Journal

Where There Is No Beit Din

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a lawyer in a country with a small Jewish population, in which when we need a din Torah, we fly someone in from another country. A Jew who is suing another Jew asked me to represent him, and the dispute is on a modest amount of money, which is less than the cost ...

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A Hashkafah of Dating

by Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer Love and marriage in the Jewish community is a perennial source of perplexity. An imagined historical past, a romanticized shtetl-like system of matchmakers and parents creating healthy marriages, serves only to confuse. To the best of my knowledge, the system of courtship practiced by my ancestors both in Eastern and Central Europe, bore strong resemblance ...

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Making Tea and Coffee on Shabbos

by David Roth One of the thirty-nine prohibited categories of forbidden activities on Shabbos is baking or cooking.1 However, much to the relief of many coffee and tea drinkers, there may be a number of reasons that making coffee or tea is not included in the prohibition of cooking. Cooking Something That Has Already Been Cooked Instant coffee: With dry ...

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Answer Your Emails! Return Your Phone Calls!

by Rabbi Ari Enkin It’s fair to say that most people, including this writer, are greatly disturbed by those who don’t respond to letters, emails, or return phone calls within a reasonable amount of time. In fact, in the event of a first time correspondence, the timeliness in which a person responds is actually the only gesture which offers a ...

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