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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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Airplane Travel

by R. Ari Enkin Although it is not widely known, there is a view among halachic authorities that Tefillat Haderech is not recited for airplane travel.1 This is based on the Talmudic teaching that air travel is something associated exclusively with birds and not with people.2 According to this approach, the reason Tefillat Haderech is not recited when flying on ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich by Joel Rich It’s all about risk and reward. Let’s start with E Kobre’s point(in a post about the beauty of mehudar) about time and resources spent on a mehudar 4 minim. Where is the trade off calculation for time and resources spent (by both layperson and Rabbis)on something more than kosher and the other uses of ...

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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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Religious Doubt in Jewish Life

by R. Gil Student Since a religious life is one of faith, you would expect that religious doubt would be unwelcome. In an important essay, Rabbi Norman Lamm argues that doubt can play a valuable role in religious life. A Medieval philosopher adds another role for doubt in religious life that Rabbi Lamm did not explore. I. Three Kinds of ...

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Publicizing the Donors

by R. Ari Enkin Is it proper to publicize the names of donors? The practice of publicizing the names of those who make donations for charitable causes is quite ancient. The Talmud relates that it was publicized that Yosef Ben Yo’ezer made a generous donation to the Beit Hamikdash.1 In fact, the famous “Nicanor Gate” of the Beit Hamikdash was ...

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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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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich Yom Kippur Thought Once upon a Neilah teary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a sin of forgotten yore, as II read the Art Scroll lists I wondered only this and nothing more? (Apologies to E.A. Poe) When you look at the backup lists to the ashamnu’s and al cheit’s, you may notice a lot ...

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