Anesthesia During Adult Circumcision


by R. Gidon Rothstein 19 Tishrei: R. Ovadya Yosef on Anesthesia During Adult Circumcision There are really very few responsa dated to Chol HaMoed Sukkot, for understandable reasons. It’s a holiday, and meshivim are busy celebrating as Hashem commanded. For a project like this one, endeavoring to gather at least one responsum a day for all possible days of the ...

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Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis


by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Tishrei: Tzitz Eliezer on Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis Outside of Israel We should be candid: second day Yom Tov can feel burdensome. That’s all the more so when a Yom Tov is on a Thursday, the added day turns a holiday into a marathon. Adding to the challenge, it’s been clear since the ...

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Insincere Conversions


Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah (13:17) writes “A convert who was not examined or who was not informed about the commandments and the punishments [for transgressing them], but was circumcised and immersed in the presence of three laymen, is deemed a [valid] convert.” Rav Soloveitchik commented that the ...

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Repentance and Negotiation Tactics


by R. Gil Student One of the principles of negotiation is to never back someone into a corner. Always give the other person a way out because if you don’t, they will either surrender or fight back with all their strength. It is with this perspective that R. Yitzchak Abarbanel (Ve-Zos Ha-Berakhah, p. 320) approaches the concept of repentance. When ...

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Sheva Berakhos In A Sukkah


by R. Gil Student I. A Chupah In A Sukkah After a couple is married, they celebrate with family and friends for a week.1 Each celebratory meal is accompanied with special blessings during the grace after meals, traditionally called Sheva Berakhos. However, the form of celebration has changed significantly since Talmudic times, requiring a reevaluation of the practice. The holiday of ...

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Writing Phrases from Tanach


by R. Gidon Rothstein 27 Elul: R. Uzziel on Writing Phrases from Tanach We call Scripture kitvei kodesh, sanctified writings. Like other items or matters of sanctity, that likely implies we have to tread carefully in dealing with them, to be sure we accored them the proper respect or solemnity. One place we might not even think to consider that ...

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