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Recognizing G-d’s Love For Am Yisrael

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Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Moshe Rabbeinu, in Parshat Va’etchanan, declares, “Mi Keil BaShamayim U’vaAretz Asher Ya’aseh k’Ma’asecha veChigvuro’teicha” [“What power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Your powerful deeds and according to Your ‘mighty acts’?] According to Rav Soloveitchik, the terms ‘mighty acts’ or powerful ...

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Idolatry Starts Innocently

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by R. Gil Student My article in this week’s Jewish Link of NJ The source of idolatry, among the gravest offenses a religious person can commit, lies atop a slippery slope. It comes not from a search for multiple deities and not even from an abandonment of the one true God. Its origin lies in a deeper, more basic deviation ...

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Wine In All Its Halakhic Glory

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   by R. Gil Student At the Passover seder, we drink four cups of wine. Stereotypically, American Jews drink very sweet, low alcohol wine. However, the kosher wine industry has grown enormously over the past few decades so that consumers can choose from many different kinds of award-winning fine wines. I still drink the cheap sweet wine but others have ...

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Sichot for Pesach

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by R. Gidon Rothstein Rabbi Rothstein’s newest book is  As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience.” For more information, see Kodesh Press, Amazon Blogging R. Lichtenstein, Sichot for Pesach As we did for Purim, and because we’ve completed our summaries of RA”L’s published volumes (the two post-Pesach posts before RA”L’s first yahrzeit will be review pieces), we ...

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From the Archives of Tradition

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by R. Yitzchak Blau Prof. Shmuel Shilo passed away last week and I thought it appropriate to highlight a Tradition article of his during the shiva.   Prof. Shilo graduated from YU in 1957 and then idealistically made aliyah as a single in 1958.  He became a professor of mishpat Ivri at Hebrew University.  In the Summer of 1982, Prof. Shilo ...

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Lincoln’s Angry Letters in Jewish Law

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by R. Gil Student When Abraham Lincoln was angry, he would write a “hot letter” full of his emotions and then file it away, labeled “never sent, never signed.” This seems like an important method of venting, expressing your anger, without damaging any individuals or relationships. What does halakhah say about writing an unsent angry letter? Since your letter contains ...

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Children and Non-Jews’ Personal Obligations

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by R. Gidon Rothstein Rabbi Rothstein’s newest book is  As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience.” For more information, see Kodesh Press, Amazon 8 Nisan: R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach on Children and Non-Jews’ Personal Obligations When mori ve-rabi R. Lichtenstein zt”l would speak about the finest the haredi world produced, R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was always at ...

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Vort from the Rav: Metzora

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Vayikra 16:16 וְאִישׁ כִּי תֵצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ שִׁכְבַת זָרַע וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם אֶת כָּל בְּשָׂרוֹ וְטָמֵא עַד הָעָרֶב A man from whom there is a discharge of semen, shall immerse all his flesh in water, and he shall remain unclean until evening. One who experiences a seminal discharge is known in Talmudic literature as a ba’al keri. Such a person is tamei, and ...

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Ten Answers For The Wise Son

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by R. Gil Student The Passover seder is full of fours: four questions, four cups, four sons. The midrashic reading of four sons into the biblical text is brilliant, comparing the four times the Torah refers to teaching sons. Yet the answers given within the haggadah raise many questions. Thankfully so, since the haggadah is the Jewish text most commented ...

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From the Archives of Tradition

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by R. Yitzchak Blau Rabbi Emmanuel Feldman, former editor of Tradition, was a community Rav in Atlanta for many years.   In this essay, from the Winter 1989 issue, R. Feldman explores the mizva of Pesach Sheni.   Why do Jews merit a second chance to fulfill the commandment of  korban Pesach but do not have a makeup option for other missed ...

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