Magazine

Rambam’s View of Sacrifices and Place of Mizbei’ach

by R. Gidon Rothstein The History of the Place of the Mizbeach, and Rambam’s View of Sacrifices As the Jewish people return to Israel and rebuild Jewish life there, enthusiasts periodically raise the idea of restoring the sacrificial service, because halachah allows at least some sacrifices to be offered even if the Beit HaMikdash has not yet been rebuilt. For ...

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Riding Home From the Inaugural Ball

by R. Gil Student The news reported that Jared and Ivanka Kushner received rabbinic permission to ride in a car back from the inaugural ball on Friday night. Many people have questioned this decision. We do not know the name of the rabbi who gave this permission nor the specific circumstances of the individuals, but we can discuss the possibilities. ...

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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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