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A Rabbi’s Right to Refuse

by R. Gil Student Does a rabbi have the right to refuse to answer someone seeking his guidance? If someone asks him an halakhic question, may a rabbi choose not to answer? Or is he, like a doctor, duty-bound by his special skills to serve the public that needs his services? I. The Rule The Gemara (Sotah 22a) explains Proverbs ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:19

by Joel Rich Great quote from R’YBS in the new “Halachic Morality” essay “That is why there was no pesak halakhah, no authoritative halakhic ruling, in matters of morality, and why no controversy on moral issues was resolved by the masorah in accordance with the rule of the majority, in the same manner as all disagreements pertaining to halakhic law ...

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The Heresy of the Ten Commandments

by R. Gil Student I. It’s All Good What is the most important passage in the Torah? The debate over a Shavuos custom teaches that answering this question opens the door to claims that other passages are unimportant. Consider Rambam’s statement in his eighth fundamental principle, based on Sanhedrin (99b), that the entire text of the Pentateuch was written by ...

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Extending Life

by R. Gidon Rothstein 16 Iyyar: R. Moshe Feinstein on When We Have to Extend Life I couldn’t resist this responsum because I knew the doctor who asked it. Dr. Neal Zev Ringel took a year, mid-training, to study at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). It was 1982-83, my post-high school year. Just before that year, he apparently asked a question ...

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Missing the Beginning of Havdala

by R. Daniel Mann Question: This week, I did not hear the beracha of Borei Pri Hagafen during Havdala. Was I required to hear Havdala again? Answer: Clearly the most important beracha of Havdala is the final one of Hamavdil, which contains its basic content. The berachot on besamim and on fire are not crucial obligations (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:18

by Joel Rich R’Asher Weiss discusses in parshat Vayeitzeih on lo taamod al dam reiacha that one would have to give up all his assets to save a single life if he is the only one who can do it. However, “it’s pashut” that if others can also do it that he doesn’t have to give up all his assets. ...

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