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Is There A Tuition Crisis?

by R. Gil Student I think it was 1995 when Rav Feivel Cohen returned from an Agudah convention upset. He explained to his congregation, of which I was a member, that there was great debate about a so-called tuition crisis. Yes, it was already called a crisis 22 years ago. Communal leaders were struggling over how to reduce the financial ...

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If Tzitz Eliezer Were Your Rabbi, What He Might Say This Yom Kippur

by R. Gidon Rothstein 10 Tishrei: If Tzitz Eliezer Were Your Rabbi, What He Might Say This Yom Kippur In the later volumes of his responsa, Tzitz Eliezer (R. Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg, 1916-2006) included two derashot, sermons, he gave on Yom Kippur (one before Yizkor of 5741, or 1940, the other before Kol Nidre of 5727, 1966).  We could do a great deal worse than having him serve as our ...

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Sin, Repentance, and Human Nature

by R. Alec Goldstein God is hopeful of man, but also suspicious of him I. An understanding of teshuvah—a Hebrew word that loosely means “repentance” or “regret”—must necessarily be dependent on how we understand human nature in general. If human nature is fundamentally good, then teshuvah will be like a minor edit of character—here are a few points we need ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:38

by Joel Rich In one of his shiurim, R’Reisman questioned a common (my) understanding of how those who are no longer with us could be judged based on the future impact of their deeds on an ongoing basis. The specific example was two individuals (A & B) separately caused two other individuals (C & D, who were totally equivalent) to ...

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Is Yom Kippur Prayer Getting Better?

by R. Gil Student Dr. Haym Soloveitchik famously lamented the limited devotional nature of prayer today, particularly on Yom Kippur. Dr. Judith Bleich, however, begs to differ, providing a much more positive evaluation. Dr. Haym Soloveitchik in Rupture and Reconstruction (link): In 1959, I came to Israel before the High Holidays. Having grown up in Boston and never having had ...

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Mixing the Metaphysical with the Physical

by R. Gidon Rothstein Mixing the Metaphysical with the Physical: Towards an Accurate Summary of Ramban’s Views in Devarim We have been studying Ramban on the book of Devarim since just after Pesach, two columns on each parsha. Going forward, I hope to start with Bereshit (so that next Monday, Gd willing, we’ll study some pieces of Ramban’s Introduction to the Torah, and for theMonday of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, ...

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