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Yaakov’s Vow

by R. Ira Bedzow After Yaakov wakes up from his dream, afraid because he realized that he slept in a place where God’s presence rests, he makes a vow (neder) to Hashem that upon his return he will build a house of God and will give a tithe from everything that Hashem gives him.  Yaakov states, אִם-יִהְיֶה אֱלֹקִים עִמָּדִי, וּשְׁמָרַנִי ...

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From Ethiopia to Shulchan Arukh

by R. Gil Student Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at the age of eight, eventually studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion and Bar Ilan University and currently serving as a congregational rabbi in Kiryat Gat. From Sinai to Ethiopia: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewry, originally published in Hebrew and now translated into English, is ...

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The Trolley Problem

by R. Gidon Rothstein 2 Kislev: Tzitz Eliezer on the Obligation to Save Others, and the Trolley Problem Thorny issues come up in life, and any system of law or morality needs to deal with them. In Tzitz Eliezer 15;70, from 2 Kislev 5743 (November 18, 1982), R. Waldenberg considered two such questions as part of a siyyum haShas, completion ...

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Musaf or Hallel?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: After davening Mincha on Rosh Chodesh, I (a woman) wanted to make up Hallel and Musaf that I did not have a chance to do in the morning. I saw that I did not have enough time before sunset to do both. Which one should I have done? Answer: There are certain set factors that ...

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Depths of Exile and Wonders of Redemption

by R. Gidon Rothstein Abarbanel’s Yemot HaMashiach: Depths of Exile and Wonders of Redemption Mashmi’a Yeshu’a is a book about the prophets who predicted salvation for the Jewish people. In theory, Abarbanel could have shared only those prophecies that had new information about the Messianic era, and noted in the introduction or conclusion that he’s skipped many prophecies that echo ...

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Eliezer the Damascene

by R. Ira Bedzow Rabbi Acha said, “The ordinary conversation of the servants of the Patriarchs is more beloved before the Omnipresent than the Torah of their sons, for the section dealing with Eliezer is repeated in the Torah, whereas many fundamentals of the Torah were given only through allusions.” This statement may seem troubling since one would think that ...

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