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Prophecy IX: Prophecy and Natural Law

by R. Gil Student I. Prophecy and Commandments Other essays in this series Our relationship to prophecy reflects on our obligation to follow the commandments. Prophecy is a revelation of God’s will, providing us a special divine message for our time and place. The Torah’s commandments are an eternal message from God. Rav Yitzchak Hutner (Pachad Yitzchak, Sefer Zikaron, quoted ...

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Extralegal Powers of a Judge

by R. Gidon Rothstein 29 Av: Three Teshuvot by R. Khalfon Moshe HaKohen on Extralegal Powers of a Judge While you read these responsa summaries once a week (I hope), I have been writing them for a couple of years, so that as I come around in the calendar, I see earlier ones I’ve written, sometimes with interesting juxtapositions. For ...

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Halachic Ramifications of Ad-blocks

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I went on a religious website, and it detected that I have an ad-block program. They gave me a choice to disable my ad-block or continue while violating geneiva because ad-blocking takes away their parnasa. Would it be forbidden to continue with ad-blocking? Answer:  (We are not addressing the desirability of avoiding ads, some of ...

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Prophecy VIII: What Is Prophecy Today?

by R. Gil Student I. Prophecy and the Generation Other essays in this series Prophecy ended around the period of the destruction of the first Temple and the building of the second Temple. The last prophets–Chagai, Zechariah and Malachi–lived at the beginning of the second Temple. When they died, prophecy ceased. Rav Moshe of Coucy (Semag, introduction to positive commandments) ...

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The Love of Hashem

by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 15, Sermon 9: The Love of Hashem Aruch HaShulchan opens this sermon by declaring something which was obvious to him but is not so today.  I point that out first because I always find it interesting when cultures of Torah change so much that that which was simple to one ...

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When Is Kiddush Levanah?

by R. Gil Student Rosh Chodesh Elul marks the end of the Jewish summer and the beginning of the autumn holiday season. Throughout the month, we engage in customs that grow as we approach Rosh Hashanah, preparing us for the annual judgment day. In accordance with this mood, the Mateh Ephraim (582:1) writes that we should be particularly careful to ...

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