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Allowing A New Mother To Marry

by R. Gidon Rothstein 28 Shevat: Allowing A New Mother To Marry The responsibilities of motherhood can create complications for that mother, as happened in Shu”t Yabia Omer 9 Even HaEzer 15, from 28 Shevat 5760 (2000). The Talmud prohibited mothers from remarrying within two years of giving birth, for fear the new marriage would interfere with nursing the baby, ...

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A Rabbi’s Approach to Monetary Problem Solving

by R. Daniel Mann Question: (We present a summary of a conversation with a new community rabbi who sought our help in handling a monetary dispute between two congregants. The specific dispute and solution are not the focus of this presentation.) The scope of the dispute, between people who need to interact with each other regularly, is approximately 2-3,000 shekels. ...

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Grammatical Pedantry

Is there a Talmudic precedent for those pedantic people who insist on correcting everyone’s grammar? What does the Jewish tradition have to say about such a practice? I’m glad you asked. The Tosefta (Berakhos 5:18) discusses whether the person calling others to recite the zimmun introduction to the grace after meals should say “nevarekh” (we will bless) or “bar’khu” (you ...

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The Importance of Hebrew

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Importance of Praying in Hebrew and the Push Towards Fixed Prayer This is the last of our random sample of places Rambam inserts aggadic material into Mishneh Torah. Next time, I hope to review them briefly, to see if any themes or ideas characterize them all. Here, let’s look at his understanding of how fixed ...

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Counting Intermarried for a Minyan

by R. Gil Student Can a man who is intermarried be counted for a minyan? The Minchas Yitzchak (3:65) quotes the Chakham Tzvi (38) who writes that there are certain sins that are so rebellious that the community would excommunicate someone who commits them. Examples he gives are openly violating Shabbos and repeatedly sleeping with non-Jewish women. The Chakham Tzvi ...

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Hebrew Accents

by R. Gidon Rothstein 14 Shevat: R. Kook on Hebrew Accents The 1930s saw a rise in Jews coming to Israel (from 1931 to 1948, Wikipedia tells me, the Jewish population grew from 175,000 to 630,000). That brought with it certain tensions, one of which R. Kook addressed in a letter to R. Uzziel from 14 Shevat 5695 (1935), published ...

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