Magazine

Milking Cows on Shabbat

by R. Gidon Rothstein [Due to calendar confusion, I neglected to post this over Pesach -ed.] 16 Nisan: R. Uzziel on Milking Cows on Shabbat In 1926, a contagious disease broke out among the Arabs living in Israel. To prevent its spread, British authorities forbade Arab workers from entering Jewish settlements and farms. That meant no non-Jews were available to ...

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Buying Clothes During Sefirah

by R. Gil Student The period between Pesach and Shavuos contains a mourning period–different days depending on one’s custom–during which certain joyous behaviors are forbidden (commonly called Sefirah because this period also includes the counting (“sefirah” in Hebrew) of the Omer). These mourning customs have developed over time. However, I often hear confusion about the permissibility of buying new clothes ...

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Rav Lichtenstein’s Use of His General Knowledge

by R. Gidon Rothstein Blogging R. Lichtenstein: RA”L’s Use of His General Knowledge One of the well-known aspects of RA”L’s presentational style was his inclusion of references to non-Jewish sources, mostly philosophy and English literature. As we come to the end of this project of discussing his published volumes, I thought to pause to see what we can gather about ...

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From the Archives of Tradition

by R. Yitzchak Blau In the summer 1989 issue, Dr. Joel Wolowelsky, longtime associate editor of Tradition and dean of students at the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, explores various reasons suggested for opposing the establishment of Yom HaSho’a.  Issues addressed include establishing a memorial day in Nissan, commemorating tragedies outside of Tisha b’Av, the ability of contemporary sages to ...

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Recognizing G-d’s Love For Am Yisrael

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Moshe Rabbeinu, in Parshat Va’etchanan, declares, “Mi Keil BaShamayim U’vaAretz Asher Ya’aseh k’Ma’asecha veChigvuro’teicha” [“What power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Your powerful deeds and according to Your ‘mighty acts’?] According to Rav Soloveitchik, the terms ‘mighty acts’ or powerful ...

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Wine In All Its Halakhic Glory

   by R. Gil Student At the Passover seder, we drink four cups of wine. Stereotypically, American Jews drink very sweet, low alcohol wine. However, the kosher wine industry has grown enormously over the past few decades so that consumers can choose from many different kinds of award-winning fine wines. I still drink the cheap sweet wine but others have ...

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Sichot for Pesach

by R. Gidon Rothstein Rabbi Rothstein’s newest book is  As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience.” For more information, see Kodesh Press, Amazon Blogging R. Lichtenstein, Sichot for Pesach As we did for Purim, and because we’ve completed our summaries of RA”L’s published volumes (the two post-Pesach posts before RA”L’s first yahrzeit will be review pieces), we ...

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From the Archives of Tradition

by R. Yitzchak Blau Prof. Shmuel Shilo passed away last week and I thought it appropriate to highlight a Tradition article of his during the shiva.   Prof. Shilo graduated from YU in 1957 and then idealistically made aliyah as a single in 1958.  He became a professor of mishpat Ivri at Hebrew University.  In the Summer of 1982, Prof. Shilo ...

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