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Are House Minyanim Kosher?

by R. Gil Student People arrange a minyan in their home to accommodate someone sick, elderly or otherwise unable to attend synagogue. When I was a teenager, we had a Shabbos mincha/ma’ariv in someone’s basement because the mile-plus walk uphill to the nearest shul was, for many, too long to do twice on a Shabbos. But sometimes people attend a ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich Hat Tip _ Rabbi N Rich – One of my(many) pet peeves פרי מגדים משבצות זהב על שולחן ערוך אורח חיים הלכות תענית סימן תקסו סעיף ב דיש ליתן צדקה במנחה אגרא דתעניתא צדקה וכן נוהגין במקצת קהלות להכריז ליתן כופר נפש, ומ”מ יראה לעשות כן שלא בחזרת ש”ץ התפלה כי מבלבלין וצריך לשמוע להש”ץ, גם בב’ ...

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Clemency in the Jewish Tradition

by R. Gil Student In the United States, the President has the power to pardon someone convicted of a federal crime, freeing the individual from punishment. Similarly, many governors can pardon state crimes. This ability to grant clemency is not something that is intuitively necessary. If a court convicts and sentences a criminal, why should that work be overturned by ...

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The 9/11 Memorial and Jewish Law

by R. Gil Student As a New York resident who worked in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, I will forever be haunted by the tragic day and its aftermath. However, visitors and future generations, including my own children, need more than personal memories. The 9/11 memorial and museum are intended to provide that. An article in First Things by Catesby ...

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Prophecy IX: Prophecy and Natural Law

by R. Gil Student I. Prophecy and Commandments Other essays in this series Our relationship to prophecy reflects on our obligation to follow the commandments. Prophecy is a revelation of God’s will, providing us a special divine message for our time and place. The Torah’s commandments are an eternal message from God. Rav Yitzchak Hutner (Pachad Yitzchak, Sefer Zikaron, quoted ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich The YU Torah miTzion Kollel of Toronto is having an 18 hour on September 18, and shiurim will be live streamed for anyone who would like to participate. The link for the shiurim information is here: The Eighteen Hour Shiur ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Anyone know why in the standard daily Artscroll siddur they moved the ...

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There Is No Mitzvah To Be A Freier

by R. Gil Student Nice guys do not have to finish last. Nor must they suffer from people who refuse to play by the rules. Jewish law allows for self-defense in many different ways, including financially. We once discussed physical self-defense. Judaism does not require someone who is hit to turn the other cheek but allows you to hit back. ...

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