Featured Essays

  • Why We Do Mitzvos

    Why We Do Mitzvos
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student A large part of an observant Jew’s day consists of performing mitzvos, fulfilling religious commandments. How often do we stop to ask ourselves why we do this? Why do we expend so much time and effort in the pursuit of mitzvos? I see three general answers to, or approaches to answering, this question. Two of them revolve around the four sons in the Haggadah. I. Two Answers for Four Sons The four sons famously ask questions about the Pesach activity (or, three ask and one is […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich From a recent Yated: Is this a complimentary story? Every ordinary chiloni invariably asks the same two questions whenever he has an argument with a chareidi: Why don’t you – meaning, the chareidim – join the army, and where was G-d during the Holocaust? “I can understand why they ask that,” Rav Kamenetsky replies. “From their point of view, it is a major question. But why don’t they recognize that it wasn’t the first churban in the history of the Jewish people? We have been persecuted and […]

     
  • Rabbi Riskin’s Modern Orthodoxy

    Rabbi Riskin’s Modern Orthodoxy
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student If you want to know why Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is apparently being forced into retirement by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, you have to read his recent book, The Living Tree: Studies in Modern Orthodoxy. I don’t claim any insight into the complex politics of Israel’s governmental organizations, of which the Chief Rabbinate is one. I don’t know enough to understand the power struggle that is occurring. However, in terms of ideology, I see why the Chief Rabbinate Council would express concern over R. Riskin. His book […]

     
  • One Witness

    One Witness
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein 3 Sivan: One Witness On the third of Sivan, 1933, R. Benzion Meir Chai Uzziel (later to be Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel), wrote about whether one witness can support a claim. Shu”t Mishpetei Uzziel 4; Chosen Mishpat, 24 is somewhat technical, but it is such technical discussions that let us articulate halachic principles that then shape our lives, both in the cases they affect and in our worldview. In this case, the question is the role of one witness in a court case. A plaintiff […]

     
  • On Raising Children

    On Raising Children
    By Aharon Lichtenstein
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    by Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l It should be a truism that raising children is one of the most important things in a person’s life.  Unfortunately, this is not obvious to everyone.  There are people, even great people, who assign a higher priority to other matters. There is, of course, a mitzva of chinukh, educating one’s children.  Yet, the term chinukh can be understood in two very distinct ways.  In the narrower sense, the term chinukh refers to chinukhfor mitzvot, preparing a child for a lifetime of religious observance.  The Gemara (Sukka 42a) explains that when a child knows […]

     
  • The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi

    The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi
    By Gil Student
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    Dovid Kerner sings the story of the Book of Ruth:

     
 
 
 
 

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    Gil Student (0)
    Why We Do Mitzvos

    by R. Gil Student A large part of an observant Jew’s day consists of performing mitzvos, fulfilling religious commandments....

     
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    Rabbi Riskin’s Modern Orthodoxy

    by R. Gil Student If you want to know why Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is apparently being forced into retirement by the Israeli Chief...

     
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    ▪ Chief Rabbinate to weigh ending Rabbi Riskin’s tenure in Efrat ▪ Riskin say he will remain Efrat’s rabbi regardless...

     
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein 3 Sivan: One Witness On the third of Sivan, 1933, R. Benzion Meir Chai Uzziel (later to be Sephardic...

     
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    Aharon Lichtenstein (0)
    On Raising Children

    by Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l It should be a truism that raising children is one of the most important things in...

     
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    The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi

    Dovid Kerner sings the story of the Book of Ruth: ...

     
  • How Does Torah Make You Free?

    David Silverstein (0)
    How Does Torah Make You Free?

    by R. David Silverstein The Mishna (Avot 6:2) cites the position of R. Yehoshua ben Levi who says that “the only person...

     
  • Rus Musings

    Gil Student (0)
    Rus Musings

    In the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Shavuos, here is a translation and commentary of the book of Rus we first posted...

     
  • Segulos and Us

    Gil Student (0)
    Segulos and Us

    by R. Gil Student My article in last week’s Jewish Link This article is a response to this article, and here is the...