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Rambam’s View of Sacrifices and Place of Mizbei’ach

by R. Gidon Rothstein The History of the Place of the Mizbeach, and Rambam’s View of Sacrifices As the Jewish people return to Israel and rebuild Jewish life there, enthusiasts periodically raise the idea of restoring the sacrificial service, because halachah allows at least some sacrifices to be offered even if the Beit HaMikdash has not yet been rebuilt. For ...

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Riding Home From the Inaugural Ball

by R. Gil Student The news reported that Jared and Ivanka Kushner received rabbinic permission to ride in a car back from the inaugural ball on Friday night. Many people have questioned this decision. We do not know the name of the rabbi who gave this permission nor the specific circumstances of the individuals, but we can discuss the possibilities. ...

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Partnership Minyanim Revisited

by R. Aryeh Frimer and R. Dov Frimer (A printable PDF of this essay is available here: link) Partnership Minyanim Revisited: A Response to Rabbi Ysoscher Katz I. Introduction The question of women receiving aliyyot is briefly discussed in a baraita cited in the Talmud Megilla 23a, which reads: תנו רבנן: הכל עולין למנין שבעה, ואפילו קטן ואפילו אשה. אבל אמרו ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:3

by Joel Rich I hear a lot of discussion about spirituality in religion. I think R’A Lichtenstein’s piece from the Orthodox Forum (Law and Spirituality: Defining the Terms http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/725795/rabbi-dr-aharon-lichtenstein/law-and-spirituality-defining-the-terms/) makes a very important contribution to the discussion. I would summarize it as saying one should seek to daven like a chasid in the context of learning like a Litvak. The ...

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The Living Wage and the Working Poor

A Living Wage is the minimum income necessary for an employee working 40-hours a week to meet the employee’s needs on that single income. Some have argued in favor of a legally mandated Living Wage as an anti-poverty measure. Others have argued against it because they believe it will reduce the total number of jobs. Additionally, the obligation of charity should not be ...

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Three Kinds of Coercion

by R. Gidon Rothstein Three Kinds of Coercion Discussed on 15 Tevet: A Spouse to Move to Israel, a Get, and a Mother Bird This week, we have the opportunity to study the ideas of two respondents we haven’t seen much before, R. Shlomo Kluger (1785-1869), and R. Zvi Pesach Frank (1874-1960). Since they both discuss forms of coercion, I ...

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