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by Joel Rich There are several mitzvot where HKB”H seems to give us a choice (marriage/divorce, Yibum/Chalitzah, Pidyon Haben/Give to Cohen, Pidyon Bcher Chamer/arifa) and also some prohibitions with a special fix (leftovers/burn). Anyone see anything written up (or have any thoughts) on why specifically these mitzvot? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Why do we no longer allow (in most ...

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by Joel Rich A recent article in the New Jersey Jewish News had a call out box stating that orthodoxy and feminism were not mutually exclusive. I agree, but that doesn’t address the real issue—what do you do in specific cases where they are mutually exclusive and perhaps more importantly, what do you do in specific cases where their priorities ...

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by Joel Rich Special Edition of 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah  (English Shiurim All Shiurim can be found here: http://www.aiayk.org/shiurim/   AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA •   TORAH PROJECTS COMMISSION 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah  (English Shiurim)   http://www.aiayk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016audio/YK/YKY2017.1.16.RavAWeiss.hakdama.mp3 HARAV ASHER WEISS-Shiur Hakdama Hiddur Mitzvah (beautification) can be both in the item used in the mitzvah or in the act of the mitzvah. ...

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by Joel Rich Maybe the chulent (of current Jewish philosophy) is “all good” but I was struck by a recent talk I heard from a mashpia. The message was an inspirational one (i.e.more message than demand on our actions) concerning our relationship with HKB”H. What struck me was the relative juxtaposition of quoting R’Chaim Vital (HKB”H created us because he ...

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by Joel Rich Anyone know the source of covering the sefer Torah with a tallit when it’s left outside the aron (e.g., during Yizkor drasha)? ~ ~ ~ ~ From Ethiopia To Sinai A fascinating account of Ethiopian Jewry’s (Beta Israel) history and practice along with R’Shalom’s suggested halachic and hashkafic approach to merging Beta Israel with “mainstream” Jewry. On ...

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by Joel Rich In Shiurim L’zecher Aba Mori Z”L, R’YBS posits (see page 230) that in a difference of opinion concerning a Halacha Moshe Misinai, if one side has a kabbalah (tradition) and the other doesn’t, the decision is always in favor of the side with the tradition. [Me – assumption being a tradition must be correct and not a ...

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by Joel Rich I hear a lot of discussion about spirituality in religion. I think R’A Lichtenstein’s piece from the Orthodox Forum (Law and Spirituality: Defining the Terms http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/725795/rabbi-dr-aharon-lichtenstein/law-and-spirituality-defining-the-terms/) makes a very important contribution to the discussion. I would summarize it as saying one should seek to daven like a chasid in the context of learning like a Litvak. The ...

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by Joel Rich Charity I’ve heard a number of shiurim on why it’s ok for donors to have their names up in lights. I wonder if anyone ever mentions this gemara to the prospective donors? תלמוד בבלי מסכת בבא בתרא דף י עמוד ב נענה רבי יהושע ואמר: צדקה תרומם גוי – אלו ישראל, דכתיב: ומי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד, ...

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by Joel Rich Consider the following assertion: HKB”H sets the world in motion based on specific “rules of nature.” He allows those rules of nature to interact with our free will choices. In certain situations he chooses to intervene in a manner that cannot be proven or predicted in order to produce a specific result. Each of us is ultimately ...

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by Joel Rich Could someone please find a plaintive yom kippur piyut and set it to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah? I’d appreciate it. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From R’ Aviner (me interesting source-I’d go with a clear and logical mind –R’YBS) Q: Should one seek a Rabbi’s advice in financial matters? A: No. He does not understand this area more ...

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