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Hebrew Accents

by R. Gidon Rothstein 14 Shevat: R. Kook on Hebrew Accents The 1930s saw a rise in Jews coming to Israel (from 1931 to 1948, Wikipedia tells me, the Jewish population grew from 175,000 to 630,000). That brought with it certain tensions, one of which R. Kook addressed in a letter to R. Uzziel from 14 Shevat 5695 (1935), published ...

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Books Received

Halakhic Morality: Essays on Ethics and Masorah by R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Maggid) By His Light: Character and Values in the Service of God by R. Aharon Lichtenstein (Maggid) Textual Tapestries: Explorations of the Five Megillot by Prof. Gabriel Cohen (Maggid) Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty by R. Hayyim Angel (Maggid)

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Kashrut of a Tea Bag Holder

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I have a porcelain tea bag holder (small saucer on which you put a tea bag after removing it from the tea). May I use it alternately for pareve tea served in both milchig (e.g., used for coffee with milk) and fleishig cups (e.g., used for chicken soup)? Answer: Let us analyze your question. If ...

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich Special Edition of 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah  (English Shiurim All Shiurim can be found here: http://www.aiayk.org/shiurim/   AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA •   TORAH PROJECTS COMMISSION 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah  (English Shiurim)   http://www.aiayk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016audio/YK/YKY2017.1.16.RavAWeiss.hakdama.mp3 HARAV ASHER WEISS-Shiur Hakdama Hiddur Mitzvah (beautification) can be both in the item used in the mitzvah or in the act of the mitzvah. ...

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How Much Providence?

by R. Gil Student Religious people see God acting in their lives, directing their destiny. How much of that is wishful thinking and how much is legitimate theology? The religious air we breathe assumes that God controls everything, no matter how large or small. Judaism’s teachings on that subject seem contradictory, at times saying that God controls all and at ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich Maybe the chulent (of current Jewish philosophy) is “all good” but I was struck by a recent talk I heard from a mashpia. The message was an inspirational one (i.e.more message than demand on our actions) concerning our relationship with HKB”H. What struck me was the relative juxtaposition of quoting R’Chaim Vital (HKB”H created us because he ...

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