• Books Received

    Tal Chayim: A Practical Guide for Self-Improvement for the Days of Awe and Throughout the Year by R. Shmuel Tal (Toras HaChayim) ...

  • Seder on the Rooftops

    by R. Gil Student Some modern thinkers–mainly Jewish universalists–express discomfort in the Seder recitation of “Shefokh chamasekha, Pour out Your wrath.” In this passage of the Haggadah, we call on God to punish the heathens who do not recognize Him and who destroyed the Te...

  • Pictures of Women

    I have discussed in the past the disheartening practice of some periodicals to omit completely pictures of women. This enters a complex sociological arena with competing concerns. Some people are trying to change this, using financial incentives to advance the interests of a broad public. Current su...

  • Does Money Create A Sale?

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 26 Adar: Chatam Sofer on Whether Money Does or Doesn’t Create a Sale Halachah is meant to be a complete system, applicable to all areas of life. That includes monetary transactions, and I perhaps don’t often enough include responsa where a meshiv is asked to rule on such financ...

  • All the Days of Your Life

    by R. Ira Bedzow When one first reads Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah’s statement, “Behold I am about seventy years old, and I have never been worthy to [find a reason] why the Exodus from Egypt should be mentioned at nighttime until ben Zoma expounded it,” the first thought is to consider the focus of th...

  • Paying Earlier than the Payment Plan Prescribed

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: My company pays suppliers with payment plans we work out in advance with each one. Occasionally, a supplier calls with a request that we pay earlier than already agreed in exchange for a “cash” purchase discount we work out. (By “cash,” we include checks and debit cards –...

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