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Vort from the Rav: Korach

Bamidbar 18:19: כֹּל תְּרוּמֹת הַקֳּדָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר יָרִימוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לַיהֹוָה נָתַתִּי לְךָ All the gifts of the holy [offerings] which are set aside by the children of Israel for the Lord I have given to There were 24 mishmaros, “guards,” of kohanim who rotated to perform the priestly duties in the Beis Hamikdash on a weekly basis. Each mishmar would serve ...

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A Rabbi’s Obligation

by R. Gil Student A rabbi achieves his title through years of studying Torah. He implements that training when he teaches or rules on religious matters. However, unlike other subjects of study, Torah knowledge obligates. If a rabbi is asked a question to which he knows the answer, he must respond. It is his sacred duty. I. Mitzvah to Respond ...

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Israel as the Jewish Home

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Shofetim, Week One: Some Expressions of Israel as the Jewish Home Life is in Israel Two comments of Ramban’s remind us of his view—which has halachic ramifications—that the Jewish people is meant to live in Israel, a life demonstrably richer there than elsewhere. דברים טז:יח שֹׁפְטִ֣ים וְשֹֽׁטְרִ֗ים תִּֽתֶּן־לְךָ֙ בְּכָל־שְׁעָרֶ֔יךָ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יְקֹוָ֧ק אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ נֹתֵ֥ן לְךָ֖ ...

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Tekhelet Perception

by Dr. Baruch Sterman While I am always thrilled to see the issue of tekhelet being discussed (Tekhelet: Color Perception or Apprehension, Efraim Vaynman), and certainly in such a thorough and thoughtful way, I feel the need to clarify my own position and correct several mistakes. Harav Eliyahu Tavger, the founder of our non-profit Ptil Tekhelet organization, has pointed out ...

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Following Orders

by R. Gidon Rothstein 22 Sivan: R. Hayyim David Halevy on Following Orders Observant Jews periodically are challenged when authorities other than Hashem ask or demand that they act in ways that run counter to what Hashem has told them. In Shu”t Aseh Lecha Rav 7;68, R. Hayyim David Halevy deals with that question in the context of the Israeli ...

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Electric Menorahs Throughout the Year

by R. Gil Student Around Chanukah time, we expect to see articles explaining why electric menorahs are invalid for the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles. However, a variation of that type of menorah raises a different question that reflects how we typically maintain memories of the destroyed Temple. I. Temple Replicas The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 24a) learns from the verse ...

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