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by Joel Rich Important lesson about downtime in service of HKB”H שולחן ערוך אורח חיים הלכות קריאת שמע סימן עא סעיף ה ח) ה’) החופר קבר למת, (יג) פטור. משנה ברורה סימן עא (יג) פטור – אפילו בשעת נוחו מעט שגם אז נקרא עדיין עוסק במצוה שעי”ז יתחזק כוחו לחזור ולחפור: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Red Bendels and Key ...

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Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis

by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Tishrei: Tzitz Eliezer on Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis Outside of Israel We should be candid: second day Yom Tov can feel burdensome. That’s all the more so when a Yom Tov is on a Thursday, the added day turns a holiday into a marathon. Adding to the challenge, it’s been clear since the ...

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Insincere Conversions

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah (13:17) writes “A convert who was not examined or who was not informed about the commandments and the punishments [for transgressing them], but was circumcised and immersed in the presence of three laymen, is deemed a [valid] convert.” Rav Soloveitchik commented that the ...

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The Trying Years of Trying

by R. Gidon Rothstein R. Yechiel Michel Epstein’s Trying Years of Trying The late Elie Wiesel has a story in Souls on Fire  (p. 41) that troubled me for years. He tells of R. Pinchas of Koretz hearing of some atheists. Shaken by their denial of God, he ran into shul, opened the Aron Kodesh, took out some Torah scrolls ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich A give and take from another comment thread-would you have known the correct answer? : Tisha B’Av in the sense that even on that day of mourning for the destruction of the Beish HaMikdash, there is hope. It is called a Moed (Yom Tov) because with the advent of Moshiach, Tisha B’Av will become the most joyous ...

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