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The Living Wage and the Working Poor

A Living Wage is the minimum income necessary for an employee working 40-hours a week to meet the employee’s needs on that single income. Some have argued in favor of a legally mandated Living Wage as an anti-poverty measure. Others have argued against it because they believe it will reduce the total number of jobs. Additionally, the obligation of charity should not be ...

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Three Kinds of Coercion

by R. Gidon Rothstein Three Kinds of Coercion Discussed on 15 Tevet: A Spouse to Move to Israel, a Get, and a Mother Bird This week, we have the opportunity to study the ideas of two respondents we haven’t seen much before, R. Shlomo Kluger (1785-1869), and R. Zvi Pesach Frank (1874-1960). Since they both discuss forms of coercion, I ...

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Lashon HaRa Against an Israeli

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik Speaking Lashon HaRa Against a Jew Living In Eretz Yisrael Is Like Speaking Against Eretz Yisrael by R. Aharon Ziegler Ezra decreed that the Berachot and Kelalot (curses) of Bechukotai must be read before Shavuot and those of the Mishna Torah (Ki-Tavo) before Rosh Hashanah (Gemara Megillah 31b). Rav Soloveitchik noted that harsh ...

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The Bencher App

by R. Gil Student What good is an app for benching, reciting the blessings after a meal, when we cannot use it on Shabbos? That was the reaction I heard from many people when NCSY announced its new, free Bencher App. This attitude neglects a few things. First, people bench during the week also, not just on Shabbos. Second, sometimes ...

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Is the Bible the Future of Politics

by R. Gil Student This article originally appeared in The Jewish Press Politics needs new ideas. The recent presidential election taught us many lessons about celebrity and scandal, inaction and consequences, the limits of media and polls, and much more. Perhaps more than anything, the election expressed the public’s widespread dissatisfaction with the political leaders of the past decade who ...

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