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by Joel Rich There’s a fascinating Ran on the Gemara in Kiddushin 31a concerning R’Yosef being blind in which he states that R’Yosef blinded himself so as not to have to see things outside of his 4 amot. Why wasn’t this considered chovel (wounding self) even if done indirectly? Even if not chovel, should/may one do something which limits his ...

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Earning Compassion

by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermon 24: Earning Compassion The Proper Place of Law and Kindness This sermon opens with two sources that seem to denigrate the letter of the law. R. Yochanan, in Baba Metzia 30b, attributed the destruction of Jerusalem to Jews’ having insisted on strict construction and application of the law, and in Bereshit 18;19, Hashem expects/hopes that ...

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Deodorant on Tisha B’Av

by Rabbi Gil Student The digest of Tisha B’Av laws in The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot (published by Koren and OU Press with commentary on the Kinos adapted from Tisha B’Av tapes of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik) specifically mentions that one may apply deodorant to oneself on Tisha B’Av (p. 787 par. 17). While it would normally be considered anointing oneself, ...

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Prophecy V: What Is True Happiness?

by R. Gil Student I. Prophecy Is Rough Prior essays in this series Unlike watching a movie, a prophetic vision or dream is completely spiritual. You don’t use any of your actual senses, just your mind. Rambam (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Yesodei Ha-Torah 7:2) writes: When any of them prophesy, their limbs tremble, their physical powers become weak, they lose control ...

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by Joel Rich The Torah seems to presuppose the existence of money (e.g., Avraham buying from Ephron). Does this mean humankind was “destined” to have a medium of exchange other than barter, or waiting for equivalent object of value? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From R’ Aviner (IMHO there’s what to discuss-from a layman whose cpr/Heimlich training saved 2 lives, ...

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