Journal

In Memory of Rav Lichtenstein

Divrei Hesped in Memory of HaGaon HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt’l מו”ר הגאון הצדיק הר”ר אהרן ליכטנשטיין, זצ”ל   On the Occasion of His First Yahrtzeit by R. Michael Taubes It is with a great sense of trepidation and personal inadequacy that one approaches a distinguished ציבור for the purpose of being מספיד one’s Rebbe. In general, it is exceedingly difficult ...

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The Use of Quinoa on Pesach

by R. Asher Bush For the past several years many people have been excited about the possibility of adding a new item–Quinoa–to an otherwise limited Pesach diet. Unlike past years, there are now several brands available under respected kashrus supervision. The question is whether Quinoa is an appropriate food to help fill that dietary gap. Is it Chametz? Clearly Quinoa ...

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The Other 20%

by Aron White The Other 20%: Rethinking Our Relationship With World Jewry The Jewish world in the 21st century has two centres of gravity – Israel and the United States in America. 82% of all the worlds Jews live in these two countries (11.5-12 million between them), and the next largest Jewish population centre, France, has less than 4% of ...

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On the Authorship of the Torah

by Dr. Alan Jotkowitz Benjamin Sommer, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition, Yale University Press, 2015 The tenets of biblical criticism challenge traditional Jewish beliefs on a number of levels. Central to the documentary hypothesis is the contention that the Torah is composed of a patchwork of ancient texts written by human authors. The critics date the ...

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The Late Ketuba

by R. Daniel Mann Question: A mistake was made in filling out my ketuba and the identical copy for the certifying beit din. We had a spare ketuba but not an additional one to use as a copy. Now, several days after my wedding, can I ask the witnesses to sign a copy with the same information, including the date ...

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Jewish Testing Wars?

by R. Rafi Eis Multiple Intelligences, 21st Century Learning, Differentiated Instruction, Blended Learning, Constructivist Education, One for One, Block Scheduling, Interdisciplinary curriculum, Student Agency, and Project Based Learning comprise just some of the major educational trends of the past few years. Yet after each year of implementing these highly acclaimed initiatives, many educators and parents feel disappointed that much more ...

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Why Not Use an Eiruv?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Why would someone not trust an eiruv constructed under respectable rabbis’ supervision? Answer: The main reason that some people do not carry on Shabbat in an area with an eiruv is actually not a lack of trust in a given rabbi’s expertise, as it is more commonly on fundamental grounds. Rather, they (including some rabbis ...

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The Responsibility of Both Parents for Child Support

by R. Eliezer Melamed The Chief Rabbinate of Israel and Chief Rabbi David Lau should be praised and commended for the Chief Rabbinate Council’s resolution establishing that financial responsibility for children applies to both parents, and that the income of both parents must be taken into consideration when setting child support payments. To date, the prevailing view in the state-run ...

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On Reform Judaism and Reform Jews

by R. Eliezer Melamed Those who do not accept the fundamentals of Jewish faith are not considered a stream of the Jewish religion * As in academia and medicine, unrecognized titles and activities should be contested * The Reform community in the United States is strong, but encourages fewer olim than the Orthodox, and mainly supports the position of the ...

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