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    Yaakov’s Vow

    by R. Ira Bedzow After Yaakov wakes up from his dream, afraid because he realized that he slept in a place where God’s presence rests, he makes a vow (neder) to Hashem that upon his return he will build a house of God and will give a tithe from everything that Hashem gives him.  Yaakov ... ...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/213056/women-without-hats But I’m no longer sure that Orthodoxy is an all-or-nothing life choice. Observance is a continuum on which we each locate ourselves. Every one of us struggles to find a livable balance between personal freedom a...

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    Maharal’s Yemot HaMashiach: Getting at the Roots

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Maharal’s Yemot HaMashiach: Getting at the Roots Part of what I find interesting in studying different Torah scholars’ perspectives on the same topic is that juxtaposing them gives us a clearer picture of their varying foci. Rambam was interested in the Messianic era as a time ...

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    From Ethiopia to Shulchan Arukh

    by R. Gil Student Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at the age of eight, eventually studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion and Bar Ilan University and currently serving as a congregational rabbi in Kiryat Gat. From Sinai to Ethiopia: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian J...

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    The Trolley Problem

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 2 Kislev: Tzitz Eliezer on the Obligation to Save Others, and the Trolley Problem Thorny issues come up in life, and any system of law or morality needs to deal with them. In Tzitz Eliezer 15;70, from 2 Kislev 5743 (November 18, 1982), R. Waldenberg considered two such question...

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    Musaf or Hallel?

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: After davening Mincha on Rosh Chodesh, I (a woman) wanted to make up Hallel and Musaf that I did not have a chance to do in the morning. I saw that I did not have enough time before sunset to do both. Which one should I have done? Answer: There ... ...

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