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Vort from the Rav: Korach

Bamidbar 18:19: כֹּל תְּרוּמֹת הַקֳּדָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר יָרִימוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לַיהֹוָה נָתַתִּי לְךָ All the gifts of the holy [offerings] which are set aside by the children of Israel for the Lord I have given to There were 24 mishmaros, “guards,” of kohanim who rotated to perform the priestly duties in the Beis Hamikdash on a weekly basis. Each mishmar would serve ...

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A Rabbi’s Obligation

by R. Gil Student A rabbi achieves his title through years of studying Torah. He implements that training when he teaches or rules on religious matters. However, unlike other subjects of study, Torah knowledge obligates. If a rabbi is asked a question to which he knows the answer, he must respond. It is his sacred duty. I. Mitzvah to Respond ...

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Israel as the Jewish Home

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Shofetim, Week One: Some Expressions of Israel as the Jewish Home Life is in Israel Two comments of Ramban’s remind us of his view—which has halachic ramifications—that the Jewish people is meant to live in Israel, a life demonstrably richer there than elsewhere. דברים טז:יח שֹׁפְטִ֣ים וְשֹֽׁטְרִ֗ים תִּֽתֶּן־לְךָ֙ בְּכָל־שְׁעָרֶ֔יךָ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יְקֹוָ֧ק אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ נֹתֵ֥ן לְךָ֖ ...

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Electric Menorahs Throughout the Year

by R. Gil Student Around Chanukah time, we expect to see articles explaining why electric menorahs are invalid for the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles. However, a variation of that type of menorah raises a different question that reflects how we typically maintain memories of the destroyed Temple. I. Temple Replicas The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 24a) learns from the verse ...

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Vort from the Rav: Shelach

Bamidbar 13:30 עָלֹה נַעֲלֶה וְיָרַשְׁנוּ אֹתָהּ כִּי יָכוֹל נוּכַל לָהּ We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we can indeed overcome it. Chazal say that three grants have been bestowed upon Israel: Torah, the Land of Israel and the world to come; but the Jew had to acquire them through effort, through suffering (Berachos 5a).  God ...

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Avoiding False Prophets, Hearing From Hashem

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Re’eh, Week Two: Avoiding False Prophets, Hearing From Hashem דברים יג:ב כִּֽי־יָק֤וּם בְּקִרְבְּךָ֙ נָבִ֔יא א֖וֹ חֹלֵ֣ם חֲל֑וֹם וְנָתַ֥ן אֵלֶ֛יךָ א֖וֹת א֥וֹ מוֹפֵֽת:  (ג) וּבָ֤א הָאוֹת֙ וְהַמּוֹפֵ֔ת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּ֥ר אֵלֶ֖יךָ לֵאמֹ֑ר נֵֽלְכָ֞ה אַחֲרֵ֨י אֱלֹהִ֧ים אֲחֵרִ֛ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־יְדַעְתָּ֖ם וְנָֽעָבְדֵֽם: (ד) לֹ֣א תִשְׁמַ֗ע אֶל־דִּבְרֵי֙ הַנָּבִ֣יא הַה֔וּא א֛וֹ אֶל־חוֹלֵ֥ם הַחֲל֖וֹם הַה֑וּא כִּ֣י מְנַסֶּ֞ה יְקֹוָ֤ק אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ אֶתְכֶ֔ם לָדַ֗עַת הֲיִשְׁכֶ֤ם אֹֽהֲבִים֙ ...

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The Chazon Ish vs. Rav Soloveitchik

by R. Gil Student I. The First Article In Dr. Benny Brown’s monumental biography of R. Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz, known as “The Chazon Ish” (The Hazon Ish: Halakhist, Believer and Leader of the Haredi Revolution), I came across an exchange between R. Karelitz and R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik about which I had been previously unaware. R. Moshe Soloveichik was quoted ...

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