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Non-Orthodox Marriages

by R. Gidon Rothstein 7 Shevat: Non-Orthodox Marriages People who don’t spend much of their time studying Torah don’t always stop to remember that halachah is also a legal system, where technicalities count. For an example that arises too often, if a woman is halachically married but then civilly divorced, she is still halachically married, which means that any children ...

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Equalizing and Nullifying Weddings

by R. Gil Student At the recent JOFA conference, a session was given on inequality in the wedding process (link). Rabba Yaffa Epstein1 pointed out that the wedding ceremony is inherently unequal — the man takes the woman as a wife.2 One panelist suggested that in addition to the man acquiring the wife, the woman should also acquire the husband. ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich Anyone know the source of covering the sefer Torah with a tallit when it’s left outside the aron (e.g., during Yizkor drasha)? ~ ~ ~ ~ From Ethiopia To Sinai A fascinating account of Ethiopian Jewry’s (Beta Israel) history and practice along with R’Shalom’s suggested halachic and hashkafic approach to merging Beta Israel with “mainstream” Jewry. On ...

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The Important Part of Welcoming Guests

by R. Gidon Rothstein Avraham’s Hachnasat Orchim: The Important Part of Welcoming Guests Avraham’s welcoming of guests stands out for many people today even more than his adamant propagation of monotheism (a characteristic of his we discussed previously). It’s interesting to me, therefore, that Rambam mentions it only once in theMishneh Torah, a bit buried at the end of Laws ...

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How to Deal with Troubling Commentaries

by R. Gil Student God is connected to everyone who reaches out to Him, as the Midrash (Eliyahu Rabbah, 9) teaches, “I call heaven and earth to witness that whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, slave or maidservant, everything is according to their actions that the divine spirit rests on them.” Every place the Torah and Talmud discuss holiness and chosenness, ...

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Women and Time-Related Commandments

by R. Gidon Rothstein 29 Tevet: R. Uzziel and Tzitz Eliezer on Women and Time-Related Commandments Two easy ways to describe how halachah differentiates men from women is to speak about women’s exemption from mitzvot ‘aseh she-hazman grama, obligations with a time component, and from the obligation of Talmud Torah, of studying Torah. There’s much more to it than that, ...

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Power of Peshara (Compromise)

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik Speaking Lashon HaRa Against a Jew Living In Eretz Yisrael Is Like Speaking Against Eretz Yisrael by R. Aharon Ziegler The Gemara Sanhedrin (6b) presents a machloket (dispute) on the subject of Peshara. According to Rabbi Eliezer ben Rabbi Yossi HaGelili it is forbidden for a Beit Din to make a Peshara between ...

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To Whom to Sell One’s Apartment?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My apartment is for sale, and the apartment’s present renter and my nephew are interested in buying it. Do laws of precedence apply here? If so, does it make a difference if someone offers more than others? Answer: Our response cannot cover all elements of your case without hearing the claims of all affected sides. ...

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