […]

     
  • Modern Orthodoxy and the Right

    Modern Orthodoxy and the Right
    By Gil Student
    (5)

    During the time of unity in which we find ourselves, due both to the war in Israel and the Tisha B’Av season, I want to review an interesting comment by R. Norman Lamm. R. Lamm’s sermons are fascinating for many reasons. He is a master of the sermon, both stylistically and with profound midrashic insight. Dating from his time as a pulit rabbi, his sermons show his leadership intuition, his messages for personal and communal direction. The publication of these edited sermons in Derashot LeDorot (so far, four volumes) is […]

     
  • Alternative Burial Arrangements

    Alternative Burial Arrangements
    By David Roth
    (1)

    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 […]

     
 
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  • Torah From Sinai

    Gil Student (0)
    Torah From Sinai

    Questions about the laws in Deuteronomy in comparison with those in earlier biblical books assume a process of prophetic...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich A letter recently published in our local Federation paper. Comments? Kaddish and meaning July 10, 2014 Re “Local...

     
  • Tefillin on Tisha B’Av

    David Roth (1)
    Tefillin on Tisha B’Av

    by David Roth Contemporary practice seems near universal that tefillin are worn on Tisha B’Av in the afternoon but...

     
  • Modern Orthodoxy and the Right

    Gil Student (5)
    Modern Orthodoxy and the Right

    During the time of unity in which we find ourselves, due both to the war in Israel and the Tisha B’Av season, I want...

     
  • Alternative Burial Arrangements

    David Roth (1)
    Alternative Burial Arrangements

    by David Roth The Torah1 command to bury the dead leads to an inevitable practical problem. Each body requires a space of...

     
  • New Periodical: Hakirah 17

    Gil Student (2)
    New Periodical: Hakirah 17

    Hakirah no. 17, Summer 2014: Letters to the Editor Review Essay: Torah, Chazal and Science by Dr. Nathan Aviezer –...

     
  • An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot II

    Yitzchak Kasdan (0)
    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot II

    In a follow-up from yesterday’s essay, Rabbis Aryeh and Dov Frimer respond and Yitzchak Kasdan continues the conversation. by...

     
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    Joel Rich (0)
    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...

     
  • An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot

    Gil Student (1)
    An Overlooked View on Women’s Aliyyot

    by Yitzchak Kasdan I pen this piece in reaction to Rabbis Aryeh and Dov Frimer’s brilliant essay on “Women, Kriat...

     
  • Man on the Moon

    Gil Student (2)
    Man on the Moon

    The July 21, 1969 landing on the moon was a monumental achievement for mankind, and the leading Torah scholars of the time...