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  • Finishing Brachot, Relating to Torah Scholars, Making Aliyah, and Finding Peace

    Finishing Brachot, Relating to Torah Scholars, Making Aliyah, and Finding Peace
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    19 Elul, 5697 (1937): Tzitz Eliezer Finishing Brachot, Relating to Torah Scholars, Making Aliyah, and Finding Peace I am a sucker for hadranim, for talks given upon the occasion of finishing a tractate of Talmud. Perhaps it’s because it’s so rare for me to finish a piece of learning, perhaps because it’s an opportunity to watch a great thinker reflect on learning just completed. Whatever the reason, I find them interesting, and Tzitz Eliezer included more than a few in the many volumes of his work (a quick check of the Bar-Ilan suggests […]

     
  • Eating Questionably Reheated Kugel

    Eating Questionably Reheated Kugel
    By Daniel Mann
    (0)

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: Before our shul Kiddush, gabbaim noticed the hot plate (for kugel) was unplugged, so they had a non-Jew connect it (I don’t know what they told him). I ate the kugel only after it cooled down. Was that necessary/allowed? Answer: When a non-Jew does melacha on behalf of Jews, even without prompting, they may not benefit from it (Beitza 24b). While this suggests your compromise was right, we must consider various factors pointing to other conclusions. First, might one be allowed to ask a non-Jew […]

     
  • Establishing Our True Identity

    Establishing Our True Identity
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler According to Rav Soloveitchik, real Teshuva, or Teshuva Gemurah, requires a change of attitude, philosophy and personality. In the last perek of Tehilim, Psalm 150, we find the pasuk “Kol HaNeshama Te’halel Kah,” which seems simple to understand, but is rather difficult to translate. The Radak believes its meaning is- “Let All Souls Praise”. Far greater than the most beautiful instrumental songs of praise, is, the song of the human Neshamah. The greatest praise to G-d comes from the […]

     
  • And God Shall Return You to Egypt in Boats

    And God Shall Return You to Egypt in Boats
    By Mordechai Sabato
    (0)

    by R. Mordechai Sabato A. The central section of parashat Ki Tavo is the blessings and curses of chapter 28. This section concludes the unit begun in parashat Re’eh, where Moshe already mentions the blessing and the curse: “Behold, I place before you today a blessing and a curse.” In our parasha, the blessings and the curses are given in detail. In this shiur I would like to focus on a single verse – the conclusion of the list of curses: And God shall return you to Egypt in boats […]

     
  • Suicidal Parenting

    Suicidal Parenting
    By Gil Student
    (0)

    Parents are often disappointed if their children choose a different religious path than planned. While reactions will differ based on the people and circumstances, some responses are morally intolerable. Halakhah must grappled with these improper reactions, responding as appropriate. R. David Tzvi Hoffmann (Melamed Le-Ho’il 61) responded to such a question by a student attending a professional school. Like most general schools of the day, its classes met on Shabbos. This student attended those classes but refrained from writing on the holy day. However, his parents, concerned about his professional […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich When we say that beit din is responsible for a brit if there is no father, 1) does it mean if the father refuses, beit din must force the brit? 2) If someone else volunteers, does beit din push him off and do it anyway? ~ ~ ~ Has anyone seen any analysis of the percentage of local practices that were changed when R’Yosef Karo decided to apply the algorithm of using the best 2 out of 3 (Rambam, RIF, Rosh) for deciding Halacha? Rabbi Ezra Schwartz […]

     
 
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    by R. Micha Berger I The word “masorah” is overloaded with too many meanings. Literally, it’s “that which was passed...