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Audio Roundup 2017:27

by Joel Rich This piece describes a lot of me, I’d simply add that our host’s society’s focus on rights versus ours on obligations is IMHO a source of great concern http://library.yctorah.org/2017/06/says-who/ Sometimes, as Modern Orthodox Jews, we might be inclined to find fault with Haredi Jews who – from our perspective – have given up too much of their ...

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Character Counts

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Ki Tetzei, Week Two: Character Counts Ramban interprets a few of the halachot in this parsha as a matter of shaping our character, a timely reminder that Jews are supposed to care about character in ourselves and in others, are supposed to value good character and react negatively to those who have not yet developed themselves to a minimal level ...

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Drinking Rabbis

by R. Gil Student Generally speaking, a busy rabbi is not allowed to drink alcohol even though most other Jews may freely partake within reason. The Torah (Lev. 10:8-11) forbids priests from ruling on religious matters after drinking wine. Rashi (ad loc., 11) points out that this prohibition applies to anyone who rules on religious matters. No rabbi may teach ...

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Choosing Communal Leaders

by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Tammuz: R. Uzziel on Choosing Communal Leaders People struggle with ceding power to leaders, however they are chosen, because they may or will take actions the citizenry will dislike. Shu”t Mishpetei Uzziel 4; Choshen Mishpati 3, dated 13 Tammuz 5695 (1935), responded to HaPoel HaMizrachi’s questions about the powers of leaders, and the best way to select them. He starts ...

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Birkhat Ha’Torah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler It is forbidden to study or recite Torah passages before reciting the three Bir’khot haTorah which are; “La’asok BeDivrei Torah”,” Ve’ha’arev Na”, and “Asher Bachar Banu”. Each one of them expresses a different idea. La’asok BeDivrei Torah applies to the Mitzvot, Ve’ha’arev Na is a prayer asking HaShem to ...

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Vort from the Rav: Balak

Bamidbar 23:9 הֶן עָם לְבָדָד יִשְׁכֹּן וּבַגּוֹיִם לֹא יִתְחַשָּׁב it is a nation that will dwell alone, and will not be reckoned among the nations. Unity in Israel is a basic principle in Judaism. We have formulated this principle in one sentence: You are one, Your name is one, and who is like Your people Israel, a unique nation on ...

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Complications of War and Marriage

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Parshat Ki Tetzei, Week One: Complications of War and Marriage Parshat Ki Tetzei opens with the rules for how to treat a yefat to’ar, a woman taken captive in war, whom the soldier expects to marry. Before he can, the Torah tells him, דברים פרק כא:יב וַהֲבֵאתָ֖הּ אֶל־תּ֣וֹךְ בֵּיתֶ֑ךָ וְגִלְּחָה֙ אֶת־רֹאשָׁ֔הּ וְעָשְׂתָ֖ה אֶת־צִפָּרְנֶֽיהָ: (יג) ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:26

by Joel Rich R’YBS commented (not so positively) on man’s great desire to be remembered (think Ozymandias). Question – from where does this desire spring, especially according to evolutionary psychologists? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Does your shul have formal guidelines for correcting baalei kriah? Are they consistently applied at all minyanim? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz ...

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