Journal

Why Many Jews Prioritize Mitzvot Bein Adam LeMakom Over Bein Adam LeChavero

by R. Anthony Knopf Introduction In a well-known joke, a yeshiva bocher finds that his milk cartons are routinely stolen from the yeshiva dorm fridge by one of his fellow students. After unsuccessful attempts to deter the thief by writing on the carton that stealing is a Torah prohibition, the milk owner has a brainwave and writes in big letters ...

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Tekhelet – Radiant as the Sky

by Dr. Baruch Sterman Mr. Vaynman and I certainly do agree on much more than we disagree. Were he to claim that tekhelet was dark blue, blue-violet, or sky-blue at various times and differing places over the more than 2000 years that it was being produced, we could shake hands in complete agreement. However, Mr. Vaynman stakes out an extreme ...

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Tekhelet Perception

by Dr. Baruch Sterman While I am always thrilled to see the issue of tekhelet being discussed (Tekhelet: Color Perception or Apprehension, Efraim Vaynman), and certainly in such a thorough and thoughtful way, I feel the need to clarify my own position and correct several mistakes. Harav Eliyahu Tavger, the founder of our non-profit Ptil Tekhelet organization, has pointed out ...

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Just Saying

by R. Moshe Schapiro Say What? The Ten Commandments are introduced by the verse, ““Va-yedaber Elokim et kol ha-devarim ha-eleh lemor,” – “And God spoke all these matters, saying” (Shemot 20:1) a variation of the more common, “Va-yedaber Hashem el Moshe lemor” – “And Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying.” The problem in translating this ubiquitous verse is the redundancy of ...

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The Mystery of Karpas

by R. Chaim Lindenblatt At the Pesach seder, we dip twice—first karpas in salt water and later maror in charoses. What is the purpose of the first dipping early in the seder? The Gemara (Pesachim 114b) says that it is hekera letinokos; it is supposed to arouse the children to ask questions. Yet it raises questions for adults, as well. ...

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The Student-Centered Classroom and Why You Should Care

by Alexandra Fleksher The classroom is filled with noise.  Students are on the floor in circles, crouched in corners, and walking about, engrossed in discussion.  Books are open, papers are being scribbled upon, and pages are being flipped as the students are taking active responsibility for the learning task at hand.  If you have ever seen a classroom like this, ...

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