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Entertainment During Sefirah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Sefirah, we know, is a semi-mourning period between Pesach and Shavuot.  These sad days, which vary according to custom, entail various mourning observances such as refraining from haircutting, marrying and listening to live music. The Magen Avraham (493:1) rules that we may not sing and dance during the mourning ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:15

by Joel Rich A while ago I posted a question on Kavua and Kahnemann Tversky. Here is part of a response I wrote to a ben Torah who was kind enough to forward me some sources including this analysis from Prof Aumann link: You really should consider reading thinking fast thinking slow or a summary as I think it gives ...

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The Mystery of Karpas

by R. Chaim Lindenblatt At the Pesach seder, we dip twice—first karpas in salt water and later maror in charoses. What is the purpose of the first dipping early in the seder? The Gemara (Pesachim 114b) says that it is hekera letinokos; it is supposed to arouse the children to ask questions. Yet it raises questions for adults, as well. ...

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Language in Which to Recite the Haggada

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At our seder, there will be a wide range in Hebrew proficiency and understanding of the Haggada’s texts. What language should we use to read the Haggada? Answer: The mishna (Sota 32a) lists texts that may be recited in any language, including Kri’at Shema, tefilla, Birkat Hamazon. While the Haggada is not mentioned, it is ...

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Overreading The Rambam

by R. Gil Student There are two major trends in Maimonidean interpretation–Esoteric and Harmonist–with dramatically different implications for Jewish faith. Esotericists emphasize Rambam’s use of contradictions in his Guide for the Perplexed to claim that the traditional statements of the greatest thinker in Jewish history mask his radical philosophical views. Harmonists agree that Rambam included contradictions but consider it a ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:14

by Joel Rich My comment on a recent cross currents post: As to the Rav himself, my personal take from years of reading and listening to everything I could get my hands on is that the idea of deconstructing him is the problem in the first place. In the volume that Dr. Bill refers to it is clear that many ...

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