Featured Essays

  • How Much Does Unity Cost?

    How Much Does Unity Cost?
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student This is an article in the upcoming issue of The Jewish Link of New Jersey. Members of the Jewish community rightly strive for unity. Orthodox, Reform, Conservative… we are all Jews yet we wear denominational labels that seem like a remnant of last century. We are good at getting along on the individual level; can’t we unite organizationally and institutionally? We are one people yet we have different shuls and different schools. Why can’t we just be Jews, no label necessary? God desires peace within the […]

     
  • The Religious Significance of NOT Eating Kitniyot on Pesach

    The Religious Significance of NOT Eating Kitniyot on Pesach
    By David Silverstein
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    by R. David Silverstein Every year around Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the internet is filled with online petitions, Facebook groups and newsletters practically begging rabbinic authorities to permit the consumption of legumes (Kitniyot) on Pesach for Jews of Ashkenazic decent. One Facebook group called the “Kitniyot Liberation Front,” defines itself as a “movement… dedicated to liberating all Jews who wish to be free of this questionable custom that causes needless divisions between families and friends.” Yet for the majority of Ashkenazi Jews for whom eating legumes on Pesach is simply not […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich A post on a blog: “Nothing could work, short of changing the way we have been taught to think for many years. But we are suspicious of such change – rightfully so. We understand the human capacity for rationalization, for developing intellectual castles in the sky built upon subjective wants, rather than listening to what the Torah wants. (This is yet another way of underscoring the difference between legitimate Orthodoxy and the neo-Conservative Open Orthodox.) We recognize that any protocols of thought that will be valuable to […]

     
  • Fat, Tails and Intellectual Limits

    Fat, Tails and Intellectual Limits
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student In successfully defending rabbinic Judaism to a Karaite, R. Avraham Ibn Ezra makes an astonishing claim that actually undermines his entire argument. However, properly understood, his point is profound and still relevant nearly a thousand years later. I. Fat and Tails Karaites believe that the Torah forbids eating an animal’s tail. Their source is Lev. 3:9, in which the tail (alyah) is called fat (cheilev, which is distinct from shuman, permissible fat). Lev. 7:25 forbids eating fat, even punishing it with excision (kareis). Since the tail […]

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    From the Archives of Tradition
    By Yitzchak Blau
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    by R. Yitzchak Blau Modern technology generates a host of new halakhic questions including difficulties in determining parenthood due to new reproductive options. If one women donates the egg and another carries the fetus, who is the mother? That debate highlights larger methodological issues. Should we utilize legal parallels even if they seem farfetched? For example is the halakhic status of a replanted stalk of grain in Jewish agricultural law relevant to our modern case of parenthood? Conversely, absent convincing halakhic analogies, should we turn to the world of aggada […]

     
  • Should Maggid Take Forever?

    Should Maggid Take Forever?
    By Chaim Saiman
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    Should Maggid Take Forever? The Shulchan Aruch’s view may surprise you by Chaim Saiman & Josh Weinberger The view of the seder that has become commonplace is a fairly long maggid– replete with each child opening up his notebook to recite the Brisker Rov’s vort on derech cheirus—thereby delaying the eating of the meal until rather late into the night. All Night Long The source for this practice is found in the haggadah itself which famously notes that “כל המרבה לספר ביציאת מצרים הרי זה משובח׳,” “whoever elaborates in the […]

     
 
 
 
 

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    Gil Student (0)
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    Fat, Tails and Intellectual Limits

    by R. Gil Student In successfully defending rabbinic Judaism to a Karaite, R. Avraham Ibn Ezra makes an astonishing claim...

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    Yitzchak Blau (0)
    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau Modern technology generates a host of new halakhic questions including difficulties in determining parenthood...

     
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    Chaim Saiman (6)
    Should Maggid Take Forever?

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  • Books Received

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    Books Received

    Seder Talk: The Conversational Haggada by Dr. Erica Brown (OU Press, Maggid) The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the...

     
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    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    Sages Over Prophets

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Drasha 12, part 2 The Talmudic sage Amemar makes a daring comment in Baba Batra 12a that Ran struggles...

     
  • The Irrationality of Anti-Semitism

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    The Irrationality of Anti-Semitism

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Twice in the Torah we find the word “Mikreh”- happening....