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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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Abarbanel’s View of Armageddon

by R. Gidon Rothstein Yeshayahu’s View of Gog u-Magog and International Relations During Yemot HaMashiach Yeshayahu 18 is the beginning of the third of Yeshayahu’s prophecies that Abarbanel discusses. Traditional commentary (as opposed to Christian, which Abarbanel summarizes but we will ignore) read the chapter as being about the war of Gog and Magog to which other prophets (most explicitly, ...

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Why a Siyum is a Seudat Mitzvah

by R. Gidon Rothstein 17 Cheshvan: Klausenberger Rebbe on Why a Siyum is a Seudat Mitzvah It’s a common practice to celebrate a siyum based on joint learning. That is everyone learns some pages of Gemara, tractates of Mishnah, or chapters of Tanach, and then marks the completion of the larger project of having studied Shas, or a Seder of ...

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Chok

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik very often stressed that at times when death occurs or tragedies strike, Halacha does not permit us to question “why”. The only exception is on Tisha B’av, when we are permitted to question ‘Eicha” (How did this happen? How was it possible?) And that one day permission ...

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