Featured Essays

  • The Key To Teshuvah: Accepting Reponsibility

    The Key To Teshuvah: Accepting Reponsibility
    By Gidon Rothstein
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    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ran is encouraging his audience to believe in the possibility of healing repentance, as we saw last time. In this part of the drasha, he points to two components of that repentance, having to do with how we see ourselves and how we see Hashem. Aside from helping with teshuvah, repentance, they offer a perspective on theodicy, how we understand the bad or difficult events in our lives, particularly Holocaust theodicy. Moshe and David: Aware of the Severity of their Sin Prior essays in this series […]

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    From the Archives of Tradition
    By Yitzchak Blau
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    by R. Yitzchak Blau Tension between the biblical account of creation and current scientific theories about the origin of the universe has generated a variety of religious responses. One such response, concordism, tries to show that the biblical account actually teaches the ideas of contemporary scientific theory. In this carefully argued article, Dr. David Shatz outlines two arguments for and four arguments against concordism. On the one hand, rishonim attempted the same with medieval theories so precedent exists. Moreover, we naturally assume that an omniscient God would relay to us […]

     
  • Deception and Justification

    Deception and Justification
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student I. Deception Is Bad Was Ya’akov punished for deceiving his father, Yitzchak, in obtaining the firstborn’s blessing? The story, as told in Gen. 27, offers no judgment but many modern commentators, focused solely on the simple meaning (peshat), insist that Lavan’s subsequent deception of Ya’akov served as punishment for the earlier trickery. Additionally, Ya’akov’s sons’ sale of Yosef and deception of Ya’akov also demonstrates a clear negative judgment on the initial deception. I question this reading of the narrative, all on the peshat level, and wonder […]

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Toldos

    Vort from the Rav: Toldos
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Genesis 26:18 וַיָּשָׁב יִצְחָק וַיַּחְפֹּר | אֶת בְּאֵרֹת הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר חָפְרוּ בִּימֵי אַבְרָהָם אָבִיו And Isaac again dug the wells of water which they had dug in the days of his father, Abraham, Isaac’s birth was connected with laughter. “And Sarah said: ‘God has made laughter for me; everyone that hears will laugh on account of me.’” (v. 21:6) Rashi and Onkelos render the word not as laughter, but as joy. Other commentators, among them Yonasan ben Uziel, translate the word “laughter” literally. People laughed at the event. They did not […]

     
  • Equal Rights

    Equal Rights
    By Gil Student
    (6)

    Equality is a modern topic, particularly even if not exclusively American. However, modern topics may also have been important an ancient times. Perhaps it should not be surprising that the rabbinic concordance Otzar Ma’amarei Chazal by J.D. Eisenstein, published in 1922 in New York, contains an entry for “equal rights” (shivyon zekhuyos) that cites rabbinic sources emphasizing this value. Eisenstein quotes the Tosefta (Sanhedrin ch. 8) that Adam was created alone so that the righteous cannot claim that they (alone) are descended from someone righteous nor the wicked claim they […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner (does anyone have documentation?) Q: How is it that there have been attacks from all sides recently against the Charedim? It’s terrible! A: There is a whole well-thought out and well-funded campaign to delegitimize the Charedim and the Rabbinate. But don’t worry, the Torah is eternal. ~ ~ ~ Question: Should a religious Jew be afraid of death? Why or why not? ~ ~ ~ Rabbi Yisroel Rich -Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Noach went from being an Ish Tzaddik to an Ish Adamah, Moshe went […]

     
 
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  • The Key To Teshuvah: Accepting Reponsibility

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    The Key To Teshuvah: Accepting Reponsibility

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ran is encouraging his audience to believe in the possibility of healing repentance, as we saw last...

     
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    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau Tension between the biblical account of creation and current scientific theories about the origin of...

     
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    Deception and Justification

    by R. Gil Student I. Deception Is Bad Was Ya’akov punished for deceiving his father, Yitzchak, in obtaining the firstborn’s...

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Toldos

    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Toldos

    Genesis 26:18 וַיָּשָׁב יִצְחָק וַיַּחְפֹּר | אֶת בְּאֵרֹת הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר...

     
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    Equality is a modern topic, particularly even if not exclusively American. However, modern topics may also have been important...

     
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    by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner (does anyone have documentation?) Q: How is it that there have been attacks from all sides...

     
  • Instagram and Jewish Law

    Gil Student (0)
    Instagram and Jewish Law

    by R. Gil Student New media and technology still fall under the classical rules of ethics. Their usage can and must be examined...

     
  • Slaughterhouses, Sacrifice, and Sanctity

    Barry Kornblau (1)
    Slaughterhouses, Sacrifice, and Sanctity

    by R. Barry Kornblau I once played with a sheep in the morning and then ate it for dinner that night.  At the time, I was...

     
  • When Rivka Met Yitzchak

    Ezra Bick (1)
    When Rivka Met Yitzchak

    by Rav Ezra Bick After the opening section of the parasha, describing the purchase of the Cave of Machpela by Avraham for...

     
  • Aveilut for Parents

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Aveilut for Parents

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Many people have wondered why the aveilut requirement...