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Owning Public Mitzvot

by R. Gidon Rothstein 19 Adar:  R. Ovadya Yosef on Owning Public Mitzvot For whatever positive motives people donate to the public good, ego can get involved as well. In Shu”t Yabi’a Omer 7;23, dated 19 Adar 5738 (1978), some of that had clearly happened. R. Ovadya Yosef was asked for advice by brothers who had donated a parochet, a covering ...

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Ha Lachma Anya

by R. Ira Bedzow In Ha Lachma Anya, we immediately show the matzah that our forefathers ate, in order to help us look back and personally experience the Exodus at the present moment.  Yet, the remainder of the paragraph serves a much greater purpose than simply reminding us of what our forefathers ate.  Like the four cups of wine, this ...

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Cups of Redemption

by R. Ira Bedzow One is obligated to drink four cups of wine at the Pesach Seder in a manner that is demonstrative of being free (BT Pesachim 108b).  The Jerusalem Talmud (JT Pesachim 10a) provides a number of reasons for why we drink specifically four cups of wine. Rav Yochanan said in the name of Rav Benaya that they ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:11

by Joel Rich Sacrifice Nothing. Achieve everything. Really? I’m curious who developed and approved this motto. It certainly is attractive to the current consumer oriented immediate gratification culture but does it have the added advantage of being the truth? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ “Bikeish Yaakov leishev b’shalva.” Yaakov wanted to sit in tranquility. Is the message of this medrasah ...

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Opposite, Not Oppositional

by R. Shmuel Zuckerman וַיֹּאמֶר ד’ אֱלֹקִים לֹא טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ אֶעֱשֶׂהּ לּוֹ עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ – בראשית ב And the Lord G-d said: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper opposite him.’ (Genesis II) ואמר רבי אלעזר מאי דכתיב [בראשית ב] אעשה לו עזר כנגדו זכה עוזרתו לא זכה כנגדו ...

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Women Hearing Parashat Zachor

by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Adar Aleph: Tzitz Eliezer on Women Hearing Parashat Zachor In many shuls, Parashat Zachor offers an example of the alacrity with which Jews can fulfill mitzvot. Men and women make sure to hear the verses read, and shuls offer multiple readings, to help ensure all hear the words. As the questioner in Tzitz Eliezer 22;38 ...

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Dividing Megillat Esther Among Readers

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it proper to divide the reading of Megillat Esther among multiple baalei kri’ah? Answer: It depends what you mean by “proper,” as we will explain. The gemara’s (Megilla 21a-b) discussion of multiple ba’alei kri’ah refers to their reading at the same time, which is valid (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 290:2) although rarely done. The ...

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