Featured Essays

  • The Convert Problem

    The Convert Problem
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student I. The Problem While Israeli rabbis and politicians debate conversion standards, afflicting many converts with confusion and difficulty during this transitional period, a local problem of greater personal significance recedes to the background. R. Gedalia Dov Schwartz, senior rabbinic judge of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and the Beth Din of America, tries to tease that problem out of hiding and eradicate it with his booklet, אהבת הגר – Loving the Convert: Converts to Judaism and Our Relationship With Them. The Orthodox community, particularly in metropolitan areas, […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich I recently came across an interesting piece taking a position on whether rabbis should play ball with their students or congregants. It gave me a good laugh as it reminded me of a conversation with one of my former managers who lectured me on the need for a more aggressive consulting personality (what he described was surprisingly a dead on description of his own personality). My response was to suggest that rather than measuring the approach one might measure the results and recognize the wisdom of Sly […]

     
  • Halakhic Jews and Modern Time

    Halakhic Jews and Modern Time
    By Barry Kornblau
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    by R. Barry Kornblau I. Leap Second You might not have noticed it, but an unusual event happened at about 8:00 PM in New York today, June 30, 2015, we experienced a leap second. In Great Britain and in other places where it was turning midnight, accurate clocks did not move from 11:59:59 PM to 12:00:00 AM as they usually do. Instead, an extra second was inserted, so that clocks moved from 11:59:59 to 11:59:60 (a time that does not normally exist) and only then to 12:00:00 AM. In New […]

     
  • Torah Musings Free e-Book

    Torah Musings Free e-Book
    By Gil Student
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    Beginning in July of last year, we started sending a weekly digest of articles in a printable PDF perfect for Shabbos reading and/or shul distribution. In November, we collected 4 months of digests in an e-book. Attached is another collection of 4 months of digests, Nov ’14-Feb ’15, with a topical table of contents at the beginning. Torah Musings Digests Nov ’14-Feb ’15 (PDF) You can sign up for weekly digests in the sidebar.

     
  • The Modern Orthodox Jew and Gay Marriage

    The Modern Orthodox Jew and Gay Marriage
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student This article will appear in the next issue of The Jewish Link Modern Orthodox Jews are rightly confounded in finding the correct response to the recent Supreme Court decision affirming gay marriage as a constitutional right. The political fight is now over and all that is left is our reaction. How do we, as individuals, see this historic moment? I believe that, ultimately, this boils down to a fundamental issue of attitudes that threatens lives, families and the future of the Jewish community. There are, however, […]

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    From the Archives of Tradition
    By Yitzchak Blau
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    by R. Yitzchak Blau Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits was an important mid twentieth century Jewish thinker who worked in the rabbinate in Leeds, Sydney, Boston, and Chicago. In this essay from the Fall 1962 issue , he explores the question of secular studies and Judaism. Unlike many other Modern Orthodox essays on this topic, this article focuses more on the need for the sciences. Given the modern gift of the state of Israel R. Berkovits wonders how one could possibly run a modern state without adequate knowledge of commerce, industry, defense, […]

     
 
 
 
 

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  • The Convert Problem

    Gil Student (1)
    The Convert Problem

    by R. Gil Student I. The Problem While Israeli rabbis and politicians debate conversion standards, afflicting many converts...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich I recently came across an interesting piece taking a position on whether rabbis should play ball with their...

     
  • Halakhic Jews and Modern Time

    Barry Kornblau (3)
    Halakhic Jews and Modern Time

    by R. Barry Kornblau I. Leap Second You might not have noticed it, but an unusual event happened at about 8:00 PM in New...

     
  • Torah Musings Free e-Book

    Gil Student (0)
    Torah Musings Free e-Book

    Beginning in July of last year, we started sending a weekly digest of articles in a printable PDF perfect for Shabbos reading...

     
  • The Modern Orthodox Jew and Gay Marriage

    Gil Student (3)
    The Modern Orthodox Jew and Gay Marriage

    by R. Gil Student This article will appear in the next issue of The Jewish Link Modern Orthodox Jews are rightly confounded...

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    Yitzchak Blau (0)
    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits was an important mid twentieth century Jewish thinker who worked in the rabbinate...

     
  • Hashem Melekh

    Gil Student (0)
    Hashem Melekh

    Y-Studs sing Gad Elbaz’s Hashem Melekh: ...

     
  • What To Do About A Yarmulke #Fail

    Gil Student (5)
    What To Do About A Yarmulke #Fail

    by R. Gil Student Long-standing custom dictates that Jewish men cover their heads. Authorities debate whether it is an actual...

     
  • The Financial Responsibilities of False and Broken Promises

    Gidon Rothstein (2)
    The Financial Responsibilities of False and Broken Promises

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 8 Tammuz: The Financial Responsibilities of False and Broken Promises Education is a profession that...

     
  • Ba’Omer or La’Omer

    Aharon Ziegler (3)
    Ba’Omer or La’Omer

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler For the Mitzvah of counting the Omer we first recite...